How to get from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Traveling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with the bus
Duration: 5-6 hours
Price: 5-14 USD
As the National Road Nr. 6 from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is paved and easy to travel, overland travel by bus is one of the most popular transport options for this route. The trip takes between 5-6 hours including up to two stops on the way at restaurants in Skun and Kampong Thom. Private bus companies offer several regular scheduled daily departures in air-conditioned buses.
(The bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh)
The price and level of service varies from comfortable, basic air-con buses to luxury air-con buses with entertainment, snacks, WiFi and onboard toilet. Tickets can be arranged in travel agencies, guesthouses, hotels or directly at the bus company.
The following bus companies offer transfers from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: Phnom Penh Sorya, Mekong Express, Neak Kororhorm, Capitol Tours, Paramount Angkor Express, Virak-Bunthan Express Tour, Giant Ibis Transportation
Traveling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with the minivan
Duration: 5-5.30 hours
Price: between 5 and 10 USD
Transfers by minivan or small coasters are a good alternative. They are faster than the busses and less expensive than a private taxi. Several companies in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh offer daily minivan services between the two cities.
Traveling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with the plane
Duration: 50 minutes
Price: 80 USD and up
There are about 4 flights from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh per day. The following airlines offer domestic flights from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh:
- Cambodia Angkor Air (Cambodia)
Traveling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with the taxi
Duration: 4.5-5 hours
Price: 15 USD for shared taxi, 70 USD private taxi
Hiring a private taxi is a convenient and independent way of travelling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. A taxi can be either arranged through your hotel, a travel agency or directly with the taxi company or the driver. The rate is negotiable.
Shared taxis are a cheaper option but also less convenient. It is normal that 4 people share the back seats and 2 people the seat next to the driver. In case you would like to have the front seat for yourself be prepared that you have to pay for two. Prices of the taxis go up and down depending the prices of gasoline.
Traveling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with the ferry
Duration: 4-6 hours
Price: 25-35 USD
There is one daily local ferry on Tonle Sap lake and river which takes between 4-6 hours depending on the water level. The best time for a transfer by ferry is during the wet season from July until November when the water level is high. Please keep in mind that the local ferries do not meet international safety standards.
Traveling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with the river cruise
Duration: 2-3 days
A nice option is a luxury multi-day river cruises from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. The following companies offer River Cruises on the Tonle Sap lake and river from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: Compagnie Fluevial Du Mekong
(Last update May 2013)