Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s most popular resort with beautiful beaches and unique attractions, but despite this, getting to it is not very easy. Of all the modes of transport, only buses are well developed in the city, air connections are established, there are practically no railways, but there are boats and ferries that run between Sihanoukville and nearby islands.
How and where to get to Sihanoukville from other cities of Cambodia, the capital of Thailand (Bangkok) and the islands of Vietnam (Fukuoka)? We will talk about all the options in this article.
How to get to Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh
The distance between cities is 230 km.
Buses Sihanoukville-Phnom Penh: timetables and prices
On this route, several dozen cars from companies leave daily:
Travel time is 4.5 hours, the fare is from $ 11 (it includes water, a croissant and wet wipes), it is better to buy a ticket in advance at giantibis.com. Cars leave Sihanoukville at 8:00, 9:30, 12:30 and 21:25.
The carrier provides small comfortable mini-basses, designed for a maximum of 20 people. Main advantages: the ability to pre-book a seat, polite English-speaking cabin crew, free Wi-Fi, the presence of outlets near each seat, air conditioning.
Important! There are no toilets in the Giant Ibis Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville beads. There is only one stop along the route – at The Stop Cafe.
11 cars leave Phnom Penh every day for Sihanoukville, the schedule and prices are at ppsoryatransport.com.kh. Riding on large beads with comfortable (and if you’re lucky – and single) seats from Sorya Bus is the most affordable option for traveling around Cambodia. The cost of tickets varies in the range of 6-10 dollars (includes a bottle of water and a package of wet wipes).
Among other advantages: the bus station Sorya Bus is located in the heart of the capital; on the way, you can make an unscheduled stop (it is enough to politely ask the driver about this).
Of the minuses: a large number of stops and, as a result, a longer journey (instead of the declared 4.5 hours you can go all 7), the lack of toilets (but they are on 20-hour routes), possible problems with connecting to the Internet.
The main advantage of this company is the availability of night routes. So, the first Sleeper Bus (with completely recumbent seats) leaves Phnom Penh at 00:30, and arrives in Sihanoukville at 5:30. The next car, already with seats, leaves at 7 in the morning and travels only 4 hours. For route details, fares and a full schedule, see the company’s website: www.virakbuntham.com.
An interesting feature of Sleeper Bus, which costs only $ 10 per person, is the segregation of seats. If you are driving on your own and do not want to lie next to a beautiful (or not so) stranger, you will have to refuse night trips. In addition, the buses have toilets, so they practically do not stop on the route, so they quickly and without delay arrive in Sihanoukville.
In addition to the companies described above, another 7 companies send their cars daily, including Capitol Tours and Cambodia Post VIP Van. All possible options with prices and route details can be found at bookmebus.com.
Advice! The best way to buy tickets offline is at the hotel reception or at the tour desk.
From Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by train
In 2016, the first passenger train was launched along the route you are interested in. The conditions are quite comfortable: soft seats are installed in the cars, there are dry closets and air conditioners. You won’t be hungry either – selling ready-made meals on trains is one of the most lucrative businesses for locals.
Phnom Penh Station is located on Monevong Boulevard. Train travel costs $ 8. In addition to the low price, the advantages of this method of transportation can be considered safety (the highway in this direction is in a deplorable state) and the ability to avoid traffic jams. But at the same time, the train travels to Sihanoukville for as long as 8 hours and catching it is not an easy task.
Train schedule for Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville:
- On Friday – departure at 15:00;
- On Saturday – at 7 in the morning.
Important! Train tickets cannot be booked online, you can only buy them at the railway ticket offices (open daily from 8:00 (from 6:00 on weekends) to 16:30).
The road from the capital to Sihanoukville costs $ 50-60 in an ordinary passenger car like Toyota Camry. More budgetary is the general taxi, designed for 5 people, with a cost per seat of $ 8. Fellow travelers are picked up from Phsar Thmei Station. located near the western entrance to the Central Market.
Life hack! If you don’t want to ride sandwiched among other tourists (a common taxi is also a passenger car), pay the driver $ 3-5 to sit in the front seat.
Direct flights to Sihanoukville are sent only by Cambodia Bayon Airlines. For 3 hours of flight you will have to give from 100 to 150 dollars, departure – every day at 12:00. You can buy tickets online.
Be careful! You can also get from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville on Cambodia Angkor Air planes, but remember that behind the $ 50 price you need to change to Siem Reap, and the total duration of such a trip can be up to 25 hours.
From Siem Reap to Sihanoukville
Distance between cities – 470 km.
A trip from Siem Reap will cost you at least $ 200 (in a car for 4 people) or $ 325 (for 7 travelers) and will last 10-11 hours. You can order a car at any Siem Reap hotel, travel agency or on the Internet ( kiwitaxi.ru ).
From Siem Reap in a given direction daily leaves more than 12 aircraft of domestic airlines. The flight costs at least $ 40 and takes 50 minutes. You can book the best tickets on the official website of the company – www.cambodiaangkorair.com.
The only direct flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, without arrival to Phnom Penh is a night flight, departure from the central bus station at 20:30 (Giant Bus, 10 hours on the way) and at 00:05 (Virak Buntham, 13 hours), ticket prices 25 and 22 dollar respectively. The schedule and prices for other buses from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville can be found at 12go.asia.
Important! Beds in Cambodian beads are designed for people up to 165 cm tall, the rest to sleep in such “beds” will be very uncomfortable.
How to get from Bangkok to Sihanoukville
There are no direct flights to Bangkok, the most convenient option is to fly with a change in Siem Reap. The most advantageous offers are from AirAsia, starting at $ 65 (for comparison, the cheapest flight with Bangkok Airways will cost $ 120). The flight takes only 50 minutes. See the schedule on the official website www.airasia.com.
You can also fly from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, the journey time is 1 hour, the flight costs at least $ 60 on AirAsia planes.
To get from Bangkok to Cambodia, Sihanoukville on your own means to complete a real quest. The best option for passing it lies in the direction of Bangkok-Trat-Koch Kong-Sihanoukville.
You can get to Trat in 5-6 hours by minibus from the western terminal of Mo Chit and the eastern terminal of Bangkok Ekamai (almost 30 cars leave daily from 6 am to 7 pm) for $ 10-11. More information here -12go.asia.
It is in the Had Lek area, on the outskirts of Trat, that the border with Cambodia passes, crossing which you find yourself in the small town of Koh Kong. It is possible to get to Sihanoukville only by taxi or tuk-tuk (the journey takes about 5 hours), since in this direction only one bus leaves during the day – from the Koh Kong bus station at 12:00 (tickets at the box office).
Note! If you want to avoid problems with corrupt border guards in Koh Kong, apply for a visa to Cambodia in advance at your country’s embassy or online at www.evisa.gov.kh.
From Phu Quoc to Sihanoukville
Phu Quoc is the territory of Vietnam, so getting to Sihanoukville will be as difficult as from Bangkok.
- Initially, you will have to sail by ferry ($ 11 and 1.5 hours, departs at 8 am and 13:00) to the port of Hatien.
- Then you need to get to the border with Cambodia – this is another 7-10 minutes drive from the other side of the port. Taxi drivers stand 50 meters from the exit. You can go on foot, but if you have luggage, it will be inconvenient.
- After crossing the border, you can get to Sihanoukville only by taxi (about $ 80) or by minibus (about $ 15, it leaves when all the places are occupied). Public transport in this direction does not go.
If you have a question, is it possible to get directly from Fukuoka to Sihanoukville, the answer is no. The method described above is the simplest.
Have a nice trip!
The prices and the schedule on the page are for January 2018. Before the trip, check the relevance of the information on the sites indicated in the article.