posted this 23 February 2013
Some new information about the direct bus line between Thailand (Bangkok) and Cambodia (Siem Reap / Phnom Penh).
Unlike previously announced, the direct connection didn't start on December 29th. Due to some complications, the connection between Bangkok and Siem Reap ran for the first time on the 21st of February 2013. The direct line between Bangkok and Phnom Penh is NOT running yet, but will follow soon according to Transport Co., the Thai state-owned bus company.
Schedule for the direct bus between Bangkok and Siem Reap:
- Duration: 7 - 8 hours
- Price: THB750 or US$25
- Departure time: daily at 09:00 from Bangkok (Mochit Bus Station), daily at 08:00 from Siem Reap
- Tickets can be purchased in Bangkok at the Mochit (Northern) Bus Station
Please contact us if you have more information about the bus line, and especially about the border crossing and the Siem Reap leg of the trip. At the moment it's unclear if travellers have to leave the bus at the border for their visa application. We also would like to know where tickets can be purchased in Siem Reap and where exactly the bus departs.
-- Update 21 April 2013 --
From Bangkok to Siem Reap: It's not necessary to have a Cambodian visa upfront. The bus will stop before arriving at the border to arrange a visa. However, we currently don't know how much they charge for this. (The official price is US$20 for a tourist visa and US$25 for a business visa.) Travelers have to get off the bus for both the visa application and crossing immigration. The bus awaits the passengers on the Cambodian side of the border.
From Siem Reap to Bangkok: The departure point in Siem Reap is at the (new) Siem Reap based office of the bus company on Sivutha Boulevard #22. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling (+855) 97 33 33 817 or (+855) 10 40 77 63.
As previously announced, the Bangkok - Phnom Penh direct bus connection will take about 11 hours and costs THB900 or US$30.
We will post more information as soon as available!