Over the past year or so there have been some major changes in how to get from Phnom Penh to Kampot (and from Kampot to Phnom Penh). From fantastic new bus companies, to the very best taxi services, to the first cross-country train, it has never been easier to get from one city to the other. Here’s all the latest information on buses, taxis, and trains between Phnom Penh and Kampot.
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Taxis From Phnom Penh to Kampot
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 3 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 Kampot will cost in the region of $50 (that’s usually the quote from Phnom Penh airport to Kampot). 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 Kampot
There are many bus companies offering economy and VIP buses between Kampot and Phnom Penh. Although companies such as Giant Ibis, Mekong Express, and PSD Xpress used to be the only recommended services a few years ago, there are now several fantastic (and even better) options including Ekareach Express, Kampot Express, and Cambodia Post VIP.
Kampot Express bus from Phnom Penh to Kampot
In general, an economy bus ranges from $4-$6 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 $6-$10 one way.
VIP buses tend to be quicker (4 hours) than economy buses (4.5 hours), and the journeys 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. Although you will see Wi-Fi advertised, if you do actually have a connection it will be very slow and unreliable.30% OFF Buses – Book Now
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, Ekareach Express, and Kampot Express).
Mekong Express Timetable
Phnom Penh to Kampot: 8.15am, 1pm, and 4.35pm.
Kampot to Phnom Penh: 8.15am, 1pm, and 4.35pm.
Ekareach Express Timetable
Phnom Penh to Kampot: 7.30am, 8am, 9am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm, and 6pm.
Kampot to Phnom Penh: 7.30am, 8am, 9am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm, and 6pm.
Kampot Express Timetable
Phnom Penh to Kampot: 8am, 1pm, and 5pm.
Kampot to Phnom Penh: 8am, 1pm, and 5pm.
Mekong Express Bus from Kampot to Phnom Penh
Giant Ibis Timetable
Phnom Penh to Kampot: 8am, and 2.45pm.
Kampot to Phnom Penh: 7.45am, and 2.00pm.
Train From Phnom Penh to Kampot
There is now the option of taking the Royal Railway train directly from Phnom Penh to Kampot. Although the total journey can be in the region of 5 hours, don’t immediately disregard the idea – There is some absolutely fantastic scenery along the way, and all in all it makes for a very enjoyable experience.
The train currently operates only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and costs about $7 one-way. The carriages are quite comfortable and come with AC, plug sockets, and TVs (mainly playing Charlie Chaplin re-runs). The atmosphere is very cheerful and joyous, and because the train stops off several times along the way, the journey is broken up nicely.
Royal Railway Timetable
Phnom Penh – Kampot: Friday 3pm, Saturday 7am, Sunday 7am, and Sunday 4pm.
Kampot – Phnom Penh: Saturday 7am, Sunday 7am, Sunday 4pm, Monday 7am.
Don’t be too surprised if it’s delayed by 30 minutes – 1 hour however. If you’re thinking of giving the train a go, we recommend you buy your ticket in advance – Each ticket comes with its own seat number and acts as a reservation.
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