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.
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.
|Bus||5,5 hours||$14||Check bus tickets|
|Taxi||4 hours||$45||Reserve a taxi|
|Train||7 hours||$8||Check train tickets|
Itinerary from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh
- 5.5 hours
- Phnom Penh
- 4 hours
- Phnom Penh
- 7 hours
- Phnom Penh
- Phnom Penh
Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by Bus
Duration: 5.5 hours
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.
|Giant Ibis||15:30-21:00||5h 30m||$14|
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.
Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by Vans
Vans are another alternative to taking the bus.
|Mini Bus Operator||Departure||Duration||Costs|
If luck is on your side and there is no road congestion, you should be able to reach the city in just 4 hours.
- Departure at Mekong Express Sihanoukville branch, near the Central Market
- Arrival at the Mekong Express station across Orussey Market and Hotel in Phnom Penh
- Departure at the Bayon VIP Office in Sihanoukville
- Arrival at the Bayon VIP Office in Phnom Penh
- Departure from Larryta Express Office (Kamakor St.)
- Arrival at Larryta Transport Terminal along Sisowath Quay in the city center
Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by Taxi
Duration: 4 hours
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.
Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by Train
Duration: 7 hours
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.
For complete information on the schedules, visit their official railway website.
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
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.
My favourite places to stay in Phnom Penh
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
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
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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