Travel times – Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

You need to travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by bus to catch the train to Sihanoukville. Alternatively, you can take a direct bus all the way from Siem Reap to the beach resort of Sihanoukville, which is a much quicker option and currently the only option is you are planning to travel from Siem Reap on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday as the train from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville does not operate on those days.

Train Times to Sihanoukville

Train services from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The journey takes 7 hours 30 minutes and the the adult fare one way is $7 USD.

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Bus to Sihanoukville 

There are ten direct bus services a day from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville which you can book online.

Siem ReapSihanoukvilleServiceBus Company
00.0513.05VIP SleeperVirak Buntham Express
06.0017.00MinivanVirak Buntham Express
07.0018.00MinivanVirak Buntham Express
08.0019.00MinivanVirak Buntham Express
09.0020.00MinivanVirak Buntham Express
19.0008.00VIP SleeperVirak Buntham Express
20:0008:00VIP SleeperVirak Buntham Express
20:3008:30VIP SleeperVirak Buntham Express
22:3012:30VIP SleeperVirak Buntham Express
23:0012:00VIP SleeperVirak Buntham Express
  • The bus services listed above depart from the Virak Buntham Express bus station in Siem Reap town centre
  • These bus services terminate at the Virak Buntham Express bus station in Sihanoukville which is near to Peanichkam Market.

Buy Tickets to Sihanoukville

Use the Search Box below to buy tickets for travel from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville.

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Bus tickets from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and the direct journey from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville are available for purchase through the Search Box above. However, for train tickets from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville you need to buy your tickets at the train station in Phnom Penh.

Siem Reap bus station

Bus Services to Sihanoukville depart from the Siem Reap Virak Buntham bus station on the 63 Krong Siem Reap Road.

Phnom Penh Train Station

Trains to Sihanoukville depart from Phnom Penh Railway Station.

Sihanoukville Railway Station

Train services from Phnom Penh terminate at Sihanoukville Railway Station.

Sihanoukville Bus Station

Bus services from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville terminate at the Sihanoukville Virakbuntham bus station on Ekareach Street 100 in Sihanoukville Town.

About Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s premier beach resort. Sihanoukville Town itself is not particularly interesting. Sihanoukville was established in 1955, and the original buildings were badly damaged by fighting in the 1970s. This is a town with an unpleasant history, little of which is visible today. During more modern times the town has developed a tourist industry with resorts and bars catering to foreign tourists springing up with increasing frequency. The main draws for visitors to Sihanoukville are the beaches and the nearby Ream National Park, which includes the Islands of Koh Thmei and Koh Ses.

Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville
Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville

There are numerous beaches to choose from, however, the three most popular beaches are:

  • Sokha Beach: This beach is probably the most beautiful beach in Sihanoukville, unfortunately it privately owned (by the Sokha Beach Resort) and you need to pay a $2 USD entrance fee. The benefit of this being a private beach is that you will not be approached by people begging from tourists.
  • Ochheuteal Beach: This is the busiest beach in Sihanoukville. It is publicly owned and you do not need to pay a fee to swim and sunbathe there. There are a number hotels backing onto this beach, along with a golf course and places selling food and drink. Avoid this beach at night and early in the morning as serious crimes have been known to occur here when unsuspected tourists venture onto the beach when few people are around.
  • Otres Beach: Quieter and safer than Ochheutral Beach, this 4 km stretch of white sand has very cheap bungalows for rent and plenty of bars and places to eat. High rise development is yet to come to Otres beach, although apartment buildings for sale to Chinese investors are currently under construction, and it has a more bohemian vibe than the other beaches in Sihanoukville.

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