Battambang to Sihanoukville

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How to get from Battambang to Sihanoukville

When travelling from Battambang to Sihanoukville, you have 3 options: you can take a bus for 11.5 hours; a taxi for 10-12 hours; or a plane for 4.5 hours, including transfers. Rates range between $23 and $135.

3 ways to get from Battambang to Sihanoukville

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus11.5 hours$16Check bus tickets
Taxi10 – 12 hours$135Reserve a taxi
Flight4.5 hours$61Check flights

Sitting in a bus or van for more than 11 hours is quite long. That’s why we recommend splitting the journey in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. If you still want to travel by bus than you can choose from 3 bus companies.

The taxi is another option if you are keen on making a direct trip. You can order more spacious taxis for an even cheaper price if you book online instead of hailing one on the streets.

Taking the plane is a lot faster, but you will first have to travel to Siem Reap since Battambang doesn’t have its own airport.

Itinerary from Battambang to Sihanoukville

Battambang to Sihanoukville by Bus

Duration: 11.5 hours
Cost: $16
Duration: 11.5 hours
Cost: $16

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.

Bus schedules from Battambang to Sihanoukville

Mini Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
Mekong Express08:30-21:30$23
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Virak Buntham07:30-19:00
From $27.5
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Phnom Penh Sorya07:00-18:30
From $16
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Mekong Express

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

Virak Buntham

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 Taxi

Duration: 10-12 hours
Cost: $135
Duration: 10-12 hours
Cost: $135

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.

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Battambang to Sihanoukville by Flight

Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: $61
Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: $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.

Step 1: Battambang to Siem Reap Airport by Minibus/Taxi

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $8 or $40-$55
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $8 or $40-$55

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.

If this is not possible, you can take a taxi or a tuk-tuk to the airport. This would cost around $10. See our post on Siem Reap International Airport for more info.

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By Taxi to Siem Reap Airport

A direct taxi from Battambang to Sihanoukville airport will take about 2.5 hours and will cost $40-$55. You can arrange a taxi at your hotel or request one online.

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Step 2: Siem Reap to Sihanoukville by Flight

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $33 – $100
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $33 – $100

A one-way flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville takes a little more than 1 hour. Tickets start at $33 if you book at least a few weeks in advance.

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Step 3: Sihanoukville Airport to Sihanoukville City Centre by Taxi

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: $20
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: $20

From the airport, you can take a taxi for $20 to Sihanoukville city centre. See the Sihanoukville International Airport page for more details.

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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.