Travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

Proposals to build a new train line in Cambodia linking Siem Reap (the town near to Angkor Wat) with Phnom Penh are being actively pursued by Royal Railways. The plan is to connect Poipet on the border with Thailand to Phnom Penh and onto the borders with both Laos and Vietnam as part of the Chinese vision for a Pan Asian Railway Network linking the countries of Asean to Kumming in China. However, whilst the train line is being constructed to travel by public transport from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh you need to travel by bus.

Bus Times To Phnom Penh

The Siem Reap to Phnom Penh route is the busiest bus route in Cambodia. There are both people visiting Angkhor Wat and people passing through Siem Reap on the way to or from the border crossing to Thailand at Poipet. As consequence there are lots of different bus services in operation. See below for a comparison of the different bus services which you can book online.

Comparison of Bus Services from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh:
PSD XpressExpress8.00, 10.306 hr 00 m฿430
Virak BunthamVIPHourly 6.00 to 17.005 hr 30 m฿400
Virak BunthamSleeper 4119.00, 20.30, 22.306 hr 00 m฿364
Giant IbisUniverse Luxury8.45, 12.307 hr 00 m฿496
Giant IbisKia Grandburg23.00, 23.307 hr 00 m฿496
Thero ExpressRegional8.00, 9.00, 14.30, 16.005 hr 30 m฿396
Mekong ExpressExpress7.30, 8.00, 9.45, 12.305 hr 05 m฿463
  • Express: 41 seat single deck bus with snack and no toilet.
  • VIP: 9 seat minivan.
  • Sleeper 41: 41 seat double deck bus with snack, TV and toilet. Reclining seats.
  • Universe Luxury: 24 seat single deck bus with WiFi, phone chargers, snack and no toilet.
  • Kia Grandburg: 24 seat single deck bus with toilet, reclining seats, snack, WiFi and phone chargers.
  • Regional: 12 seat minivan.

Bus Tickets to Phnom Penh

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PSD Xpress Bus Stop

Virak Buntham Bus Stop

Giant Ibis Bus Stop

Thero Express Bus Stop

Mekong Express Bus Stop

About Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, and with a population of over 1.5 million it contrasts starkly with the much smaller towns and peaceful rural areas typical of the rest of Cambodia. Brace yourself. This is the big city.

Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh
Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh

Legend is that the first permanent human settlement in the area which is now Phnom Penh was in the 14th Century, with a lady called Penh discovering four Buddha statues floating in a tree on the river. This was, according to the legend, a divine message that a small hill and a shrine should be constructed to house the relics. Phnom Penh means ‘Penh’s Hill’ and this was the early beginnings of the modern city. Phnom Penh has grown dramatically since and in addition to that shrine on the hill (Wat Phnom) we recommend that you also visit:

  • The Royal Palace: The royal complex features many buildings most famous of which are the Silver Pagoda and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
  • The National Museum of Cambodia: A museum well visiting for its impressive collection Angkor period artwork.
  • Independence and Liberation memorials: Important monuments and a place where many of the local residents of Phnom Penh like to spend a Friday and Saturday night. At the weekends this part of the city is lively, busy, chaotic and one of the best places to experience a slice of metropolitan culture Cambodian style.

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