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.

Buy Virak Buntham Express Tickets

Bus Express XL
09:00
Bus Sleeper
01:00
Bus AC Seater
09:00
Bus Sleeper
01:00
Bus Sleeper
07:15, 22:30
Minibus 12
09:30, 14:30
20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:15, 21:30, 22:00
Bus AC Seater
08:00
Bus Sleeper
00:30
00:05, 19:00, 22:30, 23:00
00:05, 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 19:00, 20:00, 20:30, 22:30, 23:00
Bus Express XL
08:15
Bus Sleeper
19:00
Bus Minivan 15
12:30
Bus Sleeper
07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 19:00
00:05, 07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 19:00, 20:00, 20:30, 23:00

Virak Buntham Express Company Reviews

2.7
224 / 6,189
5 35
4 40
3 43
2 40
1 66
98.3% of 6,189 travelers were presumably happy with Virak Buntham 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.

Sep 24, 2018
bus AC Seater, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
Convenient, staff good. A bit late due to some passengers but overall good experience! Recommended; cheers
Sep 24, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
To much aircon in the sleeper bus, I was sick during the trip. The driver was dangerous about his driving ..
Sep 24, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Bus stop many place from PP to the boarder. From the boarder to BKK horrible driver with a horrible bus
Sep 23, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
All perfectt
Sep 19, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
We didn't have any English speaking guide inside the bus that made the transfers very confusing. The bed on the sleeper bus that's supposed to accommodate 2 persons is in fact only suitable for 1. After 5 hours on the sleeper bus, after arriving to Phnom Penh, you have to transfer to a regular bus. We didn't know that we have to get off because no announcement was made, we were just alarmed after we saw that everybody is getting off the bus.
Sep 14, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
They dont give instructions to us on what to do. They dont speak english. They got mad at us. We don't even understand it. It was a mess. I left my glasses in the bus and they didn't give it back
Sep 14, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Not too bad or too great. Had to share a bed with someone in a very small place. Also no wifi or toilet, but the crew was so friendly to stop quickly after I asked for a toilet stop. Arrival was earlier than expecter
Sep 12, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Comfortable mini bus but was running an hour late so missed our pick up
Sep 12, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
It was raining hard. They didn't explain well where the cambodia embassy was but it was a smooth ride. We were able to sleep very well.
Sep 11, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
The lower part is to low- not balanced with the upper part. Its hard for tall people to fit in. Aircon not working too well. Travel is ok though
Sep 9, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Bad organization,no wifi,no snack,no english..different bus than we booked on website
Sep 9, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
I was not informed I would be sharing a area with another customer. The driver shouted at me in a language I didn't understand. He also hit another customer who was Spanish and didn't understand his request. The driver went so fast that most of the trip I held onto railings in case the bus toppled. It was like this for 12 hrs.
Sep 8, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Good journey, the beds are quite short if you’re 6ft or over which can be slightly problematic when trying to sleep. The journey through immigration took a long time and we were not informed as to what was going on, just pointed in various directions by the drivers. Would do it again!
Sep 4, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
If you expected a bed, as seen on the picture, think again. No beds but chairs. At the border of cambodia, the drivers asked for a fee of 40 dollar for the visa, even though the regular fee is 30 dollars. Oreo’s and water was nice though.
Sep 2, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Mini bus was very comfortable however the bus arrived an hour and a half late. The driver also went out of the way to drop the two passengers off making the trip longer however would not drop us 1km down the road to our hostel
Sep 1, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
At first, we were on a sleeper bus going to Phnom Penh (11pm to 5am). Then we were asked to leave the bus at 5am because we will transfer to another bus according to the bus driver. Then we waited for an hour (just sitting infront of their office) waiting for the tuktuk to take us to the bus going to Ho Chi Minh. It took us another 7hrs to reach the immigration. The bus conductor collected all passports and proceed to the immigration counters. Then almost 1hr to reach the bus station where we all alighted.
Aug 31, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
The ride was okay. If a client reads the terms and conditions including the reviews like I did they will be prepared for the scenario of the bus. The driver and his men are okay. They can speak and understand english somehow. However I think it will be better if they announce where we are and what to expect if it is the boarder or stop over or what juat so to avoid anxiety. The bus is too small its hard to move in the aisle. The aircon was okay but wifi was lost the moment we left the boarding station.
Aug 31, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
Reliable company. Punctual on time both on departure and arrival. Good mini van in which you could sit well. Recommended!
Aug 30, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Toilet did not work, staff not pleasant .bus do not comfortable. We had much better experience with another bus company in way to Cambodia.
Aug 28, 2018
bus Express, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
Good trip but staff were conning people for extra charge for "easy" visa, but it took more time than those who just did it themselves
Aug 27, 2018
bus Express, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
Good service, the trip was a lot faster than expected, and the staff were friendly.
Aug 27, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
Service ok. Free water, a blanket, pillow, a plug and AC (a bit broken so we could not control the amount of air coming out). You have to be okay with sleeping with a lot of noise. Otherwise it was good.
Aug 25, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
We arrived a bit late but apart from that all was fine
Aug 23, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
The trip was smooth but the personnels doesn’t explain or tell passengers what to do or where to go during transfer in the border
Aug 18, 2018
bus AC Seater/Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
We love your service bec the person on the bus explain to us what to do in english language,other bus company only speak on their language.
Aug 18, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
The bed is quite small for 2 persons
Aug 16, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
Clean but small busses, a bed for two people is a little bit too small. But the timing was on point, the bordercontroll without any problems and the transfer in Phnom Penh well structured. I‘d go again. :)
Aug 14, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
No wifi, no toilets, small beds even if VIP bus was mentioned. Plus, the bus stopped in Phnom Penh albeit it was supposed to be direct. Bad experience.
Aug 12, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
It is ok. Not a 5-star bus service but it's true that you will reach your destination at approximated proposed time. I don't have chances to experience other Cambodian bus services but I think this is a big bus service with many different bus routes to travel around Cambodia.
Aug 11, 2018
bus Minivan, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
The Seats were sit like shit....
Aug 8, 2018
bus VIP Minibus, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
King-ping
Aug 8, 2018
bus VIP Minibus, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Stopped too many times for rest breaks (7 all up) and then dumped me off in the middle of no where to then have no one by Tuk Tuk or motorbike to take me to Otres Beach. I was stranded for an hour begging for someone to take me to my accommodation! I know it’s not door to door service but at least drop passengers off near other sources of transport!
Aug 7, 2018
bus Minivan, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
We had the seats in the back of the van and they are not suited for adults.
Aug 5, 2018
bus VIP Minibus, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
Punctual trip from Battambang to Phnom Penh but felt in danger several times. Driver spent more than half journey with a phone to his ear. There were a few very scary overtaking manouvres. Stopped for lunch in a tourist trap.
Jul 26, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Poor service, older bus. No clearly instructions given.
Jul 26, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
The bed has some sands on it, the walkway is very narrow and it will be very difficult for two tall guys to squeeze in a small bed
Jul 25, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Bus changes are not good.
Jul 23, 2018
bus Express, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
vip bus from Battambang very nice with wifi and comfortable seats, clean and air conditioned.
Jul 22, 2018
bus Express, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Great seats, friendly staff. But leaving it at 3 stars only because: 1) There were no seat belts 2) WiFi did not work at any point 3) The border crossing instructions were not really clear
Jul 22, 2018
bus VIP Minibus, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
The trip was OK. But they don't follow the seats assigned... And the seats are very veey narrow mostly in the last row...

Virak Buntham Express Stations

Siem Reap Virak Buntham Phnom Penh Virak Buntham olympic Phnom Penh Virak Buntham oldmarket Sihanoukville Virakbuntham Koh Kong Virakbuntham Mondulkiri Virakbuntham Ho Chi Minh Virakbuntham Poi Pet Virakbuntham vipvan Battambang Virakbuntham Bangkok Poi Pet Virakbuntham bus