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 from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

There are currently 36 bus and minivan services a day from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh available to book online.

Siem ReapPhnom PenhServiceCostCompany
00:0506:35Luxury$16Virak Buntham Express
00:1505:30Luxury$16Virak Buntham Express
01:0006:30Luxury$16Virak Buntham Express
06:3012:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
07:3013:00Coaster$14Virak Buntham Express
07:3013:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
08:3014:30VIP$10Mey Hong Bus
08:3014:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
08:4514:05Universe Luxury$13Giant ibis Transport
09:0014:30Van$14Virak Buntham Express
09:0013:35VIP$11Saly Express
09:1514:15VIP Minibus$13Cambotra Express
09:3015:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
10:3016:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
11:1516:15VIP Minibus$13Cambotra Express
11:3017:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
12:1517:15VIP Minibus$13Cambotra Express
12:3018:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
13:3019:30VIP$10Mey Hong Bus
14:0019:30Van$12Cambodia Post VIP Van
14:3020:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
15:3021:00Van$14Virak Buntham Express
15:3020:30VIP Minibus$13Cambotra Express
15:3021:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
16:3022:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
17:0022:30Van$14Virak Buntham Express
17:3023:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
18:0023:30Hotel Bus$12Olongpich Transport
18:3000:30VIP 15 pax$14Seila Angkor Express
19:3001:30Van 15 pax$13Larryta Express
20:0001:00Hotel Bus$13Virak Buntham Express
22:0003:20Kia Grandbird$13Giant ibis Transport
22:3005:00Sleeper$15Cambotra Express
23:0005:30Hotel Bus$13Virak Buntham Express
23:0005:00Sleeper$12Mey Hong Bus

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Virak Buntham Bus Stop

Google Map of Virak Buntham Express Samki Market Siem Reap

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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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