Transportation in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is well located in South East Asia and is just a short flight, bus ride or ferry trip away from other countries in the region. Arriving here can be quite an experience as the crowds and the hustle and bustle assault the senses. The good news is that for people flying in, the airport terminal is modern and familiar. For the rest, your bus or ferry journey will be a suitable initiation into travelling around Cambodia. Journeys are often scenic and can be a highlight of travelling around Cambodia.
Hop into a tuk-tuk for a fun way to explore the city or hail a motorcycle taxi (called a moto in local slang)!
Our Phnom Penh transportation guide below lists information about travel to, from and around Phnom Penh; as well as various transport providers servicing Phnom Penh. We also have general information about travel to and from Cambodia, and some great Phnom Penh tours to make the most of your Phnom Penh holiday.
Phnom Penh Transportation Guide
Getting to Phnom Penh By Air
Most South Asian airlines fly into Phnom Penh at the Phnom Penh International Airport which is about 7 km away from the city. Flights are operated by full service carriers and budget carriers, connecting it to major Asian capitals such as Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Hong Kong and Singapore. There are numerous connections to Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane) and China (Shanghai, Guangzhou) as well as to locations around Cambodia.
The airport terminal in Phnom Penh has been modernised and the new building boasts state of the art facilities including a bank, ATMs, a post office, tourist help centre, a business centre as well as duty free shopping.
Taxis into downtown Phnom Penh are available from the public taxi rank outside the airport arrivals hall. The fare is currently around 9 USD, but do check for the latest published rates. Remember, to take a taxi you must first make a full payment of the fare in advance at the taxi hire counter before you exit the terminal. Upon payment you will be informed of the name of your driver and the taxi allotted to you.
Tuk-tuks will cost a little less then a taxi and are a fun experience but will only save you a few dollars or pounds. If you're travelling light then an economical option is to hop on a motorcycle taxi where the fares are as low as 2 USD.
Getting to Phnom Penh By Road
Phnom Penh's bustling bus station can seem quite noisy, crowded and overwhelming to some but offers good connections to other places in Cambodia and beyond. Buses arrive at this station located on the south-western side of the Central Market.
Getting to Phnom Penh By Sea
Phnom Penh is connected to Vietnam by ferry services that take about 5 hours to do the journeys to Siem Reap or Chau Doc. Tickets average 25 USD and are not as comfortable as buses but the view more than makes up for this. If you're in it for the scenery then be sure to check if your ferry allows passengers to ride on the roof. Carry plenty of water and something to eat since ferries often get delayed, and food and drinks are not usually available on board.
Getting Around Phnom Penh
By Motorbike Taxi
Known locally as motodups or motos, these two wheelers will whizz you through the streets of Phnom Penh for as little as 50 cents (US). Fares are higher at night.
Taxis in Phnom Penh do not run on meters, so settle on the fare you are willing to pay before you hop in. It is a good idea to check on the latest average fares for routes you plan to travel. Ask your Phnom Penh hotel staff for guidance.
These enclosed motorcycle-like vehicles are a less expensive option than taxi and a wonderful way to get around Phnom Penh. It is mostly just the tourists who travel by this mode of transport, and drivers in the touristy parts of town can speak a little English. As a precaution always carry directions and the address of your Phnom Penh hotel in the local language.
For those who want to slow down and take in the sights of Phnom Penh at a more leisurely pace, an interesting option is the three-wheeled cycle rickshaw called the Cyclos.
Walking is pleasant in some places where the French colonial past lives on. Here, wide boulevards just ask to be walked on and cafes invite you to stop a while.
Tel: (855) 16 886 544
Phnom Penh Taxi
Tel: 855 12 556 476
Website: http://www.phnompenhtaxi.biz/ Cambodia Driver
Tel: 016 639852
Website: http://www.cambodiadriver.com/ Makara Taxi
#195 str. 130 Psar Kandal Daun Penh, Phnom Penh City
Tel: (855) 88 7777 327; (855) 12 440 147
Website: http://www.makarataxi.com/ Taxi Vantha
Tel: 012 855 000; 023 993 433
Street 217 &77, Sang kat Phsar Thmey 2, Phnom Penh. ( Near central market)
Tel: 023 210 359/012 631545
Website: http://ppsoryatransport.com Mekong Express
# 87 Eo, Sisowath Quay (102), Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Tel: (855) 23 427 518 - Fax: (855) 23 427 168
Website: http://www.catmekongexpress.com.kh/ Capitol Tours Cambodia
No. 14AE0, Road 182 Sangkat Beng Prolitt Khann 7 MAKARA Phnom Penh
Tel: (855) 12- 404 650 - Fax: 855-23-214 104
Website: http://www.capitoltourscambodia.com/ Sokha-Komartep Express
#7Eo, St.106. Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Doun Penh, Phnom Penh
Tel: (855)-23 99 14 14 - Fax: (855)-23 99 87 98
Website: http://www.sokha-komartep.com.kh/ Paramount Angkor Express
#24Eo, St. 102, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Penh.
Tel: (855) 23 42 75 67 - Fax: (855) 23 42 75 68