Thero Express

Company Information

Thero Express is a private operator that connects destinations across Cambodia as well as international routes crossing the border before heading to Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok.

Minivans are used on all these routes with a 15-seat capacity, rather than larger buses.

Routes served by Thero Express

Phnom Penh–Siem Reap

There are four departures between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap each day, between 08.00 and 16.00, with a journey time of five or six hours allowing you to reach Siem Reap by the early afternoon. The return journey leaves at the same times, with buses at 08.00, 09.00, 14.30 and 16.00 each day, with tickets priced at USD12.

Phnom Penh–Battambang

From Phnom Penh you can travel to Battambang to experience more relaxed and quieter city life. There are four buses per day from Phnom Penh, starting from 05.00, with each trip lasting five hours. From Battambang there are two daily services to Phnom Penh, which depart at 08.00 and 14.30 (scheduled to arrive at 13.00 and 19.30 respectively) and with tickets costing USD12 in either direction.

Phnom Penh–Sihanoukville

Any travellers who want to escape hectic Phnom Penh for a more laid-back beach break can travel with Thero Express to Sihanoukville. There are two services from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, leaving at 08.00 and 14.30 each day (arriving at 12.30 and 19.00). There are similar departure times from Sihanoukville back to Phnom Penh (leaving at 08.30 and 14.30), with both trips priced at USD12 and a journey time of between four and five hours.

Phnom Penh–Banteay Meanchey

The final domestic route offered by Thero Express connects Phnom Penh with Banteay Meanchey. There are two services each day in either direction, with departures for Phnom Penh at 05.00 and 07.00. The six-hour trip is scheduled to arrive at 11.00 or 13.00 and is priced at USD14. Services leave Banteay Meanchey for Phnom Penh at 05.00 and 06.00 each day, with the same priced tickets.

International service: Phnom Penh–Bangkok

Thero Express also offers an international route from Phnom Penh to Bangkok, across the border in Thailand. There are two buses leaving Phnom Penh each morning at 05.00 and 06.00, with scheduled arrival times of 16.30 and 17.30 respectively. The journey usually lasts 11 or 12 hours with tickets priced at USD26.

Pros

Thero Express offers a good range of possible departure times which allow visitors to be more flexible with their travel plans. With four buses per day between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and vice versa, there is plenty of choice for passengers who need to arrive at their destination for a particular time.

The option of the international route that crosses the border into Thailand is useful for anyone planning a lengthy trip in this region. The prices of these services are very competitive as well; between Phnom Penh and Bangkok, especially, it would be difficult to make this trip for less and it is far more affordable than the cost of a flight along this route.

Cons

The biggest issue with traveling with Thero Express is the operator’s use of minivans on all routes. For trips of six hours or more a minivan is far less comfortable than a standard bus and the service between Phnom Penh and Bangkok can become a little unpleasant if you are cramped in a minivan. Unlike on some other long-distance bus trips, the seats do not recline particularly far back which can cause discomfort on a long journey such as the Phnom Penh to Bangkok route.

Another issue with traveling in a vehicle of this size is that there is very limited space for luggage. Just remember, the more you bring, the more uncomfortable your journey is likely to be!

Keep in mind

Although Thero Express services do claim to offer Wi-Fi, there are frequent reports that it is of low quality or non-existent.

Travellers reviews

Travellers who use Thero Express can raise issues with the comfort of the services. The main thing to do before the trip is to check the travel time and decide for yourself whether you are ready to do it in a van. Travelling by minibus is considered by many quite uncomfortable due to the limited space. The longest trip offered by the company is the international Phnom Penh–Bangkok service which can take up to 12 hours – though the time spent at the border crossing is also included.

Delays can happen, although this is an issue across Cambodia rather than specific to Thero Express.

Those who do choose Thero Express for these trips are pleased with the wide schedule of departures each day which offer a great deal of flexibility. Likewise, the low cost of the services appeals to travellers on a budget and is a huge money-saver when compared to flying between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap or Bangkok.

Thero Express Company Reviews

3.2
116 / 2,956
5 19
4 38
3 25
2 18
1 16
98.8% of 2,956 travelers were presumably happy with Thero Express as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jul 17, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
The best bus/minivan I have taken during my whole stay in Southeast Asia! Left in time and arrived ahead of schedule.
Jul 14, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Courteous sevice, and on time.
Jul 13, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
A good service. Depot staff were friendly helpful & efficient. The van we travelled in only had five other passengers who were very quiet. Air on was good & our driver was a really nice young guy whom I struck a friendship with. Although the poor guy was clearly tired from the over-long hours he works, his driving was excellent & I noted his consciencesness when it came to caring for the safety of his passengers. He drove well & was not at all reckless, he offered the passengers the opportunity to play their choice of music from their phones via Bluetooth into the van's stereo system & when we reached our destination he negotiated & organised tuktuk transport to take them into Siem Reap to their hotels. I'd use Thero Express again without hesitation & my only negative view is that they work their drivers a little too hard which is tough on them & potentially problematic if the driver's ability is affected by tiredness. Excellent service otherwise & I really liked our driver.
Jul 6, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
It was the bumpiest bus journey I have ever been on, even the smoothest of roads felt like it had huge potholes. If you value comfort at all, use a different bus provider
Jul 1, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Aircon and WiFi on board. Was comfortable and safe!
Jun 11, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
We arrived late but still managed to get on the bus, they then dropped us to the airport for free. WiFi was great and the team were very friendly. Would reccomend but would be on time next time!
Jun 10, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Got us from A to B, very friendly but stopped us for lunch which we were not informed of prior. Clearly their family business too, stopping at a gas station would have been sufficient.
Jun 2, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
We had the whole van to ourselves! Lovely and cool temp. Driver was really fast. Arrived 45min before estimated time
May 18, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
On time
Apr 28, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Our trip is great if not for the broken aircon. We can still feel humid eventho the a/c is open. But the company, the van and the driver is good.
Apr 21, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
The vehicle was on time in departing, but the driver had to wait/ go back for some passengers (a miscommunication probably transpired between them). The driver in Phnom Penh was very courteous, cheerful and helpful. It was only when we were near the thailand border when i realized there was free wifi (my bad... i should've asked, instead of looking for a written notice of a password or something). I was seated alone in the front of the van so i had a lot of room to myself, which i really liked. I couldn't quite figure out where to proceed from the border, good thing my fellow passengers were kind enough to let me just tag along. The connecting van in thailand was on time, and we had a quiet ride. Both operators were polite, but, I must say, the service was "warmer" in cambodia compared to that in thailand. Anyhow, i am thankful to the safe and uneventful trip :)
Apr 18, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Superrrr!
Apr 12, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
The bus left 45 minutes too late, it was way too hot and we arrived 2 hours after schedule. Seats were comfortable tho.
Apr 11, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
It got us from A-B. Left on time. Stopped twice for toilet break. Took about 6 hours from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh so much longer than advertised. All but one seat filled but floor and isle stacked full of goods, making it difficult to get on and off. 'Air conditioning' was pretty pathetic. Bus was a sweat box.
Apr 2, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Perfect trip! We arrived half an hour earlier, driver was safe and the bus is clean
Mar 22, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
Cockroaches in the mini van...incredible.
Mar 12, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
The way from Phnom Penh to the boarder was horrible. The driver didn’t speak English at all and they stopped 3 more times than they told us. There was not enough space for our luggage. We started at 5am and we should be in Bangkok at 4:30 pm. We didn’t expect to be there in time but 3 hours too late is not acceptable. They way from the boarder to Bangkok was very quick and without problems. I wouldnt recommend this bus.
Mar 5, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
The bus was clean and fast - No problems, no confusing instructions to transfer busses, etc. the staff spoke enough English to communicate effectively with the foreigners, and there was A/C on the bus! No major complaints, and it was quite good given some of the other bus experiences we had while we visited!
Feb 19, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Very good. Comfortable
Feb 18, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Nice trip, the driver was very careful and we arrive before schedule.
Feb 18, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
Good friendly driver. Arrived 1 hour after estimated time though and was forced to use overpriced tuk tuks at final destination. WiFi didn't work and no Aircon. Luggage in seats and walkway made the journey cramped.
Feb 17, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
Wow. How to rate this. First off: the bus was not the one advertised. We got an old Transit with 16(!) seats and no wifi. Second: the driver drove like he had stolen the car. This was by far the worst driving we have experienced in SE Asia. Rude staff. Pros: we arrived an hour earlier than scheduled. Won't ever use There again.
Feb 14, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Perfect.
Feb 10, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
The bus was on time but, BUT the driver was not speaking English, in the office as well. Really barely understandable. There were no charging point at the seats and no wifi as told.
Feb 6, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Not much place for the luggage
Jan 18, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Lots of toilet stops which was good! However there was clearly something wrong with he van as the driver kept changing some sort of filter in the engine at every stop. There was a funny smell from the AC in the last 30 mins... but we all arrived safe and sound! I would definitely chose to travel by bus rather than van next time however- it’s more comfortable and you have more room. But otherwise the trip was uneventful and good strong WiFi that was good throughout: I managed to book flights through 12goasia in the journey without problem.
Jan 17, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Smooth ride and very kind driver! We had a couple of unnecessary stops. Stopped at a place for about an hour, where no passengers actually ate. So we just waited there until the driver was ready to go. Could have gotten to Phnom Penh a lot earlier. Overall, still a great transfer.
Jan 13, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Very fast, too many stops. Wifi cut out early.
Jan 12, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
1.30 hrs after the official arrival time.
Jan 10, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
Dangerous driving, but that is common in Cambodia. We arrived 30 minutes earlier than scheduled. Lunch stop on the way was good.
Jan 4, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
Worthy for the paid price
Jan 2, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
No information on seat allocation so told to sit in least preferred seats. Seats did not have enough leg-room and not high enough backs for taller passengers. Too many rest stops slowed journey.

Thero Express Stations

Phnom Penh Thero Express Siem Reap Thero Express Battambang Thero Express Banteay Meanchey Thero Express Poipet Thero Express Bangkok Thero Express