How to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (and vice versa) in 2022

Now that Cambodia is opening up to tourism again, you may be wondering how to to get from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in 2022 (and Siem Reap to Phnom Penh). Many of the bus companies reduced their schedules or shuttered all together during Covid-19, but now they are back, and so are domestic flights! The options listed below are all operational as of February, 2022.

Giant Ibis bus Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Check out the view on a Giant Ibis bus between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

There are options to fit every budget, but some are nicer and more comfortable than others. I’ve tried all of these ways to travel between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, some of them many times (unlike most of the other sites who just copy my content, yawn). The journey by road usually takes between 5 and 7 hours, depending on your mode of transport, traffic, and the ever-changing condition of the road. For Covid-19 safety, all passengers are required to wear a mask while traveling.

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Summary

  • Taxi: Costs $65-100. Most comfortable option. Best balance of price and convenience. About 5 hours. Book now.
  • Bus: Costs $6-15. Smoothest ride and best views. About 6 hours.
  • Mini-bus/van: Costs $9-12. Faster than the bus, but more cramped. About 5.5 hours. Book now.
  • Plane: Costs $30-120. Fastest method, but domestic flights are unreliable. About 1 hour. Not currently running.
  • Ferry: Costs $35. Best scenery, if you sit outside. About 8 hours, sometimes more. Not currently running.

Taxis from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Taxis between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap usually cost between $65 to $100, but are more expensive on Cambodian holidays.

Private taxis can reserved in advance online (at surprisingly reasonable rates, usually $75). The trip takes between 4 and 6 hours depending on traffic and how often you need to stop. If you reserve online, you will get a large SUV taxi, usually a very comfortable Lexus 4×4. Booking online allows you to pay in advance by credit card and you won’t have to deal with arguing about last-minute price changes by the driver.

If you book through a guesthouse or travel agent, the cars will almost always Toyota Camrys sedans which fit 4 passengers as long as they don’t have a lot of luggage. The trunks are not huge and all in Cambodia will have a large propane tank in the back, so if you’ve got more than one piece per person, it’s going to be a tight squeeze. Guesthouses and travel agents will charge a commission. Make sure to confirm the price with the driver before you set off, as misunderstandings are common (and frustrating). Also, with these sort of taxis, expect your taxi driver to stop multiple times to pick up and drop off packages along the way.

If you are paying on the high end of the scale, it’s fair to ask (in advance) that they do not make extra stops, and most drivers booked online will drive directly and not make extra stops. If you are catching a taxi directly from the airport, expect to pay slightly more. Taxis between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap usually take 4 to 6 hours, road-work permitting.

It is also possible to get mini-vans taxis  between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. They cost between $120 and $200 and can carry between 10 and 15 passengers. If you’ve got more than a couple people and want to give the bus a miss, this is a good option. The vans are usually new and clean, but ask to make sure the one you hire has seat belts. You can hire mini-van taxis in Phnom Penh next to the Landscape Hotel across from the Cambodiana Hotel on Sisowath Quay. Van drivers gather there and you can negotiate your own price. You can also book a minivan online, which is usually less of a headache.

Mekong Express bus in Cambodia

Mekong Express and Giant Ibis are the most popular buses between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Buses from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

The road between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap offers a glimpse of Cambodian country life, as it barrels past rice paddies, traditional wooden houses, and water buffalo and cows lazily grazing on the side of the road. The views are best appreciated from a full-size bus, as the mini-buses are more crowded and have smaller windows. If you get carsick, the bus is a better option as it’s a bit slower and significantly less bumpy.

There are dozens of bus companies offering service between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Many are old, overcrowded, make dozens of stops, and break down often (but are cheap, running around $6 or $7). The more expensive ones offer a much smoother ride and extra amenities.

The most popular amongst expats is Giant Ibis, offer WiFi and power outlets on board. Read our review of Giant Ibis buses and night buses for more detailed info. Giant Ibis also has a night bus between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap that runs in both directions. Tickets cost $13 plus a $1 credit card fee, and you can book online and select your seat in advance. The trip takes between 5 and 6.6 hours.

Giant Ibis bus schedule

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap 8:45 a.m. 10 p.m. night bus
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh 8:45 a.m. 10 p.m. night bus

→ Buy a ticket on Giant Ibis now

Mini-buses and Vans from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Expats in the know—at least the ones who are not prone to car sickness—travel by mini-bus, as the trip is significantly shorter than by bus. There are many, many mini bus companies covering this route, but we’ve personally vetted the ones below.

Cambodia Post VIP Van Siem Reap

Mini-buses are the fastest way to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by road.

Cambodia Post VIP Van is my current favorite mini-bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. This government-owned transport company runs new (and very comfortable) Toyota HiAce vans between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. They only carry 13 passengers at a time, so it’s less claustrophobic than other companies. The trip takes about 5.5 hours with two stops and they drive cautiously—they even have a sign on the back of the van saying “How’s my driving?” with a phone number to call. Tickets cost $10.50, and can be purchased online in advance with no booking fee. Read our full review of Cambodia Post VIP Van.

Cambodia Post VIP Van schedule

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap 7:30 a.m. 9 a.m. 2 p.m.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh 7:30 a.m. 9 a.m. 2 p.m.

→ Buy a ticket on Cambodia Post VIP Van now

Larryta Express runs a fleet of 15-passenger Ford Transit Vans nine times a day between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. The buses are new and clean. The drivers drive fast, but not terrifyingly  and trip takes a little under 5.5 hours, including two stops. Because of the regular departures, you don’t need to purchase tickets more than a day in advance. Tickets cost $9 for Cambodians and $11 for foreigners. Read our full review of Larryta Express.

Larryta Express bus schedule

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap 7 a.m. 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m.
12 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m.
5 p.m.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh 7 a.m. 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m.
12 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m.
5 p.m.

→ Buy a ticket on Larryta Express now

Seila Angkor is popular mini-bus company that does the Phnom Penh to Siem Reap route with 18 departures every day. The drivers occasionally take some hair-raising liberties, but most of the time the trip takes 5.5 hours and the drivers go at a reasonable pace. Seila Angkor run 16-seat Ford Transit vans, and you can reserve seats by number. Tickets cost between $9 and $11 for non-Cambodians. Read our full review of Seila Angkor mini bus.

Seila Angkor schedule

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap 6:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh 6:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

→ Buy a ticket on Seila Angkor Express now

You can book tickets for all currently running mini-bus companies online and reserve a seat in advance.

Cambodia Angkor Air ATR72

Cambodia Angkor Air uses smaller ATR72s for domestic journeys.

Flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Cambodia Angkor Air has started up flights again, and are running flights in both directions every Friday and Sunday. Flights currently cost $92 one-way, and are scheduled to take about 50 minutes.

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Fridays, 9:10 a.m. Sundays, 3:30 p.m.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Fridays, 10:45 a.m. Sundays, 5 p.m.

Ferries between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Ferries are not currently running due to COVID-19. Between July and March ferries run between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (they usually do not run during the dry season when the water levels are low). Most passengers opt for sitting on the top of the boat (so bring sunblock) and watch the countryside go by. Travel is best during the wet season when water levels are high. The boats are, for the most part, not as safe as what you would find at home, and the company who had life jackets has temporarily ceased operations. For that reason, we’re currently not recommending this option.

Cat Mekong Express bus Cambodia

Taking the bus is the cheapest way to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap…or you can splurge on a taxi!

Frequently asked questions

What should I know about traveling from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap during Covid-19?

Cambodia has just announced that fully vaccinated travelers will not need to quarantine on arrival, and can travel throughout the country freely. However, be aware that Cambodia’s medical system is not great, and although Cambodians are highly vaccinated (88% at last count) they are mostly vaccinated with less-effective SinoVac and SinoPharm (but boosters are being administered). What does this mean for you? You will be required to wear a mask on buses, taxis, and planes, and you should consider wearing a mask anytime you are indoors with locals.

How do you travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap?

You can take a taxi, bus, or plane to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (or vice versa). Each type of transportation has pluses and minuses. I usually recommend taking a bus or private taxi, unless there’s an airfare sale on. Scroll up to read more about each mode of transportation.

How much is a taxi from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap?

Taxis between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap usually cost between $65 to $100, but are more expensive on Cambodian holidays. Book a taxi online in advance, or read our taxi section to learn more.

How many hours from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh?

About an hour for a flight (plus waiting around at the airport), five hours for a taxi or mini-bus, six for a bus, and up to 12 for the ferry. Note that this can change due to traffic, construction, and accidents, but these are the usual times. Scroll up to learn more.

How far is it from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh?

It’s 146 miles (235 kilometers) from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh if you travel by plane, but by road it’s between 198 and 250 miles (319 and 403 kilometers) depending on which National Road you take.

This can take 40-60 minutes by plane or between 5 and 8 hours by car or bus.

How many kilometers is it from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap?

It’s 235 kilometers from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap if you fly, but between 319 and 403 kms if you drive. Sometimes bus and taxi drivers choose to take the longer route to avoid construction or traffic on the shorter route.

How to get from Phnom Penh Airport to Siem Reap?

You can book a taxi online in advance that will meet you directly at the airport and take you to Siem Reap. This is definitely the most convenient way to get from Phnom Penh Airport to Siem Reap, although not the cheapest. Alternatively, many bus companies will meet you across the road from the airport if you arrange it in advance.

How many days should I spend in Siem Reap?

At least five days. I’m working on a blog post to explain why. :)

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256 Responses to How to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (and vice versa) in 2022

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    K Nam says:

    It’s so sad, all ready to book the ferry from PP to SR and the site won’t take my Canadian Credit Card! Tried 2x even after Verifying my Visa. Will try again tomorrow but anybody else have this issue?

      Lina says:

      The problem is almost certainly with the card/bank and not with the site (I’ve used it with several Visa cards). Call the bank and see if they are blocking the transaction, and if not, try in a different browser.

    Anna Lilja says:

    Which way would you recommend the bus or the boat regarding seeing some of the landscape… I plan to travel there in January 2018.

      A W says:

      We are coming in February 2018, and were wondering the same thing if it were better take the bus or boat to see the countryside from PP to SR?

    bryan says:

    I am traveling with a senior who has serious balance issues, and I’m worried about getting on and off the boat if we take it to Phenom Penh from Siem Reap. How do people get on these boats? He couldn’t do a plank.

      Lina says:

      In that case, I would not recommend taking any of the river boats in Cambodia. They really aren’t set up for someone with serious balance issues. Sadly, one of my close friends died last month after falling off a docked boat in the Tonle Sap, so I really strongly would recommend avoiding.

    Michelle Desmond says:

    Hi!
    Absolutely loving the blog!

    Has anyone used the boat from PP to SR and how was it?

    giuseppe says:

    Hello! first of all let me tell you a big THANKS for this wonderful e super usefull site. Does anybody knows if on 16 february the boat crossing from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is still working?

    Miguel says:

    Hi Lina,

    Thanks alot for this. Im going to Cambodia this August and i just wanna ask a few. Is it alright to buy bus/train tickets there on the spot it doesn’t need to be booked in advance? Will it be rainy on July?

    Thanks alot

    -MIguel

    Maggie says:

    Hello Lina

    I also stumbled across this site and found all the information extremely useful.
    We plan to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia in April 2017 and I please need a few pointers.
    Firstly; would you recommend that we rather travel these 2 countries through a organized travel package or would it be easy enough for us to do everything ourselves? My concern is the language barrier (not sure if everyone there can speak or understand English?) and would we be able to arrange our travels (be that via bus / flight etc) from Vietnam when we arrive there? Or would you recommend we pre-book everything?

    Apologies for all the questions. We are not familiar with traveling in Asia :).

    Then lastly, can you please give me directions how to get to Phnom Pehn from Ho Chi Minh city? What is the best (most affordable) option you would suggest?

    Thank you in advance! I look forward to hearing from you!
    Maggie x

      Lina says:

      Hi Maggie, doing the trip on your own is very easy. You definitely don’t need a package tour. It’s always easy to find someone who speaks English at all sorts of tourism-related businesses in both countries. You don’t need to pre-book unless you want to. Flights can be cheaper if you book in advance. Buses should be booked a day or two in advance, but it’s not so busy in April that you need to do it much further in advance than that. You can book buses from Phnom Penh to HCMC here.

      Jordan says:

      Weve just done 2.5 weeks in cambodia and booked as we went along. It does add up depending how u travel. Nighy buses by far are cheaper than overnight trains. Read up on each bus company u wish to use before u book it as some are really rude, bad service, and really bad drivers. Neither train or bus is comfortable. Expect to repeat urself a million times. Majority of people will speak some english. U can always Google translate. Open overnight sleepers would be ur best bet if ur on a budget. U can get on and off wherever u please through vietnam. We did a flight from ho chi ming to phnom penh took 45 min. We booked this before we left on our adventures.

    Nancy Taylor says:

    Are the water levels high enough to travel from Siem Reap to Phnom penh in March? We are planning a trip early March 2017, and ideally would like to stop for an overnight at one of the floating villages.

      Lina says:

      I can’t tell you about the water levels, but I would not recommend staying the night at one of the floating villages, they are basically slums that have been turned into tourist attractions.

    james Liu says:

    Any train between the two cities? if so, how long ? thanks.

    Shaun Lambert says:

    Thanks heaps for this, the overnight bus will help me a lot!

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