How to get from the airport into Siem Reap

Visitors to Siem Reap will be relieved to hear that airport transfers to Siem Reap are pretty painless. The reason for this is that there’s virtually no competition from the Siem Reap Airport (REP) and the drivers have strict rules about not line-jumping or undercutting each other. This means prices are set and you will not usually need to bargain. You also can book a less expensive ride in advance through your hotel or travel agent.

You have four options for getting to Siem Reap from the airport: taxi, moto, tuk tuk, or van taxi.

Siem Reap Airport

Welcome to Siem Reap Airport! Here’s how to leave.

Taking a taxi from Siem Reap Airport

When you arrive at Siem Reap Airport, immediately after exiting the building you’ll see a taxi stand where you can book a taxi for $10 or a van taxi for $9. They’ve now had two price increases in a year, and the cost is now more than $1 per km into town, which I think is ridiculous, so consider booking through your hotel instead.

A regular taxi can seat four passengers although it will be a tight squeeze, and the trunk will not have enough room for more than two suitcases. If you have four or more people, go with the van option which can usually seat 6+ passengers and comfortably carry their luggage.

If you book a taxi through your hotel, the cost is usually around $10, but are higher from the luxury hotels in town.

Taking a tuk tuk from Siem Reap Airport

You book a tuk tuk at the taxi desk, in which case it the cost to Siem Reap’s city center is $9. They’ve recently raised the price to try and encourage people to take taxis instead, but never fear, you can still find a tuk tuk for between $4 and $6 if you walk through the parking lot and towards the exit (or just outside the airport) where you’ll find tuk tuks that have just dropped off their passengers and are heading back into town.

Tuk tuks can seat up to four passengers, but they will try to charge you more if you have multiple passengers. Siem Reap tuk tuk drivers are notorious for dropping you off at your hotel and then offering incredibly cheap temple tours, and then changing the price mid-tour. Because of this, it’s best to avoid using the official airport tuk tuk drivers for your temple tours (instead book one through your hotel or find someone you like at any of the night markets in town).

If you book an airport pickup through your hotel, they will usually send a tuk tuk to pick you up. Prices range from free to $7. With the latest price increase it’s advisable to book a tuk tuk through your hotel instead of at the airport.

Siem Reap airport taxi

Siem Reap airport transfers: taxis, motos and vans at the desk, tuk tuks out front

Taking a moto from Siem Reap Airport

Motos are also available from the taxi stand for $9. The price used to be $2, then $6, but the taxi mafia has forced the price to be raised to push people to take taxis. To find a cheaper option, walk  through the parking lot and towards the exit and you’ll be able to find one on their way out. The cost should be around $2, but negotiate in advance. If you do take a moto, 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.

28 Responses to How to get from the airport into Siem Reap

  1. Peter says:

    how to best get to Angkor site from downtown Siem reap ? Do you have a local guide you can recommend ? How do we best get to the Kompong Khleang ? Can you please give a price indication.Many thanks

  2. Mario says:

    Hello Lina,
    Thanks for your website feedback on taxi.
    I”m arriving to Airport and need to move to Siem Reap downtown to Shinta mani resort.
    I read that taxi drivers are trying to stay with you along your time in visiting city till u leave . Is it true or just a web noise ?
    My idea is to book separately my tour to temples and no burden/mix with airport from/to airport.
    Thanks in advance for your feedback

    Mario

      • Rox says:

        Hey Rajan, I was in Siem Reap last quarter of 2016 and there was no problem at all findings rides! I got mine at the bus terminal as I was dropped from HCMC – all in at USD25 (to hostel-angkor temples-hostel-terminal) so I guess it was pretty decent deal considering I was alone. I read somewhere that some drivers can even add up to USD10!

        Let me know if you have new info as I will be going back this December. :D

  3. Nan S says:

    Hi lina,

    Your site has been a major help in trip planning. We reach from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap in the evening and have a flight from SR, the next morning. Is there any hostel/budget hotel you could suggest for us to crash the night?

  4. Sapna Daswani says:

    Hi all I arrive in Siam reap approx 1pm on Marxh 9th and would like to go directly to battambang. Do you have any recommendations on which taxi service can take me and how much will it cost us??
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  5. Caroline says:

    Hi there, we only have two days in Siem Reap then two days in Phnom Penh before flying home – would you recommend getting the bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh or flying? Were trying to maximise our time in both places. Thanks

  6. Yung says:

    How big is Siem Reap? Is 8-hours Siem Reap city taxi trip that costs US$38.50 reasonable? Includes a number of stops in Siem Reap to visit offices and tourist destinations outside Angkor.

    • Tamara Richardson says:

      Hmmm.. as an expact who’s lived in Siem Reap for long periods of time, $38.50 is pretty expensive. But that depends entirely on how many people are using the taxi. I know that you can hire a taxi for a full day to take you sight seeing for $10.00 or even $20.00, but again, there’s that question of whether you don’t mind spending that money considering this is how they make their living.

  7. Alex Mahone says:

    Hi Can you advise on Siem reap to Phnom Penh by Taxi. Is it good option and if you can advise any reliable taxi operators

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