Poipet to Phnom Penh by train

At the moment there are no train services from Poipet to Phnom Penh as the project to refurbish the existing train line is not yet complete. You can, however, travel by minivan from a bus stop in Poipet, only 500 metres from the Thailand/Cambodia border, direct to Phnom Penh. The journey by minivan from Poipet to Phnom Penh takes 7 hours.


Travel Times To Poipet


There are 2 daily services from Poipet to Phnom Penh to which you can book online.

Poipet Phnom Penh Cost Service Company
09:00 16:00 $ 17.00 Regional Thero Express
16:00 23:00 $ 17.00 Regional Thero Express
  • Regional: 12 seat minivan.

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If you are travelling from Thailand to Phnom Penh allow yourself around 2 hours to travel from the bus or train station in Aranyaprathet to the bus stop in Poipet in order to catch your minivan to Phnom Penh. Whilst Aranyaprathet town is only 6.5 km from the border at Poipet there are a number of potential delays which may slow your journey down. Your bus or train may be delayed and there may be queues at both the Thailand and Cambodia border, as well as difficult immigration officer who want to ask you a lot of questions before allowing you to cross the border. If you need to apply for a Cambodia Visa at the border this will further delay you.


Thero Express Poipet


  • Thero Express services to Phnom Penh depart from the Thero Express Travel Office in Poipet.


Phnom Penh Bus Stop


  • Thero Express services from Poipet terminate at the Thero Express Bus Terminal on Street 51 (Pasteur Street) in Phnom Penh.


Bangkok to Poipet


You can travel by bus or by train from Bangkok to the Thailand/Cambodia border. Bus services to both Aranyaprathet bus station (6.5 from the border) and Rong Kluea Border Market (very close to the border) depart from Morchit Bus Station, which is Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal. The easiest way to get to Morchit Bus Station is take the skytrain to Mo Chit BTS station or the metro to Chatuchak Park MRT station and then travel by meter taxi the short distance to the Northern Bus Terminal. Bus services from Bangkok to Rong Kluea Border Market are operated by Air Aran Patthana bus company and there are daily departures from 03:30 to 14:00. the journey by bus takes slightly over 5 hours. Trains from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet depart from Bangkok’s main train station, Hua Lamphong Railway Station, every day at 05:55 and 13:05. The journey by train is scheduled to take around 5 hours 30 minutes, but is often delayed.

Four face Buddha at Phnom Penh Royal Palace

Four face Buddha at Phnom Penh Royal Palace

If you are arriving in Aranyaprathet town centre, either at the bus station or the train station (which are near each other), you have several different options for travelling the 6.5 km to the border. The cheapest way to travel from Aranyaprathet to the border is by shared songthaew taxi. The cost of a shared taxi is 15 THB per person and they depart from Aranyaprathet bus station. The next cheapest option is take a motorbike taxi, which should cost between 40 and 60 THB. Agree the price in advance. If you are travelling by yourself a slightly more expensive option is to take a tuk-tuk which will cost you from 60 to 100 THB depending on how well the negotiation goes. Bear in mind that travel by tuk-tuk can in fact be a cheap tion is there are 3 people travelling together because you can share the cost. The most expensive option for travel from Aranyaprathet to the Thailand/Cambodia border is to take the ‘Government Bus’. The ‘Government Bus’ is not operated by the Thai Government but by scam artists who will overcharge you for the bus journey then try to sell you a visa assistance service which you don’t need.

Read more about How to get from Bangkok to the Cambodia Border