Want to know how to get from Battambang to Sihanoukville? 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 Sihanoukville
There are three ways to travel the distance of 470 km (292 miles) from Battambang to Sihanoukville: by bus (11h30m-13h30m), taxi (10-12 hours) and flight (4h30m). The journey takes between 4h30m - 13h30m and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from €13.50 ($16) for the bus.
It is quite a long journey from Battambang to Sihanoukville since the bus has to go all the way east via Phnom Penh. If you have already seen Phnom Penh, you can choose from 3 bus companies to travel this distance in one leg.
There are only a few companies operating on this route like Mekong Express, Virak Buntham and Phnom Penh Sorya. We recommend booking with Mekong Express as this company receives good reviews in Cambodia, while Virak Buntham does not have a great reputation.
Bear in mind that sitting in a van for more than 11 hours is not a great experience. Virak Buntham also offers a night bus from Battambang to Sihanoukville, which allows you to not waste a lot of travel time as you can sleep during the ride. However, travelling by night is less safe and again, Virak Buntham doesn’t receive the best reviews.
If you wish to book with Mekong Express, you need to go to BookMeBus.
We highly recommend Mekong Express as it generally receives good reviews and is very safe.
Departure next to Phsar Nat supermarket in the city centre
Arrival near the Phsar Leu Market, which is still a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride to the centre of Sihanoukville
Buses of Virak Buntham are a few hours faster, but we prefer Mekong Express as we choose safety first.
Departure from Virak Buntham Battambang office, just one block away from Boeung Chhouk Market
Arrival at Virak Buntham Express Travel & Tours office, next to the Sihanoukville bus terminal, which is a 10-15 min tuk-tuk or taxi ride to the centre
Phnom Penh Sorya
Phnom Penh Sorya does not generally have a good reputation but they offer cheaper trips for the route from Battambang to Sihanoukville so you can also consider booking with them.
Departure from Street 106, opposite of the Family Cafe
Arrival at Phnom Penh Sorya Office along Independent Street
Battambang to Sihanoukville by Flight
Starts from: €51.00 ($61)
Cost: €51.00 ($61)
Battambang does not have its own airport. This means you have to travel first to the nearest airport which you can find in Siem Reap.
TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.
Step 1: Battambang to Siem Reap Airport by Minibus/Taxi
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: €6.50 ($8)
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: €6.50 ($8)
There are two ways you can travel from Battambang to Siem Reap Airport: you can either take the minibus or the taxi.
Note that there are normally 2 direct flights from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville in the morning and another one at night, but more flights are offered on weekends. Make sure to align your transfers accordingly so you don’t end up missing your plane.
By Minibus to Siem Reap Airport
There are 2 minibus schedules for Mekong Express. One van leaves at 8:00 and the other at 14:00. A ticket costs $8 and the ride takes about 3 hours.
This passes by the Siem Reap Airport before entering the city centre. But note that the minibus doesn’t automatically make a stop at the airport.
If you kindly ask the bus driver he might be willing to drop you off at a safe spot near the airport. If the bus driver is in a good mood, then you wouldn’t have to go all the way to the city centre before going back to the airport.
Ordering a taxi from your hotel or hailing one on the street will probably cost around $140 if you are not able to negotiate with the driver. However, booking one online will cost you a standard rate of $135.
Another advantage of booking online is that you get an SUV type taxi. These taxis provide more space compared to the 4-seater sedan taxis you sometimes see on the streets.
Frequently Asked Questions about Battambang to Sihanoukville
What is the distance from Battambang to Sihanoukville?
The distance from Battambang to Sihanoukville is 470 km (292 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Battambang to Sihanoukville?
The fastest way to get from Battambang to Sihanoukville is by flight and takes 4h30m.
What is the cheapest way to get from Battambang to Sihanoukville?
The cheapest way to get from Battambang to Sihanoukville is by bus with ticket costs starting from €13.50 ($16).
Rounding it up
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