Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

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How to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

The best way to travel the 230 km distance from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh is by bus. This bus journey costs 660,000 VND ($26.50) and takes around 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a 2.5-hour flight (incl. transfers), with rates from 2,929,000 VND ($115).

2 ways to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus7 hours660,000 VND ($26.50)Check bus tickets
Flight2.5 hours2,929,000 VND ($115)Check flights

We recommend travelling by bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh. It’s the cheaper option with fares from 660,000 VND ($26.50). It’s also convenient because it takes you directly from the centre of Phnom Penh to the centre of Ho Chi Minh.

Travel time by bus is around 7 hours, already including the border-crossing and immigration stops at the Bavet-Moc Bai Checkpoint.

If crossing the border and processing your own passport stamps are too much hassle for you, you can also take a flight. Do note that flight rates start from 2,929,000 VND ($115) — over 4x the price of a bus ticket. Travel time is about 2.5 hours, excluding the waiting time for your flight.

TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.

Itinerary from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh travelroute

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by Bus

Duration: 7 hours
Cost: 660,000 VND ($26.50)
Duration: 7 hours
Cost: 660,000 VND ($26.50)

Travelling from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by bus isn’t too difficult. In fact, many travellers prefer this method because it’s cheaper than flying. Another advantage of taking the bus is that it produces fewer emissions and is, therefore, more eco-friendly.

You can choose from a few companies operating on this route. These include Long Phuong Cambodia, Kumho Samco and Giant Ibis.

Long Phuong offers the cheapest fares starting from 660,000 VND ($26.50). However, it gets mixed reviews. Some passengers have praised its helpful staff, while others have complained about poor customer service.

Kumho Samco and Giant Ibis are a bit more expensive, but they also get better reviews — both for their professional staff and comfortable buses. Also, Giant Ibis offers free hotel pick-up in Phnom Penh city centre.

Departure and arrival stations

Long Phuong departs from its headquarters in Phnom Penh city centre, beside the National Olympic Stadium. It arrives at Long Phuong Tours in Ho Chi Minh’s Pham Ngu Lao.

Kumho Samco leaves from its office in Phnom Penh city centre and parks at its terminal in Ho Chi Minh tourist centre.

Giant Ibis picks up passengers from any hotel in the centre of Phnom Penh. It arrives at Giant Ibis Transport, also along Pham Ngu Lao.

Bus schedules from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

Bus CompanyScheduleCosts
Long Phuong Cambodia06:30-13:30
660,000 VND ($26.50)
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Kumho Samco07:30-13:30
757,000 VND ($30.50)
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Giant Ibis Transport
+ free pick-up
08:00-14:30965,000 VND ($38.50)
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Immigration Stop and Bathroom Breaks

Most of the buses from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh cross the border at the BavetMoc Bai Checkpoint. The immigration stop at the border isn’t very organised 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 when entering Vietnam. That means you have to get a letter of approval in Cambodia before you book this bus trip to Ho Chi Minh!

The bus normally makes one bus stop just before the Vietnamese border. This serves as your last chance to spend your remaining 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: 2.5 hours
Cost: 2,929,000 VND ($115)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 2,929,000 VND ($115)

If you don’t want to make the 7-hour border crossing via land, you can also take a flight.

Airfares from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh are quite expensive, though. Even during off-peak season, rates are at least 4x that of the bus.

Also, when you add the waiting time for your flight, this option doesn’t really save you a lot of time compared to the bus.

Step 1: City Centre to Phom Penh Airport

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: $9
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: $9

You can find Phnom Penh Airport some 11 km west of the city centre. There are 3 ways you can get there: a $0.40 bus, an $11 taxi or a $9 tuktuk. Travel time is 30 minutes to 1 hour.

If you’re already short on time, we recommend taking either a taxi or a tuk-tuk. Buses make too many stops and often get stuck in traffic.

For more details, check out our guide on Phnom Penh Airport.

Step 2: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by Flight

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 2,700,000 VND ($105)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 2,700,000 VND ($105)

Cambodia Angkor Air and Vietnam Airlines operate direct flights from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh daily. Flight time is about an hour.

Ticket prices range from 2,700,000 VND ($105) to 4,200,000 VND ($165). Book your tickets in advance to get the best rates.

Check Flights on Skyscanner

TIP: Skyscanner also gives an indication if flights are more eco-friendly. Choosing a more eco-friendly flight can make a big difference!

Step 3: Ho Chi Minh Airport to City Centre by Bus

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 6,000 VND ($0.20)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 6,000 VND ($0.20)

From Ho Chi Minh Airport, you can take a 45-minute bus or taxi to cross the 8 km distance to the city centre.

On a budget? Take public bus #152. A ticket only costs 6,000 VND ($0.20). The bus drops you off at the roundabout across Ben Thanh Market, from where it is only a 10-minute walk to Pham Ngu Lao.

You can also get a taxi to take you straight to your hotel’s doorstep in Ho Chi Minh. Rates start from 150,000 VND ($6).

To help you navigate to your hotel from Ho Chi Minh Airport, read our article on Ho Chi Minh International Airport (Tan Son Nhat).

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