Going to Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh by train?
After more than a decade or 14 years hiatus to be precise, the first passenger train started to roll from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville in April 2016. To many Cambodians, it’s more than just a delight, but also nostalgic. Currently, a one-way ticket from the Cambodian capital to the beach town Sihanoukville costs $7; Phnom Penh to Kampot $6. You can buy tickets at Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville stations.
These are 7 things you should know about Cambodian trains:
To-be married Cambodians and newly-wedded couples love to be photographed in the train. Do you know? In Cambodia, pre-wedding is a big big business. Cambodian grooms and brides are willing spend a lot on pre-wedding photography. And at the railways, it’s one of the top spots where pre-wedding photography takes place. New love at the old train!
For less than the price of a pizza, you can get your motorcycle transported from Phnom Penh to Sihanouville. $10 only. A pizza in Phnom Penh cost nearly or more than $20.
The train is air-conditioned, and has free Wi-Fi access. It’s just a matter of time you can sip Brown or Starbucks coffee when when on the train.
The Phnom Penh Royal Station was first opened in 1932. Because of the prolonged civil war, it was until 2010 that the renovation started. In 2016, the trains start, after more than a decade out of service, to run between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville with a lot of support from the Cambodia public.
The Royal Railway (a sister company of The Royal Group who runs leading mobile operator Cellcard), whose John Guiry is the Chief Executive Officer, will run the Cambodia’s train service for the next 3 decades.
The railways, Cambodia’s second link, between the Cambodian capital city and Kampong Som was built with support from France, West Germany, and the People’s Republic of China.
The first link connected Phnom Penh and Poipet to the border of Thailand.
Want to book a train? Here’s the easiest way to book the ticket online or with your smartphone.
Photo used with permission from Victory Photo Studio.