How to get bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh
Some of the bus companies that offered transportation from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Pehn are not currently available, but we expect they will resume routes in the future. Thai Duong Airbus Limousine bus suspended transportation in May 2021 but it has resumed its route from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh. You can check its timetable with
The distance between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh is just 140 miles (~225 kilometers), and despite the international border crossing, it’s a relatively straightforward trip.
The fastest way to travel from HCMC to Phnom Penh is by flight which takes just 50 minutes. Of course, it’s also the most expensive way. And when you consider the time you’ll need to travel to the airport and check in for your flight, the time savings are actually minimal.
How to get bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh – Thai Duong Airbus Limousine
Duration: ~6.5 hours
Cost: ~$12 – $21 per person
If you’ve decided not to fly, then the most common way (and our preferred method) to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh is to take a tourist bus. Taking a bus is not only the most affordable option, it is relatively quick, comfortable, and convenient.
The bus trip generally takes ~6.5 hours but can take longer depending on traffic and how busy the border is when you arrive.
There are a few bus companies that offer this route, including Thai Duong Limousine , Giant Ibis, Mekong Express, Sapaco Limousine and Sorya Express . We recommend Thai Doung Limousine – it’s our favorite bus company that runs this route because they are super reliable and always comfortable.
The price of a bus ticket ranges from $20– $28. There are a few buses in the 10-dollar range, but it’s definitely worth paying a few dollars more to go with a reputable bus company.
As previously stated, we recommend Thai Dương Airbus Limousine bus – a ticket is just $28. They have reasonably comfortable buses with functioning air-conditioning. The buses are relatively quiet without the absurdly loud music or movies that many Southeast Asian busses insist on playing. And if you’re lucky, you may even have an outlet for charging your electronics! They often advertise free Wi-Fi, but it rarely works.
Pretty much all of the tourist bus companies depart Ho Chi Minh City from 302 Cong Hoa , Pham Ngu Lau Street which is the northern border of the backpacker area surrounding Bui Vien Street.
If you want to take the Thai Duong Limousine bus, it is important that you book your ticket a few days in advance as they only have one departure each day.
We prefer to book our bus tickets online at Thai Duong Cambodia bus page You can compare all of your options and they make it easy to change or cancel your ticket if your travel plans change.
Many bus companies offer a free pick-up service, although if you’re staying close to Bui Vien Street this just means a bus company employee will walk with you from your hotel to the bus stop. You will probably even have to carry all your luggage which kind of defeats the purpose of a free pick-up.