Want to know how to get from Battambang to Siem Reap? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three 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.
3 ways to get from Battambang to Siem Reap
There are three ways to travel the distance of 165 km (103 miles) from Battambang to Siem Reap: by bus (3 hours), taxi (2.5 hours) and ferry (8.5 hours). The journey takes between 2h30m - 8h30m and the quickest way is by taxi. The lowest priced tickets start from €6.50 ($8) for the bus.
Taking the bus is an easy option to reach Siem Reap. Unfortunately, there is no direct road from Battambang to Siem Reap. This means that all buses go via Sisophon, which makes the journey last at least 3 hours.
The road from Battambang to Sisophon is a paved road and in good condition. But, expect some bumps on the road from Sisophon to Siem Reap.
Bus schedules from Battambang to Siem Reap
4x a day, departing 7:45 9:45 13:00 15:00 (Sunday)
The bus station is located on the outskirts of the city centre, next to the Battambang Supermarket. Capitol Tours provides a free shuttle service between their office and this bus station.
Battambang to Siem Reap by Ferry
Duration: 8.5 hours
Starts from: €21.00 ($25)
Duration: 8.5 hours
Cost: €21.00 ($25)
Ferry rides can be overcrowded, noisy, hot, a little uncomfortable and may take more time than the expected travel time. Some of the passages along the route are quite narrow and you might feel plants brushing past your skin.
On the bright side, it delivers another great travel experience. Taking the ferry offer views of floating villages and some beautiful local landscapes. The ride also includes a lunch stop at a floating restaurant. The restaurant serves local food but you also have the option to buy fresh pineapples if you’re not too keen to sample the local flare.
You can buy the ticket at the ferry dock near Route 5 bridge for $20. There are also hotels and restaurants that sell ferry tickets but they tend to charge more. Ferries operating on this route are wooden, local boats that just have enough space for a passenger compartment, one toilet and some space for your bags.
The ferry ride takes you through the Sangker River and arrives at Phnom Krom ferry port. From this port, you can take a tuk-tuk to the city centre for $5. Drivers may try to charge higher so better use your negotiation skills.
The route will look like this:
Battambang (Route near Route 5 Bridge) – Sangker River – Tonle Sap Lake – Siem Reap River – Phnom Krom Dock
*Note that ferries only operate during the wet season.
Battambang to Siem Reap by Taxi
Duration: 2.5 hours
Starts from: €33.50 ($40)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: €33.50 ($40)
If you share the ride with more people, taking the taxi is very convenient. Taxis are a bit faster and will bring you for $40-$55 from Battambang to Siem Reap.
You can either hail a taxi and agree on a price with the driver, order one at your hotel or book a private taxi online by clicking the button below. The SUV taxi booked online starts at $55.
Frequently Asked Questions about Battambang to Siem Reap
What is the distance from Battambang to Siem Reap?
The distance from Battambang to Siem Reap is 165 km (103 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Battambang to Siem Reap?
The fastest way to get from Battambang to Siem Reap is by taxi and takes 2.5 hours.
What is the cheapest way to get from Battambang to Siem Reap?
The cheapest way to get from Battambang to Siem Reap is by bus with ticket costs starting from €6.50 ($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.