With the completion of road 3, traveling to Kampot has become a lot more convenient, and faster as well. There is not many sights along the way, although the scenery is pleasant: predominantly rice paddies with the characteristic palm trees dotted amongst them. When getting closer to Kampot, karst lime stone mountains create stunning views from your passenger seats.
Private taxis are easily arranged by your accommodation in Phnom Penh. The current price for a one-way trip from Phnom Penh to Kampot is between US$40 and US$50, this is excluding any stops along the way. Expect to pay more during important festivals and holidays. By private taxi, the trip takes between 2.5 and 3 hours. 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.
Shared taxis can be found at Psar Damkor in Phnom Penh. You pay per seat, but keep in mind that a regular Toyota Camry offers seating to 6 or 7 people: 4 people at the back seat, 2 at the front passenger seat and possibly an extra passenger on the drivers’ seat. It is possible to reserve double seats – having the front seat to yourself would mean paying for 2 seats. Shared taxis only leave when full, which is fastest early morning. A shared taxi trip usually takes a lot longer than a private taxi trip due to numerous stops. When budgeting, be aware that shared taxis travel from taxi stand to taxi stand, and that you will have to arrange your transport to and from these taxi stands.
A range of bus companies travel the route between Phnom Penh and Kampot. Each company has their own terminal in Phnom Penh (for some this is just a parking lot near a market), scattered around the city. In Kampot, all buses depart from and arrive at the public bus station.
Tickets can be purchased from the bus company offices, 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.
This brand new service offers high quality buses, in-bus services such as a snack and cold towel and a direct trip to Kampot. They depart Phnom Penh daily at 8:00am and 2:45pm (Giant Ibis’ website’s times are incorrect). Tickets cost US$9 for the 2.5 hour one-way trip and include a pick up from your accommodation.
Giant Ibis Transport
Travels daily from the GST bus station near the Central Market in Phnom Penh at 7:30am, 9:30am and 14:30pm. Sorya travels via Kep to Kampot. Expect the trip to take about five hours.
Travels daily from their office near Psar Olympic in Phnom Penh at 7:30am and 13:30pm. Paramount is one of two companies that take the short route on road 3, the trip usually takes about 3 hours.
Travels daily from Capitol Guesthouse near Psar O’Russey (not to be confused with the Russian Market, which is Psar Tuol Thom Phong in Khmer language) in Phnom Penh at 7:00am and 13:00pm. Capitol travels like Sorya on route 2 via Kep to Kampot, which is a five hour trip.
Travels daily from street 182 (north of the Praped/Buddha Pagoda near Psar Olympic) in Phnom Penh at 7:00am and 12:00pm. Hua Lian also travels via Kep to Kampot, again taking about 5 hours between Phnom Penh and Kampot.
phone +855 12 376 807, no website.
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 Phnom Penh as well as arranging private taxi pick ups from Phnom Penh airport.
(The prices on this page are used as indications only and may vary)
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