If you’re looking to get to Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh, you might be interested in the brand new development here in Cambodia – The railway has finally opened for public use!
Currently operating only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the journey will take you approximately 6.5 hours and costs $7 one-way.
Although this is longer than a bus or a private taxi (roughly 4-5 hours), there is some absolutely fantastic scenery along the way, and all in all it makes for a very enjoyable experience.
The carriages are quite comfortable and come with AC, plug sockets, and TVs (mainly playing Charlie Chaplin re-runs). The atmosphere is very cheerful and joyous. And because the train stops off several times along the way (including once in Kampot), the journey is broken up nicely.
The train is scheduled to depart Phnom Penh at around 7am, but don’t be too surprised if it’s delayed by 30mins – 1 hour. If you’re thinking of giving the train a go, we recommend you buy your ticket in advance – Each ticket comes with its own seat number and acts as a reservation.