Wondering how to get to Kep? Check our handy guide to getting to Kep from Phnom Penh, Kampot, Sihanoukville, and Siem Reap. We’ll cover all of your options for how to get to Kep, including taxis, tuk tuks, mini-buses, and even a riverboat.
How to get to Kep from Phnom Penh
Bus: Phnom Penh Sorya runs four buses a day to Kep, at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:45 p.m. Tickets cost $7 and while they claim that the trip takes 3.5 hours, Sorya buses are known for usually taking at least an hour more than their estimated time, and sometimes several hours more. Sorya is not one of our favorite bus companies in Cambodia — all of their buses are quite old — but this is the only full-size bus that goes from Phnom Penh to Kep and tickets can be purchased online.
Mini-bus: Cambodia Post runs a daily mini-bus from Phnom Penh to Kep at 7:30 a.m. that leaves from the Phnom Penh main Post Office. The cost is $8 for non-Cambodians and the trip takes just under four hours. We are fans of the Cambodia Post VIP van (read our review of it here) and would recommend this way of traveling to Kep. Tickets can be booked online in advance.
Taxi: A private taxi to Kep costs between $40 and $50 from Phnom Penh. Taxis are the standard Toyota Camry which can seat four passengers, but there’s usually limited space for luggage because they all have a propane tank in the trunk, so don’t plan to bring four massive suitcases with you. The trip takes around 3.5 hours. Taxis can be booked through your guesthouse, any travel agent, or your favorite tuk tuk driver.
Shared taxi: You can catch a shared taxi at Psar Dang kor in Phnom Penh. The cost is usually $5 per person, but the front seat counts as two. You’ll have to wait until the car is full before it will leave, and full means at least seven passengers (plus the driver). Frankly, we see no reason to take shared taxis other than the desire to have an “authentic experience.”
How to get to Kep from Kampot
We’ve got a whole guide to getting between Kep and Kampot, but here’s the executive summary.
Tuk tuk: The road is now fully paved and tuk tuks cost between $10 and $15 depending on your bargaining skills. This is the price for a one-way trip, but you are looking to make it a day trip, you can make it a round trip for only a few dollars more. The trip takes 35 to 45 minutes.
Taxi: Catching a moto taxi will cost between $3 and $6. A private car taxi will cost $20, but you will need to negotiate to get to that price.
Mini-bus: Rith Travel (also known as Kep Tours and Travel) runs a mini-bus twice a day, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It takes about 45 minutes and costs $4. Tickets can be purchased online in advance. We have also taken the Champa Mekong Express bus and would suggest you avoid it.
Boat: There’s a boat, the Crab Shuttle, that goes between Kampot and Kep for $9.50 one-way or $13.50 return.The Crab Shuttle leaves Kampot at 9:30 a.m. and arrives at the Kep Rabbit Island Pier around 11:30 a.m.
For more info, read: How to get from Kampot to Kep (and vice-versa).
How to get to Kep from Sihanoukville
To get to Kep from Sihanoukville you have a few options.
Mini-bus: Rith Travel runs mini-buses direct from Sihanoukville to Kep (with no stopping in Kampot!) three times a day. The current schedule is at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. The trip takes about four hours and costs $8. Rith Travel are a little bit disorganized but are a very nice family-run business. We’ve taken their bus from Sihanoukville to Kep and would recommend it. Tickets from Sihanoukville to Kep can be booked online in advance.
Taxi: By taxi the trip from Sihanoukville takes about three hours and costs $35 to $40. Taxis are almost always Toyota Camrys that can fit four passengers but don’t have a ton of space for luggage. We can recommend Mr. Dara, a very friendly Sihanoukville-based taxi driver who has a Lexus SUV and speaks English. We’ve got more info on recommended Sihanoukville taxi drivers here.
Shared taxi: At Psar Leu in Sihanoukville you can catch a shared taxi (or hire a private one if you choose). Shared taxis cost $5-10 per person and will carry six or seven passengers — plus the driver — in a car that can comfortably fit five. If you want the front seat, you’ll pay more. This is an uncomfortable but effective way to practice your Khmer language skills.
How to get to Kep from Siem Reap
The options from Siem Reap to Kep are slightly more complicated, but it’s still well worth the effort. Here are your options:
Fly, bus, or taxi to Phnom Penh and bus, mini-bus or taxi from there: Here’s a run-down of how to get from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. From Phnom Penh you can take the bus — Sorya runs this route and although they say it takes 3.5 hours their buses are almost always an hour (or two) over schedule.
If you’re willing to stay overnight in Phnom Penh you can catch the morning Post Office VIP van to Kep, but the bus leaves at 7:30 a.m., which is too early to arrive by plane the same day. The Post Office VIP van is one of the best mini-bus experiences in the country, and we highly recommend it. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.
Fly to Sihanoukville and taxi or bus from there: Both Cambodia Angkor Air and Sky Angkor Air fly between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. During high season Bayon Airlines also flies this route, but Sky Angkor Air is almost always the cheapest. From Sihanoukville you can take a taxi or the Rith Travel bus, as described in the Sihanoukville section above.
Taxi all the way: A taxi from Siem Reap to Kep costs between $75 and $100 and takes seven or eight hours. If you’re taking a dog with you (they love the beach, after all) this is the best way to go.
Night bus: There is also a Virak Buntham night bus that we would strenuously encourage you to avoid. Between the accusations of sexual assaults on passengers by staff and one of the worst records of night bus crashes in Cambodia, you couldn’t pay us to go on this bus.
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