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Phnom Penh Transportation: Getting To and Getting Around

Navigating the city's transportation system can be challenging for first-time visitors. In this guide, we will provide an overview of the various transportation options available to foreign tourists in Phnom Penh. Whether you're here for a short visit or an extended stay, this guide will help you make the most of your time in Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh, the vibrant capital city of Cambodia, is a popular destination for foreign tourists seeking to immerse themselves in the country's rich culture and history. With its stunning temples, bustling markets, and delicious cuisine, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Phnom Penh. However, navigating the city's transportation system can be challenging for first-time visitors. In this guide, we will provide an overview of the various transportation options available to foreign tourists in Phnom Penh. Whether you're here for a short visit or an extended stay, this guide will help you make the most of your time in Phnom Penh.

 

1. How to Travel to Phnom Penh

Phom Penh can be reached by either domestic flights, international flights, or overland and speedboat from neighboring provinces.

By plane

There are direct international flights between Phnom Penh and most East Asia cities, including Bangkok, Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Kuala Lumpur, Nanning, Qatar, Singapore, Shanghai, Taipei, and Vientiane.

There are domestic flights between Phnom Penh and two cities: Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.

By bus

Phnom Penh Sorya Transport

Phnom Penh Sorya Transport

Tourists can travel to Phnom Penh from many main cities in Cambodia like Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville, Sisophon, etc. and Poipet (Thailand). The bus station at the southwest corner of the Central Market is the base for buses run by Mekong Express, Phnom Penh Sorya Transport, Capitol Tours, Giant Ibis, and GST Express. The other bus station is next to the night market, at the Northern end of the riverside road (Sisowath Quay).

Travel Tips

Phnom Penh Bus Station Map

 

By boat

- River ferries connect Phnom Penh and Siem Reap: depart at 7:30 and usually take 6 hours; a ticket for foreigners costs US $35 USD. Ferries will arrive at the Phnom Penh Port on Sisowath Quay.

- Fast boats: depart every morning at around 8:00 from Chau Doc in Vietnam's Mekong Delta and take 5 hours to reach Phnom Penh. There are 3 choices of boat to Chau Doc: Hang Chau Speed Boat, Mekong Tour Slow Boat, and Cawaco Hydrofoil from Can Tho.

Boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh

Boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh

 

2. Getting Around Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a bustling metropolis with plenty to see and do. To fully explore this vibrant city, it's important to know the different modes of transportation available. Here's a guide to help you navigate your way around Phnom Penh:

Tuk-tuk

Tuk-tuk is a fun and affordable way to get around Phnom Penh. They are three-wheeled vehicles that are similar to a motorbike with a carriage attached to the back for passengers to sit in. These vehicles are easy to spot, and drivers are usually found waiting outside hotels and tourist attractions. 

Here are some tips for using tuk-tuks in Phnom Penh:

- Negotiate the price before getting in: Tuk-tuk drivers may try to charge you more than the standard rate, so it's important to negotiate the price before getting in.

- Know the standard rate: The standard rate for a short trip within the city is around US $2-3, while longer trips may cost up to US $5-7.

- Be aware of traffic: Phnom Penh can be a busy and chaotic city, so be prepared for traffic jams and delays.

- Use reputable drivers: Look for drivers who have a good reputation or are recommended by your hotel or tour guide.

 

Tuk Tuk Is A Popular Mean Of Transportation In Phnom Penh

Tuk Tuk Is A Popular Mean Of Transportation In Phnom Penh

Motorbikes 

For those who prefer a more adventurous way of getting around, motorbikes are available for rent throughout the city. Rentals are available for around US $7-10 per day, and you'll need to have a valid driver's license. Before renting a motorbike, it's important to inspect the bike thoroughly to ensure that it's in good condition. Be aware that traffic can be chaotic, so it's important to drive safely and don't forget to wear a helmet. 

Rent A Motorbike To Freely Explore Phnom Penh

Rent A Motorbike To Freely Explore Phnom Penh

Bicycle

If you're looking for a more eco-friendly way of exploring the city, bicycles are available for rent throughout Phnom Penh. Prices range from US $1-3 per day, depending on the quality of the bike. This is a great way to explore the city at your own pace and avoid traffic.

 

Public transportation 

Phnom Penh has a public bus system that covers many parts of the city, but it's not very convenient for tourists. There are also shared minivans that run between Phnom Penh and other cities in Cambodia, such as Siem Reap and Battambang. These are good options for those on a budget, but be prepared for a long and bumpy ride. It can be crowded and uncomfortable, especially during rush hour. 

 

Taxi

Taxis are available throughout Phnom Penh, but they can be expensive compared to other modes of transportation. Make sure to negotiate the price before getting in, and be aware that traffic can be heavy during peak hours.

You Can Get A Taxi To Travel Around The City

You Can Get A Taxi To Travel Around The City

In short

Phnom Penh has a variety of transportation options available to suit every traveler's needs and preferences. Whatever mode of transportation you choose, be sure to negotiate prices and stay safe on the roads.

You can take a look at our detailed transportation guides below for the main routes to Phnom Penh or get in touch with BestPrice Travel to plan your trip and find the best solution for your transportation needs.