Over the past year or so there have been some major changes in how to get from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville (and from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap). From fantastic new bus companies, to the very best taxi services, to more convenient flights, it has never been easier to get from one city to the other. Here’s all the latest information on buses, taxis, and flights between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.

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Taxis From Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

If you’re looking for a bit of comfort during your trip, then a private taxi is your best option. The journey will take approximately 9.5 hours in total and there is some absolutely stunning scenery along the way. Watch this video to see some of the beautiful Cambodian country side you’ll pass during your taxi drive:

 

On average a private car from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville will cost in the region of $130 (that’s usually the quote from Siem Reap airport to Sihanoukville). You’ll have the option of stopping for toilet breaks, coffees, and even sightseeing if you wish.

The better services offer nice comfortable cars (e.g. a Lexus 4 x 4) and the drivers will pick you up from your hotel, the airport, or any other location convenient for you.

One thing that we recommend however is to book your taxi in advance. Not only is it cheaper, but Cambodian traffic is very hectic, so the taxi rides can be daunting and frightening if you don’t know your driver – please contact us to book a safe, reliable taxi driver from anywhere in Cambodia, or click below and book online now.

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Buses from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

There are many bus companies offering economy and VIP buses between Sihanoukville and Siem Reap. Although companies such as Giant Ibis and Mekong Express used to be the only services a few years ago, there are now several new options including Virak Buntham and Olongpich Transport. Of these, we would still say that Mekong Express is probably your best option.

Mekong Express bus from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville
Mekong Express Bus from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

 

These bus companies are much better than the typical Cambodian bus services – they are less crowded, make less stops, and drive more carefully.

In general, an economy bus is about $15 on average and sits roughly 50 people. VIP buses are smaller and more comfortable, sitting around 15 people. They are a bit more expensive at $22 one way.

VIP buses tend to be quicker (11 hours) than economy buses (12.5 hours), and the journeys are more convenient (e.g. you can ask the driver to stop if you desperately need to go to the toilet). Both types will stop along the way for short toilet and snack breaks, and with most services you will have to change along the way.

Although you will see Wi-Fi advertised, if you do actually have a connection it will be very slow and unreliable.

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To give you an idea of bus times, here are the timetables for some of the most popular and best reviewed services (Mekong Express, Giant Ibis, Virak Buntham, and Olongpich Transport).

Mekong Express Timetable

Siem Reap to Sihanoukville: 7.30am and 8.30am.
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap: 7.00am, 8.30am, 9.30am, and 12.30pm.

Giant Ibis Timetable

Siem Reap to Sihanoukville: 8.45am, 9.45am, 12.30pm, 11.00pm, and 11.30pm (night bus).
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap: 8.45am, 9.45am, 12.30pm, 11.00pm, and 11.30pm (night bus).

Virak Buntham Timetable

Siem Reap to Sihanoukville: 6.00am, 7.00am, 8.00am, 9.00am, 8.00pm (night bus), 8.30pm (night bus), 10.30pm (night bus), 11.00pm (night bus), and 12am (night bus).
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap: 7.30am, 8.30am, 9.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 8.00pm (night bus), and 8.30pm (night bus).

Olongpich Transport Timetable

Siem Reap to Sihanoukville: 7.45pm (night bus), 8.30pm (night bus), 11.00pm (night bus), and 11.55pm (night bus).
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap: 7.45pm (night bus), 8.30pm (night bus), 11.00pm (night bus), and 11.55pm (night bus).

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Flights From Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

There are now several airline companies that fly direct between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, including Cambodia Angkor Air, Cambodia Bayon Airlines, and JC International Airlines. Of these, Cambodia Angkor Air (the national carrier of Cambodia) tends to be the best reviewed. It uses an ATR 72 for domestic flights between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville (pictured below).

Cambodia Angkor Air from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap
Cambodia Angkor Air (ATR 72) from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap

 

On average, the flight will take approximately 60 minutes and will cost $115 to $150 one-way (though as with all flights, there are usually special offers on depending on the booking company, time of year, etc.)

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How to Get From Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap Centre

Getting from Siem Reap Airport to the city centre is pretty straight forward – there’s no line-jumping, and all of the prices are set (the drivers are under strict instructions to not undercut each other). This means that once you find your taxi, moto, or Tuk Tuk, you’re all set to go.

The taxi rank is immediately in front of you as you exit the arrivals building. On average, it’ll cost you about $10 to Siem Reap city centre. If you need a bigger taxi (for 6+ people), it will cost a little more.

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Although you can also book a Tuk Tuk at the taxi rank, it’s best to walk a little further and exit the airport – here you’ll find the cheapest Tuk Tuk’s (and motos) which will charge roughly $6 to the city centre (a moto will cost $2).

Tuk Tuk From Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap City Centre
A Typical Tuk Tuk from Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap City Centre

 

A typical Tuk Tuk can take up to 4 people but doesn’t have as much room for luggage – if you have a lot of bags you’ll struggle to get more than 2 people in the back.

Siem Reap Tuk Tuk drivers are well-known for dropping you off at your hotel and then offering very cheap temple-tours, only to change the prices half way. If you’re considering to take a temple tour, it’s best to book one through your hotel.

How to Get From Sihanoukville Airport to Sihanoukville Centre

To get from Sihanoukville airport to Sihanoukville Centre, you can take a shuttle bus (around $4) that should be waiting outside the airport when you arrive.

If for whatever reason you miss the shuttle bus, you should be able to find a Tuk Tuk (roughly $20) at the airport. You can also hire a private taxi to take you – this will be more expensive at around $30.

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FAQs

A: To get from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, you can either take a bus, a private taxi, or a flight. If you’re looking for a bit of comfort during your trip, then a private taxi is your best option. The journey will take approximately 9.5 hours in total and will cost about $130.

A: A bus from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville will take approximately 11 hours in total and will cost roughly $22.Although companies such as Giant Ibis and Mekong Express used to be the only services a few years ago, there are now several new options including Virak Buntham and Olongpich Transport. Of these, we would still say that Mekong Express is probably your best option.

A: On average a private car from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville will cost in the region of $130 (that’s usually the quote from Siem Reap airport to Sihanoukville). You’ll have the option of stopping for toilet breaks, coffees, and even sightseeing if you wish.

A: To get from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, you can either take a bus, a private taxi, a flight, or a ferry. If you’re looking for a bit of comfort during your trip and an affordable price, then a private taxi is your best option. The journey will take approximately 5 hours in total and will cost about $75. For all the latest information, please read Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.

A: To get from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh, you can either take a bus, a private taxi, a flight, or the train. For all the latest information, please read Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh.

A: Siem Reap is the fifth-most-populous city in Cambodia with a population of 189,292 people. The top 10 most populous cities and towns in Cambodia are: Phnom Penh, Ta Khmau, Battambang, Serei Saophoan, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Sihanoukville, Poipet, Chbar Mon, and Kampot.

A: A bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok can take about 6-8 hours because of the customs checks at the Cambodian and Thailand borders. The total travel distance from Bangkok to Siem Reap is 400 km.

A: If you want to travel from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap, you can either take a bus, a private taxi, or a flight.

A: We recommend that you spend about two days in Phnom Penh – one full day for the museums, and one day / half day to take a look around riverside (in particular, the area around the Royal Palace).

A: If you want to travel from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, you can either take a bus, a private taxi, a flight, or a ferry. If you’re looking for a bit of comfort during your trip and an affordable price, then a private taxi is your best option. The journey will take approximately 9.5 hours in total and will cost about $135.

A: On average a private car from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap will cost in the region of $135 (that’s usually the quote from Siem Reap airport to Sihanoukville). You’ll have the option of stopping for toilet breaks, coffees, and even sightseeing if you wish.

A: A bus from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville will take approximately 11 hours in total and will cost roughly $22. Although companies such as Giant Ibis and Mekong Express used to be the only services a few years ago, there are now several new options including Virak Buntham and Olongpich Transport. Of these, we would still say that Mekong Express is probably your best option.

A: Siem Reap can’t be covered in one day – you’ll need at least three days to cover the huge expanse of the Angkor temples and other attractions in the area. The ideal time to spend in Siem Reap is around 3-4 days, depending on how early you get there. Just make sure you have at least one and a half full days.

A: To get to Sihanoukville Cambodia, you can either take a flight directly into Sihanoukville airport, or if you are already in Cambodia, you can take a private taxi, a bus, or a train.

A: If you travel by car, the driving distance between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville is 525.5 km.

A: If you are heading to Koh Rong, you probably don’t need to spend more than one day in Sihanoukville.

A: Yes, it is safe to travel to Cambodia alone, as long as you are sensible (which is the case in any country). Cambodian people are generally very respectful and friendly towards foreign men and women, but as with any poorer country, poverty is an issue. As such, we recommend that you do not wear expensive jewellery, leave your belongings unattended, or get heavily intoxicated. Otherwise, relax, explore, and enjoy yourself!

A: Generally, Cambodia is a safe country – it is ranked the 59th safest country in the world, with violent crime being a rarity. The only exceptions are remote areas of large cities, so please be sensible with where you visit.

A: The number of days that you should stay in Cambodia depends on what attractions you would like to see. On average, most people spend about three days per city. For example, three days in Siem Reap, three days in Phnom Penh, and three days on Koh Rong. In our opinion, this is probably an adequate number of days per city, though of course, the longer the better!

A: We would say that the best time to go to Cambodia is between the middle of November and the start of May. During these months you’ll have beautiful hot days (25°C – 40°C) with very little cloud and low humidity.

A: If you want to spend 10 days in Cambodia, then we would recommend for you to:

Day 1 – Fly into Phnom Penh.
Day 2 – Visit Phnom Penh Museums.
Day 3 – Travel to Siem Reap.
Day 4 – Visit Angkor Wat.
Day 5 – Explore Siem Reap.
Day 6 – Fly to Sihanoukville.
Day 7 – Travel to Koh Rong.
Day 8 – Relax on Koh Rong.
Day 9 – Travel to Koh Rong Samloem.
Day 10 – Explore Koh Rong Samloem.

A: The best currency to use in Cambodia is the US Dollar, or the local Khmer Riel – Both currencies are accepted everywhere in the country.

A: Cambodia is a Buddhist country, and local people, especially the older generations, adhere to strict dress codes. As such, if you plan on visiting non-tourist areas, men should not wear shorts or vests, while women should not wear mini-skirts, tight yoga pants, or other revealing clothing.

A: When visiting the temples in Angkor Wat, men and women should wear long pants (covering the knee) and shirts that cover the shoulders – skirts, small shorts, tank tops, and other items of revealing clothing are not allowed within the temple grounds.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us and we will reply ASAP.

 

 

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