Showing up at a strange airport in a strange country is, for most people, a stressful experience. Luckily, Sihanoukville Airport is so small that there’s almost nothing to worry about. There are limited options for getting from Sihanoukville Airport into town, but it’s best to have an idea in advance of what your plan is.
The Sihanoukville Airport is located approximately 12 miles (20km) north of Sihanoukville, on Route 4. Only four planes per week that land there, all of them Cambodia Angkor Air’s Siem Reap to Sihanoukville flights.
Getting from the Sihanoukville Airport into town
Because there are so few flights, there aren’t a lot of options for getting from the airport into Sihanoukville, and the prices are pretty fixed (and not particularly good value). Sihanoukville is known to have the most extortionate tuk tuk drivers in the country. They’ve formed a “union” which is little more than a mafia that uses price-fixing and extortion of other drivers to keep prices artificially high. For this reason, even if you see a tuk tuk at the airport, we recommend you avoid them.
If you have three people or fewer, the best option is the Sihanoukville Airport shuttle bus or taxi ride share. The airport goes back and forth on which they offer, and sometimes they off both, so I am including both just to be safe.
For the shuttle, tickets cost $5 per person and will drop you off in any area of town you wish to go, including all of the big hotels and popular beaches. When you exit the airport, before heading out the door is a ticket counter where you can purchase tickets for the shuttle. The bus waits for about 20 minutes after each flight, but they do not solicit passengers. Meaning, don’t stand around waiting for someone to ask you if you want to take the shuttle. Just go buy a ticket and hop on.
For the taxi shares, the cost is the same, $5 per person or $20 for the whole taxi. You can buy a ticket at the same ticket counter on the way out of the airport. They will try and push you to buy a whole taxi, but do not budge if you don’t want to. They will make you wait for more passengers and hope that you will give in.
The trip to Sihanoukville takes about 20 minutes.
Depending on where you are staying, they will drop you at your specific hotel or in the general area. If you are staying on Serendipity/Ochheuteal Beach, for example, they will not drop you at your hotel, but rather at the top of Serendipity Beach Road and you will need to make your own way from there. If you’re staying on one of the beaches and you already have a hotel booked, you should bring a map or have an idea of where your hotel is before boarding the bus. We recommend the detailed and free Canby maps, which can be downloaded online or found in many businesses around town.
If you have four or more people, you’ll save money by taking a taxi. The going rate is usually around $20, but they will often ask for more. If you want to save yourself the stress, you can book a taxi online for $25. A few bucks more, but they are new SUVs with more trunk space and no haggling. Make your reservation at least 3 hours in advance.
Getting from town to the Sihanoukville Airport
If you’ve read the above, you can pretty much follow the same directions but in reverse. For three people or fewer, take the shuttle bus. You can book a ticket at most guesthouses or any local travel agent, I’ve used Best Beach Travel (T: 015 678 924) and the shuttle will pick you up at a pre-determined point, either your hotel or the travel agent’s office. You can also call the shuttle directly on the number listed below for a better deal; they are having a promotion right now and tickets going to the airport are either 50% off or $1 off, so $3 or $5. They will ask you which promotion you know about, so now you know about both!
Taxis can also be booked through any travel agent and most guesthouses for $20. Taxis are older Toyota Camrys and most do not have a lot of trunk space.
I’ve included some specific taxi recommendations in the transportation section of the Sihanoukville city guide. You can also opt to book a taxi online (at least three hours in advance). They are $25, but nicer, larger SUVs with more space for luggage.
As mentioned above, tuk tuks are usually extortionate in Sihanoukville and are best avoided, but you can usually get a tuk tuk to the airport for $15.
Sihanoukville Airport Shuttle
by United Ground Services (UGS)
T: 088 471 1784; 010 310 737
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