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Bus times & tickets – Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh

This is a journey that needs to be undertaken in 2 stages:

  • Stage 1: Bangkok to Phnom Penh. The first stage is the bus from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, where you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening time. 1,020 to 1,090 THB per person.
  • Stage 2: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City. One night needs to be spent in Phnom Penh before taking another bus for second stage of the journey from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) the following morning.

Bangkok to Saigon: $50 USD

The total price for both tickets is 1,505 THB to 1,758 THB depending upon which travel service you use. The overland route is a great way to travel from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City because you get to experience a night in Phnom Penh and take in some great scenery on the way.

Saigon City Hall

Saigon City Hall

  • Travel Tip: Flying is quicker but not as much fun.

Stage 1: Bangkok to Phnom Penh

Stage 1 of the journey involves taking a bus journey from Bangkok to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. There are four bus services a day from Bangkok to Phnom Penh:

  • Bus Times from Bangkok to Phnom Penh:
CompanyBangkokPhnom PenhCost
Travel Mart01.0015.00฿ 1,190
Virak Buntham Express01:0018:00฿ 937
Virak Buntham Express09:0023:30฿ 937
Travel Mart09:0023:00฿ 1,190

  • The Virak Buntham Express bus departs from the Chao Fa Road.
  • The Travel Mart bus departs from the Khao San Road.

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The Travel Mart bus is likely to be the most convenient service to use if you are staying in the Khao San Road area. If you are staying in another part of Bangkok then the 05.00 departure from Morchit Bus Station may be the better option for you. Although 05.00 is an early departure you arrive in Phnom Penh at 18.00 which means you have time to check into a hotel and freshen up before going out for dinner in exciting Phnom Penh city.

Travel to Morchit Bus Station

Morchit Bus Station is in the North of Bangkok close to Chatuchak Park. To get to Morchit Bus Station take the skytrain to Mo Chit BTS station or the metro to Chatuchak MRT station. From either station take a meter taxi to Morchit bus station. The taxi journey from the BTS or MRT station should take 5 minutes and cost 50 to 60 THB on the meter.

Location of Morchit Bus Station

  • 2 Kamphaeng Phet Rd, Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900

Travel Mart Khao San Bus Stop

  • In front of McDonalds on the Khao San Road, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200

Visas for Cambodia

There are two options, both of which cost about the same:

De Art Hotel is 20 metres from the Giant Ibis Bus Terminal in Phnom Penh

De Art Hotel is 20 metres from the Giant Ibis Bus Terminal in Phnom Penh.

  • Buy a visa on arrival when you arrive at the border. The bus service stops at a travel agency where you can get the visa for the standard fee of $30 USD plus an administration charge of around 200 THB. You need one passport sized photograph.
  • Get a visa in advance online at the official web-site of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Kingdom of Cambodia. This e-visa costs $30 USD plus a $7 USD fee for processing the application.

Stage 2: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

Stage 2 of the journey involves taking a bus from the Giant Ibis Bus Terminal in Phnom Pehn to the Giant Ibis Bus Station in Ho Chi Minh City.

CompanyPhnom PenhHo Chi MinhCost
Giant Ibis Tranport08:0014:30฿ 568
Giant Ibis Tranport09:4516:15฿ 568

This second part of the journey takes only 6 hours 30 minutes, which is less than half the time it takes to travel by bus from Bangkok to Phnom Penh.

Giant Ibis Bus Station in Phnom Penh

  • Preah Moha Ksatreiyani Kossamak Ave (106), Phnom Penh

Visas for Vietnam

There is no ‘Visa on Arrival’ service available at the land border between Cambodia and Vietnam for many nationalities. You may need to get a visa for Vietnam in advance at the embassy in Bangkok or the consulate in Phnom Penh. The visa fee is $40 USD and visas are normally available for collection the next working day after an application is made.

Giant Ibis Bus Station in Saigon

  • 237 Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

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