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Trip overview from Kep to Battambang

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How to get from Kep to Battambang

When you want to travel this journey in one leg, you have to take a bus or taxi to Phnom Penh first. In this post, we present you the possible schedules that match with a connecting bus from Phnom Penh 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 take another taxi from Siem Reap airport to Battambang.


Your options at a glance

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus9 - 10 hours$18Check bus tickets
Flight6,5 hours$108Check flights

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If you haven’t found your best transport option yet, no problem. This was just the intro. Below we share our step-by-step guide of how to get from Kep to Battambang.


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Bus from Kep to Battambang

Duration: 9 – 10 hours excl transfer
Costs: $18

Step 1: Bus from Kep to Phnom Penh

Duration: 4 hours
Costs: $8

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 travel with Champa Mekong. They have 3 buses leaving each day to 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:

Bus companyScheduleDurationCosts
Cambodia Post VIP Van
Champa Mekong07:30-12:30

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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: Bus from Phnom Penh to Battambang

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 from the bus from Kep.

Bus companyScheduleDurationCosts
Bayon VIP14:30-19:30
Mekong Express14:30-19:30

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If you wish to book with Bayon VIP, you can go to BookMeBus.

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.  However, this will be a long day of traveling as you will arrive at 22:30 in Battambang.



Flight from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap

Duration: 6,5 hours
Costs: $108

Both Kep and Battambang don’t have their 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: Taxi from Kep to Sihanoukville Airport

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 cost around $35-40 but drivers will likely try to charge you more. Always make sure you agree on the rate beforehand. Booking one taxi online costs $45.

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Step 2: Flight from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap

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.

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Step 3: Taxi from Siem Reap Airport to Battambang

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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