Transportation in Phnom Penh


As one of the six elements of tourism, transportation is an important factor in travel. If you want to go somewhere in Phnom Penh, what kind of transportation can you use? There are two modes of transportation in Phnom Penh, external transport and internal transport.


External transport in Phnom Penh

1. Airplane

Phnom Penh International Airport is about 8 kilometers from the city. There is no bus from the airport to the city. The taxi fare is about $8, and taxis outside the airport may be cheaper. There are also tuktuk for 2-4 people outside the airport, which is about $6 to the city. It is recommended to contact the hotel to pick up the plane, sometimes free pick-up, so that the driver can get the address of the hotel, because there may be language barriers with the taxi or tuktuk driver at the airport. In addition, free Phnom Penh 3D English maps and guidebooks are available from the airport information desk.


2. Automobile

There are no real bus stations in Phnom Penh. Most of the long-distance buses are operated by service companies, and they are located near the offices. These companies are usually located near the central market or north of the Sisowath Quay terminal. Phnom Penh can be said to be the transportation hub of Cambodia, where many trains a day commute to and from all parts of the country. At the same time, due to Cambodia's border with Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, many companies operate international long-distance routes. Tickets can be booked at the travel agency in the tourist area or at the hotel reception. The fare usually includes a shuttle service to the bus station. Every day, Phnom Penh has multiple shuttles to Siem Reap, Sihanouk, and Battambang.


Major automobile companies in Phnom Penh:


3. Steamship

There are many companies operating in Phnom Penh, but all passenger ships are docked at the Sisowath Quay tourist pier near 104th Street. There are high speed ships to Siem Reap and international passenger ships to Vietnam. The ticket to Siem Reap is about $35, which takes 5-6 hours. It is obviously more expensive than land transportation, and it takes a long time and the price is high. But if you have enough time and want to enjoy the scenery along the Tonlé Sap Lake, you can choose to travel by ship.


Internal transport in Phnom Penh

1. Taxi

In Phnom Penh, several companies operate taxi business and provide 24-hour car service. These taxis are all charged by metering and the price is very cheap. There are also some taxis that do not charge according to the way of metering. Travel agencies and hotels can book this kind of car for you in advance, and the price needs to be negotiated in advance. The price of the taxi is $25-$35/day, and the short-distance traffic in the city starts at about $4-$5.


2. Cyclo

Sightseeing in the city of Phnom Penh by Cyclo (rickshaw) can be said to be a very romantic and emotional thing, especially for those who don't care about time. Soothing and leisurely, riding a Cambodian rickshaw is safer than a motorcycle, and it gives you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery on both sides of the road. Now there are fewer and fewer rickshaws in Phnom Penh, which are slowly being replaced by motorcycles, but some tourist gathering areas can still find rickshaw drivers. During the day, you can take a sightseeing tour in Phnom Penh City at a price of $8-$10, which is similar to the price of the motorcycle.


3. Tuktuk

Tuktuk is very popular in Phnom Penh. Unlike the tuktuk in Bangkok, the noise of the Phnom Penh is very small and the ride is comfortable. Tuktuk drivers can be seen in tourist attractions such as the river bank and outside the hotel. The cost of this type of car is $1-$2 for short-distance transportation and $12-$15 per day for chartered cities. Prices sometimes vary depending on the number of passengers.


4. Motorcycle Taxi

Motorcycle Taxi is the fastest and most economical means of transportation in Phnom Penh, but it is not safe and comfortable. There are drivers everywhere in the city of Phnom Penh. The special city gathers a lot of motorcycles outside the tourist area, even more than the Tuktuk. The short-distance traffic in the city is charged at 2000-4000 riels, and the charter price for city tours during the day is $8-$12 per day, and the price will increase in the evening.


5. Bicycle

There are many hotels and travel agencies in the city that offer car rental services. The price of bicycles is $1-$2/ day, and the price of motorcycles is $4 / day.


Tips for transportation in Phnom Penh:

  • No matter what kind of transportation you want to take, be sure to tell the driver clearly the destination and talk about the price before boarding. Some drivers are not very good at English, but they will also habitually nod and say Yes. In fact, they simply can't understand what you are talking about. When necessary, you can use the map to refer to the driver.
  • Generally, when you book a cabaret, a buffet, or a long-distance bus ticket at a travel agency or hotel reception, the quotation includes a round-trip tuktuk, so you don't need to book your own car. However, it is better to ask the details.
  • All prices mentioned are reference prices and prices may vary according to different circumstances.

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