How To Get From Siem Reap to Kampot?
There are 3 options when travelling from Siem Reap to Kampot. Taking a bus is the cheapest but slowest at $15 and 11 hours. A taxi is 2 hours faster and is perfect when travelling with a group as it costs $130. Flying is the quickest at 3 hours and starts at $70.
Travelling by bus from Siem Reap to Kampot takes at least 11 hours, but you won’t lose so much time as you travel by night. Take in mind that night buses are not the safest way to travel in Cambodia!
Also, the companies offering direct trips for this route do not have a good reputation. For that reason, we recommend that you divide your bus trip into two: from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and then from Phnom Penh to Kampot.
Taking a taxi offers the advantage that you can ask to make some stops along the way and it brings you from door to door. Expect to pay around $130 for a 4-seater taxi.
Kampot doesn’t have an airport, but you can fly to Sihanoukville first and take a taxi from there to Kampot. A one-way air ticket from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville costs between $30-$160. From the airport, you can arrange a taxi which will bring you in 2 hours to Kampot.
|Bus||11 hours||$15||Check bus tickets|
|Bus via Phnom Penh||9hr 15min, |
|$21||Check bus tickets|
|Taxi||9 hours||$130||Reserve a taxi|
|Flight||3 hours||$70||Check flights|
View itinerary from Siem Reap to Kampot
- Siem Reap
- 11 hours
Bus via Phnom Penh
- Siem Reap
- 6 hours
- Phnom Penh
- 3hr 15min
- Siem Reap
- 9 hours
- Siem Reap
- 1 hour
- 2 hours
Siem Reap to Kampot by Bus
Duration: 11 hours
From Siem Reap, the bus takes at least 11 hours to reach Kampot. Given the long journey, it is worth to consider taking a night bus. This option saves you a lot of time and a night on accommodation. However, keep in mind that the streets in Cambodia are not well-lit and accidents happen more often during the night.
Unfortunately, none of the bus companies operating on this direct route rate well on safety and customer service, so taking the bus can be risky! Common complaints include dirty buses, long delays, and unprofessional staff. If you want a safer option, see the next section where we split the route in two legs with well-reputated bus companies.
However, it is worth noting that there have been some passengers who were quite satisfied with their journey. Still want to take a direct bus? You can see their schedules below.
|Phnom Penh Sorya||23:30-11:30||12h||$15|
- Departs from Virak Buntham Express Travel Office, next to Nakpeoun Old Market roundabout
- Arrives at Virak Buntham Express Kampot stop, near the Durian Roundabout in the city center
- Departs from Taphul Road, Siem Reap (near Angkor Pearl)
- Arrives near the Durian Roundabout in the city center
Phnom Penh Sorya
- Departs from the Phnom Penh Sorya Office along BBU Road, next to the Royal American International School
- Arrives at Phnom Penh Sorya Office near National Road 33
Phnom Penh Sorya uses a sleeping bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and then changes into a seating bus from the capital to Kampot.
Siem Reap to Kampot by Bus via Phnom Penh
Duration: 9hr 15min, excl. transfers
Step 1: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by Bus
Duration: 6 hours
There are 3 reputable companies operating on this route: Giant Ibis, Mey Hong Transport, and Mekong Express. You can get a bus ticket for $10 and the journey takes about 6 hours.
If you take a night bus, you will arrive in Phnom Penh about 05:00 in the morning. This gives you enough time to have breakfast and stretch your legs before transferring to a bus bound for Kampot.
There are also vans offering day trips for this route. For more info, check out our page on Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Or you can go straight to booking your tickets through the link below.
Step 2: Phnom Penh to Kampot by Bus
Duration: 3hr 15min
The most well-known bus company from Phnom Penh to Kampot is Giant Ibis. It has departures at 08:00 and 14:45 daily. This means you can transfer to these buses if you take a night bus or an early morning bus or van from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.
From Phnom Penh to Kampot, travel time is about 3hr 15min and a ticket costs $11. See below a sample itinerary.
|Siem Reap to Phnom Penh||Mey Hong Transport||23:00-05:00||$10|
|Phnom Penh to Kampot||Giant Ibis||08:00-11:15|
Siem Reap to Kampot by Taxi
Duration: 9 hours
The travel from Siem Reap to Kampot by taxi takes about 9 hours, depending on how many stops you make. The cost of this journey is around $150 but some negotiating skills might help you talk down the price to $130.
You can order a taxi from your hotel, a local taxi service company or book one directly online for $130. Booking online offers the advantage that fares are fixed.
Siem Reap to Kampot by Flight + Taxi
Duration: 3 hours
If you don’t want to take the night bus or sit in a bus or taxi all day, you can also travel the most part by plane. You can choose to fly to Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh but we recommend the first city since it is quite easy to get a taxi from the airport straight to Kampot.
From Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, a one-way air ticket will range from $30 to $160. Flight time is just around 1 hour.
Once you arrive at Sihanoukville Airport, you can take a taxi to Kampot. You either arrange a taxi from the taxi counter near the arrival exit or let your hotel arrange a pick-up service in advance. Expect to pay around $40 for the 2-hour ride to Kampot.
My favourite places to stay in Kampot
Located along a river outside of town, with palm trees all around, you ﬁnd Daom Djah Spirit. The excellent food and beautiful yet simple bungalows feel like a true nature retreat! It's a 15min ride to town, so rent a bike before you come here or ask the friendly staff to book a TukTuk for you.
Double Room with Shared Bathroom $13
Featuring a mini golf course, pool tables, and a pub with live entertainment, you deﬁnitely won’t get bored at The Magic Sponge. Located along Guesthouse Street, the city center and river are within walking distance. Owner William and his staff are very warm and welcoming.
Double Room from $18
Arcadia is heaven for backpackers. This hostel boasts an amazing waterpark featuring a waterslide and many other attributes that will guarantee a great day of fun. If you are not staying here, I still recommend to visit this place for an afternoon. Non-guests can access this waterpark for a small payment too. Once you got your wristband, get ready to launch your mates 10 meter high in the sky on the big blob!
Double Room from $18 and dorms from $5
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