Guide To Get From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

If you are wondering how to get from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in a safe and convenient way, then you have a fabulous guide for you! 

A peaceful corner of Phnom Penh.

Wide leafy boulevards, Buddhist temples and a beautiful riverside promenade, Phnom Penh possesses its own special charm. There is an abundance of worth-seeing places around the capital, easily explored during a day trip. Several modes of transport options to get from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh are available including bus, plane, boat, taxi and motorbike.

1. Bus

Buses to Phnom Penh leave throughout the day from several locations all over the capital, and prices as well as the level of comfort vary a lot. The majority of the operators use the main bus station in Siem Reap located 4 km out of town. There are many bus companies like Giant Ibis, Mekong Express, PSD Xpress, Sorya Bus, Neak Krohorm, Thero Express, Larryta, KSO, Virak Buntham, Kampot Express and Cambodia Post VIP Van. Whereas, Giant Ibis Transport is the best operator serving the route due to the excellent safety, insurance coverage for all passengers, free Wi-Fi and electrical outlets on board. The company uses its own bus terminal in Siem Reap behind the Angkor National Museum. To get to the Giant Ibis bus terminal, you can take a tuk-tuk (from 1 USD to 3 USD).

Standard big buses with air-conditioners

There are at least four daily buses of Giant Ibis from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and tickets cost 15 USD. They are standard big buses with air-conditioning and slightly reclining seats. All buses take from 5 hours to 7 hours to reach Phnom Penh. Morning buses which leave Siem Reap at 7.45am, 8.45am and 12.30pm, make two pit stops. Note that there are no toilets on board of the morning buses.

Bring a warm sweater or coat (if you do not like being cold by the air-con on the bus) and headphones (if you do not like the “Khmer karaoke”).

There are some bus services at night, but most buses arrive in the morning and the last ones leave in the afternoon.

Night buses are sleeper buses with two tiers of sleeping bunks. There are reading lights and toilets. The night bus is the most convenient one if you are going to connect via Phnom Penh to Kampot, Sihanoukville or Ho Chi Minh. In Phnom Penh, Giant Ibis buses arrive at bus terminal in 106 Street, close to the night market and the riverfront.

2. Plane

There are now three airlines operating daily flights from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh including Bassaka Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air and Bayon Airlines. This is the fastest way to travel because it only takes about 45 minutes.

Airlines can adjust prices for tickets from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh based on the day and time. Low-price flights are most commonly available by purchasing one and three months in advance.

International or holiday flights may need to be bought even further. Flights may be significantly cheaper if you choose a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights can cause some inconvenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% if they fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.

Bassaka Air usually offers the cheapest flights

Among 3 airlines above, Cambodia Angkor Air is the most popular one. The tourists can book the ticket of Cambodia Angkor Air by visiting
www.cambodiaangkorair.com or contact the Online Booking Advice (Headquarter) at the following phone number: +855 23 666 0330. One another way to book the air ticket is to come to the ticket offices as follow:

  • Phnom Penh (Head Office):

Adress: 206A, Preah Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh City, Cambodia

Phone: + (855) 23 6666 786 | + (855) 23 6666 788| + (855) 23 6666 789 | + (855) 23 212 564

Fax: + (855) 23 224 164

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday (8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm)

  • Siem Reap:

Address: House 17D, Omkhun Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Phone: + (855) 63 969 268 | + (855) 63 636 3666

Fax: + (855) 63 969 166

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday (8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm)

3. By helicopter

If you feel bored while visiting Cambodia by car, there is another transportation means try. It is the helicopter. Sitting on high and looking down is an extremely interesting feeling.

Helistar Cambodia is a service company specializing in leasing VIP helicopters to move in Cambodia and operate anywhere in the country. Helicopters can be leased exclusively to one-way flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and vice versa.

The cost per flight is $ 1700 plus 10% VAT and 10% STP tax. All airplanes are new and modern with Eurocopter Ecureuils air conditioners which are manufactured in France and luxurious leather seats that can carry up to 6 passengers. They also granted licenses to Australian pilots and foreign pilots. The company also provides the helicopter shuttle services at both of Cambodia's international airports.

The helicopter of Helistar Cambodia

4. Taxi

Taxis from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh cost between $65 and $100. Private taxi can be hired through any guesthouse or travel agent. Make sure to confirm the price before the trip.

There is also another choice: the package taxi at the price of $ 10 per person. You should remember that if you choose the package taxi, the driver will receive up to 6 passengers for a 4-seater. However, you can pay higher to be able to sit more comfortable. The taxi driver often picks up guests at the main bus station near The New Market, Phnom Penh.

5. Motorbike

Adventure travelers can rent a motorbike to travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. The roads are quite good and deserted but you should be careful with buffaloes, children running across the street and also the taxi running carelessly. With a 125cc motorbike, you can make a day trip, but it is best to go for two days in order to relax in the town of Kom Pong Thom and visit the pre-Angkor temples at Sambor Prei Kuk.

Moving by motorbike is an adventurous experience

Leaving Phnom Penh via the "Japanese Bridge" along Highway 6A to the north, you go more 75 km to the Skun Junction which is famous for its unique dishes such as fried spiders, turtle eggs and spider wine selling along the way. Turn left along Highway 6 to Kom Pong Thom. It takes about 2-3 hours.

At Kom Pong Thom, you can stop at the Arunras Hotel (Tel: 062-961294) or Stung Sen (Tel: 012-309495). Arunras Hotel has a good restaurant and reasonable prices. From Kom Pong Thom to Siem Reap, it is about 2-3 hours drive. On the way to Siem Reap, about 60 km from Kom Pong Kdei, you can visit the oldest stone bridge in Southeast Asia called the Naga Bridge or the Kom Pong Kdei Bridge.

6. Boat

  • Ferry

Ferries run from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh between July and March when water levels are high. Boats leave from Siem Reap at 7.30 am and the trip takes about 6 hours with $28. Tickets purchased through hotels and travel agencies can be cheaper than at the ferry offices.

If you want to experience the feeling of traveling by ferry, please come to Cambodia in the rainy season because, at that time, the ferry will be easy to run. If you go in the dry season, you may move by the small boat which is less comfortable than the ferry.

From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by boat

  • Express boat

The express boat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap costs $ 33 and takes about 6 hours, departing at 7:30, offering a breathtaking view of the rural life along the Tonle Sap River. The Phnom Penh pier is located on Sisowath Road, about 1km from the Royal Palace to the north, near the 104th Street. In Siem Reap, the pier is at Chong Khnear at the foot of Phnom Krom mountain, 12 km from the town. You can book the ticket 1 day in advance.

  • Luxury cruises

There are also several luxury cruises operating between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. For a price of about $ 150 / day including meals, accommodation and excursions, it is a good and safe option. Compagnie Fluevial du Mekong Cruise offers luxury wooden yachts. The trip lasts 3 days and combines the attractions along the banks of the Tonle Sap and ashore.

Tel: 012-240859.

Web: www.cfmekong.com

Phnom Penh may not become your favourite city in Asia, but it definitely deserves a closer look!

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