Last updated: Aug 09, 2018

 

An extensive review of Cambodian bus companies

The railway connection in Cambodia is not very extensive, and that’s why travelling in Cambodia will often require van or bus drives.

In this post, we analysed the experiences and reviews +10 bus Cambodian bus companies on TripAdvisor, booking websites, travel forums, contact with local accommodations and personal experiences.

We hope this guide helps you to decide which bus company you should choose. Or at least, do the last check it the company is reliable to travel with.

Note that the listings are on alphabetic order, and not ordered on the satisfactory level!

Do you share or have a different experience with a bus company in Cambodia? Let us know in a comment below!

 

1. Cambodia Post VIP Van


BookMeBus rating: 4.5/5 (713 reviews)

Cambodia Post VIP Van is a transport service operated by the Cambodian government and post office.

Their clean, modern vans operate routes to and from Phnom Penh. The company is known for its efficient, punctual and reliable service for both local and foreign travellers within Cambodia.

Extra services: Water, Wi-fi

ProsCons
Central departure and drop-off points
Reputable drivers
Leaves on time regardless if the van is full or not
Clean and modern vans
Offers stops for meal or bathroom breaks
They sometimes cancel trip without notice
A few cases of rude drivers
Offers only a few schedules per route

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville, Kep

 

2. Cambotra Express


BookMeBus rating: 3.8/5 (23 reviews)

Aside from a few instances of rude staff and playing loud, local music, Cambotra Express is known for being generally on time.

They mainly provide trips to Battambang, Poipet and Banteay Meanchey.

Extra services: ?

ProsCons
Good customer service
Modern vehicles and comfortable seats
Some cases of late departures
Some drivers drive too fast
Some drivers play loud music

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Battambang, Poipet, Banteay Meanchey

 

3. Capitol Tours


TripAdvisor rating: 3.6/5 (14 reviews)

Capitol Tours is one of the trusted travel companies through Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Battambang. They provide an average bus and van service, but the fares are quite cheap.

Extra services: On-board toilet for some buses

ProsCons
They provide pick-up service
Cheap fare rates
Multiple schedules
Some drivers drive too fast
Drop-off for in Battambang is not in the city center
Drivers sometimes make a lot of unscheduled stops
Some buses are old

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville, Kep

 

4. Champa Mekong


BookMeBus rating: 2.8/5 (91 reviews)

This transport company mainly operates trips along the Phnom Penh – Kampot – Kep route. They are not very popular among travellers, as they also provide below-average service.

If you book with them, expect to wait a few hours before your bus finally arrives or a few breakdowns along the way. Though fares are affordable, ensuring a reliable, comfortable trip might be worth the extra money.

Extra services: ?

ProsCons
Affordable fare rates
Multiple schedules
Common incidents of van not showing up
Vans arrive hours later than expected
Staff can be rude
Some drivers make unscheduled stops
Passengers sometimes dropped at the wrong drop-off point
Cases of vans breaking down during the trip

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Kep, Sihanoukville, Kampot

 

5. Bayon VIP


BookMeBus rating: 3.6/5 (247 reviews)

Well-known among the locals and tourists, this company was awarded by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation as one of the safest transport companies.

However, passengers give mixed reviews about their trip with Bayon VIP.

Extra services: water

ProsCons
Affordable rates
Modern vans
Trips are usually on time
Responsive staff
Some drivers drive too fast
Some cases of hit and run
Overcrowded vans
Cases of late departures

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville

 

6. Giant Ibis Transport


12go.asia rating: 4.3/5 (42 reviews)

Giant Ibis Transport is popular among foreigners travelling in Cambodia, and many recommend their service.

Though their fares are slightly higher than other companies, they provide a good, reliable and safe travelling experience.

Extra services: water, Wi-Fi, cold towel, electrical outlets, sleeping amenities for night buses

ProsCons
They provide pick-up service
Reputable transport company
Reputable drivers
Clean and spacious mini-buses and buses
Friendly staff
They provide night buses for some routes
Good safety measures
Buses sometimes don't leave on time
A few vehicles are old
Slightly higher rates than other bus companies

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Kep, Kampot

 

7. Larryta Express


BookMeBus rating: 4.1/5 (51 reviews)

Larryta Express is a well-known transport company in Cambodia. They offer services for the Phnom Penh and Siem Reap routes as well as a few schedules from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh.

Larryta Express provides good service, but occasionally the air conditioning may not function properly or you might travel a few hours more than expected.

Extra services: Water, Wi-fi, Cold towel

ProsCons
Reputable drivers
Clean and modern vans
Multiple schedules for some routes
Offers stops for meal or bathroom breaks
Some drivers make unscheduled stops
Some cases of the air con not working
Drop-off point in Siem Reap is not in the city center

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

 

8. Meanchey Travel Express


BookMeBus rating: 3.5/5 (20 reviews)

This company has been operating routes to different destinations in Cambodia for more than 10 years. They mainly provide trips to Siem Reap, Battambang and Banteay Meanchey (near the Thai border).

Extra services: water

ProsCons
Modern vehicles
Good customer service
Trips are usually on time
Occasional cases of reckless driving

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey

 

9. Mekong Express


TripAdvisor rating: 4/5 (667 reviews)

Mekong Express is the most well-known transport company in Cambodia. They have a good reputation with very few road accidents.

Their vans are fast and comfortable going to and from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. However, taking a bus with them gets mixed reviews, as services are not very consistent.

Extra services: water, Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, snacks

ProsCons
They provide pick-up service
Clean and modern vans
Multiple schedules for some routes
Offers stops for meal or bathroom breaks
Drivers sometimes make unscheduled stops
Most bus trips take longer than expected
Some of the vehicles are old
Passengers are sometimes dropped at the wrong drop-off point

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville, Kep

 

10. Seila Angkor Express


BookMeBus rating: 3.9/5 (58 reviews)

Seila Angkor Khmer Express provide Ford Transit vans specifically for the Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Route and vice versa.

Their customer service isn’t great, but the rides are normally well-reviewed. Travelers say drivers are good at “maneuvering quickly through the route”, but let’s also make clear that safety should always be a priority on the road.

Extra services: water, cold towel

ProsCons
They provide pick-up service
Offers stops for meals or bathroom breaks
Some drivers drive too fast
Passengers sometimes dropped at the wrong drop-off point
Staff sometimes try to charge higher fare rates to foreigners

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

 

11. Virak Buntham


BookMeBus rating: 3.4/5 (306 reviews)

Virak Buntham offers multiple trips to the main destinations in Cambodia.

The company provides good standard van services, but their buses get poor reviews. They have a far way to go to improve their service and reputation. We’d suggest only using this company as a last resort.

Extra services: water, Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, snacks, audio-visual features

ProsCons
They provide pick-up service
Multiple schedules for many routes, including night buses
Comfortable standard bus amenities
Has the worst case of road accidents
Reckless drivers
Bus rides take more time than expected
Multiple cases of theft on the night buses
Unsatisfactory customer service

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville, Kep

 
 

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