How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh?
This article covers the transportation guide from Saigon to Phnom Penh by flight and bus, including transport providers, ticket price, timetable, and how to book tickets online.
Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh: Overview
The distance between Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh is about 278 km (173 miles) on land and 214 km (134 miles) by air. You can easily travel between the two cities by flight and bus.
Flying is the fastest way to get to Phnom Penh. If you travel on a budget, it’s better to take a bus to Phnom Penh as the ticket costs about $41 (€40).
|Flight||1 hour||$113 (€112)||Check tickets|
|Bus||6 hours||$41 (€40)||Check tickets|
Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh flight
Flying is the fastest way to travel to Phnom Penh, but it can be expensive.
Planes frequently depart from Tan Son Nhat airport and arrive at Phnom Penh airport.
|Journey time||1 hour|
|Price||From $113 (€112)|
|Distance||214 km (134 miles)|
|Frequency||3 flights per day|
|First flight||12 pm|
|Last flight||6:40 pm|
|Departure||Tan Son Nhat airport|
|Arrival||Phnom Penh airport|
|Changes||Direct flights available|
|Operators||Cambodia Angkor Air, Vietnam Airlines|
|Cambodia Angkor Air||12:00||13:00||Check tickets|
|Vietnam Airlines||16:20||17:15||Check tickets|
|Cambodia Angkor Air||18:40||19:30||Check tickets|
How long is the flight from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh?
The flight takes about 50 minutes to 1 hour. Airlines’ flight time also differs from 5 to 10 minutes. Please note that the flight time depends on many factors such as weather conditions and the airline you choose.
How much is the flight ticket from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh?
The flight tickets start at $113 (€112). If you book flight tickets in advance, you can get better deals.
Where are the departure and arrival airports?
Planes frequently depart from Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Trường Sơn, Phường 2, Tân Bình, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh) and arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport (12000 មហាវិថី សហព័ន្ធរុស្ស៊ី, Phnom Penh, Cambodia).
When is the first and last flight depart from Ho Chi Minh?
The first flight departs at noon, and the last flight leaves the airport at 6:40 pm. However, the schedule may change depending on the day and weather. You can check the latest schedules here.
About Cambodia Angkor Air
Since 2009, Cambodia Angkor Air has been Cambodia’s national flag career airline, connecting domestic routes within Cambodia and with international destinations.
For the Economy class, the carrier allows 23 kg of checked-in luggage and 7 kg of hand luggage ( 56cm x 36cm x 23cm ) or a small item.
I flew with Cambodia Angkor Air from Ho Chi Minh city to Phnom Penh on the Economy seat, and the service was good.
Although my flight was delayed due to a technical issue, I was pleased with the service.
There was no food or extra service, but it felt like you just sat down and arrived at the destination as the flight was short.
Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh bus
Traveling by bus is another option from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh.
Giant Ibis, Kumho Samui, and Virak Buntham offer daily buses from Saigon to Phnom Penh, and the journey takes approximately 6.5 hours to 7 hours. The ticket price starts at $41 (€40).
Please come at least 30 minutes before departure for check-in procedures. It might take longer due to border control between Vietnam and Cambodia. Please prepare an electronic visa for Cambodia before boarding if needed.
|Journey time||6 hours|
|Distance||278 km (173 miles)|
|Frequency||7 buses per day|
|First bus||6:30 am|
|Last bus||3:30 pm|
|Departure station||Ho Chi Minh|
|Arrival station||Phnom Penh|
|Operators||Giant Ibis, Kumho Samui, Virak Buntham|
|Virak Buntham||06:30||13:30||Check tickets|
|Giant Ibis||08:00||14:30||Check tickets|
|Kumho Samui||08:30||14:30||Check tickets|
|Kumho Samui||11:00||17:00||Check tickets|
|Virak Buntham||13:30||19:30||Check tickets|
|Virak Buntham||15:30||21:30||Check tickets|
How long is the bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh?
The bus to Phnom Penh takes about 6 to 7 hours, depending on the bus. You should get to the bus station at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure. Please note that getting through security checks at the border may take some time.
How much is the bus ticket from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh?
The bus ticket to Phnom Penh costs about $41 (€40). Please note that prices may change on weekends and national holidays.
Where are the departure and arrival stations?
Buses leave the bus companies’ offices in Ho Chi Minh and arrive at the ones in Phnom Penh. Therefore, please check the address carefully.
When is the first and last bus depart from Ho Chi Minh?
The first bus departs at 6:30 am, while the last leaves at 3:30 pm. For the latest schedule, please check here.
Where to stay in Phnom Penh?
As tuk-tuk is relatively cheap in Cambodia, it does not matter much where you stay in Phnom Penh. However, it would be best if you chose to stay in the city center to get around.
There are many hostels and hotels in Phnom Penh, and many are equipped with swimming pools.
We stayed at Palace Gate Hotel & Resort and loved it. The resort has a lovely swimming pool and a relaxing area with chairs. Also, the staff is friendly, and the rooms are comfortable.
You can check availability and read reviews of this place on Booking.com.