Railways of Cambodia were constructed in 1929 – during the French protectorate of Cambodia. The French colonial government built the first line, which runs from Phnom Penh to Poipet on the Thai border, between 1930 and 1940. The purposes of the construction were used to connect people in the region, industrial and agricultural transportations.
Royal Railways of Cambodia has two lines, northwestern line connecting from Phnom Penh to the Thai rail network at Poipet and Southwestern line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville Port through Takeo and Kep totally 651.05 km. The two lines have 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) meter gauge rail network. Southwestern line has approximately 385.05 km connecting from Phnom Penh to Poipet bordering Thailand during 1929 – 1942; on this line, there’re 64 bridges. Northwestern line has approximately 266 km from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville Port during 1960 – 1969 in Sangkom Reasniyum Regime; on this line, there’re 168 bridges.
Cambodia’s year Zero (1975 – 1979), Khmer Rouge victory, Pol Pot and his associates occupied the most important positions in the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK), the royal railway was still being used by Khmer Rouge for transportation purpose.
During 1994 – 1996, there need to be a lot of budget in order to repair and reconstruct the royal railway. ADB funded 1 million USD Dollars for enhancing Southwestern line. After that, Royal Government of Cambodia intended to improve the Northwestern line. Between 2008 and 2014, Cambodia, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Government of Malaysia donated iron mine 2,400 tons and Australian government granted no return fund totally 141.6 million USD Dollars.
In 2009, Business Toll Holdings Co,. Ltd signed agreement to operate immediately after complete renovation. Until now, Royal Railway Cambodia known previously as Toll Cambodia, has started to transport passengers/commuters/goods/freight on Southwestern line from Phnom Penh to Takeo, Kampot, and SihanoukVille.
During these days, Royal Railway Cambodia could operate only Southwestern line. Products transportation for import and export include charcoal, cement, petroleum, fertilizers, and containers, agricultural products such as rice and sugar and heavy-weight machines. For economic development, railway plays an important role for sustainable development in Cambodia.
THE ROYAL RAILWAY OF CAMBODIA OPERATES A NUMBER SERVICES AS FOLLOWS
- One return Coal Train per day
- Two Sokimex Fuel Train Sihanoukville per week
- Four Tela Fuel Trains per week
- Up to 4 container trains daily as customer demands grow so will the number of trains
- Two Aggregate Rock trains per day
- Cement trains as per customer demands
- Event hire passenger trains
- Logistics Rail and Road
- Warehousing, land and Office space rental
- General cargo, handling and storage
- Dry Port operations
- Customs Clearance
- Road pickup and delivery
Services have now been extended to run every weekend till further notice and will also include Public Holidays.
Royal Railway has opened up an office in the Phnom Penh station which will be open 08:00 AM till 16:30 each week day and 06:00 to 12:00 each weekend
Royal Railway is in the process to open up passenger sales at Takeo, Kampot and Sihanouk Ville over the next couple of weeks
This office can answer all your questions however should you not be able to get to the station you can call to 078 888 582 / 078 888 583 (during the office hours above).
Check the timetable and price of ticket
Source: Royal Railways of Cambodia