Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

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How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

When you want to travel from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh, you have 2 options: you can cross the border overland by bus, or take a flight. A bus ride takes about 6 hours and costs around $12. Flying takes only 1 hour, but remember you will lose a lot of time to travel from and to the airport and have to be there 2 hours earlier!

Taking the bus is also a lot more sustainable for the environment. Taking the bus vs flying is often ten times less polluting than taking a flight on short distances like this.

2 ways to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus6 hours280,000 VND ($12)Check Bus Tickets
Flight1hr + travel to/from airport1,550,000 VND ($59)Check Flights

Another advantage of taking the bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh is the experience of course. Crossing the border overland makes you more aware that you are travelling to a new country. This is when the new chapter of your trip starts.

Continue reading for a more detailed description of your options to travel to Phnom Penh.

Itinerary from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh travelroute

Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh by Bus

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 280,000 VND ($11.50)
Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 280,000 VND ($11.50)

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:

Bus schedule from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Bus CompanyScheduleCosts
Sorya Bus
+ free pick-up
280.000 VND ($12)
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Kumho Samco06:15-12:15
315.000 VND ($13.50)
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The Sinh Tourist06:30-12:30
325.000 VND ($14)
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Mekong Express08:30-14:30
350.000 VND ($15)
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Giant Ibis Transport08:00-14:30445.000 VND ($19)
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Sorya bus

  • 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

Kumho Samco

  • 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

Mekong Express

  • 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
Cost: 1,550,000 VND ($66)
Duration: 1 hour + travel to/from the airport
Cost: 1,550,000 VND ($66)

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.

Check Flights on Skyscanner

Visit the Phnom Penh Airport page to find out the airport to the centre of Phnom Penh.


Our favourite places to stay in Phnom Penh

Sla Boutique Hostel

Sla Boutique hostel is located just around the corner from the Royal Palace and there are many street food stalls nearby. The staff are very helpful and willing to arrange joint rides for guests to S21 or the Killing Fields. In the dorms, curtains and lockers are provided for extra privacy.

Double Bed from $11

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Onederz Hostel

Located along the lively riverside area, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars, and street food options around Onederz Hostel. The clean and comfortable rooms are perfect to get a rest, while the rooftop bar invites you to enjoy a cold beer and socialize with other guests!

Standard Double Room from $26

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TAO Riverside Residence

As the name reveals, TAO Riverside Residence is located along the river and sits just 500m away from the Royal Palace. The Residence offers modern, riverfront accommodations. These spacious apartments include kitchenettes, super comfortable beds and excellent Wifi connection. (Hint: Perfect time to upload all the pictures from your trip!)

Deluxe Double Studio $60

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