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 in 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. Bear 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.
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-reputed 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.
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.
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.
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.
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