Want to know how to get from Ho Chi Minh 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 Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh
There are two ways to travel the distance of 230 km (143 miles) from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh: by bus (6h-6h30m) and flight (1 hour + travel to/from the airport). The journey takes between 1h - 6h30m and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from €10.00 ($12) for the bus.
A cross-border trip offers a new travel experience. Why not have at least one in your itinerary? This route from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh is one of the more popular ones and is also pretty straightforward.
Some popular bus companies that operate this route include Mekong Express and Giant Ibis Transport, Sinh Tourist. If you prefer a cheaper option you can also opt for Sorya bus. Their tickets cost only $12 and include pick-up if you are staying in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh.
The journey takes about 6 hours. See here an overview of the preferred bus companies:
Departs from the Sorya Bus Station along Phạm Ngũ Lão Street (backpacker street) in the city centre, or free pick-up in district 1
Arrives at the Sorya theatre, close to the railway in the city centre
Departs from Kumho Samco Bus Station along Phạm Ngũ Lão Street, near Elois Hotel in the city centre
Arrives at Preah Sihanouk Boulevard, near Canadia Bank in the city centre
The Sinh Tourist
Departs from the Sinh Tourist office along Đường Đề Thám Street in the city centre
Arrives along House 315 & 307, Preah Sihanouk Blvd. in the city centre
Departs from the Mekong Express Limousine Bus Station along Phạm Ngũ Lão Street in the city centre
Arrives at the Mekong Express Limousine Bus Station near Chroy Changvar II Bridge in the city centre
Giant Ibis Transport
Departs from the Giant Ibis Bus Station, along Phạm Ngũ Lão Street in the city centre
Arrives at Giant Ibis Bus Terminal near Sisowath Quay in the city centre
Sapaco Limousine Bus
Some bus companies also operate vans through this route. While these can be quite uncomfortable, the one from Sapaco will be a totally different experience. This Limousine Bus offers a luxurious van trip for 420.000 VND ($18).
In our opinion, it’s worth spending a few extra bucks!
Vans leave at 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 in the morning. There is also one afternoon trip leaving at 14:30.
Immigration Stop and Bathroom Breaks
There are 5 immigration points along the Vietnam-Cambodia border, but most buses pass through the Bavet/Moc Bai Border.
This entry point sells a visa on arrival for travellers who need a visa to enter Cambodia. Usually, the bus personnel will assist their passengers with the entry process. If not, you have to line up on your own. It’s not a very organised process, but you’ll make it through.
Most buses don’t stop for bathroom breaks before you reach the border. The first stop will likely be after you have just crossed the border. Here, you can also order a meal or buy some snacks with your last Vietnamese Dongs.
Tip: Always keep a lookout for the bus personnel or fellow travellers from your bus so you don’t get lost.
Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh by Flight
Duration: 1 hour + travel to/from the airport
Starts from: 1,550,000 VND ($63.00)
Duration: 1 hour + travel to/from the airport
Cost: 1,550,000 VND ($63.00)
Many people book a flight when travelling to another country. The advantage is that the flight only takes 1 hour and that both airports are located within the city.
However, if you include the time you need to travel to/from the airport and the extra 2 hours you need to be there in advance, it will take more or less the same time as the bus.
If you still want to take a flight, you can book one from 1,370,000 VND ($59) but get more expensive closer to the travel date. Cambodia Angkor Air, Vietnam Airlines and Qatar Airways offer few trips daily.
TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.
Our favourite places to stay in Phnom Penh
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 Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh
What is the distance from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh?
The distance from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh is 230 km (143 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh?
The fastest way to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh is by flight and takes 1 hour + travel to/from the airport.
What is the cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh?
The cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh is by bus with ticket costs starting from €10.00 ($12).
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.