Getting to Phnom Penh
The majority of visitors to Cambodia arrive by
air at the international airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. See
flight international flight schedule page for detailed
international and domestic flight information and a
list of airlines that service Phnom Penh and Cambodia. For
international overland travel from surrounding countries (Thailand,
Vietnam, Laos) see the
international border crossing/overland travel page.
Cambodian visas are available on arrival at both airports and
most international border checkpoints. The crossings at
Bavet/Moc Bai and
Chau Doc Vietnam are the closest to Phnom Penh.
The Phnom Penh International Airport sits about 9km (30-60 minutes)
from city center. Transportation into the city can be hired just
outside the arrival lobby for set prices: $9 for a car taxi and $7
for a tuk-tuk. Motorcycle taxis (motodups) can be found just outside
of the airport and hired for $2-$4, though they sometimes charge
another $1 past town center. Also at arrival: duty free, currency
exchange, international calling, ready-to-use SIM cards.
Phnom Penh Ferry
River ferries arriving from Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City dock at
the Phnom Penh ferry Port on Sisowath Quay Blvd (the riverfront
road) near Street 104. Several restaurants and hotels are within
easy walking distance of the port.
Arrival by Bus
There is no centralized bus station in Phnom Penh. Buses from
different companies arrive/depart different stations around the
city. Tuk-tuks and motodups await arriving passengers.
Click here for airline
schedules and a complete list of airlines servicing Phnom Penh
and contact details
Phnom Penh is a fairly easy city to get
around. Though traffic is getting more congested by the day, you can
still travel the length of the city in less than 30 minutes and get
between most popular tourist destinations in less than 10 minutes. There
is no in-city bus system but there is always transportation available.
(Motorcycle trailers, ‘Tuk-tuks,’
moto-romauks) ‘Tuk-tuks’ have become quite popular in Phnom Penh. Unlike
their noisy, two-stroke namesakes common to Bangkok, the Cambodian
‘tuk-tuks’ offer a quieter, more pleasant ride. Tuk-tuks for hire gather
in popular tourist areas such as the riverfront and at tourist hotels.
$1-$2 for short trips and $12-$15 for the whole day. Prices vary
depending on the number of passengers and where you pick up the tuk-tuk.
Make sure to keep your bag toward the middle of the tuk-tuk to protect
against bag snatching.
(Motodup) The ubiquitous ‘moto’ is the
fastest and cheapest form of public transportation, though not
necessarily the most comfortable or safest. Motos can be found virtually
everywhere in town, and are more common outside the tourist areas than
tuk-tuks. Just step to the curb and they will find you. Motos cost from
2000R-4000R for a trip in town and $8-$12 per day. Prices go up at night
and for multiple passengers. To protect against bag snatching, keep your
bag between you and the driver or in front of the driver. DO NOT
carry/wear your bag on your back!
There is no regular in-city bus system in
Public Taxis, Cars
Global and Choice Taxi offer
on-call 24/7 taxi service. Meter taxis sometimes wait in tourist areas
such as the riverfront and Street 51, especially late night. More common
are unmetered taxis, which can be arranged through your hotel or travel
agent and can also be found waiting outside major hotels. Taxi with
driver costs $25-$35/day. Short jaunts around town run a minimum $4-$5..
Private car/taxi with driver, long term or
short jaunts. Airport pick-up, tours, monthly rates.
Meter taxi service. Available 24/7.
Phnom Penh’s first meter taxi
4000R at flagfall for first 2km then
400R/km. On-call 24/7.
The humble bicycle rickshaw known locally as
the 'cyclo' (from the French ‘cyclopousse’) can be a romantic, even
practical form of transportation, especially if time is not a factor.
Slow and relaxed, cyclos are easier on the nerves than motos, the canopy
offers a drier, cooler ride and sitting in front provides a much better
view of the passing street scene. The cyclo was first introduced in
Phnom Penh in 1937 and has since become an iconic fixture - a vestige of
the French colonial period that can be found in cities through old
French Indochina. As traffic increases and other forms of transportation
become available, the cyclo is slowly losing its place in Phnom Penh. A
cyclo ride should cost about the same as a moto.
Visitors can rent and ride motorcycles in
Phnom Penh. Technically an international driving license is required.
The helmets laws are vigorously enforced so make sure to get a one with
your rental. Dirtbikes (200-250cc) run $12-$15/day and mopeds
(100cc-110cc) are $4-$5/day, (125cc) for $7-$10/day. 250cc bikes are
good for the countryside but are a bit too much bike for the slow city
traffic. Mopeds are recommended for in-city driving. Chaotic traffic
makes motorcycling in the city challenging in the extreme. Roads outside
the city vary in condition. If you do decide to ride, drive slowly, stay
right, wear a helmet and remember that medical services are limited.
Lucky Lucky Motorcycle
Motorcycle rental/sales, visas, extensions
Monivong Blvd near the corner of Street 184.