How to get from Sihanoukville to Kampot (and vice-versa)

If you can’t decide between a beach town and a river town, why not visit both?Sihanoukville and Kampot are less than 80 miles apart (126km) and the road is in surprisingly good condition. By taxi, the trip takes less than two hours. Here are all of the ways you can get from Kampot and Sihanoukville (and vice-versa).

Durian roundabout Kampot

Head from Sihanoukville to Kampot and check out the famous durian roundabout.

Taxi: private or shared

Taxis from Kampot to Sihanoukville cost $30, although you will almost always be quoted more. Because all transport in Sihanoukville is affected by a mafia-type situation (don’t ask me) taxi prices from Sihanoukville to Kampot are usually $35 to $40. You can book a taxi from Sihanoukville to Kampot or vice-versa online in advance if you want to save yourself the headache of dealing with it in person.

Taxis are usually Toyota Camrys, that can seat four passengers. However, the trunk almost always have a propane, so it will only hold one or two bags. If you have a lot of luggage, you’ll need to keep it in the car so only plan for three passengers.

If you book through your hotel or a travel agent, you will probably pay a surcharge of $5. SUV taxis are also sometimes available for an extra charge. The best way to find a taxi between Kampot and Sihanoukville is to ask a tuk tuk driver, because they invariably have a taxi driver brother or friend. We’ve used a Sihanoukville-based driver named Try, his phone number is 097 666 6051. He does this route often for $30 each way.

Sihanoukville-based taxi driver Mr. Dara does the trip between Kampot and Sihanoukville in either direction for $30. He is very friendly and speaks English and we had a good trip with him recently. He drives a Toyota Camry but has plans to upgrade to a Lexus. His numbers are 016 266 393 and 097 591 8043.

Move to Cambodia reader Kayla recommends Mr. Rany, a Kampot tuk tuk driver whose business card bills him as “the man who connects you with the local.” Rany speaks English and can organize a taxi for $30. His phone number is 092 739 695 and his email address is

You can also head to Psar Leu [map] in Sihanoukville or at the Kampot bus station [map]. There, you can hire a private taxi directly or wait around for a shared taxi. Shared taxis cost $5 per person, and usually carry six or seven passengers. If you want the front seat, you’ll have to have a seatmate or pay for two seats. Shared taxis offer little in the value or comfort categories, but offer an “authentic Cambodia experience.”


While there are no proper buses currently, there are several van companies that go between Sihanoukville and Kampot. Kampot Tours and Champa Mekong Tours are the most popular with expats.

Kampot Tours and Travel is a Kampot and Vietnam-based travel agency that has a mini-bus service that runs between Kampot and Sihanoukville. The cost is $5 and they run twice daily between Kampot to Sihanoukville. The current times are 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. from Kampot to Sihanoukville and at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. from Sihanoukville to Kampot. As usual it’s best to check the times to make sure they haven’t changed. The trip takes two hours and they offer free pickup. Tickets can be booked at the Kampot Tours office, your hotel or guesthouse or any local travel agent.

Kampot Tours and Travel
One block off the riverside, near Kronat Park, Kampot
T: 092 125 556; 097 982 8756

Tickets on Champa Mekong from Kampot to Sihanoukville cost $5 per person, and includes pickup from your hotel or guesthouse. From Sihanoukville to Kampot the price rises mysteriously to $6, and they will pick you up from the travel agent where you booked the ticket. The vans run at 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. in both directions. Schedules change regularly, so it’s worth checking.

Champa Mekong Tours
Ek Reach Street (also called Old Market Street. Next to the park, one block in from the riverside), Kampot
T: 023 696 8000

Ochheuteal Street, Sihanoukville [map]
T: 034 693 8282; 016 947 939; 088 520 3167

8 Responses to How to get from Sihanoukville to Kampot (and vice-versa)

    Frederik says:

    Hej, I’m travelling Cambodia in November, love to have a recent update about Kampot Sihanoukville transport by bus/van.
    Which bus company would you recommend?
    When I read the comments on bookmebus about champa mekong or ctt, these doesn’t seem a good option?
    How about Kampot Tours & Travels, are they reasonably ok?
    Thanks for your advice!

      Lina says:

      It’s true, Champa Mekong should be avoided (I’ll update this post). Kampot Tours and Travel are fine. All of them often run a bit late, though.

    Rupert says:

    Thanks for the info, thought I’d provide an update: I went from SihanoukV to Kampot with Any Tours and it was a miserable experience to be avoided. The 2h minivan trip turned into a 3h15 bus ride. It took 1h to pick up passengers with the big 33-seater bus, then 25min to find up gas, including 9 big plastic containers that went into the luggage hold! Luggage had to be put under your feet, seats worn out, making for an uncomfortable ride. A/C was turned off for parts of the ride, until passengers started to complain. Driver was acerage-crazy by local standards.
    I was expecting some delay for pick-up and gas, but a mini-van would be faster and more comfortable. Not to mention safer when not riding on 500l of combustible fuel not stored safely…
    I didn’t realize till after that Giant Ibis is now offering the route! Take them instead, safe time and troubles…

    Michael says:

    Hello, we are going to cambodia holidays in february and I wonder if its possible to rent a scooter in sihanoukville and go to Bokor mountain for a trip? I know its like 2 hours driving. But wondering about conditions on the road for scooter. Especialy im a bit worried about going on highway with scooter?

    Thanks for the experiences

    Ray says:

    Me and my Husband are moving to Cambodia in August! Specifically to Kampot! I need someone to answer some questions to be able to set the best plan

    Much appreciated

    Dialdo Siahaan says:

    Hi, thanks for useful information about transportation in Cambodia.

    Me & my wife is going to travel to Cambodia next July and also plan to stay several days in Otres Beach.

    Do you think it’s possible to do a day trip to Rabbit Island from Otres Beach?


    rihard ferry says:

    Thinking about moving to Cambodia.Never been to that part of the world..een down in Central America last 10 years and need a change..Where I Cambodia is best and most reasonable place to live in your opinion…Like to be near beaches…..Thanks

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