Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

There are two ways to travel from Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City) to Phnom Penh: you can fly or you travel by road in a bus or minivan. Travel by bus or minivan costs about 20% of the price of a plane ticket. The journey by road takes around 7 hours and can easily be completed during daylight hours. Travel by bus or minivan from Saigon to Phnom Penh is a great way of saving money.

Travel Times: Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

There 5 direct minivan and bus services a day from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) to Phnom Penh which can book online.

HCMCPhnom PenhCostCompany
06:3013:30$ 17.00Mekong Express
08:3014:00$ 14.00Mekong Express
08:3015:00$ 18.00Giant Ibis
12:3019:00$ 18.00Giant Ibis
13:0018:30$ 14.00Mekong Express

  • Mekong Express: The 06.30 departure is a minivan service.
  • Mekong Express: The 08:30 and 13:00 departures are Express bus services. An Express bus is a standard air-conditioned bus.
  • Giant Ibis: The 08:30 and 12:30 departures use more luxurious vehicles with free WiFi and reclining seats.

Buy Tickets to Phnom Penh

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Mekong Express HCMC Minivan and Bus Stop

The 06:00, 08:30 and 13:00 services with Mekong Express depart from the Mekong Express Office on the Pham Ngu Lao St in Ho Chi Minh City.

Giant Ibis HCMC Bus Station

Giant Ibis services to Phnom Penh depart from the Giant Ibis Office on the Pham Ngu Lao St in Ho Chi Minh City.

Mekong Express Phnom Penh Minivan and Bus Stop

Mekong Express services from Ho Chi Minh City terminate at the Mekong Express office on Sisowath Street in Phnom Penh.

Giant Ibis Phnom Penh Bus Station

Giant Ibis services from Ho Chi Minh City terminate at the Giant Ibis Bus Terminal on Street 90.

Travel from Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a transport hub with direct travel services to destinations within Cambodia as well departures to the neighbouring countries of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. The two most popular onward destinations within Cambodia are Siem Reap, for the ancient ruins of Angkhor Wat, and Sihanoukville, which is the most popular beach resort in Cambodia. For travel south to Sihanoukville travellers have the option of either travelling by bus or by train. Passenger train services to Sihanoukville depart from Phnom Penh on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday. The railway tracks going in the other direction towards Poipet on the border with Thailand are currently being repaired and train services are due to resume in early 2019.

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

For travel to Laos you can either fly direct to Vientiane or Luang Prabang, or travel by road north to Pakse in the South of Laos. Pakse is near to the popular 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Don) area which has lots of islands located within a slow moving section of the Mekong River. For travel to Thailand you have a choice of either a 1 hour flight, a 11 hour 30 minute direct bus journey, or to split the journey into two parts: bus to Poipet on the border and then a bus or train to Bangkok from the town of Aranyaprathet, which is near to the border with Cambodia. If you are planning to travel in 2019 then it is possible that direct train services from Phnom Penh will have started by then as all the sections of railway track required to operate this service will have been completed by then.

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