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.
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.
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
There are train services from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville operating 3 days per week, with a double service on Sunday .
- Check ticket availability from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.
Train Times to Poipet
At the moment there are two weekly train services from Phnom Penh to Poipet.
- Check ticket availability from Phnom Penh to Poipet.
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.
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.
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.