The Phnom Penh Autonomous Bus Transportation Authority has announced that bus travel between the capital and the provinces will be free over the Pchum Ben holidays.
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has also announced schedules for free train journeys from Sihanoukville, Pursat town and Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town from Wednesday to Monday.
Ministry of Public Works and Transport spokesman Phal Chandara told The Post that the ministry had created a programme for transporting people to certain provinces free of charge via trains and buses for Pchum Ben.
“We have set up a programme of transport via train from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, and from Phnom Penh to Pursat town and from Pursat town to Poipet town free of charge from Wednesday to Monday.
“There will be two services a day. The first begins at 7:30am and the second at 6:30pm or 7pm,” Chandara said.
Phnom Penh Autonomous Bus Transportation Authority director Ean Sokhim told The Post on Wednesday that 120 buses have been prepared to transport people between Phnom Penh and the provinces free of charge from Thursday to Monday.
There are five bus services a day from Phnom Penh to the provinces at 5:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2pm from five stops in the capital.
The first is on Hun Sen Boulevard opposite the Mercedes showroom for those travelling to Prey Veng, Svay Rieng and Takeo provinces, passing through Kandal province on National Roads 1 and 2.
The stop on Street 2004 next to the Air Force Headquarters is for people travelling to Kep, Kampot, Kampong Speu and Preah Sihanouk provinces, passing through Kandal province on National Roads 3 and 4.
The third stop at the Russey Keo Sokimex petrol depot is for people going to Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces, passing through Kandal province on National Road 5.
The fourth, at the Tep Machchhar roundabout east of the Russey Keo iron bridge in Chroy Changvar district, is for people heading to Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces through Kandal and Kampong Cham provinces on National Road 6.
The stop in front of the Phnom Penh Railway Station caters for those travelling to Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum, Kratie and Stung Treng provinces, passing through Kandal province on National Roads 6, 6 and 7 and 6 and 8.
“All those travelling to visit family in the provinces for Pchum Ben, please get to the relevant bus stops on time and in an orderly fashion,” Sokhim said.