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Getting to/from/around Sihanoukville


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Most visitors to Sihanoukville travel from Phnom Penh by bus. Several bus companies run multiple daily a/c buses to/from Phnom Penh. Sihanoukville can also be approached by road from Kampot and Koh Kong city. There are several daily buses between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville Kampot and Kep.


And though there are no international flights or ferries to Sihanoukville, Cambodia Angkor Air now offers Sihanoukville-Siem Reap flights. The Sihanouk International Airport is on Route #4, 18km north of town.


Though currently not the usual point of entry, the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port is an official international gateway. Visas are available for international arrivals at the Port on prior arrangement. 


NEWS: The trains have just started running again, offering service from Phnom Penh to Takeo, Kampot and Sihanoukville. See below for more


Transport to the islands near Sihanoukville and Kep is also easy these days. Regularly scheduled ferries, including express ferries, run between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong/Koh Rong Sanloem and boats from Kep and Kampot to Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island) are always available.


The international border crossings at 1) Koh Kong/Had Lek (Thailand); 2) Prek Chak/Xaxia (Vietnam) and; 3) Phnom Den/Tinh Bien, (Vietnam) all allow international overland access to southern Cambodia. The Had Lek/Koh Kong crossing allows easy access to Sihanoukville with regular bus service between Sihanoukville and Koh Kong. The Prek Chak crossing with Vietnam is open and allows direct and easy access between Kampot/Kep and Vietnam. See the Overland Border Crossing page for details about overland travel from Thailand and Vietnam to Sihanoukville and southern Cambodia.






To/from Phnom Penh

Buses & Bus Schedules

A/c buses depart Phnom Penh several times per day. 24,000R - 52,000R for the 4 hour trip to Sihanoukville via Route #4. There is no centralized bus station in Phnom Penh. Buses from different companies depart from different stations. At Sihanoukville, all buses arrive/depart from the bus station near the Independence Square.


Bayon VIP Co., Ltd

To SHV: 6:30, 7:30, 8:45, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30; 15:30, 17:30

From SHV: 6:30, 7:30, 8:45, 9:45, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 17:30


Cambodia Post VIP Van

To SHV: 7:30, 13:30
From SHV: 7:30, 13:30


Capitol Tours and Transport

To SHV: 7:15, 8:45, 9:45, 12:15, 14:30, 16:30
From SHV: 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 12:15, 14:15, 17:30


CTT Transportation

To SHV: 7:30, 8:30, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30

From SHV: 8:30, 12:45, 13:30, 15:30


Giant ibis Transport

(Deluxe transport)

To SHV: 8:00, 15:30

From SHV: 8:30, 15:30


Larryta Express

To SHV: 7:30, 9:00, 13:00, 15:00

From SHV: 7:30, 9:00, 13:00, 15:00


Mekong Express

(Deluxe transport)

To SHV: 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 12:30, 13:30, 15:00, 17:30

From SHV: 7:00, 8:30, 9:30, 12:30, 13:30, 15:00, 17:30


Phnom Penh Sorya Transport

To SHV: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30, 17:45

From SHV: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00


Thero Express

To SHV: 8:00, 14:30

From SHV: 8:00, 14:30


Virak Buntham

To SHV: 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 24:30

From SHV: 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 19:00



Bayon VIP-Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh office: #3E0, St. 126 corner Pasteur St. 51

Tel: 089-221919, 010-968966

Sihanoukville office: 2 Golden lion roundabout, St. Ekreach Street

Tel: 089-221919, 010-968966


Cambodia Post VIP Van

Phnom Penh Office: Street 13 (corner of 102), Post Office

Tel: 012-931255 / 010-778555 / 088-3993555

Sihanoukville office: On Ekareach St

Tel: 088-8711848


Capitol Tours & Transportation

Phnom Penh office: #14AEo, Street 182

Sihanoukville office: Ekareach Street, downtown

Tel: 023-217627


CTT Transportation
Phnom Penh Office and Station (Departure/arrival):
#223E0, Sisovath Quay

Tel: 016-868600 / 011-868600

Sihanoukville office: Serendipity Beach St

Tel: 016-868600 / 011-868600


Giant Ibis (Deluxe mini-buses)
Phnom Penh Office and Station (Departure/arrival):
#6, Street 106, next to the Night Market

Tel: 023-999333


Larryta Express

Phnom Penh office: #9, Sisowath Quay

Tel: 016-202020

Sihanoukville Office: #75, Ekareach Streeet

Tel: 016-202020


Mekong Express

Phnom Penh office: #103 Eo, Sisowath Street

Tel: 070-833399

Sihanoukville Office: Omui St., near Central Maket. (Cross 7 Makara St.-Omui St.)

Tel: 012-257599, 017-833399


Mey Hong Transport

Phnom Penh office: #1A,St(289), Toul Kok

Tel: 087-812827

Sihanoukville Office: #B73, Phum 2, Sangkat 2

Tel: 095-777955


Phnom Penh Sorya Transport Co., Ltd

From SHV: Phnom Penh office: Opposite the southwest corner of Phsar Thmey, at the corner of Charles de Gaulle and Street 67  Tel: 023-210359

Sihanoukville Office: Ekareach Street, Downtown Tel: 023-210359, 012-631545


Thero Express

Phnom Penh office: #59 E0z,St. 51

Tel: 015-499234, 012-942234

Sihanoukville Office: #130, Street 7Makara

Tel: 012-670862, 015-541641


Virak Buntham

Phnom Penh office: St. Riverside, north of Night Market

Tel: 016-786270, 098-628448, 089-998761

Sihanoukville Office: St. Ekareach next to Stop Commercial Market

Tel: 017-333620, 016-754358, 097-7829797



Share taxi: Shared taxis offer a cramped and harrowing 2½-3½-hour ride with seven or more people stuffed in a compact car. 35,000R/person.

Private taxi: Private taxis run about $55 - $60. In Phnom Penh, Sihanouk Ville bound taxis wait at the southwest corner of the Central Market (Phsar Thmey). In Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh bound taxies can be found at the downtown bus and taxi station on Street 118.





Driving/Motorcycling to Sihanoukville

It is a 230 km, 4-5 hour trip on Route #4. Most motorcyclists rent 250cc bikes for the trip. Leaving Phnom Penh, follow Airport Road south past the airport and out of town. At the well marked Route #3/#4 fork just past the airport (Chum Chao), bear right. National Route #4 to Sihanoukville is a toll road with toll booths located near the beginning, middle and end. The toll is nominal, less than $1 at each booth for most vehicles. Route #4 is a paved and smooth, fast, easy and a relatively dangerous. Speeding taxis and reckless lorries are the norm. Passing courtesy is rare. Slow down through villages, watch for errant cows and dogs and oblivious children on the road. If you ride, by all means wear a helmet and bear in mind that medical assistance and rescue is non-existent in the countryside. Stop for a refreshment break at one of the many road side restaurants just south of the Pich Nil pass near the half way point. At the top of the pass, there are dozens of spirits houses and shrines dedicated to Buddha and local deity Ya-Mao. It’s a good photo opportunity and they say it’s good luck to burn a few joss sticks, leave a small donation and a hand of bananas.



After years in retirement, the train service between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville has just been restarted. The price is $6 one-way for the 8 hour trip via Kampot, currently running 3 times per week. Buy tickets at the train stations in Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh.


Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville; $6/pax, 8hours. Departure:
Friday at 3:00PM; Saturday at 7:00AM; Sunday at 7:00AM

Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh; $6/pax, 8hours. Departure:
Saturday at 7:00AM; Sunday at 7:00AM and 4:00PM



To/from Kampot/Kep

From Sihanoukville, travel north on Route #4 to Veal Renh (43km). Turn east on Route #3 to Kampot. Route #4 are both paved and in good condition. Route #3 is in good condition. 110km total, 1.5 hours

Bus Though there are no buses plying the route between Kampot and Sihanoukville, there are regularly scheduled, multiple daily vans offered by a few different companies, Champa Mekong Travel being one of the more popular. Most tour operators and guesthouses offer van tickets for about $4-$5, all from one of these few companies. The vans are of medium quality, a bit tight, usually air-conditioned. 1.5-2 hours.

Taxis In Sihanoukville, taxis can be found opposite the market (Phsar Leu) and at the downtown bus and taxi station. In Kampot, taxis wait at the bus/taxi stand at the end of the Old Market boulevard. Price: Sihanoukville to/from Kampot is $4-$5/person for shared taxi and $25-$30 for a private taxi.


Train The new train service between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville allows you to travel between Sihanoukville and Kampot as well. The price is $3 one-way for the 3 hour trip via Kampot, currently running 3 times per week. Buy tickets at the train stations in Sihanoukville or Kampot.


Kampot to Sihanoukville; $5/pax, 3hours. Departure:
Friday at 11:00PM; Saturday at 2:30PM;
Sunday at 2:30PM

Sihanoukville to Kampot; $5/pax, 3hours. Departure:
Saturday at 7:00AM; Sunday at 7:00AM and 4:00PM



To/from Koh Kong 


National Route #4 (NR4) connects Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. Road #48 runs between NR4 and Koh Kong City. Road #48 is in good condition, recently repaired and fully paved. The road passes through the Cardamom Mountains and spans four picturesque rivers. At high points the jungle canopy can be seen stretching into the distance. Keep your camera ready

Bus Several bus companies bus companies offer direct daily bus service between Koh Kong and Sihanoukville using full size a/c buses for $6-$10/person. About 4 -5 hours duration. In Koh Kong the bus offices are located on Street 3 in the center of town.

Taxis $60 for a private taxi. 4 hours.




To/from Siem Reap


Cambodia Angkor Air offers Siem Reap to Sihanoukville flights thrice weekly. Currently the return flight to Siem Reap has a stop-over in Phnom Penh. Check with a travel agent for current flight schedule.

Overland transportation between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, whether by bus or taxi, must go via Phnom Penh. You can either stopover in Phnom Penh or take a non-stop bus. If you stopover in Phnom Penh, there are several option for onward travel - plane, bus, taxi or ferry to Siem Reap.

Several bus companies offer direct buses between Sihanoukville/Siem Reap. The overnight bus is becoming quite popular. 10-12 hours.




Overland international travel routes



To/from Thailand

The Had Lek/Koh Kong Border crossing (officially the Cham Yeam Crossing) is the only Thai border crossing allowing easy access to the southern coast of Cambodia and Sihanoukville. Both Cambodian and Thai visas are available on arrival at the border. This border crossing has been open to international travelers since 1998 and is fairly busy, with plenty of onward transportation available on both sides. To get to Sihanoukville from Thailand travelers enter Cambodia at Had Lek/Koh Kong and then travel from Koh Kong to Sihanoukville by bus. See the overland international border crossing page for detailed information on travel from Thailand to Sihanoukville via the Had Lek/Koh Kong crossing. Also see above for travel from Koh Kong to Sihanoukville.




To/from Vietnam

Using the Had Lek/Koh Kong crossing with Thailand in the west and the Prek Chak crossing with Vietnam in the east, overland travelers can now beach hop across Indochina from Vietnam, through Cambodia and into Thailand without ever having to leave the coastal roads. To travel from Sihanoukville to Vietnam, first travel to Kampot. See details above. The road is good and the trip takes about 2 hours from by taxi. Then travel from Kampot to the Prek Chak (Ha Tien) crossing, by motodup, tuk-tuk or taxi. Most of the road is in good condition, requiring about an hour to make the trip. Some bus/tour companies out of Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep offer package bus trips to points within Vietnam (Phu Quoc, Ho Chi Minh City, more.) See the overland international border crossing page and the Kampot page for more details on the Ha Tien border crossing and travel between Kampot and Sihanoukville.




Travel Agents and Tour Operators in Sihanoukville


Ana Travel Agency Air ticketing specialists. Bus, boat, taxi and tours arranged to Kampot, Kep, Bokor, Ream, waterfalls and islands. Full visa services. Flight change and reconfirmation. Island bungalow booking. Western management. Visa/MC

Located on the Serendipity Beach Road, next to the Beach Road Hotel
Tel: 034-933729 012-915301 016-499915


Aney Travel
Tours, travel and transportation. Bus, boat and island ferry tickets. Bicycle and motorcycle rental. Taxi service. Visas. Money exchange. Convenient to Otres
Otres Beach area

Tel: 069-906006    


Blue Ocean Tours
Day trips to Koh Rong Sanloem. Regular daily ferries (fast boat and standard) to and from Koh Rong Sanloem. Island accommodations available.

Tel: 016-595558


Cambodia Amazing Tours Variety of boat tours and trips: island hopping, party, fishing, multi-day trips, Ream National Park. Boat rental, private tours, charter.
Ochheuteal Beach

Tel: 016-349333

Cool Banana Travel & Tours Travel and tour agent. Air, bus and ferry tickets. Motorcycles, bicycles, cars, jeep, vans for rent. Tour arrangements - Bokor, Island trips, National Parks, fishing, etc. Visa services. Good seafood restaurant.

In front of Big Easy Bungalows, Restaurant and Pub on the road to Serendipity Beach

Tel: 016-688384


H.I.S Peace Travel

Specializing in travel and tours of Japans. Air tickets, tours, Japan Rail Pass.

Ochheuteal Beach area

Tel: 015-989100


Koh Rong Dive Center/Koh Rong Island Travel Twice daily ferry to/from Koh Rong Island ($9.50 return.) Diving tours and excursions. Accommodations on Koh Rong. Car and bike rental. Bus tickets. Flights. Visas.

Located near the Golden Lions

Tel: 034-934744

Morn Phy Ya Travel  Offering a wide range of travel services, including bus, boat and flight tickets, taxi bookings, visa renewal and extensions, Vietnam visas, tours to Bokor Mountain and around Sihanoukville and the islands and motorbike and bicycle rentals.
Located on 2 Thnou Stree, near the Golden Lions

Tel: 0010-300092


Mottah Cambodia Travel  Travel and tour agent. Air, bus and ferry tickets. Hotel reservations. Transportation of all sorts, bicycles, cars, vans. Tour arrangements - Bokor, island trips, National Parks, fishing, etc. Cargo services. Visa services. Currency/T/C exchange.

Downtown on Ekareach Street

Tel: 012-996604


On the Rock Tours Complete tour and travel services. Boat tours/trips to Koh Rong Samleom. Other island boat tours, Ream National Park tours, Bokor National Park. Air, bus, boat tickets. Visas. Motorcycle, car, van, boat rental.

Located on Serendipity Beach Road
Tel: 012-658266 034-6363393 088-8971318


Sarin Tour Service Boat trips, islands, tour services, conveniently located right at the corner of the entrance road to Ochheuteal Beach. Daily boat trips: islands, party, fishing. Air tickets. Bus tickets to Thailand, Vietnam. Visas.

Tel: 034-6662888


Tourist Information Center
Full tour/travel agent. Fast boat to Koh Rong/Koh Rong Sanloem Fishing, diving, snorkeling. island tours, accommodations, national parks. Flights, bus tickets. Two locations:
1) Serendipity Beach Rd near Utopia
2) Serendipity Beach

Tel: 034-6666406


World Travel & Tours Full service travel agent. Inbound/outbound tours. Flights, hotels, visas. Boat tickets and island accommodations. Motorcycle rental.

Located on Serendipity Beach Road
Tel: 034-6336336 098-528222



Getting Around Sihanoukville


Moto-remorque (Tuk-tuks)

Cambodian ‘tuk-tuks’ - referred to in Khmer as ‘moto-remorque’ - are multi-passenger covered trailers pulled by a motorcycle, quite unlike the noisy two-stroke tuk-tuks of Thailand. Travel by moto-remorque is more comfortable than a motodup and the semi-enclosed trailer offers some protection from sun and rain, but they are also more expensive. On average tuk-tuks charge about 2-3 times as much as a motodup. Standard tuk-tuks can be a bit weak on hills so heavy duty tuk-tuks and ‘Tico tuk-tuks’ (converted subcompact cars) are gaining popularity in Sihanoukville.

Motorcycle Taxi (motodup, moto)

Motodups are the cheapest way to travel and are still common in Sihanoukville. Though “one dollar” is always the first price, motodup drivers expect foreigners to pay 2000-4000R for short hops in town, and 3000-6000R from town to the beaches. (Price are higher from the bus station. See page 7 arrival prices.) Prices go up for multiple passengers and at night. Settle on a price and destination before taking the ride. To protect against bag snatching, keep your bag between you and the driver or in front of the driver.

Motorcycle Rental

Tourists are currently able to rent and ride motorcycles in Sihanoukville. The police seem to take a particular interest in tourists driving motos, so obey the traffic law, especially the helmet law. Seems everybody is renting motorcycles - guesthouses, tour agents, restaurants, even bars. 100-120cc bikes run $5-$6/day. (Gas & Surf on Ochheuteal offers a wide selection of bike including 125-1100cc.) Most rental places require a passport as security. Always lock your motorcycle or leave it in guarded parking. Motorcycle theft is not uncommon.


Orientation and Arrival in Sihanoukville

The town and beaches are quite spread out over the Sihanoukville peninsula. From the downtown area to Ochheuteal Beach is almost 2.5km, to Victory Beach about 3.5km and to Otres more than 7km. Tuk-tuks and motodups are readily available at the beaches and across town and usually hired for short jaunts as needed. To avoid misunderstandings make sure that the exact price and destination are understood before taking the ride. Generally speaking you can get a better price from tuk-tuks and motodups away from the tourist areas, sometime less than half the price.

Bus Station Sihanoukville’s bus station has moved again, now back in the center of downtown, and much more convenient for the arriving traveler than the former location near the Independence Square. There are always tuk-tuks, motodups and taxis available. Transportation from the bus station tends to be more expensive than the usual prices. From the bus station, a tuk-tuk to Ochheuteal Beach runs $2-$3; to Victory Hill for $2-$3 and Otres Beach for about $4-$5. Within the downtown it shouldn’t cost more than $1-$1.50.


Touts will try to direct you to commission paying hotels. Do not believe stories that your hotel is “dangerous, damaged, dirty, closed.” Insist on being taken directly to your requested hotel.

Airport The airport sits 18km north of town. The airport shuttle bus runs $6 into town. A private taxi costs $20.

Train Station Located on Pher Street near the Port at the north end of town. A tuk-tuk should cost $1-$2 to Victory, $2-$3 to downtown, $3-$4 to Ochheuteal and $5-$6 to Otres.