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    Train Travel from Bangkok to Phnom Penh

    You can currently travel by train from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, however, it’s a slow journey and you need to take two trains: one from Bangkok to Aranayprathet near the Cambodia border; and then another from Poipet Railway Station, which just over the border, onto Phnom Penh. For travel between Aranyaprathet Railway Station and Poipet Railway Station you need to a take or bus or taxi to complete the 7 km by road because the cross border train line is not currently operational.

    About the Bangkok to Cambodia Railway Line

    We visited the border in October 2018 to check up on the progress of the Bangkok to Phnom Penh railway line and we are pleased to announce that the finishing touches are being put to the line, and train stations on route, and  the first train services from Thailand to Cambodia since the 1970s will commence operation by mid-2019.

    The train line from Aranyaprathet stops at the Border

    The train line from Aranyaprathet stops at the Border

    The train line from Bangkok to the border with Cambodia is fully functional, although the line comes to abrupt halt at the border. As you can see in the picture above, there is currently a metal barrier on the train track at the border.

    Train station at the Thailand-Cambodia border under construction

    Train station at the Thailand-Cambodia border under construction

    Behind these metal barriers a new border train station is currently under construction. On the Cambodian side of the border in Poipet there is a 400 metre stretch where the train tracks still need to be installed. The area where the tracks will go has been cleared and there are trenches in the ground where the track will go running all the way from border to the start of the operational section of the line from the border to Phnom Penh.

    Immigration office under Construction at Poipet Railway Station

    Immigration office under Construction at Poipet Railway Station

    Preparations for cross border train travel are currently under way at Poipet Railway Station, which located in Cambodia 850 metres from the actual Cambodia-Thailand border. As with Padang Besar Railway Station (which handles trains from Malaysia to Thailand) and Thanaleng Train Station (which has train services from Laos to Thailand), Poipet Railway Station will have both Thailand and Cambodia Immigration Posts. At the moment Poipet Railway Station is being upgraded to handle cross border train travel.

    Train line from Poipet to Phnom Penh

    Train line from Poipet to Phnom Penh

    The train line from Popiet to Phnom Penh is also currently being worked on. This section of Cambodia’s railway network is fully functional but has been out of service for several decades and needs more work doing to it to increase the speed of the trains. At the moment it takes a painfully slow 15 hours to travel from Poipet to Phnom Penh. Royal Railways, the operator of railways in Cambodia, is currently undertaking an ambitious programme of work to the line rebuilding 5 bridges, ballasting and tamping the track which should allow trains to travel considerably faster on route to Phnom Penh.

    Trains Times to Aranyaprathet

    There are 2 trains currently two trains a day running from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet, which is the first stage of the train journey from Bangkok to Phnom Penh. The frequency and quality of train services on this section of the Bangkok to Phnom Penh route is going to be upgraded in 2019 when the entire line is complete.


    To travel from Aranyrpathet Railway Station to the Thailand-Cambodia border we recommend that you take a tuk-tuk, which should cost 80 to 100 THB. There are always plenty of tuk-tuks waiting outside Aranyaprathet Railway Station. Once you have crossed over the border it’s an easy 850 metre walk to Poipet Railway

    Trains Times to Phnom Penh

    The Poipet to Phnom Penh railway is currently undergoing major refurbishment by Royal Railways in attempt to speed up train travel. Whilst the work is going on train services only run once a week from Poipet to Phnom Penh with a very early morning departure. Once the work has been complete the frequency of the services will increase with departure times later in the morning.

    Operating DaysPoipetPhnom Penh

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    Whilst work to connect Aranyaprathet to Poipet, and refurbishment work to the Cambodia railway line from Poipet to Phnom Penh, is taking place we recommend that you take a direct bus service from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, or fly, both of which you can book through the Search Box above. At the moment only a very small number of dedicated train enthusiasts are choosing to travel by train for the whole journey from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, which involves spending a night in a hotel in Poipet on route to allow them to get to Poipet Railway Station in time for the Tuesday train departing at 06:30.

    Location of Bangkok Train Station

    Location of Phnom Penh Train Station

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