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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Virak Buntham Express Company Reviews

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98.2% of 20,701 travelers were presumably happy with Virak Buntham Express as they left good or no review
DE
5
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Nov 15, 2019
Very accomodating staff and bright ideas from mr cheng
AC
2
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Nov 15, 2019
Bus - old but spacious enough. The bus name is Long Phuong. Incident - 2hrs left before we get to siem reap we had a problem with the driver who carried in the bus gallons of alcohol which the locals complained because its not safe. The locals advised us to get off the bus because its not safe anymore. The driver did not want to unload the gallons of alcohol so he left us in the gas station where there are lots of mosquitoes. The good thing is that the conductor of the bus did not leave us and looked for another transport so that we can get to siem reap. He was able to get another transport after an hour and when we got off to siem reap he did not leave until all of us were able to ride the tuktuk. The problem is with the DRIVER! im sure he doesnt want to unload the gallons because he got a big tip for that and its very disappointing because our lives were at stake.
LC
5
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Nov 13, 2019
Bardzo udana podróż. Mini bus wygodny. Kierowca pomocny. Wystarczająca ilość przerw na toaletę. Polecam.
YH
5
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Oct 27, 2019
Tellement pratique : arrivé à ppenh le soir ā 9:30, le temps de se restaurer et de prendre un tuk tuk pour rejoindre le bus qui partait à 00:30 ... arrivée a sihanoukville au lever du jour sans sen rendre compte. .. 1 nuit d'hôtel économisé et 1 jour de gagné ...
IJ
3
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Oct 23, 2019
Ok trip, seats a bit narrow for a european. Other then this all good.
HN
2
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Oct 22, 2019
Instructions given mostly in local languages Cover sheet or pillow blanket not clean
AL
2
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Oct 13, 2019
The picture online and the actual bed of the sleeper bus is totally different! It's false advertisement!
OF
2
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Oct 12, 2019
Van did not depart on time. Driver does not understand English. Aircon not functioning properly.
SK
5
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Oct 6, 2019
The bus is comfortable, they pick me up even though it's just 400m,
MS
5
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Sep 13, 2019
Very good service. Friendly staff, super comfortable seats and we arrived early.
PD
3
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 29, 2019
The driving was ok and the beds were fine but the bus is old so you can feel all holes on the road at all times. The staff were not helpful for anything from immigration to arrival time to cleaning the beds during passenger change. One person even almost missed Phnom Penh since she was sleeping and nobody warned her about being in Phnom Penh. So conclusion is not as bad as I have read in other reviews but also not good enough.
OJ
2
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 26, 2019
The bus departed on time, made 2 stops, the second one totally unnecessary. The driver was more like a racer, a maniac behind the steering wheel. Totally irresponsible. We bought 2 tickets, one of the seats didn’t have seatbelt. I am glad to be alive. I will never take bus in Cambodia again - actually I shall never return to Cambodia
JD
4
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 24, 2019
Not bad just as expected and we are properly assisted but the bus air-condition is a bit warm other than that its ok
RP
4
Bus Express Seater 41, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 24, 2019
Siem Reap to Bangkok: The bus was very comfortable, they gave a snack and water upon boarding the bus. The A/C on the bus worked really well which I have found to be a rarity in Southeast Asia and the WiFi worked most of the way. The border crossing was a little confusing since the guy giving the instructions spoke little english, but basically you have to get off the bus on the Cambodian side, grab your luggage and walk to the Cambodia Immigration office to get an Out stamp. Then you walk past the Casino, take a left turn and then a right turn and cross a bridge towards the Thai Immigration (about 200 - 300 mts carrying your bags). Pass Thai Immigration and then get your luggage scanned. Then look for the bus and hop back on. Once you enter Bangkok city limit they offer 3 stops, I got off on the first one (to go to the airport, on Ranma9) which is not even a bus stop.... Just dropped me on the side of a very busy highway in front of construction sites where I had to figure my own way to my destination. So my only advice is to be prepared if you get off on this stop (I suggest downloading Google map of this area if you will be without internet when arriving). Safe travels!
CN
4
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 22, 2019
Could sleep well. The information about the seat was so random. And unfortunately, there's no wifi on board. But overall, first time experience hop on sleeper bus and that was good. Arrived 30 minutes earlier.
KK
3
Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 18, 2019
Bus was dirty and whole Staff were not nice. They give us very few information and were very uncareful with the luggage
RM
5
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 14, 2019
We arrived earlier than expected. They also accommodate our request to put us in earlier trip.
RJ
5
Bus AC Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 14, 2019
They have very nice to resched my trip the next day without any fee. I recommend this to all of you folks! The staffs are very nice, we exchanged accessories from our country. I love Siem Reap and it's people! I surely come back
RJ
5
Bus AC Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 12, 2019
The only thing I didn't expect is there is no actual bed like what is showing on the website.
TS
3
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 11, 2019
They (Bus driver and his friends) are earning 5 USD$ extra for visa on arrival They don’t talk politely also they just talking with us in there own language. Otherwise all service was good.

Virak Buntham Express Stations

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