Over the past year or so there have been some major changes in how to get from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap (and from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville). From fantastic new bus companies, to the very best taxi services, to more convenient flights, it has never been easier to get from one city to the other. Here’s all the latest information on buses, taxis, and flights between Sihanoukville and Siem Reap.
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Taxis From Sihanoukville to Siem Reap
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 9.5 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 Sihanoukville to Siem Reap will cost in the region of $130 (that’s usually the quote from Sihanoukville airport to Siem Reap). 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 Sihanoukville to Siem Reap
There are many bus companies offering economy and VIP buses between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Although companies such as Giant Ibis and Mekong Express used to be the only services a few years ago, there are now several new options including Virak Buntham and Olongpich Transport. Of these, we would still say that Mekong Express is probably your best option.
Mekong Express Bus From Sihanoukville to Siem Reap
These bus companies are much better than the typical Cambodian bus services – they are less crowded, make less stops, and drive more carefully.
In general, an economy bus is about $15 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 $22 one way.
VIP buses tend to be quicker (11 hours) than economy buses (12.5 hours), and the journeys are 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 (Mekong Express, Giant Ibis, Virak Buntham, and Olongpich Transport).
Mekong Express Timetable
Siem Reap to Sihanoukville: 7.30am and 8.30am.
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap: 7.00am, 8.30am, 9.30am, and 12.30pm.
Giant Ibis Timetable
Siem Reap to Sihanoukville: 8.45am, 9.45am, 12.30pm, 11.00pm, and 11.30pm.
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap: 8.45am, 9.45am, 12.30pm, 11.00pm, and 11.30pm.
Virak Buntham Timetable
Siem Reap to Sihanoukville: 6.00am, 7.00am, 8.00am, 9.00am, 8.00pm, 8.30pm, 10.30pm, 11.00pm, and 12am.
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap: 7.30am, 8.30am, 9.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 8.00pm, and 8.30pm.
Siem Reap to Sihanoukville: 7.45pm, 8.30pm, 11.00pm, and 11.55pm.
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap: 7.45pm, 8.30pm, 11.00pm, and 11.55pm.
Flights From Sihanoukville to Siem Reap
There are now several airline companies that fly direct between Sihanoukville and Siem Reap, including Cambodia Angkor Air, Cambodia Bayon Airlines, and JC International Airlines. Of these, Cambodia Angkor Air (the national carrier of Cambodia) tends to be the best reviewed. It uses an ATR 72 for domestic flights between Sihanoukville and Siem Reap (pictured below).
Cambodia Angkor Air (ATR 72) from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap
On average, the flight will take approximately 60 minutes and will cost $115 to $150 one-way (though as with all flights, there are usually special offers on depending on the booking company, time of year, etc.)Check Flights
How to Get From Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap Centre
Getting from Siem Reap Airport to the city centre is pretty straight forward – there’s no line-jumping, and all of the prices are set (the drivers are under strict instructions to not undercut each other). This means that once you find your taxi, moto, or Tuk Tuk, you’re all set to go.
The taxi rank is immediately in front of you as you exit the arrivals building. On average, it’ll cost you about $10 to Siem Reap city centre. If you need a bigger taxi (for 6+ people), it will cost a little more.
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Although you can also book a Tuk Tuk at the taxi rank, it’s best to walk a little further and exit the airport – here you’ll find the cheapest Tuk Tuk’s (and motos) which will charge roughly $6 to the city centre (a moto will cost $2).
A Typical Tuk Tuk From Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap City Centre
A typical Tuk Tuk can take up to 4 people but doesn’t have as much room for luggage – if you have a lot of bags you’ll struggle to get more than 2 people in the back.
Siem Reap Tuk Tuk drivers are well-known for dropping you off at your hotel and then offering very cheap temple-tours, only to change the prices half way. If you’re considering to take a temple tour, it’s best to book one through your hotel.
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. You can also hire a private taxi to take you – this will be more expensive at around $30.Book Your Taxi Now & Save 30%