Taking the bus is an easy and cheap way to travel from Phnom Penh to Battambang. You can choose from many bus companies, but we recommend booking with one of the companies mentioned in this post. Other companies don’t always maintain the highest safety standards.
Taking a taxi is the quickest way to reach Battambang as the driver will drop you off at your hotel. You can find taxis on the street from $60. Want some more space for this 5-6 hour drive? Book your SUV taxi online for $75.
Departure at Golden Bayon Office along Rue Pasteur No.51, next to the central market in the city centre
Arrival at Golden Bayon Office along Street 101, next to The Family Caffee close to the city centre
Departure at Mekong Express Riverside HQ along Road No.5, close to the Chroy Changvar II bridge
Arrival at Mekong Express Bus Stop next to the Psar Nat supermarket in the city centre
Phnom Penh to Battambang by Bus
Capital Tours operates larger buses than the two companies above.
They provide 13 trips on a daily basis for $9. Tickets cannot be booked online, but need to be bought at the Captial Tour office the day before departure.
The journey takes around 5 hours. But Bear in mind that the bus sometimes takes several stops along the way, making the journey last longer. Their buses leave from Capitol Guesthouse, near Orussey Market.
Phnom Penh to Battambang by Taxi
Duration: 5-6 hours
Duration: 5-6 hours
Travelling via taxi is a great option if you are travelling with more people. You can hail one on the street from $60, but you will need some negotiating skills to get this rate.
You can also book one online by clicking the button below.
These taxis are a bit more expensive ($75), but the advantage of booking online is that you will get an SUV type taxi.
SUV taxis offer more space compared to the standard sedan taxis you find on the streets. Also, you can read reviews about the company before you book.
Travelling in a large group? Don’t worry you can also order your own private mini-van which can seat up to 12 people and only costs $120!
Our favourite places to stay in Battambang
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.