The road between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap offers a glimpse of Cambodian country life with rice paddies, traditional wooden houses, and buffalos. The views are best appreciated from a full-size bus as the mini-buses are more crowded and have smaller windows. If you get carsick, the bus is a better option as it’s a bit slower and significantly less bumpy.
1. Giant Ibis
The most popular one is Giant Ibis which provides WiFi and power outlets on board. It also has a night bus that runs in both of two directions at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30 p.m.
Giant Ibis is not strange to Cambodian and international passengers. The buses of this company have a fast-moving time, and the water is provided freely on each bus. The seating is quite comfortable and does not cause discomfort during the trip. Giant Ibis drivers are highly experienced in passenger transportation and you will be safe when you travel with this company.
Choosing Giant Ibis, your benefits are guaranteed because the ticket price and the number of seats left are clearly indicated on the Giant Ibis’s website.
Buying tickets on the office is very easy, but you can only pay cash as all types of cards are not accepted here.
The staff of the ticket office speaks English well so it is quite convenient for foreign visitors to exchange information. The ticket costs about 11$
- Address: 7E0, Road 106, Sangkat Doun Penh, Khan Doun Penh, Phnom Penh.
- Hotline: +855 969 993 333
2. Mekong Express
The former favourite one, Mekong Express, is known for the safety. On this route, it almost runs full-size buses. Tickets cost $13 for foreigners and $10 for Khmers.
Mekong Express is a long-established and reliable bus company that is becoming more and more familiar with customers traveling on the route connecting Cambodia's major cities. Equipped with 42 seats air-conditioned seats, Mekong express will bring passengers a comfortable feeling.
The equipment on the car is always checked periodically and cleaned regularly to ensure that the car is always clean and operate in the best condition.
- Address: 2020, No Road 5, S.K. Toul Sangke, Khan Russey Keo, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
- Hotline: +855 12 787 839
3. PSD Xpress
A new company that just started up recently is PSD Xpress, who also offers full-size buses with air-conditioner between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Buses run twice a day.
PSD Xpress provides a free shuttle service to the hotel. Water, wet towel, and free Wifi are available on the bus. The advantage of PSD Xpress is that it departs very punctually and always adheres to the schedule (it does not stop too much on the way). The ticket ranges from 9$ to 15$.
- Address: Phnom Penh 93166, Cambodia
- Hotline: +855 70 569 991
The trip takes about 6 hours for all Mekong Express, Giant Ibis, and PSD Xpress. You can book bus tickets and select your seat online in advance for a small service fee. For other bus options from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap that you can book online, check out BookMeBus.
* Schedule of bus companies
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap: 8:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: 8:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m.
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap: 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:25 p.m.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:45 p.m., 12:30 p.m.
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap: 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: 8 a.m., 10:30 p.m.
There are now three airlines operating daily flights between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. This is the fastest and most expensive way to travel. However, if you’re short on time, flying is the best option because it only takes about 45 minutes.
The national airlines – Cambodia Angkor Air
Ferries run between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap between July and March. They usually do not run during the dry season when the water levels are low. A new company, Mekong Explore, have started increasing the safety standards by providing life jackets for passengers. Most passengers like sitting on the top of the boat to watch the countryside and some interesting floating villages outside of Siem Reap. Boats leave from both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh at 7:30 a.m and the trip takes about six hours. Tickets cost $28 and can be purchased online in advance which is a good idea in high season.
The slow boat to Siem Reap along the Mekong River
Taxis between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap cost from $65 to $100. Private taxis are almost Toyota Camrys and can fit 4 passengers as long as they don’t have a lot of luggage. Private taxis can be reserved in advance online at reasonable rates or hired through any guesthouse or travel agent. Make sure to confirm the price before the trip. Your taxi driver can stop multiple times to pick up and drop off packages along the way. If you are paying on the high end of the scale, it’s fair to ask that they do not make extra stops.Now you have enough information about transportation to move from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Let’s go!