Phnom Penh Train Station

Phnom Penh Railway Station was constructed during the French colonial era, opening to passengers in 1932. Despite being effectively out of use as railway station for an 11 year period from 2005 to 2016 Phnom Penh Railway Station is a beautifully preserved building from a much different era.

Phnom Penh Railway Station
Phnom Penh Railway Station

There are three different train services operating out of this station:

  • Train services between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.
  • Train services from Phnom Penh and Poipet (possibly to Thailand in the near future).
  • An Airport Link service transporting passengers from the city centre train station to the main international airport.

Phnom Penh Train Station

Phnom Penh Railway Station reopened to passengers on the 9th April 2016 for the first new train service to Sihanoukville, making the reintroduction of passenger train services in Cambodia. The station building is clean and well maintained, however, it is still a near empty space with no shops or restaurants or other amenities occupying the large open spaces within the station building or by the train platforms. Inside the train station itself there are seats and a ticket counter and nothing else.

Train to Sihanoukville at Phnom Penh Railway Station
Train to Sihanoukville at Phnom Penh Railway Station

Phnom Penh Train Station currently has three platforms in use each serving a different destination:

  • Platform 1: Line to Poipet
  • Platform 2: Airport Link
  • Platform 3: Line to Sihanoukville

Train Times to Sihanoukville

At the currently time there is single train service every day of the week from Phnom Pneh to Sihanoukville.

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Train Times to Poipet

At the moment train services only travel as far as Battambang. Services from Battambang to Poipet are currently suspended.

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Trains to Phnom Penh Airport

Trains from Phnom Penh Railway Station to Phnom Penh operates every 20 minutes from 07:00 to 24:00 and less frequently during the period from 00:00 to 0700. The journey takes around 30 minutes and is currently free. Royal Railway is currently stating that charges will be introduced for the Airport Link route after the 31st October 2018.

Facilities at Phnom Penh Station

There are no facilities at Phnom Penh Railway Station except for public toilets, which you will find the entrance near the train platforms.

Sandwich shop outside Phnom Penh Train Station
Sandwich shop outside Phnom Penh Train Station

The only places selling food and drinks near the train station are a sandwich kiosk also selling drinks and snacks outside the front entrance and another stall selling hot coffee and other beverages. There is catering on long distance trains in Cambodia on both major train lines and generally you can get better food on the train than you can at the station before your train departs.

Buying Tickets at the Station

There are two ticket counters in Phnom Penh Train Station, so you need to arrive early to buy a ticket and queues can form at busy times. The ticket counters accept payment in US Dollars as well as local currency.

Ticket counters at Phnom Penh Railway Station
Ticket counters at Phnom Penh Railway Station

Royal Railways is now enforcing seat reservations, so if you leave it late buying a ticket you increase your likelihood of buying a ticket for one of the less popular seats facing backward near the manually operated doors of the train.

Location of Phnom Penh Train Station

Next read about Saigon Railway Station

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