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13/12/2022

Bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham: The guide from A-Z

As Cambodia's third largest city, there's bound to be plenty to see, do, and eat in Kampong Cham. When visiting, you get the best of both worlds because the geographical layout is primarily rural with a bustling city centre. When travelling from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham, you have two options: bus or taxi. However, the bus is recommended if you're looking for a quick trip or a slower, more affordable travel option. Here's an A-Z guide to taking the bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham. Let's scroll down!

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Taking a bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham is cheaper than flying. Buses normally make the bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way
Taking a bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham is cheaper than flying. Buses normally make the bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way

Where to Book Bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham?

Because they are so close, taking the bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham will be quick and easy. You can also choose between a minivan, a regular bus, and a sleeper bus. Buses from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham run continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Prices start at $5.5 USD and depending on traffic, the trip to Kampong Cham will take approximately 3 hours.

Here are the schedules for some of the most popular and well-reviewed bus services to give you an idea of when they run (Mekong Express, Giant Ibis, Ekareach Express, and Kampong Cham Express).

Mekong Express Timetable

  • Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham: 8.15am, 1pm, and 4.35pm.
  • Kampong Cham to Phnom Penh: 8.15am, 1pm, and 4.35pm.

Ekareach Express Timetable

  • Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham: 7.30am, 8am, 9am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm, and 6pm.
  • Kampong Cham to Phnom Penh: 7.30am, 8am, 9am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm, and 6pm.

Kampong Cham Express Timetable

  • Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham: 8am, 1pm, and 5pm.
  • Kampong Cham to Phnom Penh: 8am, 1pm, and 5pm.

Giant Ibis Timetable

  • Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham: 8am, and 2.45pm.
  • Kampong Cham to Phnom Penh: 7.45am, and 2.00pm.

You can book the ticket and check for detailed agenda via the ticket websites: Camboticket, Bookaway, Bookmebus

 

As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat
As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat

Frequently Asked Questions You Might Wanna Know

How much does a bus ticket from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham cost?

Among other factors, this depends on the day and time of travel. The cheapest bus ticket for this route starts from $5.00 and takes 3h 0m to get to Kampong Cham. Save money by comparing bus tickets!

On average, how many daily bus routes are available from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham?

Daily, the bus route from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham is offered by about 15 connections. 

When does the first trip depart for the Phnom Penh Kampong Cham bus route?

The earliest bus to Kampong Cham departs from Phnom Penh at 7:30 AM. However, bus schedules may vary on weekends and holidays. Check the search engine to find exactly when the bus is running on your planned travel date.

 

We suggest booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get the cheapest bus deal to Kampong Cham
We suggest booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get the cheapest bus deal to Kampong Cham

When does the last trip depart for the Phnom Penh Kampong Cham bus route?

The latest bus trip from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham departs at 7:45 PM. Please keep in mind that departure times may vary on weekends and holidays. Check the search engine to find exactly when the bus is running on your planned travel date.

What can I bring on the bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham?

Bus companies have different rules about what is and isn't permitted on board. Typically, you can bring a suitcase and hand luggage for free on the Phnom Penh Kampong Cham bus route. 

What amenities are provided on the bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham?

The equipment on board varies depending on the company. In general, many intercity buses offer WiFi so you can keep your friends updated on your whereabouts while travelling. Air conditioning systems provide ventilation to improve travel comfort. You can find precise information about the equipment of the bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham on your preferred travel date using the search engine.

 

While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure
While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure

What to do in Kampong Cham?

As Cambodia's third largest city, you can do a lot there. When you sign up for the Sunset Boat Tour, you will get to know the lives of local fishermen you will meet along the way and local village life. If you visit Koh Paen Island, where you can get lost on tiny dirt roads for miles and miles, you will feel like you are the only person left on the planet until you come across a cheerful farmer or a lazy cow. 

However, we recommend learning the art of Khmer traditional cuisine for those who enjoy cooking. Mountain Pros and Mountain Srey, two famous mountains located just west of the city, are also available. You could have rented a scooter to explore this strange mountain, which also has a collection of impressive pagoda temples, curious monkeys who will steal your food, and sugar cane vendors selling sweet sugar can juice. 

You can ride a bike or a motorcycle to the plantation, about 20 kilometres outside of town. If you're brave enough to ride your motorbike across the Ko Paen bamboo bridge, be prepared for it to be deafening and rickety. If you're a little more cautious, a slow walk will suffice to get the idea. Crossing both ways will cost $1 per person (aka tourist). If you happen to rent a motorcycle while in Kampong Cham, why not head over to the French Lookout Tower?

 

Here you can have a chance to experience a Cambodian melting pot with a variety of religious centres and even better, a variety of food
Here you can have a chance to experience a Cambodian melting pot with a variety of religious centres and even better, a variety of food

Kampong Cham is one of the least visited tourist destinations because it is not as well known as other river towns such as Kampot or Kep. It is recommended that tourists visit Kampong Cham to enjoy the peace and quiet along the river while biking, taking boat tours, and exploring ancient temples. And above is all you need to know about booking a bus ticket from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham. Have a wonderful day! If you're looking for more activities to do in Kampong Cham after a long day of travelling, check out our travel guide compiled by Kmer locals

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