Train service in Cambodia is back and rolling! As we reported previously, the passenger train service between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville restarted operations for first time in 14 years. Today, we are introducing online train ticket booking in Cambodia in cooperation with Royal Railway.
Royal Railway, the company that outsources the railway operations in Cambodia under a exclusive concession from the Royal Government, launched a trial campaign during Khmer New Year holidays and observed an increasing public interest on rail transportation, so finally decided to set up a regular service on weekends. For the weekend service, Royal Railway has arranged two train sets with capacity for 160 passengers. Each train departs from the terminal station in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, running the Southern Line back and forth.
The carriages have been refurbished and seats have been re-upholstered providing enough comfort for the passengers. All cars incorporate air conditioning, free wifi and electric outlets.
On the occasion of the reestablishment of the passenger train service in Cambodia, Royal Railway managed to put in operation the “heritage car”, a carriage built in wood specially designed for the King Sisowath Monivong on the inauguration of the railroad by the French Protectorate in 1932.
The carriage has been reconditioned and it is attached to the train on special occasions. Passengers are free to enjoy this living piece of the history as they travel the journey through Cambodia.
Cambodia’s Southern Line
According to official schedule, trains run the Southern Line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and back from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The service will soon be extended to Monday and the railway operator expects to gradually add more trains until the service can operate daily.
How to book train tickets in Cambodia
Baolau cooperates with Royal Railway to facilicate online ticket booking for the train service between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. We publish the official fares for the route and simply add a service fee in case you wish to book your tickets by internet before heading to the station. Depending on the length of the journey, fares vary from $4 to $7. Children under 12 travel for free.
Customers can book online in advance and receive an electronic voucher via email, then present a printed copy at the ticket counter of the railway station to collect the physical ticket before boarding the train. Our voucher will contain the information of carriage, seat number and ticket number issued by Royal Railway.
Ticket sales open one week in advance. However, tickets do often sell out before the day of departure, so we recommend that you book online if you want to secure your trip.
To all fellow travellers in Cambodia, we recommend that you try the train to Sihanoukville. It is a once in a lifetime experience.