Review: Giant Ibis mini-bus Phnom Penh-Kampot

Giant Ibis has wasted no time in becoming the foreigner favorite of all of the Cambodia bus companies. They’ve expanded their network by adding Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh to Kampot by mini-bus.

Giant Ibis mini-bus

These new mini-buses are what Giant Ibis uses for Phnom Penh to Kampot.

Giant Ibis is known for their safe vehicles and experienced drivers, and this is true of their mini-buses as well as their larger buses. We tried out the Phnom Penh to Kampot Giant Ibis mini-bus recently and found that it was up to the usual Giant Ibis standards.

Giant Ibis Kampot seating chart

Giant Ibis mini-bus seating chart: jump seats are in red.

The Phnom Penh to Kampot route goes in a 21-seat mini-bus. There are 17 regular seats and when the bus is fully booked, they pull out the additional four jump seats (seats 2C, 3C, 4C and 5C, as shown in the seating chart below). These seats are not ideal, as they are smaller and less comfortable, but for a short trip it’s not really a problem.

Giant Ibis mini bus jumpseat

The jumpseats are smaller, without a full back.

The jump seats cannot be booked online and can only be booked by the Giant Ibis office or a travel agent if the other seats are already filled. This means if you are a group booking online and take seats in rows 2, 3, 4 or 5, be aware that you may end up with another passenger sitting between you.

The last row, seats 6A, 6B, 6C, and 6D do not recline. When the buses are not fully booked, seats 3D, 4D and 5D are ideal for solo passengers because they are single seats (unless a jump seat comes into play). Move to Cambodia reader Sara reports the seat 1B has leg room than other seats because there is a raised area that means that the passenger in that seat needs to sit with their feet slightly elevated, so it’s not good for tall passengers.  Is that complicated enough for you? Suffice to say, some seats are better than others but it’s a relatively short bus ride so it really doesn’t matter.

Giant Ibis bus interior Phnom Penh to Kampot

The interior of the Giant Ibis bus used for the Phnom Penh to Kampot route.

The trip from Phnom Penh to Kampot takes about three hours. As per usual Giant Ibis rules the drivers don’t go more than 95 kph/60 mph for safety reasons, but as the trip is only 150km/90 miles, it’s still a short journey. There is one quick bathroom break along the way. These days, they don’t usually play movies, but there’s usually WiFi. My experience is that the WiFi is not always reliable, so bring another form of entertainment.

Tickets on Giant Ibis between Phnom Penh and Kampot cost $9. Unlike every other company that operates on this route, Giant Ibis charges the same price to Cambodians and foreigners, and as such, are my preferred means of transport (check out the other options for how to get from Phnom Penh to Kampot here). You can book at any travel agent or guesthouse in Phnom Penh or Kampot, or you can also book on the Giant Ibis website for an extra $1 and select your own seat.

Giant Ibis schedule:
Phnom Penh – Kampot: 8:00 a.m, 2:45 p.m.
Kampot – Phnom Penh: 8:30 a.m., 2:45 p.m.

Giant Ibis

3Eo Street 106, next to the night market, Phnom Penh
T: 023 987 808
37, Street 7 Makara, Behind Sokimex Gas Station, Kampot
T: 095 666 809
giantibis.com

24 Responses to Review: Giant Ibis mini-bus Phnom Penh-Kampot

  1. kelley m says:

    GREAT information. I am having a hard time getting connected to the ibis bus website to book. Any idea how many days in advance i would need to book a ticket? Is 2 or 3 days enough?

  2. Dirk says:

    Hi, thanks for the great info. I am heading to cambodia in August. From Siem Reap i will take the nightbus (giant ibis) to PP at 11.30 pm. From PP we are heading to Kampot with the Giant Ibis minbus. But does the nightbus arrive at the same place were the Giant Ibis mini busses leave? Or do we have to go to an other place?

    • Lina says:

      Yes, there is only one Giant Ibis office in Phnom Penh, so the one from SR will arrive at the same place the others are leaving from.

  3. Sara says:

    Thanks so much for this info. Have referred to you posts a lot for travel around cambodia.

    Currently sitting in seat 1B, which I thought would be a good choice for leg room, but unfortunately the engine is below my feet, so only option is sitting with my knees up. Might be helpful to future readers to add this info to your post/diagram.

  4. Clare Beaman says:

    Our flight doesn’t get to Phnom Phen till 5.10 pm on the 8th July we need to get to Kampot , is there anyway we can get there by the ibis bus? Or what do you suggest thanks

  5. Susie says:

    Hi, what bus services are available from PP to Kep (or would you advise getting Giant Ibis to Kampot and then getting to Kep from there)?

    Thanks!

  6. GUZMAN says:

    Hello,
    have you a bus which go to Battambang from Kampot ? And can you give me a schedule, the time of the trip and the price ?
    Thank you
    Kind regards
    Marc GUZMAN

  7. Nina says:

    Hi Lina,

    Your tips are really helpful! We’re two friends headed to Laos & Cambodia in OCT/NOV this year and because we have “only” three weeks in total, we’d love to have our schedule pretty much fixed. We will go from Siem Reap to PP, then from PP to Kampot on the next day. I suppose you would suggest doing both trips with Giant Ibis? Thanks a lot!

  8. Justin says:

    I just took Giant Ibis from HCMC to PP. The bus itself was fine. However, crossing the border from Vietnam to Cambodia, you are ‘required’ to pay an extra $5 “service fee” to the bus attendant in order to have them “help you get your visa faster” even though there is no line. When we said we’d do it ourselves he got hostile with us. At the border, they offered no help, and told everyone on the bus we would be late because of us. Yes, we delayed the bus 5 mins because we decided to get our visas legitimately instead of paying a bribe, but that’s not why the bus was over 2 hour late from the time they told us, with no traffic or delays along the route. Of the 48 countries I’ve been to, this was the most corrupt border crossing I’ve experienced. Usually, the tour company will assist with making sure you don’t get screwed by corrupt border officials. Here, they were part of the problem and joined in to take a cut.

  9. Steve says:

    This review was really helpful. I do have to point out that seat 5D may not be ideal, as the review states, because it is over the wheel. I am very tall, and could not fit in it. I don’t doubt that this is an excellent way to travel, though we had many problems with the trip… an hour late.. and the AC died early in the trip. No snack or wifi, but that’s not a big deal.

  10. Karen says:

    Hi -thanks for posting this information. My family and I are travelling to Kampot and we have a flight leaving PP at 4:45 pm – do you believe giant ibis is reliable enough to risk travelling back to PP from Kampot to catch a flight on the same day?

  11. melissa says:

    To the person in charge,

    I like to check do you have a coach leaving PP to Kampot after 3.30PM??

    The travel date is 20th Thursday from PP airport?

    Please reply.

    thanks

  12. Michelle says:

    Hi, I just booked this service from PP to Kampot online and it says 2.45 departure and that they pick up from Hotel??

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