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Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Schedule

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Virak Buntham Express Hotel Bus 00:05 - 06:05$ 12.12
Virak Buntham Express Minibus 12 06:00 - 11:00$ 13.76
Virak Buntham Express Minibus 12 08:00 - 13:00$ 13.76
Seila Angkor Express VIP 08:00 - 14:00$ 12.66
Giant Ibis Transport Universe Luxury 08:45 - 15:45$ 15
Cambodia Post VIP Van VIP 09:00 - 15:00$ 10.36
Virak Buntham Express Minibus 12 10:00 - 15:00$ 13.76
Virak Buntham Express Minibus 12 12:00 - 17:00$ 13.76
Virak Buntham Express Minibus 12 14:00 - 19:00$ 13.76
Virak Buntham Express Minibus 12 16:00 - 21:00$ 13.76
Virak Buntham Express Hotel Bus 19:00 - 01:00$ 12.12
Virak Buntham Express Luxury 22:30 - 04:30$ 15.40

How to get from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

Wide leafy boulevards, exquisite Buddhist temples and a beautiful riverside promenade – even if Phnom Penh cannot boast a lot of large-scale tourist attractions, it possesses its own special charm. Easily one of the least developed capitals of South East Asia, Phnom Penh is changing rapidly nowadays; new Western-style shopping malls and high-rises make their way to the city, and there are even air-conditioned public buses cruising its streets. You can have a look at the darkest years of Khmer history in Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or venture further afield to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. But you can choose just to enjoy Phnom Penh’s – alas! – rapidly vanishing French flavour, indulge in world-wide cuisine offered in its fancy restaurants at half the price you pay anywhere else or absorb the local colours visiting markets and people-watching. There is an abundance of worth-seeing places of interest around Phnom Penh, easily explored during a day trip, including Phinom Chisor, a stunning example of the Angkorian period temples, or Koh Dach, the Silk Island, where you can witness the process of silk weaving and buy some of the finest textiles in Cambodia. All in all, architectural wonders, busy nightlife venues and shopping opportunities galore in Phnom Penh. It may not become your favourite city in Asia, but Phnom Penh definitely deserves a closer look.

From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by bus

There is hardly another city or town in Cambodia – possibly Sihanoukville being the only exception – with such a wide choice of destinations on offer as Siem Reap. Buses to Phnom Penh leave throughout the day from several locations all over the capital; and prices and level of comfort vary a lot. Note that the majority of the operators use the main bus station in Siem Reap located four km out of town. If buying your ticket in a street agency, always inquire where from your bus departs.

Giant Ibis Transport is the best operator serving the route due to many factors, including the excellent safety record, insurance coverage for all passengers, free Wi-Fi and electrical outlets on board. The company uses its own bus terminal in Siem Reap behind the Angkor National Museum. It is located closer both to the Old Market area and Wat Bo Road where the majority of accommodation is found. To get to the Giant Ibis bus terminal, take a tuk-tuk (from USD1 to USD3) or use complimentary pick-up service – inquire in your hotel in advance.

There are at least four (in certain periods up to six) daily buses of Giant Ibis from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. No matter which one you choose, tickets cost USD15. All buses take from 5½ hours to seven hours to reach the Phnom Penh.

Morning buses which leave Siem Reap at 7.45am, 8.45am and 12.30pm, make two pit stops en route: the first one is a short ‘bathroom’ stop and the second one is one-and-a-half-hour lunch stop. Note that there are no toilets on board of the morning buses, and lunch is not included into your ticket price. The buses themselves are standard big buses with air-conditioning and slightly reclining seats, so your trip in general should be quite ok.

Night buses are sleeper buses with two tiers of sleeping bunks. There are reading lights for top bunks, toilets and no entertainment program during your trip – you can have some rest, of course, if you manage to make yourself comfortable on a bunk which is frankly speaking is not an easy task at all! The advantage of taking a night bus lies in saving a few dollars on your hotel room. Besides, the night bus is the most convenient one if you are going to connect via Phnom Penh to other Giant Ibis’ buses to Kampot, Sihanoukville or Ho Chi Minh.

In Phnom Penh, Giant Ibis buses arrive to the company’s own bus terminal in 106 Street, close to the night market and the riverfront. If you have just a couple of hours to explore the capital before your next bus leaves, just go for a stroll along the magnificent riverfront promenade.

Connecting to other Giant Ibis buses

From Phnom Penh, you can connect to other Giant Ibis buses to Kampot, Sihanoukville or Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.

From Siem Reap to Kampot via Phnom Penh

If you buy a joint ticket from Siem Reap to Kampot via Phnom Penh with 12go.asia, the system will offer three options.

10.30pm and 11pm night buses from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh connect to 8am bus to Kampot with a short two-hour stopover in Phnom Penh. The trip to Kampot from Phnom Penh lasts two and a half hours only, so you will arrive early enough to have the whole day ahead of you.

Normally you can get in time for the same 8am bus to Kampot even if arriving with the last 11pm bus from Siem Reap, but if you want to do it, you will have to buy separate tickets, as otherwise the system will offer to take the afternoon bus to Kampot at 2.45pm. This option is worth considering if you wish to spend a few hours visiting the Cambodian capital. You can leave your luggage at Giant Ibis bus terminal, have a stroll and then continue your journey to Kampot, arriving to your destination before dark.

In theory it is even possible to catch 2.45pm bus to Kampot if you leave Siem Reap with the first bus at 7.45am the same day as it normally reaches Phnom Penh at around 2pm; but 12go.asia does not recommend it as in case of even a minor delay you risk missing your next bus.

From Siem Reap to Sihanoukville via Phnom Penh

There are three buses a day by Giant Ibis from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, all of them taking about four and a half hours to reach the seaside resort city. As in case with Siem Reap to Kampot, 12go.asia offers the shortest stopover in Phnom Penh: take any of the night buses from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and then change to one of the morning buses from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, which depart at 8am and at 9.30am. You can as well choose the bus which departs later – at 12.30pm – to have a quick look at the capital. Tickets cost USD15 and USD12 respectively.

If you arrive from Siem Reap with one of the morning buses, you will be obliged to spend the night in Phnom Penh and continue your journey to the coast the next day as there are no night buses between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

From Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh via Phnom Penh

Important: Visa on arrival service is not provided at land border crossings in Vientam. Before buying your bus ticket to Vietnam, make sure you have already your Vietnamese visa or do not need one. Otherwise you will be refused transportation.

If buying a joint ticket from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh via Phnom Penh, you will be offered to take 10/30pm or 11pm night bus from Siem Reap (USD15) and then change to the first bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh at 8am (USD18). The last 11.30pm bus from Siem Reap connects to the afternoon bus to Ho Chi Minh (12/30pm), though in theory you can catch the morning bus to Vietnam, as well.

Similarly to Siem Reap to Sihanoukville case, you can opt for 12.30pm bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh instead to get a couple of hours for touring the capital. Leave your luggage at the Giant Ibis bus terminal and enjoy your morning in Phnom Penh. Please find more detailed information about the six-hour Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh leg here.

Getting around

If you have traveled at least a bit anywhere in Cambodia, you may have noticed that the Khmers know no modesty as far as the width of their roads is concerned. This local love for expansions makes Phnom Penh tough for covering on foot. Tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are ubiquitous and plentiful; they are an affordable and easy way to get around the city. Expect to pay from USD1 to USD3 for a tuk-tuk ride, even less for a motorbike taxi.

Renting a scooter is also an option in Phnom Penh. Daily rates are about USD5. Note that helmets are a must, traffic is chaotic and accidents with casualties are not unheard of. Rent only if you are an experienced rider – we mean with some experience in Asian countries.

There are public buses in Phnom Penh. Tickets cost less than USD0.5 per trip. The most useful route is Line 03 which stops at the International Airport, Central Market and Night Market. Line 01 combined with some walking brings you to the Royal Palace and National Museum.

Further afield from Phnom Penh

Located literally in the heart of the country, Phnom Penh has good transport connections with all the other cities and towns around Cambodia and in the neighbouring countries. Apart from the already mentioned Kampot, Sihanoukville and Ho Chi Minh, some of the destinations which you can reach overland from Phnom Penh, include Poi Pet, Battambang, Koh Kong, Preah Vihear and Mondulkiri in Cambodia; Bangkok in Thailand; Vientiane and Pakse in Laos.

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh destination reviews

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91% of 1011 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
CM
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 15, 2019
As close as can get to a Western standard. Plenty of room for your feet, perfectly working A/C, free welcome croissant and bottle of water, quiet trip. Overall an excellent trip, possibly the best among bus solutions in Cambodia.
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.
JL
5
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Aug 14, 2019
Cheap and reliable, wi fi didn't work. down load grab taxi app to book a tuk tuk on arrival rather than being scammed for higher than normal rates on arrival,
MC
5
bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 8, 2019
First overnight bus trip and felt absolutely safe and comfortable. The departed on time and arrived early. Good option for those who who don’t want to spend half a day traveling.
CA
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 7, 2019
The bus ride and the extra services are very good! The wifi worked good enough for the kids to watch Netflix. The bus drove away on time and we arrived in 6 hours in Phnom Penh. We had the early bus (8:45 am) and got a bottle of water & croissant as breakfast. The bus stopped 2 times (every 2 hours), one for 30 min break to have lunch and the other for 10 min toilet break. Perfect & relaxing way to travel between cities! Would surely recommend to everyone!
GV
4
bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 7, 2019
The bus is clean, the AC is good, the bed is comfortable enough but the blanket is too small for two people
MJ
4
bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Aug 4, 2019
The trip arrived an hour late. They placed us on a bed with the smallest bed. Luckily, a young man happily exchanged with us.
DO
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 4, 2019
Started on time, Driver was safe, 2 pleasant enough stops. Arrived early. Good job done.
WM
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 2, 2019
Really comfortable journey the bus was really cool inside
LR
2
bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Jul 31, 2019
The bus didn’t stopped for a toilet break. We asked the driver if we could stop to take a pee but he keeps on ignoring us. The driver drives so fast and we felt that it is not safe. He did not even tell us that we are already in Phnom Penh. We alight at the bus stop to pee and we only realized that it was already our stop because our luggages were taken out of the cabin. The beds are so small. Will not ride this bus ever again.
NM
4
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 29, 2019
Comfortable and reliable and staff at bus garage were really helpful.
KM
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 28, 2019
Everything worked well, the bus is comfortable and the trip was easy and hassle free.
TW
3
van Regional 14pax, Thero Express, Jul 25, 2019
My friend and I have been travelling through south East Asia and used this bus service from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, we were nervous as we were running late due to a slow tuk tuk driver but we arrived in time. There was minimal conversation and very little English spoken. The driving is just typical erratic south east Asian style driving, lots of overtaking and beeping of horn but we are quite used to this by now. Our driver stopped at a toilet for us as we were the only two females on the bus and we managed to arrive to our destination early due to his driving. All in all we cannot complain about this service but definitely think it's a service more aimed for the locals rather then tourists.
EE
3
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 23, 2019
We have traveled with this company before and were confused as to why we got free lunch before and not jingle this trip. The wifi wasn’t very strong either.
CG
4
bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 23, 2019
Bus was clean and left on time. The air con though was very poor, to the point where I was sweating all night and was stuck to my chair bed. I am 6 foot three and while I didn't fit super comfortably, it was not the worst experience. Would do again
HJ
4
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 22, 2019
Friendly staff, quick journey and good stop services. Thank you!
RS
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 19, 2019
Clean bus. Made 2 stops but still only took us 6h to go from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
GH
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 17, 2019
Easygoing ride to Phnom Penh. We were able to stop for lunch on the way. Even arrived 1 hr earlier than expected. No complaints here!
GD
5
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 16, 2019
A very, comfortable luxurious bus, seatbelts, AC working fine, water bottle, a 30m lunch break and a 15m rest stop.
PV
4
bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Jul 15, 2019
Mini bus was good. Driver was a carefull driver and we stopped a few times for toilet, lunch and snack.

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