How To Get From Kep to Battambang?
The cheapest way to travel the 425km distance from Kep to Battambang is via bus. This will take 10 hours and cost $19. An alternate option is to take a 1-hour flight from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap, but this will include an additional 5.5 hours of transfers and will cost around $108.
Champa Mekong has recently opened a direct route from Kep to Battambang. Unfortunately, this company doesn’t receive very good reviews. If you prefer to travel with more trusted bus operators, you can first take a bus to Phnom Penh before taking another bus from there to Battambang.
Flying does save you some time but involves 2 more taxi rides. You first have to take a taxi to Sihanoukville, fly to Siem Reap and then take another taxi from Siem Reap airport to Battambang.
|Bus||10 hours||$19||Check bus tickets|
|Flight||6,5 hours||$108||Check flights|
View itinerary from Kep to Battambang
- 10 hours
- 3 hours
- Sihanoukville Airport
- 1h 05min
- Siem Reap Airport
- 2,5 hours
Kep to Battambang by Bus
Duration: 10 hours
Champa Mekong offers 3 day trips from Kep to Battambang. Unfortunately, this company doesn’t receive good reviews.
If you prefer to travel with more trusted bus companies and do not mind taking 2 buses, read further to check out our recommended indirect bus route.
If you still want to take a direct bus from Kep to Battambang, you can easily book online in the link below. Champa Mekong has buses leaving at 07:30, 10:00 and 14:45. Tickets cost $19 and the journey takes 10 hours.
- Departs at Champa Mekong Office near Kep Beach
- Arrives next to Caltex Gas Station near Lok Ta Dambong Kra Nhoung Roundabout in Battambang
Kep to Battambang by Indirect Bus
An alternative to taking a Champa Mekong bus for 10 straight hours is to divide your bus trip into two. You can take a 4-hour bus ride from Kep to Phnom Penh. From there, you will have more bus choices to complete the 2nd leg of your journey to Battambang.
Step 1: Kep to Phnom Penh by Bus
Duration: 4 hours
There are 2 bus companies that operate buses from Kep to Phnom Penh. These are Cambodia Post and Champa Mekong.
We would normally recommend traveling with Cambodia Post as they receive good reviews in Cambodia. But for this route, they only have one bus which arrives at 17:45 in Phnom Penh. Unfortunately, this is too late to catch the next bus to Battambang.
For this reason, your only option is to still travel with Champa Mekong. They have 2 buses leaving each day for Phnom Penh. Of which one arrives at 12:30, at least, when everything goes as planned.
Many travelers report delays when traveling with Champa Mekong, so plan some extra time between the arrival time of Champa Mekong and the departure time of your next bus.
See the schedule below:
|Cambodia Post VIP Van||13:45-17:45||4h||$9|
If you still want to travel with Cambodia Post, you can book online via 12go.Asia. The Cambodia Post VIP Van departs and arrives at the Post office in Kep and Phnom Penh, respectively.
Buses of Champa Mekong leave from the bus station in front of Kep beach and arrive at the Champa Mekong office just next to the Wat Phnom temple in the center of Phnom Penh.
If you want to see all the options on this route, you can check the page about Kep to Phnom Penh.
Step 2: Phnom Penh to Battambang by Bus
Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Costs: $10 – $12
There are many buses operating on this route, but not all companies have a good record of safety and score low on a level of comfort.
In the table below we suggest the companies which receive good reviews. The options listed in this table all depart after 12:00 as earlier options don’t fit with the schedule of the bus from Kep.
The ride from Phnom Penh to Battambang should be quite comfortable as this is a paved road. However, sitting in a mini-bus for 6 hours is still not the most fun experience!
You will still have some time to explore Phnom Penh in the afternoon when you book the Mekong Express bus leaving at 14:30.
If you need more info, you can also check our page for Phnom Penh to Battambang.
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap by Flight
Duration: 6.5 hours
Both Kep and Battambang don’t have operating airports. The closest airport to Kep is in Sihanoukville and the closest airport to Battambang is in Siem Reap.
Note that there is an airport 3km from Battambang, but except for some locals playing football, you won’t see any activity here. We recommend to take a taxi to Sihanoukville airport, fly to Siem Reap and then take another taxi to Battambang.
Step 1: Kep to Sihanoukville Airport by Taxi
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: $35 – $120
The most efficient way to get to Sihanoukville Airport from Kep is to hire a taxi. When you take a bus, you still have to take a taxi for $20 to the airport from Sihanoukville center.
You can hail a taxi on the streets, pre-arrange one through your hotel or request a taxi online. Hailing a taxi costs around $35-40 but drivers will likely try to charge you more. Always make sure you agree on the rate beforehand. Booking a taxi online costs $60.
Step 2: Sihanoukville to Siem Reap by Flight
Duration: 1h 05min
Costs: $33 – $100
Sihanoukville International Aiport is a small airport and does not host a lot of flights. The flight takes around 1 hour and expect to pay $33-$100 for a ticket.
Step 3: Siem Reap Airport to Battambang by Taxi
Duration: 2.5 hours
Costs: $40 – $55
From the airport, you can rent a taxi to Battambang for $40-$50.
Another option is to order one from your hotel in Battambang or book one online for $55.
The advantage of booking online is that you will get an SUV type taxi, which offers a lot more space compared to the normal sedan taxis you find at the airport.
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