5+ hours from SihanoukVille to Phnom Penh
The newest bus station is located nowhere and everywhere. All the busses seem to depart and arrive at their own offices, which are scattered all over town. They have started gathering at the old bus station downtown, which is now known as the new old bus station.
Tuk Tuks (carts pulled by a motorcycle), cars and motorcycle taxis are all around the bus station. They have fixed prices (many times the price is more than the 4-6 hour bus ride from Phnom Penh for a 5 minute ride), but you can negotiate a better price, sometimes with a 90% discount, or just walk. You may want to try to get a free ride, as most of the hotels give the drivers a commission that equals their pay for a good day (even if you booked at the hotel already). Many busses and vans also have free pick-up in around town for departures, but this can add up to an extra hour to your ride sometimes.
When purchasing your ticket TO SihanoukVille, ask where they drop you off, so you can plan the end of your journey. Also, you can have the bus stop just for you to get off, if it's more convenient.
Most buses are $5 - $7 for the trip. A few bus companies now have $11 vans and are about an hour or more quicker (sometimes). Some companies charge more from Phnom Penh to SihanoukVille than from SihanoukVille to Phnom Penh. During, before and after holidays, the prices for the bus service can go up by 50%.
The bus ride is usually a minimum of 5 hours. Most busses stop half way for a 15- 30 minute break at a restaurant. You can walk over the The Stop Cafe if you want some good food. Usually, if they are behind schedule, they stop longer than usual. You might want earplugs for some of the busses, as they play movies or music quite loud.
There are now about 15 companies with large busses, and several with vans. The vans make the trip a bit quicker, and may have nicer seating, but you can not stand up or move around in these, there's no bathroom, and they don't have much room for luggage, (or sometimes leg room).
You can rent a whole car or van for the trip, from $50 and up, and this is the quickest and easiest solution. Up to 4 people can ride in one car. You also get departure times for your own schedule, and door to door service. Not bad for a 4+ hour trip.
You can check the schedule below, which is always out of date, or you can just assume every hour, from 7am to 5pm there is at least one, if not sereral departures, from Phnom Penh and SihanoukVille.
All these express busses (maybe not the vans if they are full) may stop several times on the trip to pick up or drop off riders. Or they may stop just for no reason at all. Welcome to Cambodia.
If you're coming to town to get to Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem Island, you can pre-book your ticket here, and go right to the Serendipity Beach Pier.
7:30am, 8:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
7:15am, 8:15am, 9:45am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
note: seats are not reserved and you may be provided with a free stool in the aisle. Animals are also allowed to travel with the passengers on this bus. No toilets on the bus. $6
Phnom Penh Sorya
From..... To SihanoukVille
prices and times are subject to change. During and right before and after public Holidays, the prices are higher by a dollar or two for most bus services. From November to February, and near National Holidays, you may want to book a day or two in advance, as many busses are full.
AND about 15 more bus and van companies provide service between SihanoukVille, Phnom Penh, the rest of Cambodia, and also to Vietnam and Thailand.
To Koh Kong (Thailand) from SihanoukVille. A 3.5 to 5 hour ride to Koh Kong and 15 minutes more to the Thai border. Crossing the border on both sides can take from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how many people are waiting.
Onwards To..... ...... $22 SihanoukVille to Koh Chang, Thailand (including ferry), ...... $26 SihanoukVille to Bangkok or Pattaya. Get your ticket in SihanoukVille, or just get a bus to the border, and on the Thai side, you get a minivan for $4 to Trat, Thailand, where you can get a bus to anywhere in Thailand.
From Koh Kong to SihanoukVille. If you're at the border... take a 15 minute car or moto taxi downtown and get a bus ticket (or car) to SihanoukVille at most foreign owned restaurants in town. You'll also see a couple bus offices on the main street. Or your driver can (and will insist) on getting a ticket for you. More information on the Koh Kong website.To Kampot & Kep from SihanoukVille, Cars leave from in front of the downtown market all day for about $4 a person or $25 for the whole car. Ride is about 90 minutes. A few companies a van or small bus service with pick-up at your hotel for about $8 per person. Kep is a half hour further from Kampot, and cost a dollar or two more.
The bus station in Kampot is downtown, a few streets from the riverfront. From the bus station, you can get a car, motorcycle or tuk tuk to continue your journey to Kep, another half hour to the East towards Vietnam. You can also rent a small motorcycle while in Kampot for $3 to $5 a day. Another dollar gets you enough gas for a round trip between Kampot and Kep. (and another dollar for touring around). Just make sure you're coming back through Kampot on your way out, so you can return the motorcycle.
From Kampot to SihanoukVille. Get a bus or van ticket anywhere downtown and go to the bus station downtown. A 90 minute ride and about $4.... $25 for a private taxi for up to 6 people.From SihanoukVille To Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) - You can either get a bus to Phnom Penh, and get another bus to Siem Reap (about 5 hours to Phnom Penh, a 30 to 60 minute wait for another bus, and then a 6 hour ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap). You should get your ticket for the bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap before you leave SihanoukVille... or there is a night bus leaving SihanoukVille, with pick-ups around town from 7pm to 7:30pm. $15 for the night bus, and the ride is about 10 - 11 hours. For the night bus, you can save some time by getting your ticket in advance and showing up at the bus station yourself, as the night bus travels around town for an hour picking up passengers. Also, keep your valuable with you on this bus. A private taxi costs from $80 to $110.
From Siem Reap to SihanoukVille. All cars and busses pass through Phnom Penh. Busses leave in the morning for the 11 hour trip, or you can get the night bus, which arrives in SihanoukVille early morning.
From SihanoukVille to Vietnam. To Ha Tien by shared taxi $50 and 3.5 hours,... to Chau Doc, $60 and 5 hours. $19 to Saigon, VietnamFrom SihanoukVille to Bangkok - 2 ways to get to Bangkok by bus. First, leave in the morning around 7am to Koh Kong, about 4 hours and $7. 15 minutes and $2 to the Thai border. Cross the border and get a minivan to Trat, Thailand, 1.5 hours and $4 (you need to pay in Thai Baht). This takes you to the bus station in Trat, where you get a big bus to Bangkok, which leaves every hour. About $6 and 6 hours. About 12+ hours for the whole journey. Some busses from Trat end up at Khao San Road in Bangkok, some end at Ekamai Bus Station on Sukumwit, with easy access to the SkyTrain.
The second ways is going on the night bus to Siem Reap (see above) and then crossing into Thailand. This takes several more hours, but most of it is at night.
From Bangkok to SihanoukVille. You need to get to the Cambodia / Thai border in Koh Kong between 7am and 8pm. Buses and taxis leave from downtown Koh Kong from 7am to 1pm. Plan for 8 hours from downtown Bangkok to downtown Koh Kong.
Sign in Phnom Penh
Pic Nil (halfway between Phnom Penh and SihanoukVille)