Different ways to travel
Traveling through Cambodia doesn’t have to be hard. Even if you need a place to stay in Siem Reap Angkor Wat or transportation, you can use local online services. You also don’t have to spend a bunch of money flying to every destination. When it comes to going from city to city you have 3 main options that will suit any budget.
Let’s focus on two major destinations that most travelers frequent in Cambodia; Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The cheapest way to travel in between these major cities is by taking a bus.
It’s easy nowadays to get to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap. Deciding to hire a private taxi will be your most expensive option, mini-bus is right in the middle, and a regular size bus will be the cheapest option. In this post, you will get all the info you need to travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, or vice-versa, by bus and minibus.
Difference between taking a bus or a minibus
Traveling by bus, you’ll get a great view of the Cambodian countryside. You will see open fields, rice paddies, and a few small villages. The great view can come at a cost however as it takes a bit longer to travel in a full-size bus.
Minibuses have smaller windows, which can ruin the view of the countryside between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. They can also be a bit more crowded than regular sized buses but have the advantage of traveling faster.
How to buy tickets
Dozens of buses travel between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh every day. It’s not that long of a ride and shouldn’t take more than 6 hours. Your two options when it comes to buses are sitting and sleeper buses. You can find sitting buses during the day or night. Sleepers are only for overnight trips.
Just as if you were traveling in any other way make sure to keep track of your valuables. Also, quick tip, don’t drink too much and use the bathroom before you leave. Most of the buses Do Not have bathrooms.
Prices will vary depending on the company you decide to choose. Going for the cheapest option may get you an older, overcrowded bus that stops many times along the way. These usually run for around $6.
I recommend going a little higher. You can take the Mekong Express for $12, PSD Xpress for $15, and Giant Ibis for $15.
I highly recommend Giant Ibis as they have wi-fi and power outlets onboard. Sometimes they will even offer a free snack. They also include pickup from your hotel to the bus station.
Below are the daily schedules for buses from Siem Reap heading to Phnom Penh.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: 8:45 am, 9:45 am, 12:30 pm, 10:30 pm, 11 pm, 11:30 pm
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: 7:30 am, 8:30 am, 9:45 pm, 12:30 pm
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: 8:00 am, 10:30 pm
Going from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh or vice-versa is faster by mini-bus and should take around 5 hours. You even get a stop for lunch!
The minibusses can only carry about 12-16 people. Here are the most popular minibus companies I recommend.
Cambodia Post VIP Van
Cambodia Post Vip Van only has two daily trips between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh:
7:30 am and 2:00 pm
Seila Angkor has 18 daily trips between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh:
6:30 am, 7:00 am, 7:30 am, 8:00 am, 8:30 am, 9:00 am, 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 11 pm.
Bayon VIP Express:
You can book directly from their website Golden Bayon Express
The daily schedule for Bayon VIP Express between Siem Reap to Phnom Penh:
7:30 am, 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm.
You can book directly from their website.
The daily schedule between Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (Vice versa):
7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm
While traveling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh or vice-versa by bus or minivan, make sure you have a place to stay after your bus trip by booking online on a Cambodian home-grown website. You can also find amazing budget hotels in Siem Reap and budget hotels in Phnom Penh.
I, personally recommend taking a sleeper bus. A few months ago I took a business trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. I chose a $10 sleeper bus. I was nervous at first, not knowing if I would fit in the bed. I was able to fit perfectly fine, so most travelers should as well. It was cold because of the AC but I can’t really complain about that. If there wasn’t any the ride would be horrible. I left Siem Reap at 11:30 pm and arrived in Phnom Penh early the next morning around 5:30 am.
Other places you can go by bus
There are many destinations that you can reach by bus in Cambodia. Here’s a short list:
- Koh Kong
- Preah Vihear
- Ho Chi Minh City
You can also cross the border, Aranyaprathet/Poipet, of Thailand to Cambodia as I did. It’s also easy to continue your travels into Laos and Vietnam by bus. If you have any questions about traveling by bus, feel free to ask us in the comments section down below.