How to get from Battambang to Phnom Penh (and vice-versa)

Battambang is about 180 miles (290 kilometers) away from Phnom Penh, a distance that can take you anywhere between four to seven hours to travel, depending on traffic, flooding, and how you choose to go. Here are our picks for getting from Phnom Penh to Battambang and vice-versa.

Phnom Penh to Battambang

Getting between Phnom Penh and Battambang is easier than you might think!

Bus

All the bus companies in Battambang are located a few blocks north of Psar Nath, making it easy enough to visit to book yourself, though guesthouses and hotels can book for you as well, although they will often add an extra couple bucks to the price.

Capitol Tours is the best option of the big buses. The ticket costs 24,000 riel ($6) and takes between six and seven hours (don’t be fooled by the website saying it will get you there in five). There will be frequent stops to let people on and off the bus and you’ll be treated to Cambodia karaoke videos for the duration of the ride.

Siem Reap Battambang Capitol bus

Capitol Tours runs big buses between Phnom Penh to Battambang. Prepare for karaoke videos.

The Battambang bus station was recently moved just outside of town along National Road 5, but if you arrive at the Capitol office twenty minutes before your bus, they’ll take you to the station.

In Phnom Penh, the buses arrive and leave from Capitol Guesthouse near Orussey Market.

Capitol Tours schedule:
Battambang to Phnom Penh: 6:30 a.m., 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. (Friday only), 4:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Phnom Penh to Battambang: 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m

Mini-bus

Mini-buses offer complimentary pick-up if you book at a guesthouse or a hotel in Battambang. They take between four to five hours to reach Phnom Penh, make one stop for a meal in Pursat, and occasionally another stop for a brief bathroom break or to refuel.

Golden Bayon Express Battambang Phnom Penh

By mini-bus is the fastest way to get from Phnom Penh to Battambang.

Regardless of which mini-bus you take, book a seat closer to the front of the bus rather than further back, as there are some rough spots on the highway where the ride in the back of the bus is quite bumpy.

As you enter Phnom Penh, there may be a few stops to let some Cambodian people off on the side of the road.

As you enter Battambang, there is usually one stop on the east side of the river before crossing the bridge to the west side, where the bus company offices are.

At $12, Mekong Express is the most expensive but also the most comfortable of the mini-bus options. It offers the most leg space, so tall people should consider Mekong Express if they often feel cramped by other options. Note that they will play karaoke videos for the duration of the trip.

In Phnom Penh, Mekong Express drops you off at its office close to Orussey Market, which is convenient for avoiding the worst of Phnom Penh’s traffic. If your guesthouse is somewhere close to the river, however, it will still be a bit of a tuk tuk ride to get there.

Golden Bayon Express charges $10 per person (sometimes you can go to a travel agent on Riverside in Phnom Penh and get that down to $9, but when booking in Battambang to go to Phnom Penh it always seems to be $10), and usually leaves on time.

Though not as spacious as Mekong Express mini-buses, their buses are clean and relatively comfortable, unless you are squished in the back row with three others (again, ask for a seat closer to the front). It also features free WiFi in their buses that sometimes works, but more often doesn’t.

Golden Bayon Express Phnom Penh

The interior of a Golden Bayon mini-bus between Phnom Penh and Battambang.

Their office in Phnom Penh is close to Central Market, a bit more centrally located than Mekong Express’ office.

We’ve received a reader report that Mean Chey Express has recently upgraded to all new 16-seat mini-buses that are “consistently clean, on time efficient, includes cold water and doesn’t blast karaoke.” The trip takes less than 5 hours and costs $8 or $9, depending on how far in advance you book.

Mekong Express schedule:
Battambang to Phnom Penh: 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,11 a.m. 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.
Phnom Penh to Battambang: 5:30 a.m., 6:20 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Golden Bayon schedule:
Battambang to Phnom Penh: 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Phnom Penh to Battambang: 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Mean Chey Express:
Battambang to Phnom Penh: 7:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Phnom Penh to Battambang: 7:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Taxi

A private taxi costs around $60 and takes about four hours. You can hire a private taxi through a hotel or guesthouse. Keep in mind the trunk may not be empty, as the driver may be transporting something to Phnom Penh. Taxis are usually Toyota Camrys that can seat four passengers, although it can be a tight squeeze.

Share taxis depart from northwest of Boeung Chhouk market, on National Road 5, and are usually $10 per seat. Note that the front seat beside the driver is considered two seats, so if you want to have that seat to yourself you’ll probably have to pay $20.

Capitol Tours

capitolkh.com
Ticket Offices: La Hte Street (at Street 103), Battambang [map]
T:053 953 040; 011 956 105; 012 991

14AEO Street 182, Phnom Penh [map]
T: 023 724 104; 023 217 627

Mekong Express

Book Mekong Express tickets online

Ticket offices: Corner of Road 3 and Street 111, just north of Psar Nhat, Battambang
T: 088 576 7668

Booking office outside Orussey Market, Phnom Penh [map]
T: 012 787 839; 098 833 399; 023 427 518

Golden Bayon Express

Book Golden Bayon tickets online

Ticket offices: Street 101, between La He St and Road 3, Battambang [map]
T: 070 968 966; 089 279 909

3Eo Street 51/126, Psar Thmei, Phnom Penh [map]
T: 023 966 968; 089 221 919; 010 968 966

Mean Chey Express

Ticket offices: Street 115, one block west of Psar Nath across from Holiday Hotel, Battambang [map]
T:095 992 111; 098 992 111

48 Street 289, near Psar Toul Kork, Toul Kork, Phnom Penh[map]
T: 011 992 111; 068 992 111

22 Responses to How to get from Battambang to Phnom Penh (and vice-versa)

  1. Gavin Tsai says:

    Hi there, I used Meanchey Express Phnom Penh and Battambang return last weekend and it was a great experience. Fairly new 16 seater van and very well maintained. As usual seat 8 is the best with extra leg room. Seat 3, 4 and 5 are not bad either as you do get the extra space behind the driver. If you are a tall one avoid booking the rear seats. Very punctual, departed and arrived right on time as advertised. Deiving standards good. Didn’t feel my life was at risk. Will definitely recommend.

    • Jan Sa says:

      I can just agree to the former post. We did the trip Battambang-Phnom Penh today and everything was fine. Trip took between 4,5 and 5h, including one very short toilet break and a longer break at a restaurant. But the shop of Mean Chey in Battambang is not (any more?) located at the place as described above, you find it:

      Road 03 directly in front of the temple/pagoda. The mini-bus also starts at this office.

  2. Wendy Tan says:

    Any direct flight from Phnom Penh to Battambang or from Siem Reap to Battambang?

    Any other faster transportation from Siem Reap to Battambang or from Phnom Penh to Battambang?

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  4. Joanne says:

    Hi, caught Mekong express mini bus today. Left Phnom Penh at 8.30 am arrived Battanbang 1.40pm. Stopped for 20 mins at a clean rest stop for toilet and food. Not heaps of leg rom but relatively comfortable. Road out of Phnonm Penh dreadful with road works that look like they won’t be finished anytime soon. Road does get better a few hours into the trip. Booked through hotel for US$12.

    • Joanne says:

      Also, no kareoke videos on bus. It was full – 12 passengers – and all were either asleep or listening to music via headphones, a very quiet and stress free trip.

      • Louise says:

        We took a Mekong Express minibus on 12th Jan 2016, which was supposed to pick us up at 11am but was more like 11.30am. Took a good ten minutes for the driver to rearrange all the luggage so that our rucksacks could also fit! Wish I’d read this article before we booked as we had the two middle seats on the back row of four (4b & 4c) – wow… it was a bumpy ride, especially the last bit coming into Phnom Penh. We had two stops, the first was around 1pm for 20 minutes (more like 40) and the second was a quick 5 minute loo break. Arrived in Phnom Penh before dark so was probably about 5 hours in all. Oh, and no karaoke videos and the wifi worked the whole time.

  5. John Heufel says:

    what to travel from Battambang to phonm phenn with a over night stop at the floating village what is the best way to do this

  6. edmond lee says:

    I arriving Phnom Penh 08:35am on 19 Feb 2014. Need to arrive Dhamma LAtthika, Phrom-Trung-Moan, Battambang province by 4pm. What is the most economical transport to book

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