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 Seater 41 41
09:00
Bus Semi Sleeper
01:00
Hotel Bus
00:30
VIP Minibus
06:30, 07:30, 15:30, 16:30
Bus VIP Sleeper 41 41
19:00
VIP Minibus
07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30

Virak Buntham Express Company Reviews

2.6
362 / 9,514
5 51
4 65
3 72
2 53
1 121
98.2% of 9,514 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.

Dec 17, 2018
bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
We always got off from the bus which is kinda annoying without them saying anything Overall, we were able to get to our destination
Dec 14, 2018
bus VIP Minibus, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Air conditioning was very strong. Bring a scarf on this trip!
Dec 14, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
I have the following to report: 1. I could not get proper information regarding my entry to Thailand (VISA fee exempted) in the bus. Hence had to stand in queue twice, though the second queue was with less hassle. 2. The bus I was travelling in had left by the time we were through the visa process, however, alternate arrangement was readily available, which took us to the main market area in Bangkok. This actually helped me in the end. 3. This way, I would like the trip to 4.5!
Dec 12, 2018
bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
12go.asia were a great booking agent, would use again as it was easy. Starting with a positive, drivers were ok and left nearly on time, but longer than 12 hours along with 3 bus changes which we was unaware of & numerous unnecessary stops. The first few hours the coach was ok but after that in two uncomfortable mini buses which I wouldn’t have described as ‘VIP’. Hopefully they take note in the future.
Dec 10, 2018
bus AC Seater, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
Good AC
Dec 10, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
Everything was Fine . Always on Time
Dec 9, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
The bus vibrates a lot and the road is very bumpy. It is hard to sleep if you are not used to sleeping bus. Cambodians dont seem to have any problem. The beds are very narrow, so you better buy two seats. Also the beds are about 1m70 long. Being 1.80 I could stretch myself if I lay on the diagonal. The drivers were helpful and one of them speaks English.
Dec 9, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Staff was not clear, just took my ticket and did not say anything: where, how, what car nothing... But after 6 hours of traveling (advertised 4) I managed to get there.
Dec 6, 2018
bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
I've read a lot of negative comments about this bus. But in my experience, everything is okay. The bus are clean and the bed is not hard. The bus also come on time and we need to wait for transit around 1.5hrs. Unfortunately, if you have more than 170cm tall, it's a little bit uncomfortable for you to sleep on this sleeper bus. Overall it's a good bus to go from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
Dec 5, 2018
bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
The coach ride was excellent staff v.friendly especially da who was very patient with me. Only bad thing was pressure from tuk tuk driver after arrival insisted i go on a tour of Cambodia nxt day. but other than that superb, highly recommend travel super market. Ben....UK
Dec 1, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Delayed due to bus malfunction
Nov 29, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
Most of the staff were friendly and helpful. The bed is alright and worth the money paid for the ticket.
Nov 29, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
No toilet on the bus. Drop-off point was about 5km from the center of Siem Reap, probably to extort additional money for a tuktuk ride. Beds were small and uncomfortable. Would not recommend.
Nov 28, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Was seats, No beds...
Nov 28, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
We were offered to go by earlier bus and it was our only luck. The jurney took so long, we're worried about miss the flight. But we are thankfull because bus stopped near airport for us.
Nov 24, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
The bus trip was average. A suggestion is, that you have to notified people already by the booking process ( not in the confirmation) who are traveling alone, should purchase 2 tickets for the bed, or you will be ending up like me - a female- to share a bed with a stranger man. And the beds are made up for Asian size, not for Europeans. But at the end, it’s a good ride and I would do it again.
Nov 21, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Good thing we had a safe travel however the bunk beds were very small we can't fit ourselves. We hope that next time there are english speaking people that would assist foreigners.
Nov 19, 2018
bus Express, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
In terms of ease, it was pretty straight forward, even with border control into Cambodia! We booked a sleeper straight from Bangkok which we thought was direct. We ended up getting dropped at Siem Reap, having to wait an hour and a half before boarding a new bus to Phnom Penh. Our first bus also wasn’t a sleeper but a standard bus. It wasn’t until Phnom Penh that the sleeper was provided. WiFi, water and snacks provided on the first one and a nice chap who spoke good English - toilet available. 2nd bus had no water, WiFi, snacks, or toilet which was odd given it was a sleeper.
Nov 17, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
great experience, the staff was helpful with the visa for cambodia and the bus was clean and comfortable.The also give as free water and a small snack.
Nov 17, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
I booked with Virak Buntham without reading reviews beforehand. When I saw all the negative reviews online at trip advisor site I became a little scared and worry a lot coz I bought the ticket already and lots of negative thoughts came in. I did pray ☺️ It helped. It wasn’t a bad service as I read online. We went to the office 2hrs before the trip. They answered all our questions. We left at 1am and arrived in Cambodia bus terminal at 1030h. We stop over only for terminals and check points. When we arrived at the boarder the staff instructed us where to go and that we will be getting on the same bus and they will be waiting on the other side. All the passenger stayed in one line and each go through the immigration officer for visa stamp. After the immigration officer stamped our passsport with visa My friend and I just followed the only way out and before we could reach the highway the bus driver waiting for us and collected our passport and we paid 5dollars for immigration card. We waited for him in the bus and when he got back he returned our passport and we head to the Siem Reap proper. Not a bad service after all.
Nov 17, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Very dis organized and don't give instruction in English. Very difficult for foreigners like us..
Nov 15, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
I booked a sleeper bus. When I showed up it was a minivan. I asked the girl next to me what she paid ($10) and I paid over $13. Not good business practices. Next time I’m using another company
Nov 14, 2018
bus AC Seater, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
Smooth
Nov 12, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Bottles of water was there but not given. Writing come early but 5min before is more than enough...
Nov 12, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
The staffs are accommodating but the bus it self is low maintenance its so hot even theres aircon feels like nothing. And the bus that we booked should have a bed but we ride on a vip bus that has reclining chair.
Nov 11, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
really comfortable trip, almost on time.
Nov 10, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Booked a sleeping bus. Never seen a sleeping bus. Mini van with 10 people with very little space. Thank god that the seat could go a little flat. We should arrive at 19H. But arrived at 21h30.
Nov 10, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Was ok, driver was mean and staff didnt spoke english. Took longer than expected, no wifi or toilet in the bus even though promised
Nov 8, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
A smooth journey. Coach was mostly comfortable and clean. Toilet needed a little TLC. Border process would have benefited from additional support, as it is quite a hectic process to get through. But otherwise a good trip with the team. Thank you.
Nov 6, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
Eventhough there are many Bad Reviews about this Travel Agent, this is my real stories. Bangkok - Cambodia (26th Oct 2018) Cambodia - Bangkok (28th Oct 2018) 1. Travel Mart : Bangkok to Cambodia I took the Night Bus, the crew picked me up at McDonalds Khao San Rd around 00.30am (there are 2 Mcd there, just check your ticket to make you are at the right Mcd) and then walked for about 100 meters to the Bus. The Bus arrived in front of Star Plaza around 5am, we waited the Thailand - Cambodia Immigration around 1 hour (The immigration opens at 6am). Then we went there by walk for about 100 meters to get our stamp. The Bus waited us not far from Cambodia Immigration. We got 15-20 minutes rest after one and a half hour journey to the city. We reached the Travel Agent in Cambodia around 10.30 am and they gave us free tuk-tuk ride to our hotel (The Tuk-Tuk Driver also offered us a ride for Angkor Wat or to any other place, but that's not free, if you dont want it, just say NO). 2. VBE : Cambodia - Bangkok It' also Night-Bus and they called it Sleeper Bus, but i just got the same Bus like before (The Ticket said VBE has 3 types of Bus and we will move from Bus to Bus/Minivan). Around 11.30 pm, a pick-up car came to pick me from my hostel (Dont forget, when you arrive in Cambodia or another time you have time, you should tell the Travel Agent which hostel you stay). We arrived at the Cambodia' Border around 4 am so we waited around 2 hours in the Bus (Because the Immigration still closed). After Immigration things finished, the bus went to Bangkok around 8 am (Yeah we waited for a long time haha). We also got 15-20 minutes rest to took our breakfast and arrived safely in Bangkok around 12am (They have 3 different places, Hua Lamphong and KhaoSan Rd, and i forgot haha)
Oct 26, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
The trip was very fine! Sihanoukville to Siem Reap. The only issue was the small space to sleep for a tall person. The staff OK, punctual (we even reached our destination 2 hours earlier than expected). We had read so many bad reviews that we were a little bit afraid. Maybe the problem are the international trips.. this one was more than fine
Oct 22, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Was 6 hours not the advertised 4. Seats were uncomfortable.
Oct 5, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
The bus was good but the drivers and the stuffs aren’t that fluent in english which makes me hard to communicate with them, and the worst part is someone took my bed in a stop over in phonm phen, i buy some foods and when i get back the bus there are 2girls and i ask the driver to tell them to transfer from another bed beacuse i already occupied it since in siem reap.. and they won stealing my bed, ???? i was a bit pissed off....
Oct 4, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
The driver and the assistant are unpleasant ,the beds are too short and the lights up the beds don’t work and the Wi-Fi on board doesn’t exist! It is a terrible Travel
Oct 2, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
The bus itself was really comfortable and the air con worked great. The WiFi worked up until the Thai border. The bus itself in Bangkok was super hard to find. When the bus arrived it was nothing like the photos. The bus we were supposed to get on was a sleeper this bus wasn’t. However it still had reclinable chairs and if was fairly comfortable. The staff were helpful but they take money from you like they’re trying to help. However you can cross the boarder yourself for free they take money from you to help you.
Sep 28, 2018
bus AC Seater, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
The pick up truck and bus were on time. Just the picture of bus posted in website and reality was totally different. It actually don't come with a bed, just normal seated bus. WiFi is not working at all, but can use to check email and some communication apps. Overall bus is good in terms of cleanliness and instruction that given by the operator from both Cambodia and Bangkok. Keep it up!
Sep 26, 2018
bus Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
It was ok, the wifi doesn't work, and if you travel alone you share a bed. This was in the very fine print.. they didn't speak english, so it was had to know where to go before and after, but it worked out juat fine
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

Virak Buntham Express Stations

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