A Guide to Train Services in Cambodia

There are now three passenger train lines in Cambodia:

  • Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
    • Trains from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville currently operate once a day.
    • Trains from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh currently operate once a day.
  • Phnom Penh to Poipet
      • Trains from Phnom Penh to Poipet currently terminate in Battambang. Phnom Penh to Battambang services operate once a day every day.
      • There are currently no train services bwtween Poipet and Battambang. Train services from Battambang to Poipet operate once a day every day.
  • Phnom Penh to Airport
    • Trains services between Phnom Penh and Phnom Penh International Airport are currently suspended.

Current & Planned Railway Track

Map of Cambodia Railways

New Train Routes

Plans to construct three proposed new railway lines in Cambodia are still being finalised.

The proposed route linking the existing Poipet to Phnom Penh railway to the Vietnam border is likely to be the first to be constructed, because it will form part of the Pan Asian Railway Network and is therefore more likely to attract funding from the Chinese Government which is sponsoring much of the overall project.

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Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat

Construction on the other two proposed routes, one linking Siem Reap (for Angkor Wat) with Thailand and Phnom Penh, and the other linking Laos and Phnom Penh, are likely to start less quickly as funding will be more difficult to secure.

Phnom Penh to Bangkok

The train line linking Bangkok to Phnom Penh is now fully operational. Services are likely to commence sometime in 2019 if an agreement on the operation of cross border train services can be made between Thailand and Cambodia, and Cambodia’s Royal Railways can complete its work rebuilding bridges and embankments on the Phnom Penh to Poipet railway line.

Next read A Guide to Train Services in Vietnam

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