How To Get From Siem Reap to Battambang?
The cheapest way to travel the 165km distance from Siem Reap to Battambang is by bus, which takes 3 hours and costs $8. Alternative options are via taxi, which takes 2.5 hours and costs $40 or via ferry, which takes 8 hours and costs $25.
Taking the bus is an easy and cheap way to travel from Siem Reap to Battambang. We provide an overview of two bus companies for this route.
A taxi ride will cost somewhere around $40 to $55. The taxi will be a bit faster than the bus and is a great choice if you are travelling in a group.
If you want to add a new travel experience to your travel diary, taking the ferry might be the option for you. However, don’t expect a high level of comfort during this ride.
|Bus||3 hours||$8||Check bus tickets|
|Taxi||2.5 hours||$40||Reserve a taxi|
|Ferry||8 hours||$25||No online tickets|
View itinerary from Siem Reap to Battambang
- Siem Reap
- 3 hours
- Siem Reap
- 2,5 hours
- Siem Reap City Center
- Phnom Krom Port
- 8 hours
Siem Reap to Battambang by Bus
Duration: 3 hours
Unfortunately, there is no direct road from Siem Reap to Battambang. This means that all buses have to go via Sisophon, which makes the journey take 3 hours.
The first part from Siem Reap to Sisophon is a red soiled road and can be quite bumpy, but the paved road from Sisophon to Battambang will make up for that.
We recommend booking with Mekong Express as they are one of the best-rated companies in Cambodia. Also, they depart from the center of Siem Reap and arrive in the center of Battambang.
- Departure next to KFC, close to the hospital in the center
- Arrival next to the Psar Nat supermarket in the center of Battambang
Capital Tours operates larger buses than Mekong Express. Although not a bad option, we do not really see the advantage of taking the Capital Tours bus.
You cannot book the bus tickets for this company online. Instead, you should go to their office at La Hte Street (Street 103), Battambang. You can also check their website for more info.
The bus station is located on the outskirts of the city center, next to the Battambang Supermarket. Capitol Tours provides a free shuttle service between their office and this bus station.
Siem Reap to Battambang by Taxi
Duration: 2.5 hours
The taxi will get you a bit faster from Siem Reap to Battambang and is the best option if you are travelling in a group.
Expect to pay $40 to $50 for the ride when you hail a taxi on the street. Always agree on the price beforehand and let the driver know where he should drop you off.
You can also book your taxi online by clicking the button below. SUV taxis booked online cost $55 for the Siem Reap to Battambang route.
Phnom Krom Port to Battambang by Ferry
Duration: 8 hours
If you want a more extraordinary experience, consider travelling by ferry from Siem Reap to Battambang.
This ride provides you with a good insight into how the locals live along the river, but don’t expect extraordinary views. Also, bear in mind that ferries don’t maintain the best safety measures.
The ferries on this route are local, wooden boats that don’t offer a lot of comfort. Also, it can get quite hot and you will hear the loud boat motor throughout the journey.
Regardless, the ferry ride is a good experience for those who wish to see sights that are usually not visited by tourists. Taking the ferry from Siem Reap to Battambang can be quite an adventure.
How to get to Phnom Krom Port?
To get to the ferry port, you can get a tuk-tuk for $5 to Phnom Krom. You can buy your tickets normally on the same day at the port. The ride will take about 8 hours and tickets costs around $20.
It’s always a good idea to check with your accommodation for the current schedule or book your ferry tickets in advance.
The route from Siem Reap to Battambang goes as follows:
Phnom Krom Dock – Siem Reap River – Tonle Sap Lake – Sangker River – Battambang (near Route 5 Bridge)
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