A beautiful view from within central Kampot

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Phnom Penh to Kampot

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Taking a Minivan from Phnom Penh to Kampot
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There are many different minivan options available for booking when traveling between Phnom Penh and Kampot. Cambodia can be easily explored in both shared and private vans. The shared vans always have air conditioning and they are quiet affordable. But, if you are traversing the land with a group it may be better to consider a private transfer option.

  • Pros
    • Comfortable seats
    • Many departure times
    • Affordable, low cost option
    • Ample luggage allowance
    • Return journeys available
  • Cons
    • Oftentimes non refundable
    • Possibly cramped cabin
    • No bathrooms on board
    • High demand: quick to overbook
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Taking a Bus from Phnom Penh to Kampot
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The bus service is a great option to consider for travel between Phnom Penh and Kampot. There are multiple departure times, mostly in the morning and afternoon, and for a very affordable price you'll be able to get from A to B in less than four hours.

  • Pros
    • Luggage allowance
    • WiFi on board
    • Air conditioned cabin
    • English speaking staff
    • Free hotel pick up available
  • Cons
    • No pets allowed on board
    • Non refundable
    • High demand: quick to overbook
    • Possibly bumpy ride
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Taking a Train from Phnom Penh to Kampot
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There is 1 operator that run from Phnom Penh to Kampot, with 1 departure per day. If you decide to take a Train, you can take the Economy Seat option.

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Taking a Car from Phnom Penh to Kampot
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If you want some extra privacy and would love some help with your luggage, consider the private transfer car service. In this car, you and two other people can travel to any hotel in Kampot. The car is usually an average, but very tidy, sedan.

  • Pros
    • Knowledgeable driver
    • Very comfortable
    • Luggage allowance
    • Pick up anytime, anywhere
  • Cons
    • Luggage limitations
    • Pricey option
    • Driver lottery
    • Only partially refundable
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About the ride from Phnom Penh to Kampot

There is much to do in Cambodia’s vibrant capital, Phnom Penh: Royal temples, busy markets, and museums are just some of the attractions the city is known for. But if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town and discover the beautiful Cambodian countryside, there is no better place to go than Kampot

The 136 km (85 miles) distance from Phnom Penh to Kampot takes three to four hours to cover. You have multiple choices regarding how to travel this distance: Bus, minivan, or private car transfer. 
With multiple departure times throughout the day, it is easy to travel to Kampot. Buses and minivans are a convenient and economical option, while private taxis offer flexibility in terms of timing. 


What to see when traveling from Phnom Penh to Kampot?

A city infamous for its chaotic traffic, expect to run into traffic jams when you start your journey from Phnom Penh. But the good news is that it won’t be long before you leave this behind and come across relaxing countryside scenes. As you head further away from Phnom Penh, you will witness the calming green of rice fields and swaying coconut and palm trees. While the short journey is the perfect time to take a nap, it is also an excellent opportunity to witness life outside the city. Sit back and relax to the sight of locals heading out to their farms and going about their chores. Wave out to the children who are only happy to smile and wave back. Sublime views of the Bokor Mountains will welcome you once you get closer to Kampot. If you are traveling by private minivan or taxi, do stop at one of the many local fruit stalls for a bite of watermelon or local fruit. It’s the perfect way to interact and get to know the friendly locals.
The months immediately following the monsoons (November and December) are a great time to visit Kampot as the whole region is decked in shades of green. However, do note that road conditions tend to deteriorate during and immediately after the rainy season, so your journey may take a little longer than expected. 


How to get from Phnom Penh to Kampot?

Taking a bus
If you are looking for a cost-effective way to get to Kampot, then taking the bus is an excellent option. With a travel time of just a little over 3 hours, comfortable seats, air conditioning, and economical pricing, buses provide great value-for-money. They even offer a light snack and bottled water. The coaches provide multiple pick up and drop off points making it very convenient to board at Phnom Penh and to get to your accommodation at Kampot. Free hotel pick up is also available. 

Taking a minivan 
With per passenger ticket prices ranging from $8 to $11, a minivan is the most economical option when you are traveling to Kampot from Phnom Penh. It is perfect for backpackers who travel light and are budget conscious. Equipped with air conditioning and comfortable seats, they are an excellent value-for-money option. If you are going as part of a larger group, you also have the option of hiring a minivan that can accommodate 6 to 10 people. 

Taking a car
If you are looking for ease of travel and privacy, you should book a private car. Perfect for groups of up to 3, a private car gives you the convenience of extra space for yourself and your luggage. You can choose between a standard vehicle and a more spacious SUV. Travel times are similar to that of a minivan (they take anywhere between 3.5 and 4 hrs), and they are certainly the most convenient, with hotel pick up and drop off options. 

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Reviews of the ride from Phnom Penh to Kampot


Based on 38 review from Bookaway users who traveled from Phnom Penh to Kampot

  • D
    easy to book online. much easier than Cambodia Rail online
  • M
    Bus was correct, left on time and arrival early, no problem ‘
  • j
    We hire a drive from Phnom Penh to Kampot and return. From Phnom Penh, the driver Tony, a very nice guy, was in advance and drove us very carefully without any problem For the return, we made a modification, for which we received confirmation. Unfortunately, thedriver was not in time. We asked a nice Cambodian guy to call the company for us and he receives a reply that the driver was on the way. Half an hour later, the guy called again and received the phone number of the driver. He called him : in fact, the driver was not aware of the modifiaction !!! The compagny didn't say him the new pick-up location and he finaly arrived with 40 minutes late ! We were anxious because we had a plane to catch at the airport ! This driver, Samor, was a very nice guy. He apologizes and drove without loosing time, but carefully and safely till the airport. We were in time for our flight. For the modification, we were in contact with Catherine from Bookaway, she was efficient, thank you
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