Cambodia: Passenger train from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville


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Pics from article in Khmer Times 29 August 2016

The restarting of a passenger train service between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville in April after a 14-year absence added another transport option for people wishing to travel between the coast and the capital.

Running Friday to Sunday, the service has been heralded by passengers and operator Royal Railway as a more comfortable and safer alternative than braving the nation’s roads.

Yet the 12 weekly journeys, in addition to the 14 daily cargo trains that travel the 266km line, have not been without problems – it has had a steady stream of accidents, injuries and fatalities associated with motor vehicles crashing into the trains and people sleeping on the tracks.

Royal Railway insists that in each of the more than 10 accidents that have happened this year, it was motorists or pedestrians and their disregard of road and personal safety that was the cause.

This disregard was evident during a recent journey from Phnom Penh to Kampot. As the train passed through Kampot province’s Angkor Chey district, a motorcycle rider approached the train at high speed. In the rain, and with little attention to his surroundings, he was only meters away when he noticed the train, jumping off his bike and narrowly avoiding an accident.

“I don’t know why they do not look at the coming train, which is certainly loud and often sounding its horn. Some people seem to be playing chicken with the train,” said operations manager Boeun Sobin, who watched the near-miss from a carriage window.

A train crosses a busy road with guards and barriers, but further down the line, the safety measures are not so strict

As a train makes its way along the tracks, the driver and guard watch for people or vehicles

Traffic waits at a crossing for the train to pass

A guard on duty at a crossing as the train rolls past


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Further north

Cambodia-Thailand Friendship Railway Bridge Completed

22 Sep 2016

AKP Phnom Penh, September 22, 2016 - The Cambodia-Thailand Friendship Railway Bridge in Poipet, Banteay Meanchey province was connected yesterday, according to a news release from the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia, presided at the event, where concrete was caste in a ceremony to complete the connecting railway bridge.

“This link, between the Cambodian and Thai railways, is as of today, completed,” underlined H.E. the Senior Minister said.

The Ministry is continuing its efforts to repair and rebuild the track via this link, up to Battambang provincial town by the end of 2016, and later to connect the track onwards to the station in the capital Phnom Penh, he added.

This northern line from Phnom Penh to Poipet, is 386 kilometers in total length, and was originally built and in operation between 1929 and 1942, during the French colonial era.



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Cambodian king takes train ride to Sihanoukville
30 Dec 2016

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath wave their hands while walking within a railway station in Phnom Penh on Friday. (EPA photo)

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni on Friday rode for the first time on a passenger train service linking the capital Phnom Penh with the southwestern coastal resort of Sihanoukville that resumed earlier this year.

The king and Queen Mother Monineath Sihanouk, accompanied by Prime Minister Hun Sen and a dozen senior Cabinet members, travelled together on the Southern Line service, which resumed in April this year after a 14-year hiatus.

In a posting on Facebook, Hun Sen said one of the aims of the trip is for the king to review the latest developments of the country's railway system.

The 264-kilometre rail journey to Sihanoukville takes around seven hours.


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Kampot Station

Tickets and Timetable

Updated as of December, 2016

Phnom Penh 3 p.m., Takeo 4:30 p.m., Kampot 7:40 p.m., arrives Sihanoukville at 10 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays
Phnom Penh 7 a.m., Takeo 8:30 a.m., Kampot 11:40 a.m., arrives Sihanoukville at 2 p.m.
Sihanoukville 7 a.m., Kampot 8:40 a.m., Takeo 11:50 a.m., arrives Phnom Penh at 2 p.m.

Sundays only
Sihanoukville 4 p.m., Kampot 5:40 p.m., Takeo 8 p.m., arrives Phnom Penh 11 p.m

Ticket prices:
Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville $7
Phnom Penh – Kampot $6
Phnom Penh – Takeo $4
Kampot – Phnom Penh $6
Kampot – Takeo $5
Kampot – Sihanoukville $4
Takeo – Phnom Penh $4
Takeo – Kampot $5
Takeo – Sihanoukville $7
Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh $7
Sihanoukville – Takeo $6
Sihanoukville – Kampot $4

Useful Links is the official site of Royal Railways, with limited information.
An unofficial site, has more information.
There’s a Facebook group, Train Cambodia, where railway enthusiasts convene to exchange info and answer questions.


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Takeo Town is the first stop on the rail line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.

Just a little over 2 hours from Phnom Penh by train, Takeo makes a great weekend get away as a long day trip, or overnight.

Takeo translates as “Crystal Grandfather”, this province is located in the southwest of Cambodia, Takeo borders the provinces of Kampot to the west, Kampong Speu to the northwest and Kandal to the north and east. Its southern boundary is the international border with Vietnam. The provincial capital, recently known as the provincial town Daun Kaev (formerly called Takéo), is a small city with a population of 39,186.

Takéo is often referred to as the “cradle of Khmer civilization” due to the former kingdom of Funan its successor, Water Chenla, being centered in the region. This province is a real gem of history and archaeology.


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March 2, 2018
Passengers to pay no fare in first month of new rail lines
Chea Vannak / Khmer Times

The new railway services due to come online in April will be free for all passengers during their first month of operation, according to a representative of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
The section of the western rail line that runs from Battambang to Phnom Penh is scheduled for completion in July. The line will be connected to Thailand’s railway network, via Aranya Pratet, before the end of the year, according to the ministry.
Meanwhile, despite a delay in a shipment of train carriages, the rail line that will connect the city of Phnom Penh with its airport is on course to be operational by Khmer New Year.
“There was a delay in the shipment of the carriages, which are being sent from Mexico. To make the deadline in April, we will use older carriages that we already have in our possession. They will be replaced by the new ones when they arrive.”
A new train service linking Battambang and Poipet, in the border with Thailand, is scheduled to launch operations next month. It is part of a wider project known as the western rail line, which will eventually connect Phnom Penh and Bangkok, via Thailand’s Aranya Pratet in the border.

In addition, a new train will soon allow commuters to travel from downtown Phnom Penh to the capital’s international airport.


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Phnom Penh: Airport train gives inaugural ride
Khmer Times 10 April 2018

Passengers wait to board the new train yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

The new shuttle service connecting the railway station on Monivong Boulevard to Phnom Penh’s airport came into service yesterday, offering free-of-charge service to passengers until the end of July.

The double headed train gave its inaugural ride yesterday after the last section of the rail line, whose construction began in January, was recently concluded.

The new train, which consists on one carriage, can transport 60 passengers at a time.

Operated by Royal Railway, a subsidiary of Royal Group, the new rail line can cover the distance between the city centre and the airport, about 10 kilometres, in less than 30 minutes.

The service runs every 30 minutes all day long, seven days a week.

However, the project has not reached its final stage yet. According to Sun Chanthol, the Minister of Public Works and Transportation, in June three carriages imported from Mexico and costing a total of $1 to $2 million will replace the current passenger car.

“Launching this city-airport railway service today is another achievement for Cambodia,” Mr Chanthol said during the launching ceremony held yesterday.

Once in full operation, the shuttle service will be able to move 100 passengers, although not all riders will enjoy seating and some will have to travel standing up.

The price of a ticket to ride the new service is still under consideration, with the ministry and Royal Railways now conducting talks to agree on a fare. However, Mr Chanthol said riding the new train will be cheaper than other modes of transport available in Phnom Penh like tuk tuks or taxis.

Royal Railway’s representatives refused to answer questions regarding the process under which the fare is being decided.

Sin Soeun, a Toul Tom Pong neighbour who rode the train yesterday, said she was satisfied with the new shuttle service.

“It is good that we have a railway service in Phnom Penh. It will help deal with traffic jams,” Ms Soeun said, adding, however, that based on her experience, the train was “a bit slow but acceptable”.

Airport-bound passengers will enjoy self-service check-in kiosks for their flights at the central railway station. The service is currently available for passengers using one of the following eight airlines: AirAsia, Thai AirAsia, All Nippon Airways, Emirates, Cathay Dragon, Qatar Airways, Silk Air and Thai Airlines.



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and now a water option around Phnom Penh

Locals buoyed by Phnom Penh’s new water taxi
13 April 2013

Phnom Penh is now home to a water ferry that launched on April 6, joining its regional neighbor Bangkok in running a public boat service that stops at various locations in and around the capital.

While Cambodia has a much smaller operation than the Thai setup – as of now, only three boats ferry passengers to four stops in Phnom Penh and nearby Takhmao City – that didn’t put a damper on passengers’ moods on a recent voyage.

The boats, which are equipped with seats and air conditioners, are free to ride for now, but the ministry and the operating company, Phnom Penh Autonomous Port, plan to begin charging for the service in the future. The plan is to eventually extend the service to include 15 stops, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT).

The ferry service joins other public transportation options, including the city’s expanding public bus service, as well as a recently launched airport train.



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Nearly there ... not too long till train travel Bangkok to Phnom Penh is available

With last section finished, western rail line finally ready
5 July 2018

People can now board a train in Phnom Penh and travel all the way to Poipet, in the border with Thailand, after the last section of the western rail line was officially inaugurated yesterday.

Renovation work on the western rail line, which covers 386 kilometres and connects the capital with the Thai border, has now officially concluded, making it operational for the first since it was destroyed during the country’s civil war.

The last section, stretching for 166 kilometres from Pursat province to Phnom Penh, was launched yesterday, and passengers will be able to use it free of charge until the end of July.

Transport Minister Sun Chanthol, speaking yesterday at the launching ceremony for the last section of the rail line, called the day “historic”, adding that this will be the first time in 45 years that the rail line is operational.

He explained that on Friday he will meet his Thai counterpart to discuss and finalise a memorandum of understanding that will specify the rules for the transportation of goods by train across the border between Cambodia and Thailand.

“We have already connected the railways in Cambodia and Thailand,” he said.

“However, passengers cannot cross the border by train yet because there are three points in our railway agreement that we still haven’t managed to agree upon.

“Once the agreement is signed, Cambodians will be able to take the train from Poipet to Bangkok, and then in Thailand they can board a train all the way to Singapore,” he said.

See also Bangkok Post Cambodia resumes train service to Thai border

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Had thoughts of BKK>SIN by the Eastern and Oriental Express until i saw the price...

The fare from Singapore to Bangkok or vice versa by Eastern & Oriental Express starts at around £1,775 per person in a Pullman or £2,593 in a Stateroom or £3,748 in a Presidential suite, assuming two people travel together and share.


Moo Uaon;374610 said:
Had thoughts of BKK>SIN by the Eastern and Oriental Express until i saw the price...

The fare from Singapore to Bangkok or vice versa by Eastern & Oriental Express starts at around £1,775 per person in a Pullman or £2,593 in a Stateroom or £3,748 in a Presidential suite, assuming two people travel together and share.
Bugger me.
Double it to get $aud..
Thats $3500 aud in a Pullman , twin share , EACH !

You could do it cheaper in a Phuket Taxi !