Want to know how to get from Battambang to Phnom Penh? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
2 ways to get from Battambang to Phnom Penh
There are two ways to travel the distance of 290 km (180 miles) from Battambang to Phnom Penh: by bus (5h-6h) and taxi (5-6 hours). The journey takes between 5h - 6h and the quickest way is by bus. The lowest priced tickets start from 33,000 KHR ($8) for the bus.
We suggest booking with one of the three well-known bus operators for this route – Cambodia Post VIP Van, Bayon VIP or Mekong Express.
Tickets with Mekong Express are slightly more expensive, but it is the most trusted and secure transport operator in Cambodia and is known for their good service.
Roads are paved and in a generally good condition, but accidents still happen from time to time. The table below shows our recommended bus companies and their respective schedules. However, there are other companies you can also book with. Fares start at 33,000 KHR ($8).
Minivan tickets are a few dollars cheaper on CamboTicket, but we recommend booking with BookAway for their excellent customer service.
For Cambodia Post VIP Van, you need to book your ride through BookMeBus.
Cambodia Post VIP Van
Departure in front of Posts and Telecommunications Department in Krong Battambang, Road No. 1
Arrival at the Post Office in Phnom Penh
Departure from Golden Bayon Battambang office
Arrival along Rue Pasteur No. 51 Road, opposite Cambodia-Vietnam Foods
Departure from the Mekong Express station, next to Psar Nat supermarket
Arrival at Mekong Express Limousine bus station
Departure from Mean Chey Travel Express, Street 101, near Boeng Chhuk Bus Station
Arrival at Mean Chey VIP Express station
Virak Buntham Express
Departure from Virak Buntham Battambang, St. 106 cor. St. 101, near Boeng Chhuk Bus Station
Arrival at Virak Buntham Bus Stop
Capitol Tours offers the cheapest rates since they operate larger buses. Bear in mind that some drivers tend to blast loud music and may make many stops along the way.
Departure from the bus station at National Road 5 next to Battambang Supermarket
Arrival at the Capitol Bus Stop on St. 111 near Capitol 3 Guest House.
Battambang to Phnom Penh by Taxi
Duration: 5-6 hours
Starts from: 245,000 KHR ($60)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Cost: 245,000 KHR ($60)
You can arrange a taxi at your hotel or book online. Taxis seat up to 4 passengers but may have limited trunk space for your luggage.
Negotiate and agree on a price beforehand to avoid ugly surprises. With good haggling skills, you can get a taxi from 245,000 KHR ($60).
You can also book your taxi online by clicking the button below. Taxis booked online start at 307,000 KHR ($75).
If these rates are too expensive for you, you can also opt for rideshare. You can find one just along Boeung Chhouk Market on National Road 5. Ride-sharing costs 41,000 KHR ($10) per seat. Bear in mind that you may have to wait until all seats are filled.
Phnom Penh is the largest city in Cambodia, split into a number of districts that each offer something different. Here’s a quick rundown of the best districts to stay in:
Daun Penh is the city centre and historic area of Phnom Penh. It’s where you’ll find the Royal Palace, government buildings and the most colonial architecture. Here is the place to stay if you want to be close to the top things to do in the city.
BBK1 boasts a vibrant and lively atmosphere. It’s close to the city centre, without being as hectic. There are plenty of nightclubs, bars, restaurants and hipsters cafes here.
Riverside is, as the name suggests, along the river. You’ll wake up to river views and be close to plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants and street food.
Check out our favourite places to stay in Phnom Penh:
As the name suggests, White Corner Hotel has a very white colour scheme both inside and out, giving it a clean and modern feel. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, providing everything that you need.
If you stay here, you’ll be located in the BBK1 neighbourhood, a very fun place to be staying. It’s also within walking distance of the must-visit S-21 prison.
With only four rooms available in this intimate homestay, you’ll need to book Stay Sweet in advance if you want to guarantee yourself a room. The almost perfect rating is mainly down to the incredible owner, Panha, who provides a friendly welcome and the best recommendations.
Staying here you’ll also receive a discount at the local swimming pool and gym. The onsite restaurant is also a must-try, the food is delicious!
TAO Riverside Residence is located right on the river offering spectacular views. Most of the rooms have private balconies where you can relax after a long day of exploring and just watch the boats gliding along the river.
The rooms are mainly studio style with most rooms having their own kitchenette and seating areas. They’re beautifully designed and super modern, creating an environment you won’t want to leave. On top of that, the Wi-Fi is great!
Frequently Asked Questions about Battambang to Phnom Penh
What is the distance from Battambang to Phnom Penh?
The distance from Battambang to Phnom Penh is 290 km (180 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Battambang to Phnom Penh?
The fastest way to get from Battambang to Phnom Penh is by bus and takes 5h-6h.
What is the cheapest way to get from Battambang to Phnom Penh?
The cheapest way to get from Battambang to Phnom Penh is by bus with ticket costs starting from 33,000 KHR ($8).
Rounding it up
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Based in Bali, Maarten’s passion for travel is undeniable. In 2016, he decided to quit his job as a stock analyst and started doing what he always dreamed of: travelling through South East Asia and helping other people plan their trips. When he is not working on Gecko Routes, you’ll find him surfing in the ocean or exploring the best gems of Indonesia.