Bangkok is the main transport hub of all of Southeast Asia, so many travelers use this city as a transit point. Often, Bangkok becomes the starting point for traveling to other countries in the region, in particular – to Cambodia. Therefore, the route Bangkok – Siem Reap is very popular, especially since you can get from the capital of Thailand to this city near the ancient complex of Angkor Wat quickly and inexpensively. On the page you will find information about the distance between cities, modes of transport from Bangkok to Siem Reap, the schedule of such transport and its cost.
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Distance between Bangkok and Siem Reap
The popularity of the route from Bangkok to Siem Reap can be explained by the relatively short distance between these cities, which in a straight line is only 360 km (224 miles). When using highways, the distance between the cities of Siem Reap and Bangkok increases to 400 km (250 miles). Given the fact that many Thai resorts (Krabi, Phuket, Ko Samui, etc.) are located at a much greater distance from the capital, the distance between Bangkok and Siem Reap seems to be quite small. This circumstance allows using not only air transport in order to cover the distance between cities, but also ground. The border between the countries is located approximately in the middle of the route.
Buses from Bangkok to Siem Reap
For several reasons, most travelers prefer to travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap by bus. Not least due to the fact that the cost of moving by bus between cities starts from 22 USD (687 THB). Very nice price, given that this is not about crowded crowded minibuses, but about a large and comfortable bus with luggage compartment. Of course, if you use the services of popular international carriers, but not ordered transfer to street travel agencies (this option often involves several transfers with a change of transport at the border).
Useful information about crossing the border with Cambodia. Often during use, the bus driver or steward will offer a Cambodian visa service. As a rule, in addition to the visa fee, you must pay 10 USD for each passport. You are not required to use such additional services, and you can easily get a visa yourself while crossing the border. True, there are cases when local border guards on the border with Cambodia demand to pay 5 USD “for clearance” or for some far-fetched reason. Difficult to argue with them, and most foreigners pay the named amount. Also, for citizens of most countries of the world there is an opportunity to apply for a visa to Cambodia online, while the cost of each visa will be 30 USD + 7 USD for each passport.
Currently you have the opportunity to purchase tickets from Bangkok to Siem Reap for buses of Cambodian transport companies Giant Ibis, Virak Buntham Express and Travel Mart. The cheapest tickets to Siem Reap from Bangkok are offered by the company Virak Buntham Express for the morning bus at 09:00. This is a regular bus for 41 passengers, but you will be offered water and cupcakes, which are included in the ticket price – 687 THB (22 USD). The disadvantage of this bus is its duration. You can see in the search results that the planned trip time to Siem Reap is 11 hours. Given the possible delays at the border and on the way, your arrival can be delayed until night.
The same transport company offers a more interesting option for traveling from Bangkok to Siem Reap by bus. This is a semi-sleeper bus for 927 THB (29 USD), which departs from Bangkok at 01:00 am and arrives in Siem Reap at 11:00 am. Since the bus is moving at night, when the traffic is calmer, the bus often arrives in Siem Reap on a schedule or earlier, i.e. no delays. After that, tourists have the opportunity to quietly dine in this Cambodian city and check in at the hotel in the afternoon. Semi-sleeping buses are distinguished by more comfortable seats, which have a folding backrest and footrest.
All buses of the Virak Buntham Express company depart from the area of the famous Khaosan street (historical district of Bangkok). There are also situated a small company office where you can exchange a printout of an electronic ticket for a regular ticket before boarding the bus. A bus arrives at the Virak Buntham Express station in the center of Siem Reap. The situation is similar with Travel Mart buses. They also depart from Khao San Road in Bangkok and arrive at the center of Siena Reap. Travel Mart’s red double-decker buses are equipped with modern air conditioning, a TV and free Wi-Fi for passengers.
As in the previous case, there are two buses daily, while the departure time from Bangkok is similar – 09:00 am and 01:00 am. The cost of a trip on a day bus to Siem Reap is 720 THB (23 USD), and a night bus will cost more – 945 THB (30 USD). An important advantage of Travel Mart buses is less travel time – 8 and 9 hours for day and night buses, respectively. Before the departure of the bus, you will receive water and cookies, which are included in the ticket price. Also an important advantage when choosing this transport company is the free delivery to your hotel or hostel in Siem Reap (not on a big bus, but on a local tuk-tuk).
One more option to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap is by Giant Ibis Transport. Modern and comfortable buses of this company are equipped with Wi-Fi, comfortable seats and good air conditioning. There is only one bus to Siem Reap daily at 07:45 am, which arrives in Siem Reap after 16:00. Over the past few years, Giant Ibis has been recognized as the best bus company in Cambodia and often offers unusual services on board. For example, on the route from the capital of Thailand to Siem Reap, you will be offered food (not only cookies and water, but also full-fledged hot meals in the form of a simple dish – rice with chicken or something like that).
Another advantage of the Giant Ibis is the safety of passengers, which includes seat belts for each passenger and a safe speed in Thailand and Cambodia. Unlike some other companies, drivers and stewards of Giant Ibis know English quite well and often give useful tips about holidays in Cambodia. As a disadvantage, we can note the higher cost of a ticket to Siem Reap – 999 THB (32 USD). Part of the money from each ticket sold goes to the Giant Ibis bird conservation fund, which is one of the symbols of Cambodia, and which is on the verge of extinction. As in the case of two other bus companies, the Giant Ibis bus leaves from the Khaosan area of Bangkok and arrives at the Giant Ibis bus station in the center of Siem Reap.
Flights from Bangkok to Siem Reap
The short distance between cities allows you to fly to Siem Reap from Bangkok in about 1 hour. Therefore, the scheduled flight time for most airlines is from 50 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes. The small difference is easily explained by various aircraft models and the fact that airplanes in Siem Reap depart from 2 Bangkok airports, Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi. The first airport used for flights is the low-cost airline Thai AirAsia. Using the search form located at the top of this page, you can find air tickets for the price of 60 USD one way. And using the Jetradar you can often find tickets for 50-55 USD for evening flights. You can also follow the promotions on the official website of this carrier, because with an early purchase of a ticket (for 6-9 months) you can buy tickets for about 20 USD.
It should be remembered that Thai AirAsia is a low-cost airline and the price of the air ticket does not include baggage allowance – only hand luggage of no more than 7 kg per passenger. If you want to fly from the main airport of Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi – then you should choose Thai Smile, Bangkok Air or Lanmei Airlines flights. The advantage of the first two airlines is the possibility of carrying 20 kg of checked baggage, which is included in the air ticket price. Also, all these airlines allow you to carry 5-7 kg of baggage in hand luggage. The cost of the flight from Suvarnabhumi to Siem Reap starts from 60 USD for early booking.
The fastest flight from Bangkok is provided by Thai Smile – 50 minutes and about 75 USD (2360 THB). As a rule, it is a morning flight with a limited number of cheap air tickets. There is an opportunity to buy a ticket on the Bangkok – Siem Reap flight by plane of the main airline of Thailand – Thai Airways. But the cost of such a flight is often very high – 250 – 300 USD, so these flights are not very popular among tourists. As in the case of obtaining a visa at the border, at Siem Reap airport, you can also get a Cambodian visa upon arrival for 30 USD.
Car transfer or taxi from Bangkok to Siem Reap
Not very long distance between cities allows the use of road transport between them. And if on a rented car you cannot cross the border between the countries, then taxis or car transfers allow you to get from any place in Bangkok to your hotel in Siem Reap quickly and not very expensive, if we are talking about a trip of several people. Using the search form at the top of the page, you can notice that a taxi ride between cities costs from USD 250 per business class car. This means that when traveling in three passengers, you must pay more than 80 USD per person. And the travel time is comparable to the bus travel time – about 9 hours.
It may seem more profitable to travel by VIP minibus, because such transport can accommodate up to 9 passengers. If there are such a number of travel companions, you will have to pay about 32 USD for each fare, which is comparable in price to the bus ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap. With a smaller number of passengers, the use of a minibus is not economically viable. In addition to the usual taxi, you have the opportunity to use the service of KiwiTaxi car transfers. In the direction of Siem Reap from the capital of Thailand, this service offers cars at a lower price when it comes to traveling 3 or 4 people. In the screenshot above you can see that the price of the trip depends on the class of the car and starts from 185 USD or 46 USD per person.
Thus, you now have information on how to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap using buses, airplanes and cars. Choose the type of transport that you think is more convenient and affordable. Have a nice trip!