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.
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.
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 Cost: $10
There are 2 bus companies that operate buses from Kep to Phnom Penh. These are Cambodia Post and Champa Mekong.
We would normally recommend travelling 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 travellers report delays when travelling with Champa Mekong, so plan some extra time between the arrival time of Champa Mekong and the departure time of your next bus.
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 Cost: $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.
The city of Battambang is fairly spread out, however, you'll find the majority of accommodations are located centrally, near the Sangkae River.
The downtown area is less than 5km from the airport so taking public transportation or hopping in a taxi will be an easy & quick trip to your hotel. The bus terminal is located in the downtown area and will likely be within walking distance to your hotel, or just a short taxi ride away.
If you're hoping to visit the circus while here, it's located just a few kilometers from the airport in the opposite direction of downtown. You can still easily stay in the downtown area and grab a taxi for just a couple of bucks.
When looking for a great place to stay in Battambang, we recommend the accommodations below.
Pomme Hostel, Bar & Restaurant is located centrally in the heart of Battambang. Just 200 m from Psar Nat, Riverside Night Market, and Battambang Museum, it's a great place to stay to see the local sights.
While breakfast is not included with your stay, it's just an extra $2 for a full English breakfast or 'build-your-own' breakfast. The restaurant offers an array of local, Asian, and international meals for lunch and dinner as well. The hotel staff, who are known to be extremely welcoming and friendly, can also arrange local tours for you.
Located amongst the rice fields and surrounded by beauty, this homestay is 15km from the city center of Battambang.
They offer a stunning garden, free bicycle rentals, and a relaxing terrace to soak in the sights. The owners and staff will treat you like family, great food, and a private bamboo bungalow, this is the perfect place to stay. Also, a delicious vegetarian breakfast is included with your stay.
If you're looking for a little more luxury without breaking the bank, then Sangker Villa is definitely the place to stay.
This centrally located villa offers a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, and each room has air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, a minibar, and en suite bathrooms with toiletries, they even offer hot showers!
The on-site French restaurant and bar is the perfect place to cool down after walking around town and enjoy the river views, just a 200 m walk away.