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Boat

The riverboat to Siem Reap (US$20, 7am daily) squeezes through narrow waterways and passes protected wetlands, taking from five hours in the wet season to nine or more hours at the height of the dry season. Cambodia’s most memorable boat trip, it’s operated on alternate days by Angkor Express and Chann Na, which have informal offices on the docks at the eastern end of St 501, where the boats leave from. Buy tickets in advance.

In the dry season, passengers are driven to a navigable section of the river. The best seats are away from the noisy motor. It may be possible to alight at the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary and then be picked up there the next day for US$5 extra. Be aware that these boats, while scenic, are not always popular with local communities along the way, as the wake has caused small boats to capsize and fishing nets are regularly snagged. Copious travellers also complain of overcrowding and safety issues – there are rarely enough life jackets to go around.

Bus

Some buses now arrive and depart from Battambang's new bus station, 2km west of the centre. Companies offer free shuttles for departing passengers, but arriving passengers will have to pay for a remork (US$3) into town. However, most companies still use their company offices, which are clustered in the centre just south of the intersection of NH5 and St 4.

To Phnom Penh, if you're pinching pennies, Capitol Tour generally has the lowest prices, followed by Phnom Penh Sorya. For a quicker journey to the capital, many companies run express minivan services (US$8 to US$12, 4½ hours), including Cambotra Express, Capitol Tour, Golden Bayon Express, Mekong Express and Virak Buntham.

Virak Buntham runs full-recline-sleeper night buses to Phnom Penh, but be aware that these, like all night buses to Phnom Penh, arrive at an ungodly hour.

The Mekong Express minibus is the most comfortable way to Siem Reap (US$7, 3½ hours, 8am and 2pm), while Golden Bayon Express runs a speedy minivan service (US$10, three hours, four daily).

Most buses to Bangkok involve a change at the border – usually to a minibus on the Thai side.

Rith Mony

TSS Transport

Buses from Battambang

Bangkok, Thailand

Duration (hr)

9

Cost (US$)

15-16

Companies

Mekong Express, PP Sorya, Virak Buntham, Capitol

Frequency

7.45am, 8.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, noon

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Duration (hr)

10-11

Cost (US$)

26

Companies

Mekong Express

Frequency

7.30am

Kompong Cham

Duration (hr)

8

Cost (US$)

9

Companies

Rith Mony

Frequency

9am

Pailin

Duration (hr)

Cost (US$)

4

Companies

Rith Mony

Frequency

1pm, 3pm

Phnom Penh (day)

Duration (hr)

4½-7

Cost (US$)

5-12

Companies

All companies

Frequency

frequent

Phnom Penh (night)

Duration (hr)

5-6

Cost (US$)

6-15

Companies

Capitol, Mekong Express, TSS, Virak Buntham

Frequency

frequent, 10pm to midnight

Poipet

Duration (hr)

Cost (US$)

4

Companies

Capitol, PP Sorya, Rith Mony, TSS

Frequency

regular to 4pm

Siem Reap

Duration (hr)

3-4

Cost (US$)

4-10

Companies

Capitol, Golden Bayon Express, Mekong Express, PP Sorya, Rith Mony

Frequency

regular to 3pm

Taxi

At the taxi station, share taxis to Phnom Penh (40,000r per person, 4½ hours) and Pursat (20,000r, two hours) leave from the southeast corner. Also here you'll find share taxis to Poipet (20,000r, 1¾ hours), Sisophon (16,000r, 1¼ hours) and Siem Reap (26,000r, three hours). Share taxis to Pailin (20,000, two hours) and the Psar Pruhm-Ban Pakard border leave from the corner of St 101 and St 4.

Prices are based on six-passenger occupancy; for the price of a whole taxi, multiply the per-passenger fare by six.