Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

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How to get from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

There are 4 easy ways to get from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. A bus will get you to the capital in 4 to 5.5 hours; a taxi will take you there faster in about 4 hours; a scenic train ride will take 7 hours; while a plane will take you in as fast as 30 minutes.

4 ways to get from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus5,5 hours$14Check Bus Tickets
Taxi4 hours$45Reserve a Taxi
Train7 hours$8Check Train Tickets
Flight30min$65Check Flights

Booking a bus from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh is a cheap and convenient option. The journey takes between 4 and 5.5 hours, depending on the ongoing road construction works.

Taking the taxi is a good option when travelling in a group. Taxi fares usually start at $45 and the ride takes a total of 4 hours to reach Phnom Penh.

If you’re not on a tight schedule and want to enjoy the views in the countryside, you can opt for the train. The journey will take a bit longer than the bus or taxi and includes two short stops along the way.

The fastest but also most expensive option is to fly from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. The flight takes a little under an hour.

Itinerary from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh route on map

Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by Bus

Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: $14
Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: $14

Option 1: Bus from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

Most travellers prefer to take the bus to cross the journey from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. Giant Ibis receives the best reviews and has a good safety record. If you wish to travel by bus, we recommend you book with them.

Bus schedule from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
Giant Ibis15:30-21:00$14
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This route is well paved, however, it’s also a busy road as it connects the capital with major docking ports in Sihanoukville. This means there are a lot of trucks, and drivers of heavy equipment vehicles are sometimes rushing to meet their tight schedules.

Option 2: Van from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

Vans are another alternative to taking the bus.

Van schedules from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

Mini Bus OperatorDepartureCosts
Mekong Express08:30-12:30
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Bayon VIP06:30-11:30
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Larryta Express07:30-12:30
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If luck is on your side and there is no road congestion, you should be able to reach the city in just 4 hours.

Mekong Express

  • Departure at Mekong Express Sihanoukville branch, near the Central Market
  • Arrival at the Mekong Express station across Orussey Market and Hotel in Phnom Penh

Bayon VIP

  • Departure at the Bayon VIP Office in Sihanoukville
  • Arrival at the Bayon VIP Office in Phnom Penh

Larryta Express

  • Departure from Larryta Express Office (Kamakor St.)
  • Arrival at Larryta Transport Terminal along Sisowath Quay in the city centre

Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by Taxi

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $45
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $45

There are three ways you can book a taxi. You can hail one on the road, arrange a transfer with your hotel or book a private taxi online.

Use your negotiation skills if you are hailing a taxi and make sure to specify your drop-off point. Fares usually range from $45-60.

You can book your taxi online starting at $60 by clicking the button below.

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Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by Train

Duration: 7 hours
Cost: $8
Duration: 7 hours
Cost: $8

The train ride from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh takes a bit longer but provides another local experience. There are two types of trains – the yellow and the blue train. Don’t worry about which one you take, the only difference between the two is that they have different seating arrangements.

The advantage of the train is that you can also transport your bicycle or motorbike. You can buy the additional tickets for $5 at the service desk at the railway station.

The train on this route only runs on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. You can book your tickets online through the button provided.

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For complete information on the schedules, visit their official railway website.

Train schedules from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

DayDeparture Time
Arrival Time
(Phnom Penh)

The train makes a few 10-minute stops in Kampot and Takeo and takes the following route:

Sihanoukville Railway Station – Kampot Train Station – Takeo Train Station – Phnom Penh Railway Station

Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by Flight

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: $65
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: $65

The flight takes around 30min and prices start at $65 for a one-way ticket. If you prefer cheaper flights, it’ll take a minimum of 20 hours to reach Phnom Penh.

Flights on this route are operated by Cambodia Angkor Air, Hanh Air and JC Airlines. Check the schedules and book your flights through the button provided below.

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Our favourite places to stay in Phnom Penh

Sla Boutique Hostel

Sla Boutique hostel is located just around the corner from the Royal Palace and there are many street food stalls nearby. The staff are very helpful and willing to arrange joint rides for guests to S21 or the Killing Fields. In the dorms, curtains and lockers are provided for extra privacy.

Double Bed from $11

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Onederz Hostel

Located along the lively riverside area, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars, and street food options around Onederz Hostel. The clean and comfortable rooms are perfect to get a rest, while the rooftop bar invites you to enjoy a cold beer and socialize with other guests!

Standard Double Room from $26

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TAO Riverside Residence

As the name reveals, TAO Riverside Residence is located along the river and sits just 500m away from the Royal Palace. The Residence offers modern, riverfront accommodations. These spacious apartments include kitchenettes, super comfortable beds and excellent Wifi connection. (Hint: Perfect time to upload all the pictures from your trip!)

Deluxe Double Studio $60

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