Virak Buntham Express

3.5
931 customer reviews

About Virak Buntham Express

Company Information

Virak Buntham Express started operations in 2004 and promotes itself as the fastest-growing bus company in Cambodia. Virak Buntham Express services use sleeper and VIP buses as well as minivans.

Routes served by Virak Buntham Express

Phnom Penh–Siem Reap

From Phnom Penh, you have the option of catching either VIP or minivans to Siem Reap to visit the world-famous archaeological site of Angkor Wat. There are 17 daily services from the capital city to Siem Reap throughout the day, between 00.00 and 23.30. The trip lasts around six hours and is priced at USD11 per person.

There are also 16 departures from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh each day so there is a huge range of possible services to catch depending on your schedule.

Phnom Penh–Battambang

Battambang is another one of the most popular destinations to visitors to Cambodia and it can be reached directly from Phnom Penh on any one of the 14 services per day. The journey lasts six hours and buses leave the capital city throughout the day from 01.00.

If you are in Battambang there are three buses each day that will connect you with Phnom Penh for the same cost of USD11.

Phnom Penh–Sihanoukville

All visitors to Cambodia should ensure that they visit the beautiful beaches along the country’s coastline and there are three services each day from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. Buses depart the capital city at 07.30, 08.30 and 19.30 for the coastal city around five hours away.

There are also seven buses heading in the opposite direction from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. Tickets are priced at USD8 from Phnom Penh and USD11 from Sihanoukville.

International services: Vietnam

Virak Buntham Express also offers connections with international destinations in Thailand and Vietnam. You can visit Ho Chi Minh City directly from Siem Reap, with four buses each day (and one bus per day from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap) for USD16.

There is also one service to Ho Chi Minh City from Phnom Penh each day, leaving at 01.30 and costing USD14.

International services: Thailand

From Phnom Penh there are 15 daily services to Bangkok starting from 01.00, with tickets priced at USD27 for the 13-hour journey. There are four buses heading in the opposite direction, departing between 05.00 and 08.00, which are also priced at USD27.

You can also visit Bangkok directly from Siem Reap; there are two departures at 00.30 and 08.00 that make the 10 trip with tickets available at USD17. From Bangkok, there are three services that can transport you to Siem Reap, leaving at 01.00, 08.00 and 09.00 each day.

Other popular destinations in Thailand that you can visit with Virak Buntham Express directly from Cambodia include Pattaya and Koh Chang. There is one bus leaving Sihanoukville at 08.15 each day that will take you to the border, from where you will be transported to your destination. This service is due to arrive on the island of Koh Chang at 16.15 (after an eight hour trip costing USD27) and at 18.15 in Pattaya, 10 hours after leaving Sihanoukville (USD28).

Pros

Virak Buntham Express offers some of the cheapest tickets that you will find in Cambodia, you are unlikely to purchase a ticket on the Phnom Penh to Siem Reap route for under USD11.

Also, border crossings may be more hassle travelling by bus as opposed to flying, but the price is unbeatable, especially for those on a tighter budget. The buses are also fairly comfortable so these services offer good value for money for visitors.

Cons

The standard of the vehicles on these routes may be below what is on offer from some of the operator’s competitors. However, a more important issue than the cleanliness of the buses is the questionable safety record of the operator which puts off many travellers from using these services, hence the low cost of tickets.

Another factor to note when planning your trip is the fact that you are likely to be travelling in a minivan on any services during the day, despite the duration of your trip. Minivans are typically far less comfortable than the larger buses – though faster – and will feel cramped if you are sitting there for a substantial length of time.

Keep in mind

Most of the vehicles used on routes by Virak Buntham Express have on-board toilets. This is not always the case in Cambodia, even on some of the more luxurious services.

Travellers reviews

The cleanliness of the buses can often leave a lot to be desired and the operator falls well short when compared to some of the other companies along these routes. There have been repeated complaints regarding the dirty condition of the buses on several routes operated by the company.

Another major issue, especially on overnight trips, is the risk of pickpockets. This is an issue that has been raised by passengers in the past and seems to occur on these services more frequently than others.

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Bangkok - Phnom Penh
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Bus Express Seater 41
01:00, 09:00
Bus Minibus 12
05:00, 06:00, 07:00, 08:00
Bangkok - Siem Reap
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01:00, 09:00
Banteay Meanchey - Siem Reap
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Bus Hotel Bus
20:30, 21:30, 22:30
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21:00
Battambang - Phnom Penh
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22:00, 22:30
Bus Minibus 12
07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 16:00
Ho Chi Minh - Phnom Penh
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00:30
Koh Kong - Sihanoukville
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08:00
Mondulkiri - Phnom Penh
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Bus Hotel Bus
22:30, 23:00
Bus Minibus 12
07:15, 08:30, 09:30, 13:30, 15:00
Mondulkiri - Siem Reap
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07:00
Phnom Penh - Bangkok
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Bus Hotel Bus
01:00, 20:00, 20:30, 21:15, 21:30, 22:00
Bus Luxury
21:45
Bus Minibus 12
05:00, 06:00, 07:00, 08:00
Phnom Penh - Banteay Meanchey
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Bus Hotel Bus
01:00, 20:00, 21:15, 21:30, 22:00
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21:00
Bus Minibus 12
04:00, 06:30, 08:00
Phnom Penh - Battambang
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01:00, 20:30, 22:00, 23:00
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Bus Minibus 12
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Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh
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01:30
Phnom Penh - Koh Kong
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Bus Express Seater 41
07:45
Bus Minibus 12
07:45, 13:45
Phnom Penh - Mondulkiri
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Bus Hotel Bus
21:30, 23:00
Bus Luxury
21:30
Bus Minibus 12
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Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
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Bus Coaster
07:00, 08:00, 08:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30
Bus Hotel Bus
00:05, 18:30, 20:00, 21:15, 21:30, 23:00
Bus Luxury
21:00, 23:00, 23:30
Bus Minibus 12
06:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 17:00
Phnom Penh - Sihanoukville
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Bus Coaster
08:30
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00:30
Bus Minibus 12
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Siem Reap - Bangkok
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00:30, 08:00
Siem Reap - Banteay Meanchey
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00:30, 08:00
Siem Reap - Mondulkiri
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07:30
Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
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Bus Coaster
07:00, 08:00, 08:30, 13:30, 14:30
Bus Hotel Bus
00:05, 01:30, 19:00, 20:30, 22:00, 23:00, 23:15
Bus Luxury
22:30, 23:15
Bus Minibus 12
06:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:30
Siem Reap - Sihanoukville
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Bus Hotel Bus
20:30, 21:00
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20:00
Sihanoukville - Bangkok
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08:15
Sihanoukville - Koh Kong
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08:15
Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh
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Bus Coaster
07:00, 07:30, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00
Bus Hotel Bus
00:30, 19:00, 20:00
Bus Minibus 12
08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 18:00
Sihanoukville - Siem Reap
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Bus Hotel Bus
20:00
Bus Luxury
20:30

Virak Buntham Express Company Reviews

MA
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Mar 23, 2020
Voor grote, lees dikke, toeristen is er wel weinig plaats maar onze verwachtingen waren niet zo hoog.
EM
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Mar 16, 2020
Journey was quick and bus comfortable, but not very relaxing due to the eratic driving of the bus driver who was dangerous and visibly suffered from road rage!
WT
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Mar 14, 2020
Buen servicio, cumplimientonde horarios.
RK
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Mar 5, 2020
The only drawback was to wait for 3 hours in the border to the oppening hour of the immigration offices. Then we had to carry our luggage to a busy street on Thailand side. It took a a minute to figure out where the meeting point to take the bus again. But the trip was very nice and smooth
CS
Bus Coaster, Virak Buntham Express, Feb 25, 2020
Bus cómodo, pequeño. Hizo dos paradas, una de baño y otra para almorzar. El chofer era algo arriesgado para conducir, frenamos varias veces en seco, pero nada tan diferente a lo que pasa en cambodia. Lo mejor el tipo de bus.
TL
Bus AC Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express, Feb 16, 2020
Personnel peu sympathiue
RP
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Feb 5, 2020
Départ avec 1h de retard, conduite dangereuse pour rattraper le retard (arrivée à l’heure cependant). Climatisation assez faible. Sièges très confortables. 2 pauses dont 1 pour déjeuner. Van non verrouillé, laissé à tourner lors de la pause déjeuner de 30 minutes, sûrement pour garder la climatisation allumée mais pas terrible pour être serein lorsque l’on a toutes ses affaires dedans (rien n’a pour autant été volé). Le prix reste très correct comparé à l’avion. C’est un compromis à faire ou non.
KG
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Feb 4, 2020
It's good. But it will be much better if they could actually help us or assist us at the boarder line during immigration something.. we paid at immigration for 100baht and my friends 3dollars each. We don't know why.. we just paid for it since we're afraid that we won't be able to cross the boarder if we refuse to do so. And we almost got lost. We're not able to find the bus immediately. Cause no sign boards or no personnel waiting for us outside the boarder.
CD
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 29, 2020
Voyage catastrophique. Plusieurs dans la même couchette dans des conditions déplorables. Passage de frontière deux heures avant l'ouverture de celle-ci, etc... À éviter.
ML
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 26, 2020
Cabins too small and shared with strangers. No information about toilet stops.
EL
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 26, 2020
Terrible service: extremely rude staff (they changed our seats without allowing us to go to the seats we had booked), crazy air conditioning (one blanket was not enough and when I asked the driver to turn the a/c down he did for 5 minutes and then turned it back on). Nobody spoke a word of English in the bus which obviously makes all things a bit harder when there are only tourists on the bus. On the way to Sihanoukville I traveled with Giant Ibis which offered a much better service
HF
Bus Coaster, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 24, 2020
Mit über eine Stunde Verspätung losgefahren. Sonst alles bestens
JM
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 21, 2020
Meeting Point war leicht zu finden. War gut organisiert. Fahrt ohne Probleme. Alles gut!????
KC
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 20, 2020
Finding the right place to take the minivan was a challenge but they have been very helpful to get me there and waited for me. The minivan driver have been very nice and helpful too. The minivan was very comfy and new.
AM
Bus Coaster, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 20, 2020
The driver runs too fast and crazy
AL
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 19, 2020
the roads were very very bumpy...and the sleeping place is too small for two average build people. the rest was ok
12Go response:
Dear Alexander Luscombe, Thank you for the review and comment! We are glad to hear that you were generally satisfied with the journey despite drawbacks. Your comment is valuable for us to help improve our service in the future, as well as the operator's quality toward customers. We will inform the Virak Buntham Express operator about it so that they can improve their services accordingly. Our team wishes you a great day! Best regards, Maksym Allianov, 12Go Business Development Team [Support case #1064419](https://12go.asia/en/support-case?token=04627808e0d8f7ee50144533706ab1fa)
JS
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 17, 2020
It was ok. We were delayed a few hours but that’s to be expected really. A small van and a bit of reckless driving but all things we’re used to travelling around the world :) the driver was a nice and friendly guy.
ET
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 15, 2020
Too slow, we were 2 hours late (
CF
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 15, 2020
Für Europäer sind die nette sehr schmal und kurz. Es gibt keinerlei Sicherung in den Hochbetten, was bei einer ruhigen fahrt mit markenlosen Straßen kein Problem ist, jedoch sind die Straßen und der Fahrstyle landestypisch kreativ. Die Ankunftszeit sind als UNGEFÄHRE Richtlinien /+3std zu verstehen.
OE
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 13, 2020
Поставила 2, а не 1. Так как все-таки нас довезли!!!!! Ехали в спальном люксе. Сиануквиль-Сиемреап. Отъехав 20 км от города, встали на 2 часа. Ребятки стали перегружать в автобус(отделение для чемоданов) из грузовой фуры рядом какие-то пластиковые полки. В огромном количестве. Бегали, орали, суетились. Все не влезло и две оставшиеся занесли прямо в автобус. На наше замечание, что автобус не грузовой транспорт, забыли английский. Подрабатывают, короче. С водителем ехало сидя на полу у выхода 4 паренька. Ржали всю дорогу. Мы не спали вообще!!!! Ну и соответственно, отставание от графика мы нагоняли на скорости 110 км/час!!!! На таком автобусе да по кочкам, это страшное дело. Полный отстой, вышли злые и невыспавшиеся!!!!!!
BM
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 11, 2020
The journey was ok, but it wasn't the bus saw in the pictures, when we booked.
MS
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 11, 2020
Pas de wi-fi dans le bus. Interdiction d'utiliser les toilettes dans le bus. Cafards dans le bus.
WV
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 10, 2020
Though I was told that the journey would go straight from Bangkok to Pnohm Penh it did not. We went to Siem Reap first and that took most of the day considering that most of the fellow travellers did not have an E-Visa and needed to get one at the border. I told my hotel in Pnohm Penh I would arrive about 20.00 pm. It was clear this would not go as they told me it would take five to six hours from Siem Reap to Pnohm Penh. First I was told to wait at a specific place with my luggage. A van standing there would bring me to Pnohm Penh. Then they told me to get on a tuktuk because I was to be brought to another bus station and take a bus from there. This was a sleeperbus and I had to lay there with a girl that was also going to Pnohm Penh. At different occasions I asked the staff member to call my hotel to tell them I would be very late. She and other staff members did not care about my concern and did not respond at all. We arrived at 01.00 Am where the girl stole food from me when I went to visit the toilet. On the whole this was a very bad experience and I advise anyone to look for another company to travel with.
AK
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 10, 2020
The bus itself was clean, drinking water is provided. But for us, westerners, the beds were a bit small(there are around 1,6m long), so we couldn’t really stretch our legs while sleeping. Also, in the night bus stops a few times, which is ok. But during one stop my partner went to the toilet (as the toilet in the bus wasn’t the cleanest) and when he cane back the bus had left. I was asleep so obviously I didn’t know he wasn’t there. Luckily, the bus wasn’t that far, just 100m away, so he whistled and started running after the bus and the driver stopped. Therefore, i think drivers should pay more attention and count how many people descend and come back to the bus during the stops.
RE
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 8, 2020
The travel was convenient, although my sister reported that several stops were made because bus problems. They didn't have time for a stop over meal. Anyway they told me that it's comfortable while travelling with this bus. Thanks
CV
Bus Coaster, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 7, 2020
Bus was late and dirty
SG
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 6, 2020
We started our trip on time and arrived on time, at the begining we received lower berth but when we asked driver is any chance on upper he agreed. The bigest defect was that trip wasn't comfortable.
CT
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 2, 2020
The toilet was awful.other ist was. Very good.
AH
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 1, 2020
The aircondition was too much.
GP
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 29, 2019
Un'ora e mezzo in più all'arrivo, ma era previsto e lo avevano scrittl nella prenotazione. Tre stop dalle 9.30 alle 15.30. L'autista poteva essere un fenomeno in F1, fisso in sorpasso.. Valido
BV
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 28, 2019
The way from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville was alright, we arrived even earlier. About sleeping in the bus. There was mattress and pillows, quite smelly, with hair after previous travelers, but the worst thing was there was all around us lots of bugs! And it was really disgusting experience for me. Next time I will rather pay more money and go with the plain.
BR
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 25, 2019
Fahrt soweit ok, Zeitangabe weniger, Fahrt dauert wie angegeben 5 h, zuvor aber 1,5h Sammeltour im verstopften Phnom Penh
BB
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 22, 2019
Best!!!
US
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 21, 2019
Super driver! Comfortable bus!
CH
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 20, 2019
Sind mit dem Minibus gefahren. Abfahrtzeit pünktlich um 8 Uhr. Ankunftzeit 13 Uhr. Fahrt Inkl. 2 Stops, zum Essen, Trinken und Toilette. Lediglich Pick-up Point sollte besser beschrieben werden (in der Stadt oder am Busbahnhof) - hier hilft bei Unklarheiten aber: Virak Buntham Office 1 Tag eher aufsuchen und freundlich nachfragen!
AJ
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 18, 2019
At the beginning music was very loud, not good to start sleeping. Processing was very good, bed was good, you can charge your device. Way is bumpy of course, but what can they do about it (except suspension)
RR
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 18, 2019
It was freezing cold and music was played very loudly at 3 am. We arrived 2 hours earlier than expected.
PT
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 16, 2019
Seats & legspace in this mInibus is to small for western people. Staff unfriendly. The regular bus offers much more comfort. Not to compare with minibuses in Vietnam! 6 hours in this bus were hard for us.
SF
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 16, 2019
Beautiful is comfortable for sleeping. The journey done this way is truly amazing. They were also very fast, they arrived an hour earlier
JS
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 13, 2019
Mini bus broke down. Mini bus not maintained & unroadworthy. Mini bus driver was reckless and drove too fast, took chances with passengers lives.
AS
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 12, 2019
The bus is pretty comfortable for a night journey. But the staff was lacking of getting information to the passengers, for us was okay because was our way back to Bangkok.
MB
van VIP, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 11, 2019
Very slow trip and driver stop many times
KD
Bus Coaster, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 7, 2019
Ride was okay. Staff in office were very bad. Lied a lot and didn’t tell us our bus wasn’t running and that we were put on a later bus. Only when asked when the bus should have arrived, she pretended the bus was broken. Didn’t apologise and didn’t have the guts to tell us the truth.
MR
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 6, 2019
It was really cold in the bus. They didn’t say when we were at the border and we needed to go out. We waited for an hour to cross the border and than 2 hours after we crosses the border so we arrived 4 hours later in Bangkok.
KH
Bus Coaster, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 6, 2019
Good and safe trip, with a lot of toilet and food breaks.
NL
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 3, 2019
very secure driver, pleasant driving. comfortable seats and respecting our reservations. departure on time, deposit at the airport as requested. stop drink and meal. everything was perfect.
RW
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 1, 2019
Bus didn't have any toilets like advertised, and the beds were different to the pictures. Drivers didn't speak any English and came across as rude. Changed to a cramped minivan at the border which wasn't on the booking. Driver then dropped me off at somewhere random.
GO
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Nov 28, 2019
Excellent service the guide was the best
FG
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Nov 27, 2019
service was ok. i wish the driver had not had his radio playing so loud and for more than half the journey. the purpose of “night buses” is to being able to sleep. i was the one person right above his cabin. i couldn’t! too, when we arrived in phnom penh, the stop/arrival was never announced. instead, we were rushed to get off the bus. mmh? crazy! i got off the bus with no shoes on, stepped out into wet gravel and it wasn’t fun. courtesy people!
ES
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Nov 24, 2019
Hat alles gut geklappt, waren nur länger unterwegs als angegeben
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