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From Sihanoukville Virakbuntham to Phnom Penh by bus

07:30
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Sihanoukville Virakbuntham
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Phnom Penh Virak Buntham olympic
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From Sihanoukville Giant Ibis to Phnom Penh by bus

08:30
Sihanoukville Giant Ibis
13:00
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From Sihanoukville Thero Express to Phnom Penh by van

08:30
Sihanoukville Thero Express
13:00
Phnom Penh Thero Express
4h 30m
14:30
Sihanoukville Thero Express
19:00
Phnom Penh Thero Express
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How to get from Sihanoukville 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 Phnom 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 Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by bus

You can make a four-and-a-half hour bus journey from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh with a number of companies. The majority of them operate from Sihanoukville new bus station located on the Victory Hill, about five km from Serendipity and Ochheuteal beaches. Expect to pay from USD3 to USD6 for a tuk-tuk ride up to there.

There is also Giant Ibis Transport serving the same route. Their buses depart from the company’s ticket office on 2 Thnou Street, some 200 m from the Golden Lions Circle. If you stay in one of Giant Ibis’ partner hotels in Sihanoukville (inquire in your hotel or check through the company’s web site), they provide complimentary pick-up. Giant Ibis sell tickets at a higher price than some of the operators you can find in Sihanoukville, but they have the best safety record among all the other bus operators in Cambodia and have all their passengers covered with insurance. They also offer free Wi-Fi and electrical sockets on board and serve a snack or a bottle of water.

Note that there are no toilets in Giant Ibis’ buses, but they make a stop half way between Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh at a restaurant for some snacks, souvenirs and toilets.

Tip: For short haul daytime trips Giant Ibis uses smaller buses which are not very spacious – especially for a Western traveller. To make your trip as comfortable as possible, choose your seat in advance and try to avoid the front row if you can. All the ‘C’s are jump seats, but they are also ok. Opposite to many other Cambodian buses, in Giant Ibis’ ones there are never more people than seats.

Currently there are three buses a day from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh with Giant Ibis. They depart at 7.30am, 9.30am and 1.30pm. Arrive to the bus station half an hour prior to departure.

In Phnom Penh, Giant Ibis Transport buses leave from the company’s office in 106 Street, close to the night market and the riverfront. If you are heading to the airport, ask the driver to drop you off there – normally they will happily do.

Connecting to other Giant Ibis buses

If you are connecting via Phnom Penh to other Giant Ibis buses to Siem Reap or Ho Chi Minh, you can leave your luggage at the company’s office in 106 Street and have a short tour of the city, if you have time.

Technically it is possible to get from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap the same day: you have to opt for the first bus from Sihanoukville, which departs at 7.30am and arrives half an hour prior to the 12.30pm departure from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. In reality is it a bit risky as in case of even a minor delay you may loose your next bus. Taking a 9.30am or 1.30pm bus from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh enables you to catch one of the three night buses to Siem Reap leaving at 10.30pm, 11pm and 11.30pm.

There are only two buses a day from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. Similarly to the ‘Sihanoukville to Siem Reap’ case, it looks possible to cover the whole distance between Sihanoukville and Ho Chi Minh within one and the same day if to jump onto the first bus from Sihanoukville at 7.30am, which arrives to Phnom Penh around midday, and then change for a 12.30pm bus to Ho Chi Minh. 12go.asia system, though, does not offer this option – if you still wish to do it, you can choose two separate tickets at your own risk. A more secure variant is to take any of the three buses from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh and stay overnight in the capital, continuing your journey to Vietnam the following day.

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. Some of the destinations which you can reach overland from Phnom Penh, include Poi Pet, Battambang, Koh Kong, Preah Vihear, Mondulkiri, Siem Reap, Kampot. The last two are served by Giant Ibis Transport, too.

Passenger reviews out of total 3,487 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

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.

May 21, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Bus better than most encountered on our travels but limited welcome and information at the office on arrival and the bus arrived in Phnom Penh 75minutes later than anticipated. The journey involved two stops at shops/restrooms and one would have been sufficient.
May 18, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
On time
May 18, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
The trip took 6.5hrs instead of the advertised time and there was no traffic
Apr 25, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Very comfortable, friendly staff and they dropped us at the airport. The trip to 4-4:30 hours. All went smooth.
Apr 20, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Comfortable, but we arrived more than an hour later than expected, apparently because we made a detour to accommodate a group and drop them at their hotel. Cool for them, not for us.
Apr 18, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
The bus took 5 and a vald hours instead of 4. Otherwise great people thats very helpful
Apr 12, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
The bus left 45 minutes too late, it was way too hot and we arrived 2 hours after schedule. Seats were comfortable tho.
Apr 11, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
It got us from A-B. Left on time. Stopped twice for toilet break. Took about 6 hours from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh so much longer than advertised. All but one seat filled but floor and isle stacked full of goods, making it difficult to get on and off. 'Air conditioning' was pretty pathetic. Bus was a sweat box.
Apr 9, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Wifi wasn't working, with no warning or apology. Also, the trip took almost 2 hours longer than advertised.
Apr 9, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Once again, we arrived nearly two hours later then expected. We had long breaks on the way after short amount of times. That took also a lot of time. Also, it was freezing cold in the bus. I think the aircon was at maximum. So I freezed the whole way. Apart from that, good service :)
Apr 7, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
12go issued the ticket with the wrong time! There is no 9:30am bus, only 8:30am. Happy I checkeded in with the place the night before in person. Also the bus rides always take 2-3 hours more than advertised, so if you have a flight leave plenty of time. Luckily this one stopped at the airport on the way to town.
Apr 7, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Clean, comfy seats. Spacious leg space. However, my trip to Phnom Penh got delayed by over an hour.
Mar 31, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
The trip was easy and fine. Staff were very friendly
Mar 31, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Instead of a 4h30m trip it was announced to be 5h30m. The stops were longer than actually planned and we almost missed our connection Flight. However, the bus stopped at the airport before the final destination which saved our day
Mar 30, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
The trip was good. Bus clean, seats comfortable, staff helpful, but unfortunately we arrived 2 hours later than suggested.
Mar 22, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
Cockroaches in the mini van...incredible.
Mar 20, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Snacks very welcome, breaks well timed. Leg rest was great. Appreciated USB charging.
Mar 18, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Second time I use service of this company, again every thing is excelent, especially stop at Stop Cafe. Thank you. I made some work while travelling from Sihanoukville to Pnom Phen, cause they have WiFi, chargers and Good seats.
Mar 12, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★☆☆☆
Era un viaje de 4horas y media y demoró 8 horas porque paro tres veces para que además de ir al baño consumiera mis en los negocios que evidente estaban arreglados con la empresa. Dicha demora impidió que fuéramos al museo del genocidio como ya teníamos pactado
Mar 7, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
No wifi
Mar 1, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
It was an average trip. We got the last row of sleeper beds (we were 2 people) which in my opinion is the best as its behind all the people. However the water tank underneath is a little noisy sloshing around This is a no frills trip. Blanket and pillow and a bottle of water but recommend you take your own snacks. It can be noisy if people talk but everyone seemed to fall alseep within 2 hours Bus left on time and arrived 30 mins early. Drivers were safe and dis not drive too fast All together not a bad experience
Feb 28, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Great. On time. They stop also on the airport in Phnom Penh, which was perfect for us because we did not need to spend next $10 for taxi. Provided with the water and little snack. Comfy seats. USB charger by your seat.
Feb 22, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★☆☆☆
Our first trip was great but our return trip was not good. The Ibis sent us the wrong tickets when they changed our bus time since they canceled our bus. The new ticket had THE WRONG DATE. We almost didn’t get a seat home. Also on our 10 minute stop, the bus coordination took 30 minutes to eat and made the bus 30 minutes late while we all sat on the bus.
Feb 15, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Comfortable ride, could charge phone Where you were sitting. Nice stop at a restaurant with clean and nice toilets.
Feb 13, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
The bus was quite comfortable, and it was nicer than expected. The bus coordinator was nice and informative, I loved the fact that you can charge your phone because there is a socket for each seat and they stopped in the middle for breaks as well. We also received water and snacks for one of the rides which was great as well. Overall, I would really recommend Giant Ibis for all your road transportations.
Feb 13, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
10 days before my trip I was told about the changed start by email. After start the Service man spoke a few words about the trip. After two hours we made a break to piss and an hour agiain the next stop for eat and drinking. Comfortable seat, air con, WiFi+charging. I left the bus at Phnom Penh airport. Very perfect for me, thank you and hope to see you again. Viktor from Frankfurt/Germany
Feb 10, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
The bus was on time but, BUT the driver was not speaking English, in the office as well. Really barely understandable. There were no charging point at the seats and no wifi as told.
Feb 9, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Excellent - safe and comfortable - would be 5 stars if wifi was more reliable. Still highly recommended.
Feb 6, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
My bus at 7.30am was cancelled without notice and I was boarded on the 8.30am. Considering I was flying on the same day and that I had to wake up early to get there this was inconvenient. The bus though is very comfortable with reclinable seats, large space, free water and croissant.
Feb 4, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
The bus was comfortable and it seemed well organized except that I got there for my 1:30pm booking and they said they changed it to 3:30pm. So it would have been nice if that change was emailed to me. Otherwise it was a good experience.
12Go response:

Very sorry about this delay, it's absolutely not supposed to happen and we will be in touch with Giant Ibis to ensure it does not in the future. Best of luck on the remainder of your travels!

Feb 3, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Good service. Two drivers and a host. Multiple plugs to charge. Wifi pretty useless. Clean busses
Feb 1, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Very good! Comfortable seats, AC and wifi!
Jan 31, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Best vehicle, I have ever travelled. Big foot space, convenient chair. I really recommend it.
Jan 30, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Good transport
Jan 27, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Very comfortable bus and friendly English speaking staff! The WiFi also worked really well and we were given free bottles of water during the trip.
Jan 25, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Nice and a safe ride. Staffs are attentive and friendly. 2 stops along the journey and reach destination in 6 hours.
Jan 24, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Very easy journey. Multi sockets available on this bus to charge phone etc. (some of their busses have only had USB ports) we stopped at a nice location for a break and arrived on time. Would recommend them
Jan 21, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Bus driver was really really stressad. Otherwise good. They said the trip should take 6h, but it took 4.5
Jan 20, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Everything was well organized. The bus had a hour delay, due to traffic and picking people up. The seats were too small and harsh for a five hour trip.
Jan 15, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
This time we had a better service.The bus started on time in Sihanoukville and only made one 1/2 hour break.Thank you
Jan 13, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Professional, punctual... perfect!
Jan 7, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Good ride, no problems
Jan 7, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Fairly pleasant operation, bus was on time, bathroom/lunch stop was good (choice of Khmer or western food), speed a bit fast but not the worst I've experienced here.
Jan 7, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Great driver, very comfortable seats, infrastructure (water, plug and wifi) and service, magnificent restaurant to stop.
Jan 7, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
The bus started on time but the journey took 5,5 hours . If you are going to the airport take some additional time just to be sure that you won't be late .
Jan 7, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★☆☆☆
The bus was overbooked and the overbooked client had to fight for his place in the bus, the company response to the situation was minimal until they understood the situation will not dissolve itself. The bus came late with again minimal response from the staff - I don't want to think what would've happened if the bus delay was substantial! Air conditioner was good, the driver was good and the bus had just 1 stop, which was quite enough.
Jan 4, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
Worthy for the paid price
Jan 4, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Near two hours too late .. , but driving was good.
Dec 29, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Good servis, small delay because of traffic jam.
Dec 14, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
We were on time, which was nice. However, in our opinion the drive made to many risky and scary overtaking manoeuvres.
Dec 10, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Everything was ok
Dec 10, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Good and safe drive. Break was good lenght - not too long.
Nov 28, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Without problems, very satisfied.
Nov 24, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Good trip on this bus. The driver drove sensibly and didn't honk. The pastries were stale and the stopping place didn't sell good food. Best bus trip in Cambodia to date.
Nov 22, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Very good and reliable wifi - enabled me to work using my laptop the whole trip. Was surprised upon boarding to see several local families already there who took all best seats, including mine. I am not sure they even had tickets. But driver helped to get my premium seat freed for me. But other than this incident, it was a pleasurable experience.
Nov 17, 2017
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
Not reliable, two hours to late
Nov 14, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Seats were pretty worn out and uncomfortable for such a long trip, not much leg space, driver stopped randomly 2-3 times for several minutes without saying why. We also arrived over an hour after the time stated on the ticket. But on the bright side, we got water and snacks and stopped halfway at a cafe.
Nov 14, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Comfortable coach, nice little snack shame the storms on route spoiled the views.
Oct 26, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Comfy seats, lots of leg room and charging outlets, good air con. The bus was however an hour late setting off and took n hour longer than it should have
Oct 4, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Everything was perfect! the only negative point was not be warning 2 minutes before we arrive at destination, had pack all our things very quickly because we had to get off the bus very quickly with no help.
Sep 25, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
On time but the driver drives fast...
Sep 7, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Nice as they have wifi and the possibility to charge the mobile. The conduction was acceptable, with some scares, specially arriving to Phnom Penh where the driver stressed.
Aug 29, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Everything 5/5. Punctual, very friendly staff, nice facilities.
Aug 16, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
It's great bus with mineral water and bread. The room leg was wide for me.
Aug 5, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
We asked the driver to drop off at the airport and it was no problem for him. Really gratefull for that!! :)
Jul 23, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Nice snacks and water, lack of wifi ( very poor quality)