Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

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07:30
Sihanoukville Virakbuntham
5h bus ride in Coaster
3.5
12:30
Phnom Penh Virak Buntham
15:00
Sihanoukville Virakbuntham
5h bus ride
3.5+
20:00
Phnom Penh Virak Buntham
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Sihanoukville
5h 40m taxi ride
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Phnom Penh any hotel

From Sihanoukville Virakbuntham to Phnom Penh by bus

07:30
Sihanoukville Virakbuntham
5h bus ride in Coaster
3.5
12:30
Phnom Penh Virak Buntham
15:00
Sihanoukville Virakbuntham
5h bus ride
3.5+
20:00
Phnom Penh Virak Buntham

From Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by taxi

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Sihanoukville
5h 40m taxi ride
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Phnom Penh any hotel

Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh Schedule

Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Virak Buntham Express Hotel Bus 00:30 - 04:30$ 11.64
Virak Buntham Express Coaster 07:30 - 12:30$ 12.14
Virak Buntham Express Minibus 12 10:30 - 15:00$ 12.14
Virak Buntham Express Coaster 13:00 - 18:00$ 12.14
Mey Hong Bus VIP 15 14:00 - 19:00$ 11.45
Virak Buntham Express Minibus 12 18:00 - 23:00$ 12.14
Virak Buntham Express Hotel Bus 21:00 - 03:00$ 11.64

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.

Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh destination reviews

PK
taxi Van 9pax, PGS Cambodia, Sep 19, 2020
You will get all 5 stars if the Vehicle is the same as the picture that you're advertised. Because from your picture I expect to get a luxury Van same as picture (Minibus Ford Transit) Although the car supplied is very different from the reserved picture Just good engine condition The air conditioner is very cold and Polite driver. Next long holiday, I've plan to go to Siem Reap again but I'll try to find transporter who can provide Ford Transit with reasonable price.
SD
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Mar 24, 2020
Super trajet, merci encore à l'équipe
FO
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Mar 20, 2020
Starting in time. Clean enough. Staff pretty professional. I slept well.
AS
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Mar 15, 2020
Bus was on time and the bus driver and assistant were really good. Informative about what the travel included.
HL
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Feb 1, 2020
The driver drove a bit crazy, and the van was pretty hot on the floor. Otherwise good and toilet breaks
AV
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 27, 2020
It was a ok trip. The personnel was friendly. This is company is way better than VET, that was just terrible.
CS
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 26, 2020
It is a pleasure to travel with Giant Ibis. Reliable and super professional as always. My favorit for bus company in SEA.
PG
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Jan 22, 2020
Super fast, I felt like I was being sent by express post :)
TF
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Jan 5, 2020
War sehr bequem und angenehm
TD
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Dec 31, 2019
Very comfortable ride, the driver was alert and we felt safe.
BM
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Dec 24, 2019
It was a wrong pick up place communicated and the staff was not helpful at the office. The transfer itself was ok.
MW
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Dec 16, 2019
The drive was safe and the bus conductor was very professional. However, do expect delays for arrivals as traffic can be very happy.
MB
taxi Premium, Glassflower (Glassflower), Dec 12, 2019
Driver arrived before appointment time and informed us he is at my hotel and stand by waiting for me . Also the diver is very safe travel and arrives in time I would like to thank you for your cooperation and especially thanks to driver
SM
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 27, 2019
The two stops/breaks on the route were too close between each other...
IR
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 26, 2019
The bus is comfortable. Very good, according to Cambodian standards. Pair of qualified drivers (8 hours of hard traffic).
PM
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Nov 16, 2019
The driver filled the trunk, not caring that the suitcases and packages (that were not of the passengers) fell on us. The trip was delayed for an hour and a half. And there was no WiFi as promised.
DH
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Nov 10, 2019
The ride by Cambodia Express minivan was very uncomfortable and very cramped. The road conditions and big truck traffic made it worse. Driver stopped to pickup and let off locals within the route. The minivan was old I wish I took the bus. I would not recommend Cambodia Express
IL
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Nov 6, 2019
Easy, fast and for a good price!
SB
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Oct 29, 2019
Had the van more or less to our selves
LB
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Oct 23, 2019
Nice drivers. Pretty much had the bus to ourselves apart from a few people who got on and off as we went. Did an extra stop when I requested to go to the toilet. Pleasant and comfortable journey.
RG
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Sep 8, 2019
WiFi fraquinho mas funciona. Bancos confortáveis. Cadeiras com USB para os telemóveis. Muito bom.
AP
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Sep 8, 2019
very good service, loved the snacks and water served by the staff!
JW
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Aug 3, 2019
Paid on line from England, turned up, driver on time clean bus, made good speed and stopped at a very nice service station. really great value for money, thank you
LJ
van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Jul 29, 2019
Trop lent ... on allait arriver en retard pour le ferry alors qu’on avait prévu plus de deux heures entre .. du coup on a du sortir plus tôt que l’arrêt Final et on a payé un tuk tuk ...
KM
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jul 27, 2019
Nice staff
SW
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jul 12, 2019
Very friendly drivers, good and safe driving, two stops (little market with toilette, very nice restaurant), bus nearly empty, a little late because of traffic.
JE
Bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jun 19, 2019
The trips was easy considering the poor condition of the road the bus has to take to get to phnoh penh. Staff where friendly and informed us of stops breaks on the way. The bus was clean and comfortable and arrived at the correct destination.
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