Kampot Train Station is located on the Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville train line in Cambodia, slightly over 3.9 km from the Durian Roundabout in the centre of Kampot Town.
By train it takes 5 hours 10 minutes to travel 146 km from Phnom Penh to Kampot. Travel by bus or by taxi takes about half the time, however, the train journey is an experience in itself and an opportunity to see parts of rural Cambodia that you cannot see clearly if you travel by road.
Kampot Train Station
Kampot Railway Station dates back to the 1960s and is built in a style which is now commonly known as ‘New Khmer’ architecture. The New Khmer architectural style was developed during the brief period from the end of French colonial rule in 1953 through to 1970 and the horror of Khmer Rouge overthrow of the Government of King Sihanouk, at a time when Cambodia was forging a new identity as an independent democratic country. During this ‘golden age’ of Cambodian independence, King Sihanouk encouraged the development of a new architectural style for public buildings in Cambodia characterised by the use of reinforced concrete to create buildings which had design features reminiscent of ancient Khmer architecture and the architecture commonly used in residential property. The New Khmer style features angular roofs, open plan spaces and tall concrete columns supporting high ceilings.
Kampot Railway Station features all the classic element of the New Khmer architectural style: the ticket hall is a large open plan area with no door separating the inside of the station building from either the road outside or the train platform; the main roof of the station building rises like a pyramid topped with concrete points creating a high ceiling supported by thick concrete columns; to the sides of the main roof the other parts of the station building feature a series of lower angular roofs which is a common design feature of domestic residences in rural Cambodia.
Train Times to Phnom Penh
Train services from Kampot to Phnom Penh only run on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
Train Times to Sihanoukville
Train services from Kampot to Sihanoukville depart once a day on Fridays and Saturdays, and twice daily on Sundays.
Facilities at Kampot Station
There are virtually no facilities at Kampot Railway Station. We were unable to even locate a public toilet at the train station.
What Kampot Railway Station does have, however, is a number of food vendors who have been allowed to operate on the main train platform. Train services stop at Kampot for up to 30 minutes before carrying on to Sihanoukville or Takeo, depending on whether the train has experienced any delay on route to Kampot. Enterprising local residents arrive at the station to sell food and drinks to the passengers of the 8 trains a week which call into the station. Plenty of local tuks tuks and taxis also await the arrival of trains at Kampot Train Station, which is helpful as there are currently no local bus services plying the route between the town and the train station.
Buying Tickets at the Station
The ticket counters at Kampot Railway Station are only open for brief periods before the departure of trains.
If you plan to travel by train from Kampot Railway Station either book your ticket in advance online or buy your tickets beforehand at Phnom Penh Railway Station where the ticket counters are staffed from 08:00 to 16:30 from Monday to Friday, and from 06:00 to 12:00 at the weekends.