Getting there and away

Siem Reap to Battambang Daily ferry departs Siem Reap for Battambang at 7:00am. $12-$15/person. It's a picturesque, 3 - 4 hour journey across the Tonle Sap and up the Sangker River in the wet season, but can be considerably longer in the dry season due to low water. Ask about current conditions. The boats in no way meet international safety standards. There is no direct boat from Phnom Penh.

Siem Reap to Battambang

Boat:
Siem Reap to Battambang Daily ferry departs Siem Reap for Battambang at 7:00am. $12-$15/person. It's a picturesque, 3 - 4 hour journey across the Tonle Sap and up the Sangker River in the wet season, but can be considerably longer in the dry season due to low water. Ask about current conditions. The boats in no way meet international safety standards. There is no direct boat from Phnom Penh.

Road: Siem Reap to Battambang (National Routes #6 and #5, via Sisophon): Much of the stretch between Siem Reap and Sisophon is in poor condition. The road from Sisophon to Battambang is in good condition. Taxi: A private taxi is $30-$35. 3-5 hours.

Phnom Penh to Battambang

Road: Phnom Penh to Battambang (291km, National Route #5): The road is paved and in good condition.

Bus: Neak Krorhorm Travel , Rith Mony, GST, Capitol Guesthouse and Phnom Penh Sorya Transport , all offer several daily buses between from Phnom Penh to Battambang. Call for schedule and location. All charge $4-$4.50 with departures all day long, but most departing in the morning before noon. The trip takes 5 hours. In Battambang, buses depart from the various transportation company offices near the taxi stand and on Route #5. See the Battambang map for exact locations.

Taxi:  A private taxi is $35 - $40. Shared taxi: 25,000R per person. 4 hours. Prices for local transport are very nominal, but are also crowded and uncomfortable. Buy more than one place for the extra leg room.

Train: Phnom Penh to Battambang The train cars are old and the system in a poor state, but the train between Battambang and Phnom Penh is still running, one a week. Phnom Penh to Battambang depart on Saturday. Battambang to Phnom Penh departs on Sunday. 22,000R/person. 12 hours. For the adventurous only.

Getting Around Battambang

Like most of Cambodia, the choice is motorcycle taxi (motodup), rent a car with driver, or rent a motorcycle. Your hotel can arrange a car or motorcycle rental. Cars are about $20/day and motorcycle rental runs $5-$8/day - a bit more expensive than other towns. Motodups are plentiful during the day. Just step onto the street and they will find you. They can be much more difficult to find at night. A ride in town should range 500 to 1500 riel.