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 AC Seater/Sleeper
01:00
Bus Express XL
09:00
Bus AC Seater/Sleeper
01:00
Bus Express XL
09:00
Bus VIP Sleeper 41 41
23:00
VIP Minibus
07:30, 08:30
Bus AC Sleeper
21:00
Bus VIP Sleeper 41 41
20:00, 20:30, 21:15, 21:30, 22:00
Bus AC Seater/Sleeper
00:30
Bus Express XL
08:00
Bus AC Sleeper
22:30
Bus VIP Sleeper 41 41
00:05, 19:00, 23:00
Bus AC Sleeper
20:30, 22:30
Bus VIP Sleeper 41 41
00:05, 19:00, 20:00, 23:00
VIP Minibus
06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 09:00
Bus Express XL
08:15
Bus VIP Sleeper 41 41
19:00
Bus Minivan 15
12:30
Bus VIP Sleeper 41 41
19:00
VIP Minibus
07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30
Bus AC Sleeper
20:30
Bus VIP Sleeper 41 41
20:00
VIP Minibus
07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30

Virak Buntham Express Company Reviews

2.8
129 / 3,939
5 23
4 27
3 20
2 20
1 39
98.5% of 3,939 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.

Jul 20, 2018
bus AC Seater/Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★☆☆☆☆
A completely disaster, dont buy this ticket by any reason, and dont BUY IN VIRAK BUNTHAN EXPRESS, they steal your money.
Jul 19, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Needed to change bus without prior announcement, lucky I heard and I was awake
Jul 18, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★☆☆☆☆
Smallest beds ever, had to share with my mate and we could barely fit. Bottom bunks are about 3 feet deep and not even 6 feet long, not comfortable at all
Jul 17, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Not expecting to be sharing a bed, especially when that could have been with a stranger! That needs to be made clear when purchasing and it wasn't to us
Jul 16, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
It is not clear at the time of booking that you will be disembarking in Phnom Penh and waiting around the office for 1-2 hours. Bunks are very tight for two people and it's not really practical to sleep for any length of time as the bus stops frequently. In saying this, it is good value for money (you have to be realistic with your expectations) and our bus arrived ahead of schedule in HCMC.
Jul 15, 2018
bus AC Seater/Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
Travelmart people were very accomodating. Staff was very helpful.
Jul 14, 2018
bus AC Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Took o/n sleeper Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh. took us only to Phnom Penh and then waited hours to then get on a normal bus to Ho Chi Minh.. would have booked differently had the transfer details been stated up front
Jul 13, 2018
bus VIP Minibus, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
The journey was perfectly good but the vip bus weren’t really designed for western people shoulder width so was a squeez but was fine
Jul 8, 2018
bus VIP Minibus, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Rude service and scary driving (although hard to avoid on Cambodia’s roads)
Jul 5, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
I’m 5’9 and I was too tall for the sleeper bus. I was with my boyfriend so things weren’t awkward but if you travel solo you’ll probably be squished in to essentially a single bed with a stranger
Jul 4, 2018
bus AC Seater/Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
Nice ride for a long way trip
Jul 2, 2018
bus Express, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
The bus was comfortable and the drivers were extremely friendly and helpful. It was a great experience!!
Jun 29, 2018
bus Express, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
Bus attendants were lovely. Bus could have been more comfortable and bathroom was gross.
Jun 19, 2018
bus Express, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
The staff were amazing - made everything so easy and smooth. Coach was really comfy and even had WiFi (which was a bit on and off but can’t complain!). Helped us over the boarder and were just lovely people. Highly reccomend.
Jun 18, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
They made us change bus in the middle of the trip. From a sleeper bus to a normal seater bus. Its not according to what we paid for
Jun 14, 2018
bus AC Seater/Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Not a sleeper bus..really tortured to travel 13 hours in that bus
Jun 12, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★☆
I took the hotel bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok and have nothing to complain. Pleasant journey although it would have been nice to be informed about the shared bed on the first bus... Luckily I had a really nice woman I shared the bed with. The staff was nice and helpful, could communicate in English and the bus itself was clean. On the second bus I had charging option and WiFi and we had a short toilette and snack break. Would choose this company again.
Jun 12, 2018
bus Express, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
The staff was very professional and nice!
Jun 4, 2018
bus AC Seater/Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
The bus was ok, big, old, but clean, comfortable seats, air conditioner, we received water, buiscuits and wifi password. The biggest problem I see in information about pick up point. In booking confirmation have written pick up point is Khao San road, Bangkok, and under this was written address of the station: Soi 17 petchaburi road, so two places far apart. And on the official page of Virak Buntham Company was written another different pick up point for my bus, Chao Fa Rd. So I was pretty confused. What was good, that our driver help us on boarder and show where and how to do everything, so nobody was scammed. Very uncomfortable was when we arrived to final destination, Siem Reap, tired and sleepy, and suddenly tuk tuk drivers jumped in to the bus, took are baggages and put in their tuk tuks and started loudly offered their services (and cheated us).
Jun 3, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
First sleeper bus bed was far too small could not accommodate two people. Do not provide you with a blanket and the pillow was rock hard. Staff at office in Phnom Penh told us next bus would come at 6:30 am but didn’t arrive until closer to 8. Mini bus driver seemed rude and annoyed. Never any explanations as to why we were stopping. No toilets on any buses even on sleeper bus which is ridiculous.
Jun 3, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
Comfortable ride. Had a great first time in a sleeper bus, I slept comfortably throughout the trip. However, the bed is to be shared by two people good thing I was with my sister but for solo travellers it might be awkward or maybe its a way to meet new friends.
Jun 1, 2018
bus AC Seater/Sleeper, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
They operate transfer well. They do head count to ensure passengers are in the bus before they're going to left.
May 31, 2018
bus VIP Minibus, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
We arrived at bus station and there is only 1 seat remaining. We booked for 2 seats at 1030 in advance weeks ago. Now we have been put on 1230 bus which means our arrival time is much later due to peak traffic. This change would have been ok if we had been notified before we paid for tuk tuk into town to catch the 1030 bus. We then had to find somewhere to wait for 2 hours when we could have been relaxing at our hotel.It has ruined our days plans
May 16, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★★☆☆
Water leaking from the aircon making the berth wet.
May 3, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
Bad experience, the personnel are not friendly, and are disrespectful. They even gave wrong tickets to 6 of our co passengers. Also, we were transferred to smaller and older bus when we reached Pnom Pehn. The personnel is not polite in checking the tickets even if he already saw us directly coming from their other bus. They didn’t even stop in any shopping center where we can buy food with in 14hr travel. We were also searched for unknown reason with out any explanation. But still given a rate of two stars because we arrived ahead of schedule.
Apr 29, 2018
van VIP, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
The minivan was nice and very comfortabel. The staff was kind. The trip has no delays.
Apr 5, 2018
van VIP, Virak Buntham Express
★★★★★
We were on time, ac was working like charm, very nice

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