The best way to travel the 230km distance from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh is by bus. This bus journey costs $14 and takes 6 hours. Another option is to travel by flight, which costs $100 and takes 1 hour, excluding transfers.
Taking a bus is a pretty convenient option for this route. The journey takes only about 6 hours, including the border crossing. Alternatively, you can also fly from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh. The flight takes only 1 hour, but Tickets start from $100.
Flying from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh can be more expensive. However, a flight is a good option if you’d rather avoid the hassle of crossing the border.
Travelling from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by bus isn’t too difficult. In fact, some travellers prefer this method as it’s cheaper than flying. Another advantage of taking the bus is that buses produce fewer emissions and is, therefore, a more eco-friendly option.
If you wish to go by bus, your best bet is to book with reputable companies like Mekong Express, Giant Ibis Transport or The Sinh Tourist. They all provide multiple trips per day and fares start from 325,000 VND ($14).
We recommend to book with Giant Ibis as they have a good reputation, have comfortable seats and also provide free pick-up.
Departs from Sorya Theater, close to the railway in the city center
Arrives at the Sorya Bus Station along Phạm Ngũ Lão Street (backpacker street) in the city center
Departs from Preah Sihanouk Boulevard, near the Canadia Bank in the city center
Arrives at Kumho Samco Bus Station along Phạm Ngũ Lão Street, near Elois Hotel in the city center
The Sinh Tourist
Departs from Preah Sihanouk Boulevard (St. 274), near the Canadia Bank in the city center
Arrives at De Tham Street, opposite of Dragon Palace 3 Hotel in the city center
Departs from the Mekong Express Limousine Bus Station near the Chroy Changvar II Bridge in the city center
Arrives at the Mekong Express Limousine Bus Station along Phạm Ngũ Lão Street in the city center
Giant Ibis Transport
Departs from Giant Ibis Bus Terminal near Sisowath Quay Road in the city center
Arrives at the Giant Ibis Bus Station, along Phạm Ngũ Lão Street in the city center
Sapaco Luxury Minivan
For a more comfortable ride, you can also travel with Sapaco’s luxury minivan.
Sapaco offers 4 van trips from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh daily and a ticket costs 420,000 VND ($18). Departures from Phnom Penh are at 6:30, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30.
Note that they only allow 10kg of luggage per passenger and there will be an additional charge for excess baggage.
Immigration Stop and Bathroom Breaks
Most of the buses from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh cross the border at Bavet/Moc Bai. The immigration stop at the border isn’t very organized or modern, but the staff of the bus companies will explain to you what to do and how to obtain your entry stamp.
Unfortunately, this border does not provide a visa on arrival. That means you have to get a letter of approval before you book this bus trip to Ho Chi Minh!
The bus normally takes one bus stop just before the Vietnamese border. This serves as your last chance to spend your last Cambodian Riel!
Tip: Always keep a lookout for the bus personnel or fellow travellers from your bus so you don’t get lost.
Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by Flight
Duration: 1 hour Cost: 2,320,000 VND ($100)
If you don’t want to make the 6-hour border crossing via land, you can also take a flight.
There are many airlines operating on this route from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh, including Cambodia Angkor Air, Vietnam Airlines and Qatar Airways.
We recommend booking your tickets in advance to get better rates. A one-way ticket starts at $2,320,000 VND ($100).