Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

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15:00
Siem Reap Virak Buntham
5h 30m bus ride in Minibus 12
3.9
20:30
Phnom Penh Virak Buntham
16:00
Siem Reap Virak Buntham
5h bus ride in Minibus 12
3.9
21:00
Phnom Penh Virak Buntham

From Siem Reap Virak Buntham to Phnom Penh by bus

15:00
Siem Reap Virak Buntham
5h 30m bus ride in Minibus 12
3.9
20:30
Phnom Penh Virak Buntham
16:00
Siem Reap Virak Buntham
5h bus ride in Minibus 12
3.9
21:00
Phnom Penh Virak Buntham

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Schedule

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Glassflower Comfort Any time$ 138.53
Mey Hong Bus Express 07:00 - 13:00$ 11.44
Mey Hong Bus Express 08:30 - 14:30$ 11.44
Seila Angkor Express VIP 15 pax 08:00 - 13:00$ 12.66
Cambodia Post VIP Van VIP Minibus 09:00 - 15:00$ 11.50
Seila Angkor Express VIP 15 pax 10:00 - 15:00$ 12.66
Mey Hong Bus Express 12:15 - 17:15$ 11.44
Seila Angkor Express VIP 15 pax 14:00 - 19:00$ 12.66
Seila Angkor Express VIP 15 pax 16:00 - 21:00$ 12.66
Seila Angkor Express VIP 15 pax 18:00 - 23:00$ 12.66
Virak Buntham Express Hotel Bus 20:30 - 02:30$ 11.64
Virak Buntham Express Hotel Bus 22:00 - 05:00$ 11.64

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.

You can checkout what our friends at MoveToCambodia.com have to say here

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.

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Siem Reap to Phnom Penh destination reviews

KJ
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Mar 26, 2020
I do not want to accuse anyone but somewhere on this journey from my backpack lost my headscarf and travel headrest. I would advise you to look more closely at the bus surroundings when leaving Siem Reap and after arriving in Phnom Penh. A lot of unneeded people are hanging around there. Everything is fine after this incident.
HV
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Mar 26, 2020
I was 1 hour earlier and asked if I could go with the bus that was coing in 10 minutes, they changed the ticket so I could take that bus!
EM
Bus Minibus 12, Virak Buntham Express, Mar 16, 2020
Journey was quick and bus comfortable, but not very relaxing due to the eratic driving of the bus driver who was dangerous and visibly suffered from road rage!
SW
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Mar 16, 2020
Comfortable ride. Easy to book and travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Good stopping points and a good driver. Hostess was nice and clear on her instructions.
KG
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Mar 13, 2020
Overall, the service and experience was very good...the windows were a little dirty and I wasn't able to enjoy the views as much as I would have liked, but it was still a great experience. I also appreciated having someone on board who was there to attend to guests' needs.
MS
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Mar 11, 2020
First time this kind of transport and recommend.
SC
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Mar 8, 2020
Bus was comfortable with good leg room, driver was safe and ran to the timetable ok. Got a bit tedious by the afternoon with the monotonous scenery and sitting down all day. They provided a fried rice snack at the border and stopped at a roadside eatery/toilet in the afternoon. Overall worth the money if you have the time.
KJ
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Mar 3, 2020
Sat in a seat next to the driver and someone else to my right. No leg room, very uncomfortable. Don’t think it was even meant to be a seat. Luckily got to move halfway through, but not enjoyable.
AV
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 29, 2020
Great, quick ride. Comfortable seats, helpful staff. Pastry and water for free. Thanks for everything! I was pleasantly surprised.
JM
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 28, 2020
Very pleasent trip
PS
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 26, 2020
As usual 12Go's booking arrangements and comms were first class. The trip surpassed expectations. Careful driver, arrived on time, free water and snacks with stops as announced at outset of journey by hostess.
FC
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 26, 2020
Good ride for this part of the world I imagine and included WiFi for some of the trip and power at every seat. Our bus was the fastest thing on the road by far with 2 lanes frequently becoming 5 or more. Even Mad Max usually lives and this day so did we and everyone we squeezed by with millimeter precision. Seat belts were strongly encouraged at the start the oddessy. On time at both ends.
MP
flight Economy, Cambodia Airways, Feb 24, 2020
Easy flight
MM
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 22, 2020
Silent and quiet bus, punctual. But the bed was way too narrow and short for me to be comfortable. The light on my sit didn't work and I couldn't control the power of the AC, so I was quite freezing most of the trip. I'll get a bottom bed next time.
RF
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 15, 2020
We arrived early into Seam Reap, the beds were ok but the toilet was horrific! No seat, paper, light and had a huge whole in the side! The back bed is the worst as we were sleeping on the engine. But decent service
KK
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 13, 2020
“Beds” are very uncomfortable, Tall people, I mean below 1,6 m, will have it difficult to sleep.
CF
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 12, 2020
Staightforward booking of the trip via 12Go - easy to search options and find the one that best suits. The trip itself was great; staff in the office were polite and helpful. The bus departed pretty much on time; the seat was comfortable and we were offered complimentary snacks and bottled water. We stopped at midday at a roadside diner where you could purchase lunch and/or drinks and use the toilet; there were also snacks on sale. Another quick toilet top a little later, then on to Phnom Penh where we arrived about one hour ahead of schedule. Really happy with the trip.
BT
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 10, 2020
Very comfortable for a night bus ride. Cover and pillow available, WiFi, plugs. Water and wet towel provided! First class bus trip :)
GH
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 9, 2020
Everything was well organised. Great staff. I gave 4Stars because as a westerner I took some wipes and felt my space needed a bit of a clean. That’s how it is. Air con was perfect. The stops were excellent. I give them credit. Over all pretty impressed
JB
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Feb 7, 2020
Got there before the schedule, had one stop on the way for toilet/lunch. Reccomend to get seats just behind the driver as there is more leg room.
SG
flight Economy, Cambodia Airways, Feb 6, 2020
Seamless from start to finish. Very happy.
KM
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 6, 2020
Happy journey! I got on the bus found my seat and fell asleep. It was a very fast ride probably best I was sleep. Overall would recommend it
DM
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 5, 2020
Trip was ok , a little bumpy and although driver stopped for a test break we were left on the bus with the door shut . Would have been nice to know if we could get off for a smoke or leg stretch
LN
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 5, 2020
Reliable, on time, safe.
LC
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 4, 2020
They kept stopping the bus every 15 mins and the staff would just sit outside. Toilet was shocking, no wanter to flush or anything.
MH
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 4, 2020
Everything was fine! The bus is clean and the AC is not too cold! The stuff is friendly and we’ll organised. It was a comfortable and relaxed bus trip.
TB
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Feb 3, 2020
A pretty good service all and all. Some hairy moments when overtaking vehicles but it's just the way that everybody drives in Cambodia. We had 3 stops on the way with one opportunity to grab some lunch. Avoid seat A1 if at all possible as this is right next to the driver and the least comfortable. Arrived at our destination an hour ahead of schedule.
DM
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Feb 1, 2020
The van was quite small, without legroom in the seats behind the driver, so the 6 hour drive was not a very plesant experience. The seats ward also uncomfortable. There was no wifi, although it said so on the window. However, the driver was nice, and he drove quite good.
RL
van VIP, Seila Angkor Express, Feb 1, 2020
The bus ride was good and fast. It was a quiet journey as everyone was on their smartphone. I wish the roads were better because it was sometimes hard to predict what the traffic was going to do. I would recommend this mode of transport anytime.
MR
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 31, 2020
Excellent to have all the transport in one place and very easy to book.
MK
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 31, 2020
gus was dirty and my seat was torture
CH
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 30, 2020
Everything Is Good. Only No Wifi And No Phone Charging Facilities. Arrival And Departure Time Is On Time. Have 2 Stops For Rest And Lunch. Its A good Journey. Thanks
CS
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Jan 27, 2020
45 min break for lunch is not necessary. people book the transport, not a day trip.
AV
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 26, 2020
Quick and easy trip
AM
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 24, 2020
The bus was late and we have did take an other bus in the mid of the trip without explanation. More explanation will be better.
SN
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 23, 2020
Smooth ride
HL
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 21, 2020
Lots of space on the bus and very surprisingly we actually arrived almost an hour early
WC
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 21, 2020
Bus was comfortable and clean; seats were a bit narrow. Driver was fine. We sat in back so didn't stress about who he was passing, etc. WiFi didn't work outside of town but that's ok. Giant Ibis web site would not take either of my credit cards, but 12go.Asia would. However, Giant Ibis said they would pickup at our hotel, but 12go.Asia says you get yourself to the station. Be sure to verify which station to go before your travel day.
GB
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Jan 20, 2020
Our bus broke down after 30 mins. The first driver was really nice and was very embarrassed. A new bus came in an hour with a new driver. He was pretty grumpy and gave our booked seats together away to a person getting on at our first stop. Thankfully the traveller saw we were together and moved. Air con was very poor.
KK
van VIP, Seila Angkor Express, Jan 20, 2020
Very little space available
WC
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 16, 2020
Well run operation. Good standard.
TJ
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 14, 2020
On time for an overnight trip from Siem Reap to Phonm Phen .. arrived earlier than stated at the other end . One bathroom stop en route Bed was pretty comfortable and we were provided with a blanket , cushion and bottle of water. The only negative was the bus driver had the windscreen wiper on on the latter part of the trip and it was super squeaky and woke me up. It wasn’t even raining! Overall excellent service and very good value for money. I would definitely recommend
TW
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Jan 12, 2020
Everything on time. Good clean van
GU
Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 9, 2020
Convenient and easy to book.
AB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 9, 2020
Bus ok, beaucoup de place pour les jambes, personnel courtois, bouteille d'eau, collations et lunch, encore une fois, le problème est surtout la vitesse à laquelle conduise les chauffeurs.
AV
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 9, 2020
Very comfortable and prompt; excellent service & on time.
DV
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 8, 2020
Was not so much luxury but the bus was comfortable, the staff were attentive and the snack with water was a plus. The departure was also more or less on time and we arrived 45 minutes before the arrival time expected.
KV
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Jan 7, 2020
Absolutely astonishing drive by our taxi driver. He had a good pace and just a small break for lunch, were an hour before the estimated time in Phmom Penh.
SG
Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Jan 6, 2020
We started our trip on time and arrived on time, at the begining we received lower berth but when we asked driver is any chance on upper he agreed. The bigest defect was that trip wasn't comfortable.
TA
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 3, 2020
Nice trip! The driver was good although he was driving a bit crazy- not for people with Weak nerves ;-)
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