Phnom Penh to Kampot by bus

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From Phnom Penh Giant Ibis to Kampot by bus

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Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
10:30
Kampot Giant Ibis
2h 30m
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14:45
Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
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Kampot Giant Ibis
2h 30m
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How to get from Phnom Penh to Kampot

The main draw of Kampot is undoubtedly its laidback and relaxed atmosphere of a small riverside town and, of course, pepper. Pepper from Kampot is a well-known brand in South East Asia, and well, you cannot leave Kampot without buying some pepper for yourself, for your friends, for your mom – and then buying some more – just in case. Life is slow in Kampot, though in recent years more and more international cuisine restaurants and bars are making their way to the town, and the local expat community grows step by step. In general, Kampot is a perfect place to spend a couple of relaxed days savouring a slightly nostalgic air of this quaint town filled with once stately colonial mansions on the background of the green slopes of surrounding hills.

From Phnom Penh to Kampot by bus

The distance between Phnom Penh and Kampot is about 150 km, and most buses cover it in two-and-a-half-hour time. The road between Phnom Penh and Kampot was completely sealed in 2015, hurray, so no more bumpy rides there. You have a wide choice of operators competing to bring you from Phnom Penh to Kampot with buses departing from different locations throughout the city depending on the bus company. You can buy tickets directly at the relative bus stations or through tour agencies and hotels while in Phnom Penh. For the moment the only bus company in Cambodia which sells tickets online is Giant Ibis Transport. It also has the best safety record in the country and all of their passengers are covered with insurance.

In Phnom Penh, Giant Ibis buses leave from the company’s bus station in 106 Street, conveniently located close to the riverfront and the night market. Check with your accommodation if it is listed among Giant Ibis’ partners; if yes, the company provides free pick-up, but you have to inform them in advance.

For Phnom Penh–Kampot route Giant Ibis uses their smaller Universe County buses which are confortable enough for a short trip. Note though, that all ‘C’ seats are jump seats with backs lower than in normal seats. The first row feels a bit cramped as the leg space is rather limited. Otherwise buses are well maintained and quite comfortable. Tickets cost USD10 and include free Wi-Fi and the use of electrical outlets on board. A bottle of water and a cold towel are served in Kampot-bound buses. Note that there are neither toilets on board nor bathroom stops during the trip.

In Kampot you will be dropped off close to Durian roundabout behind the petrol station. It is about 250 m to the riverfront from there and a bit more to the main bus station in Kampot which is on Route 33 by the Old Market Street. There is plenty of accommodation options close to the river and a bit off on the both sides of the Old Market Street. You can easily walk there from Durian roundabout.

Further afield from Kampot

Bokor National Park

The French definitely new what they were doing when they built their hill station atop Bokor Mountain back in 1920s. Unlike in Kampot with its scotching hot summers, it is always refreshingly cool in Bokor, which occupies commanding position over the region at 1000+ m. Giant Ibis offers direct buses from Kampot to the hill station: ask at their ticket office where you arrive from Phnom Penh. Travel time from Kampot to Bokor Mountain is less than one hour.

Kep

Instead of going back to Kampot from Bokor National Park, you can hitchhike further southeast to the charming town of Kep. It is only 25 km or one hour’s drive to Kep. This small seaside town has nothing in common with its more popular counterpart, Sihanoukville, – except for the white sand which was brought to Kep from Otres Beach. Great seafood, tranquil atmosphere and friendly locals, unspoiled (at the moment) by mass tourism are a great draw of Kep. Visit now before it grows into something less attractive and more mainstream.

Sihanoukville

When you get tired of a quiet life by the river in Kampot and a quiet life by the sea in Kep, head west for turquois water, sweeping beaches and (relatively) vibrant nightlife of the most famous Cambodian sea resort city, Sihanoukville. 120 km between Kampot and Sihanoukville can be covered in two or three hours; buy tickets at the bus station in Kampot.

Getting around

You can easily cover Kampot on foot: the town is small and flat. Nearly every guesthouse offers bicycles and motorbikes for hire; prices start from USD1.5 and USD5 per day respectively. Traffic is limited and riding a bicycle or a motorbike is a pleasure in Kampot. With your two-wheel transport you will have much more freedom and will not be dependent on tour agencies for visiting outlying caves, the Secret Lake, salt fields and pepper farms. Bokor National Park can also be reached by motorbike, and the road up the mountain is in good condition.

Where to stay

For a town of such a small size Kampot has a wonderfully good choice of accommodation – from basic budget digs to rather stylish upmarket bungalows and hotel rooms. Prices are a delight for your pocket, whichever type of accommodation you fancy. To get the most of your stay in Kampot it is highly recommended to opt for one of the guesthouses along the river. Many of them have terraces over the water and access to the river.

Activities

Apart from visiting Bokor National Park with its dilapidated casino and some other colonial buildings, a couple of waterfalls and breath taking views over Kampot, there are enough things to see and to do in Kampot and around to spend several lazy days.

Nearly every pepper farm around Kampot is happy to welcome visitors, so you can witness the process of pepper growing and processing from A to Z and buy some great – and genuine – Kampot pepper directly from farms.

Another important industry in Kampot is salt producing. Picturesque white cones dot glittering salt fields which reflect the sky along the road to Kep.

There several worth-seeing ancient temples and ruins around Kampot with Phnom Chhnork being one of the most impressive sights as well as a dozen of relatively modern Buddhist wats in town, some with surprisingly nice murals.

Oh, and definitely take a boat trip along the river – without it your Kampot experience will not be complete!

Passenger reviews out of total 994 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

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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)
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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.

Mar 29, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
8am pic up me in Airport but almost 40min late coming ... I was scary but ok drive good and slow ! Thank you
Feb 28, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Arrived early and got on the earlier bus To kep- they dropped me off at kampot on the way.
Feb 27, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Office staff friendly but bud arrived very early, we were hearded on only to then sit on the bus outside the off I e for 45 minutes and end up leaving late. Air con didnt seem to work so everyone was very frustrated/ hot and flustered. Asked to open windows but windows sealed shut. Arrived 1 hour late but driving was good. Felt safe. Also got given complimentary water and pastry which was a really nice touch. Will use again...maybe they had a bad day today.
Feb 15, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Pretty comfortable ride except the ac didn’t work well. They kindly let me leave my bag in the bus station a few hours before the journey. Left on time. Provided water and a snack. WiFi worked fine. I was glad they stopped for a quick bathroom break but equally glad we got back on the road very quickly.
Feb 6, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Oh was a very nice travel with Giant Ibis! The seats were comfortable with enough space, also for the legs. They gave us water and something sweet to eat, which was also very delicious. Everything worked out perfecty. I would choose them again!
Dec 12, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Thanks Ibis!! Nice overnight bunks .. !
Dec 3, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Everthings was ok. Starder on time and make z toilet stop. Also a good driver.
Nov 22, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
We had no WiFi during the drive and arrived more than an hour late. Still one of the best Bus Organisations though
Oct 4, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Great way to travel from PP to Kampot. Free water and Pastries. Seats a bit hard but that is the only complaint.
Aug 10, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Good trip
Aug 4, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Nice ride! Driver was very nice. Wifi worked well and we were able to charge our devices while riding. The trip took a little longer than advertised. Instead of 2.5 hours, it took 3.5 hours...