5+ hours from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh
The newest bus station is located near Victory Hill on an isolated street. It's about a 10 minute walk to Victory Hill, 5 minute ride to downtown, and 10 minute ride to Ocheteaul, Sokha, and Serendipity Beaches. Otres beach is another 10 minutes from Ocheteaul Beach.
Tuk Tuks (carts pulled by a motorcycle), cars and motorcycle taxis are all around the bus station. They have fixed prices (many times the price is more than the 5 hour bus ride from Phnom Penh for a 5 minute ride), but you can negotiate a better price, sometimes with a 90% discount, or just walk. You may want to try to get a free ride, as most of the hotels give the drivers a comission that equals their pay for a good day (even if you booked at the hotel already). Sometimes, especially at night, the busses start and finish their trips in downtown SihanoukVille, instead of at the bus station. Unless you're going to the Victory Hill area, you probably want to stop downtown.
When purchasing your ticket TO SihanoukVille, ask whether the bus drops you off downtown, or at the bus station. You'll probably want to get dropped off downtown. And if they have a free shuttle bus to town from the bus station, does it leave when you arrive in SihanoukVille, or do you have to wait (an hour or two?) Please let us know if they mistakenly tell you the bus stops downtown and does not.
Most buses are $5 - $6 for the trip. A few bus companies now have $10 vans and are about an hour or more quicker (sometimes). Some companies charge more from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville than from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh.
The bus ride is usually a minimum of 5 hours. Most busses stop half way for a 15- 30 minute break at a restaurant. Usually, if they are behind schedule, they stop longer than usual. You might want earplugs for some of the busses, as they play movies or music quite loud.
All these express busses (maybe not the vans if they are full) may stop several times on the trip to pick up or drop off riders. Or they may stop just for no reason at all. Welcome to Cambodia
7:30am, 8:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
7:15am, 8:15am, 9:45am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
note: seats are not reserved and you may be provided with a free stool in the aisle. Animals are also allowed to travel with the passengers on this bus. No toilets on the bus. $5
Phnom Penh Sorya
From..... To SihanoukVille
prices and times are subject to change. During and right before and after public Holidays, the prices are higher by a dollar or two for most bus services. From November to February, and near National Holidays, you may want to book a day or two in advance, as many busses are full.
To Koh Kong (Thailand) from SihanoukVille. A 3.5 to 5 hour ride to Koh Kong and 15 minutes more to the Thai border. Crossing the border on both sides can take from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how many people are waiting.
Onwards To..... ...... $22 SihanoukVille to Koh Chang, Thailand (including ferry), ...... $26 Sihanoukville to Bangkok or Pattaya. Get your ticket in SihanoukVille, or just get a bus to the border, and on the Thai side, you get a minivan for $4 to Trat, Thailand, where you can get a bus to anywhere in Thailand.
From Koh Kong to SihanoukVille. If you're at the border... take a 15 minute car or moto taxi downtown and get a bus ticket (or car) to SihanoukVille at most foreign owned restaurants in town. You'll also see a couple bus offices on the main street. Or your driver can (and will insist) on getting a ticket for you. More information on the Koh Kong website.To Kampot & Kep from SihanoukVille, Cars leave from in front of the downtown market all day for about $4 a person or $25 for the whole car. Ride is about 90 minutes. G'day Mate and others have a van service with pick-up at your hotel for about $8 per person. Kep is a half hour further from Kampot, and cost a dollar or two more.
The bus station in Kampot is downtown, a few streets from the riverfront. From the bus station, you can get a car, motorcycle or tuk tuk to continue your journey to Kep, another half hour to the East towards Vietnam. You can also rent a small motorcycle while in Kampot for $3 to $5 a day. Another dollar gets you enough gas for a round trip between Kampot and Kep. (and another dollar for touring around). Just make sure you're coming back through Kampot on your way out, so you can return the motorcycle.
From Kampot to SihanoukVille. Get a bus or van ticket anywhere downtown and go to the bus station downtown. A 90 minute ride and about $4.... $25 for a private taxi for up to 6 people.From SihanoukVille To Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) - You can either get a bus to Phnom Penh, and get another bus to Siem Reap (about 5 hours to Phnom Penh, a 30 to 60 minute wait for another bus, and then a 6 hour ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap). You should get your ticket for the bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap before you leave SihanoukVille... or there is a night bus leaving SihanoukVille, with pick-ups around town from 7pm to 7:30pm. $15 for the night bus, and the ride is about 10 - 11 hours. For the night bus, you can save some time by getting your ticket in advance and showing up at the bus station yourself, as the night bus travels around town for an hour picking up passengers. A private taxi costs from $80 to $110.
From Siem Reap to SihanoukVille. All cars and busses pass through Phnom Penh. Busses leave in the morning for the 11 hour trip, or you can get the night bus, which arrives in SihanoukVille early morning.
From SihanoukVille to Vietnam. To Ha Tien by shared taxi $50 and 3.5 hours,... to Chau Doc, $60 and 5 hours. $19 to Saigon, VietnanFrom SihanoukVille to Bangkok - 2 ways to get to Bangkok by bus. First, leave in the morning around 7am to Koh Kong, about 4 hours and $7. 15 minutes and $2 to the Thail border. Cross the border and get a minivan to Trat, Thailand, 1.5 hours and $4 (you need to pay in Thai Baht). This takes you to the bus station in Trat, where you get a big bus to Bangkok, which leaves every hour. About $6 and 6 hours. About 12+ hours for the whole journey. Some busses from Trat end up at Khao San Road in Bangkok, some end at Ekamai Bus Station on Sukumwit, with easy access to the SkyTrain.
The second ways is going on the night bus to Siem Reap (see above) and then crossing into Thailand. This takes several more hours, but most of it is at night.
From Bangkok to SihanoukVille. You need to get to the Cambodia / Thai border in Koh Kong between 7am and 8pm. Buses and taxis leave from downtown Koh Kong from 7am to 1pm. Plan for 8 hours from downtown Bangkok to downtown Koh Kong.
Sign in Phnom Penh
Pic Nil (halfway between Phnom Penh and SihanoukVille)