Over the past year or so there have been some major changes in how to get from Phnom Penh to Battambang (and from Battambang to Phnom Penh). From fantastic new bus companies to the very best taxi services, it has never been easier to get from one city to the other. Here’s all the latest information on buses and taxis between Phnom Penh and Battambang.
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Taxis From Phnom Penh to Battambang
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 6 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 taxi from Phnom Penh to Battambang will cost in the region of $75 (that’s usually the quote from Phnom Penh airport to Battambang). 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.30% OFF Taxis – Book Now
Buses From Phnom Penh to Battambang
There are many bus companies offering economy and VIP buses between Battambang and Phnom Penh. Although companies such as Giant Ibis and Mekong Express used to be the only services a few years ago, there are now several fantastic options including Virak Buntham, Bayon VIP, Meanchey VIP, and Cambodia Post VIP.
Mekong Express Bus from Phnom Penh to Battambang
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 $5-7 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 $8-12 one way.
VIP buses tend to be quicker (6 hours) than economy buses (7 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.
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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, Virak Buntham, Bayon VIP, Meanchey VIP, and Cambodia Post VIP).
Mekong Express Timetable
Phnom Penh to Battambang: 7.30am, 8.30am, and 2.30pm.
Battambang to Phnom Penh: 7.30am, 8.30am, 2pm, and 2.30pm.
Virak Buntham Timetable
Phnom Penh to Battambang: 1am, 8am, 9.30am, 1.30pm, 4pm, 8.30pm, 9.45pm, and 10pm.
Battambang to Phnom Penh: 7.30am, 8.30am, 4pm, and 11pm.
Bayon VIP Timetable
Phnom Penh to Battambang: 7am, 8.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm.
Battambang to Phnom Penh: 7am, 8am, 9am, 1.30pm, and 2.30pm.
Meanchey VIP Timetable
Phnom Penh to Battambang: 7am, 7.30am, 8am, 9.30am, 1.30pm, and 2pm.
Battambang to Phnom Penh: N/A
Cambodia Post VIP Timetable
Phnom Penh to Battambang: 7.30am.
Battambang to Phnom Penh: 11am.