Arguably the most charming trip in Cambodia, Major Road 33’s partially rundown tarmac meanders through photogenic countryside, villages, rice paddies and karst limestone cliffs dotted in the background. The road is currently (April 2015) under drastic reconstruction as the road is being widened from 2 narrow lanes to four wide tarmac lanes. What used to take 45 minutes or more, should now only take about 30 mintues to cover the 25 kilometer drive.
Private taxis can be arranged by your accommodation in Kep. The current price for a one-way trip from Kep to Kampot is about US$15-20, this is excluding any stops along the way. Expect to pay more during important festivals and holidays. By private taxi, the trip takes roughly
45 30 minutes. A private taxi ensures a door-to-door trip: you are being picked up from your accommodation and dropped of at our doorstep if requested.
My apologies – I have absolutely no clue as to where in Kep you could arrange a seat in a shared taxi. Your accommodation in Kep may be able to organise this for you, or at least point you in the right direction. Ask for the many pitfalls that come with sharing a taxi – at Rikitikitavi we have stopped organising this form of transport due to the endless issues we came across.
Since the trip from Kep to Kampot is a relatively short one, why not take a tuktuk? These motorbike-drawn carriages have the advantage of being comfortable as well as being closer to the scenery you are driving through. Tuktuks easily carry two people and their luggage; with four it would be a bit more of a squeeze. There are tuktuks around with a longer wheelbase which are able to take four people with luggage.
Your guesthouse in Kep can help you arrange a tuktuk. Prices for the one-way trip vary between about US$8 and US$15, depending on quality of the tuktuk and the level of English (or other foreign language) spoken by the driver. Expect to pay more if you would like to visit some sights along the way.
If you prefer traveling from Kep to Kampot by boat, we would highly recommend the Crab Shuttle.
This new service offers daily one-way and return trips (weather permitting). The Crab Shuttle departs near Rikitikitavi in Kampot at 9.30am arriving at the pier in Kep at 11.30am. The trip from Kep departs at 3.30pm and arrives in Kampot around sunset. One-way tickets cost US$9.50 per person. A return trip costs US$13.50 per person. Children under 6 travel for free.
The Crab shuttle has an experienced English speaking host. Drinks and snacks are available on board. For your piece of mind, the boat is equipped with an additional emergency engine and life vests.
You can book tickets directly via the Crab Shuttle Facebook page.
Since most buses from Phnom Penh to Kampot travel via Kep, there is quite a number of companies to choose from. There is no fixed bus station in Kep; it is best to check with your accommodation in Kep where you should catch the bus.
In Kampot, all buses depart from and arrive at the public bus station.
Tickets can be purchased through your accommodation or from a travel agent.
Bus services with the title ‘open tour’ stop en route to pick up more passengers, who might have to take seat on little plastic chairs in the isle when the bus has filled up the regular seats.
These bus companies use comparatively good quality, air conditioned buses and the added bonus of a TV, which usually plays a selection of cartoons, Khmer comedy, Asian soaps and karaoke.
Travels daily from Kep at 11:00am, 13:00pm and 17:30pm. Expect the trip to take about
45 30 minutes.
Phnom Penh Sorya Transport
Travels daily Kep at 11:00am and 17:00pm. This is a
45 30 minute trip.
Moto remorques are long trailers pulled by a single motorbike. You can find these at local markets. Fares are very cheap.
As a rule of thumb, your accommodation in Cambodia should be able to arrange any onward transport. Please be aware that the information above is purely meant as a guide.
We keep our web posts as up to date as possible, but we apologise and hope for your understanding that we are unable to answer all questions we receive regarding transport.
It goes without saying that we are more than happy to assist our in-house guests arranging their onward transport to Kep.
(The prices on this page are used as indications only and may vary)
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