How to get from the airport into Phnom Penh

It’s actually quite easy to get into Phnom Penh from Phnom Penh International Airport (nee Pochentong). As in many cities, you’ll probably have a group of men shouting at you and trying to rope you into various transport options the minute you leave the arrivals hall. Take a deep breath and ignore them.

You have three transportation options for Phnom Penh Airport transfers: taxi, tuk tuk, and moto.

Phnom Penh international airport arrivals

Welcome to Phnom Penh International Airport. Here’s how to leave.

Taking a taxi from Phnom Penh Airport

Taxis are the fastest, safest way to get from the airport into Phnom Penh, especially if you’re carrying lots of expensive equipment on you. You can either get an airport taxi or a private taxi.

The airport taxi drivers all seem to speak English, which is handy for new arrivals. If you walk to the curb immediately after leaving the arrivals hall, there will be a line of official taxis waiting. The official fee for a taxi into Phnom Penh has recently gone up (again) to $12, $15, or $18 depending on which area of town you are headed to, and they will give you a ticket that says the price before you get into the taxi.

An airport taxi to Wat Phnom or the Riverside will cost $12 and most other locations are $15 (BKK1, Russian Market) or $18 for places further afield. Since the recent price increase we don’t know if they are still trying to fob off higher priced tickets on unsuspecting tourists, but check the prices and make sure they are giving you the right one. Taxis are usually Toyota Camrys that can seat four at a squeeze and don’t have room for a lot of luggage.

Another option is to book a taxi online in advance. The private taxis are significantly nicer — they’re air-conditioned Lexus SUVs that can seat four and have more room for luggage. The cost is $17 and you don’t need to deal with the Phnom Penh airport taxi mafia.

If you don’t mind waiting around, you can use one of Phnom Penh’s taxi booking apps which offer a less expensive alternative. They also offer tuk tuk bookings, but the tuk tuks only seat two people.

The trip into town takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, and can take even longer if there’s traffic. From Phnom Penh to the airport it takes about 45 minutes if the roads are clear, but can take take two hours or more in the early evening. Be sure to budget a lot of time, just in case.

phnom penh transportation

For an open-air way to travel to and from the airport, try a tuk tuk.

Taking a tuk tuk from Phnom Penh Airport

Within the grounds of the airport tuk tuks are also available for the set price of $9. If you’re looking to save some money, you can walk directly outside the airport gates and get tuk tuks into town for about $6 depending on your negotiation skills and how far away you are looking to go. (As a point of reference, you should be able to get back to the airport from Phnom Penh for $6 or $7, despite what your guesthouse might tell you.)

When I first landed in Cambodia I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and that bumpy, breezy ride in the tuk tuk was eye-opening and wonderful. A tuk tuk journey is one that involves all of the senses, and it’s one of the best ways to see Phnom Penh for the first time, even if the drive is a bit longer than in a taxi. However, remember to take care of your belongings when in a tuk tuk and keep your bag under your feet if possible.

Taking a moto from Phnom Penh Airport

Motos are also available outside the airport gates for around $2 or $3. Don’t wear your bag on your back, ask the driver to hold the bag up front or hold it between yourself and the driver. New arrivals are easy targets for bag snatchers, so be especially careful on motos or when you put your bag down to pay for your transport. Do not take the airport motos for $7, it’s a total rip off.

Taking the bus from Phnom Penh Airport

Phnom Penh (finally) has a small public bus system, and it is air-conditioned and stops at the airport! It’s certainly the least expensive way to get into town, costing just 1,500 riel ($0.37). Be sure to have small change, preferably riel, as they will not be able to change bills larger than $1. The bus stops directly outside the airport. When you leave the airport, go straight ahead and once outside the gate, turn right, and you’ll see the bus stop (here’s a map). Only one bus line stops there (#3), and you can take it into town. It makes 20 stops after the airport, including Central Market, and terminates at the Night Market on the Riverside. Buses run from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and allegedly run every 15 minutes.

Phnom Penh International Airport

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87 Responses to How to get from the airport into Phnom Penh

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  1. Andrew says:

    Lina have you heard anything about taxi price rises? My regular airport taxi driver says it’s now $15 to places like BKK1 and $18 to further places. He said it just started this month (May). It was the usual $12 last month.

    • Lina says:

      It just rose in Siem Reap this month, so it’s probably true. If you wouldn’t mind snapping a photo for me the next time you are at the airport, I would appreciate. Frankly, with the traffic and the fact it can take up to two hours (or more!) now, it was too cheap.

        • Lina says:

          Thanks very much. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t check when I was there last week, and won’t be there for another month or more.

          • Matt says:

            I arrived today and can confirm that the price indeed has gone up to 15 for a trip to BKK-3. I travel into Phnom Penh about once per month so it likely increased now in May.

            • Lina says:

              Did you get a photo? I can’t do this all on my own!

              In Siem Reap they are charging different rates at different times of the day. When did your flight arrive? Did you notice the other prices?

              • Matt says:

                Sorry, didn’t think to take a photo after 22 hours of traveling :) I was on TG580 from Bangkok arriving around 9 AM, but from what I understood from the driver it’s the same price regardless of time of day or where you go within the city. I’ll be flying in again in about week, will try to get a photo and more details then.

          • Andrew says:

            Just landed. There is no sign to take a photo of yet. The original amounts are covered up though.

            It’s now $12 to Riverside, $15 to other places (like BKK1) and $18 further afield.

            I have a photo of the ticket one gets from the window though to send to you.

            I’m not sure that the Tuk Tuk price has changed though. I should have looked more closely but it was still the regular $7-9 written on the outside of the booth I think. I remember thinking it’s annoying that the Tuk Tuk price is there for a photo but not the taxi price.

            • Judi says:

              Yes, I also was taken aback by the jump to $15 for my regular run to TTP when I arrived home yesterday. I was told it was price rise, then because of traffic jam (not on the way to TTP there wasn’t) Wasn’t sure if it was a new thing or just taking advantage of the long weekend so I took a tuk tuk instead – still $9. Thanks for clarifying.

  2. Anna says:

    Hello! I am really pleased yo know that there’s a public bus to the airport. Excellent news! Do you know how long does it take? I have checked Google Maps and by car it should take 30 minutes, but I can’t calculate how long would it be including 20 stops.thank you very much.

  3. Maggie says:

    I’m arriving at Phnom Penh at midnight and would like to take a taxi to Sihanoukville. Do you know if this would be possible? I know it’s pretty easy to do during the day, but I’m wondering about if it’s possible late at night.

  4. Ian Somauroo says:

    My wife and I arrive at 18:40 and need to get to The Plantation Urban Resort and Spa.
    What is the best mode of transport out of Phnom Penh, how long does it take and how much are the fares

  5. Ivan says:

    Thanks for the great info! Is it hard to catch a taxi at 5am from Giant Ibis Bus Terminal (next to the night market) to the airport? 5am is when a bus arrives from Siem Reap.

  6. Mary Bertelsen says:

    Arriving at Sisowath tourist dock in Phnom Penn early afternoon.
    How much for a taxi to city centre
    How are reputable companies

  7. Molly says:

    Hi there, we will be arriving in PP at 4pm and would like to get a taxi from the airport to Otres village Sihanoukville, do you think this is possible? Or will we need to book a taxi in advance? Could you give me a rough idea of the price, Ive read $60. Thank you

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