Over the past year or so there have been some major changes in how to get from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville (and vice versa). From fantastic new bus companies, to the very best taxi services, to the first cross-country train, it has never been easier to get from one city to the other. Here’s all the latest information on buses, taxis, trains, and flights between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.
(If you’re planning a trip to Sihanoukville, please bookmark this page as we will regularly update it with the latest travel information. If you’re heading on to Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem, see: Sihanoukville to Koh Rong)
Taxis From Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
If you’re looking for a bit of comfort during your trip, then a private taxi is your best option. The journey will take approximately 4 hours in total and there is some absolutely stunning scenery along the way. Watch this video to see some of the beautiful Cambodian country side you’ll pass during your taxi drive:
On average a private taxi from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville will cost in the region of $60 (that’s usually the quote from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville). You’ll have the option of stopping for toilet breaks, coffees, and even sightseeing if you wish.
The better services offer nice comfortable cars (e.g. a Lexus 4 x 4) and the drivers will pick you up from your hotel, the airport, or any other location convenient for you.
One thing that we recommend however is to book your taxi in advance. Not only is it cheaper, but Cambodian traffic is very hectic, so the taxi rides can be daunting and frightening if you don’t know your driver – please contact us to book a safe, reliable taxi driver from anywhere in Cambodia, or click below and book online now.Book Your Taxi Now & Save 30%
Buses from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
There are many bus companies offering economy and VIP buses between Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh. Although companies such as Giant Ibis, Mekong Express, and PSD Xpress used to be the only recommended services a few years ago, there are now several fantastic (and even better) options including Cambodia Post VIP, Bayon VIP, and Phnom Penh Sorya (we recommend Cambodia Post VIP and Bayon VIP).
Bayon VIP Bus From Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
In general, an economy bus ranges from $4-$6 on average and sits roughly 50 people. VIP buses are smaller and more comfortable, sitting around 15 people. They are a bit more expensive at $8-$10 one way.
VIP buses tend to be quicker and the journeys more convenient (e.g. you can ask the driver to stop if you desperately need to go to the toilet). Both types will stop along the way for a 20 minute toilet and snack break. Although you will see Wi-Fi advertised, if you do actually have a connection it will be very slow and unreliable.Book Your Bus Tickets Now & Save 30%
To give you an idea of bus times, here are the timetables for some of the most popular and best reviewed services (Bayon VIP, Cambodia Post VIP, Mekong Express, Giant Ibis, PSD Xpress).
Bayon VIP Timetable
Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville: 7.15am, 8.45am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm.
Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh: 8.45am, 9.45am, 1.30pm, and 2.30pm.
Cambodia Post VIP Timetable
Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville: 7.30am and 1.30pm.
Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh: 7.30am and 1.30pm.
Mekong Express Timetable
Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville: 7am, 7.30am, 8am, 8.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm, and 5.30pm.
Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh: 7am, 8.30am, 9.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 3pm, and 5.30pm.
Mekong Express Bus From Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
Giant Ibis Timetable
Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville: 8am, 9.30am, and 12.30pm.
Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh: 7.30am, 9.30am, 1.30pm, and 3.30pm.
PSD Xpress Timetable
Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville: 8.30am and 2.30pm.
Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh: 8.30am and 3.30pm.
Train From Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
There is now the option of taking the Royal Railway train directly from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. Although the total journey can be in the region of 6.5 hours, don’t immediately disregard the idea – There is some absolutely fantastic scenery along the way, and all in all it makes for a very enjoyable experience.
The train currently operates only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and costs about $7 one-way. The carriages are quite comfortable and come with AC, plug sockets, and TVs (mainly playing Charlie Chaplin re-runs). The atmosphere is very cheerful and joyous, and because the train stops off several times along the way (including once in Kampot), the journey is broken up nicely.
Royal Railway Timetable
Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville: Friday 3pm, Saturday 7am, Sunday 7am, and Sunday 4pm.
Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh: Saturday 7am, Sunday 7am, Sunday 4pm, Monday 7am.
Don’t be too surprised if it’s delayed by 30 minutes – 1 hour however. If you’re thinking of giving the train a go, we recommend you buy your ticket in advance – Each ticket comes with its own seat number and acts as a reservation.
Flights From Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
Cambodia is developing rapidly, but there are still very few direct flights to Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh. However, you can now fly directly into Sihanoukville from Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Ming City (with a new connection to Macau opening shortly) – The first international flights to the airport.
Opening Ceremony for the Flight Between Kuala Lumpur and Sihanoukville. Image Courtesy of Phnom Penh Post
The timing of the flights isn’t always that convenient, but we predict that the airport will soon open for further flights. In particular, AirAsia, which provides the flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sihanoukville, plans to open a subsidiary company in Cambodia, suggesting that they are looking to expand their services very soon. Read the full articles here and here.
How to Get From Sihanoukville Airport to Sihanoukville Centre
To get from Sihanoukville airport to Sihanoukville Centre, you can take a shuttle bus (around $4) that should be waiting outside the airport when you arrive.
If for whatever reason you miss the shuttle bus, you should be able to find a Tuk Tuk (roughly $20) at the airport (pictured below). You can also hire a private taxi to take you – this will be more expensive at around $30.Book Your Taxi Now & Save 30%
A Typical Tuk Tuk