Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Buses: Cambodia

So this is a short post to give you a rough idea on what prices you should expect when travelling between certain cities in Cambodia on their inter-city bus system. One thing about the transport- always expect delays.

*Siem Reap to Sihanoukville
Sleeper bus (approximately 11 to 12 hours). This bus left at 8pm and was supposed to arrive in at 7am the next morning, however, we were an hour late.The back of the seat is at a 45 degree angle so it's pretty comfortable. I'm about 5'4ft and I just fit; however, those that are a little taller may want to try request the seats/beds at the back as they had slightly more leg space. If you have ear plugs, an eye mask and a neck pillow, you'll be good to go!

Cost: USD$18 per person

There are other companies as well that have an hour or two earlier departure times and prices are all similar. From memory the earliest bus may leave around 6-7pm and the latest around 9pm.

*Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh
Unfortunately, as we had a very windy day on our last day out from Koh Rong Island to the mainland our ferry was delayed due to the large swells so we missed our 2pm bus. These buses are typical passenger buses and costed only USD$6. 

There were about 5 to 7 buses going throughout the day between these two cities and a few different bus companies; however, they do book out quite fast. The travel time between these two cities is supposed to be around 5 hours.

TIP: If you do happen to have a group of 3 or 4  you can order a taxi instead. This takes only about 3 hours opposed to the 5 and there was a set price of USD$50-60 depending on what time of day you leave. Split this between the group and it's not much more than a bus.

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