From getting to Phnom Penh from the airport or out of town for a weekend break to renting motos and recommended tuk tuk drivers, we’ve got you covered.
Getting around town
Phnom Penh is a sprawling city and very hot. There are very few crosswalks, and sidewalks are used for parking. All said, Phnom Penh is not a pedestrian-friendly city. Most locals, expats, and tourists choose to get around by bicycle, moto, tuk tuk, or taxi.
Tuk tuks are generally the most pleasant way to travel. Whether you’re going to be in Phnom Penh for a week or for a year, it makes sense to get to know a few tuk tuk drivers. Using the same driver regularly means lower prices, less hassle, and much less time spent explaining where it is you are trying to go. It’s also easier to have a regular in your neighborhood (or outside your hotel) so you don’t need to call and wait for a driver every time you want to go somewhere. Read our tips for taking tuk tuks in Phnom Penh (with a sample price list).
If you don’t want to build a relationship with a local driver, Phnom Penh now has ride-hailing apps that you can download, and the cost is often less than hiring someone off the street. Be aware, though, that many drivers do not speak English and some do not know how to use GPS, so be prepared to give directions, and be sure to have have small change available to pay your fare.
Recommended Phnom Penh tuk tuk drivers
Ken is a friendly, English-speaking tuk tuk driver with a great smile who hangs out in front of the Pavilion Hotel. He has a better-than-average knowledge of landmarks, hotels and restaurants and offers reasonable prices. If you want to hire him for a full day of sightseeing the cost is between $20 and $25. A trip to the Killing Fields and back to Phnom Penh is $15.
T: 092 784 549
Lina, or Mr. Lina, as he introduces himself, is one of Phnom Penh’s most stylish tuk tuk drivers. You’ll usually find his Mondrian-esque yellow, red, blue, and white tuk tuk parked on Street 246, and its driver chillin’ in a fedora somewhere nearby. Mr. Lina’s brightly colored tuk tuk is a lovely way to get around town and Mr. Lina is a friendly guy who is happy to do all-day tours or short trips for reasonable prices.
T: 098 530 087
If you want to save money, a motodop, or moto taxi, is usually half the price of a tuk tuk. We advise that you buy your own helmet, though, because one will not be provided for you, and moto accidents are a leading cause of death in Cambodia. We’ve got more tips on taking motos in Phnom Penh in the book.
Bicycle and moto rentals
You can rent motos by the day, week, or month from Lucky Lucky! Motorcycle Shop, Phnom Penh’s most popular (with expats, anyway) moto rental and travel agency. The cost is $4 per day or $5 for an automatic, $25 for a week or $30 for an automatic, or $60 for a month or $70 for an automatic. You will need to leave your passport as collateral.
413Eo Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
099 808 788; 012 279 990
E: [email protected]
Vannak Motorcycle Shop on Street 130 near the riverside is the place to go if you’re looking for more powerful bikes. They rent Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha dirt bikes, choppers, sports bikes, plus the more standard models, including the Honda Dream. They rent bikes by the day, week, or month with prices starting at $5 per day or $35 per week. Some of the bigger models, like the Honda Shadow, go for around $50 per day. Vannak also sells, repairs, and services motos.
46Eo Street 130, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
012 220 970; 011 220 970; 070 220 970
Taxis are just starting to become popular in the Charming City and, surprisingly, they are often cheaper than tuk tuks. There aren’t any taxi stands in Phnom Penh yet, so you’re best off calling and ordering a taxi to your location. Most of the taxi companies operate 24 hours a day, but they are not necessarily centrally located, so it’s best to call in advance.
For more information, check out our review of metered taxi companies and taxi-booking apps in Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh finally have a (small) bus network. Tickets are inexpensive, they are air-conditioned, and this can be an easy way to get to the airport. For more information, read our blog post about the Phnom Penh public buses.
Getting to and from Phnom Penh
How to get from the airport into Phnom Penh
If you’re flying into or out of the Phnom Penh airport, you should read our blog post to find out all of the ways to get from Phnom Penh’s airport into Phnom Penh proper. Plus, find out how not to get scammed.
How to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Whether you’re looking to travel by bus, boat, taxi, or plane, we run down all of the options for Phnom Penh-Siem Reap transportation in this blog post about how to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (and vice-versa).
Our detailed review of the Giant Ibis night bus tells you everything you need to know about traveling between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap at night. If you’re looking for more information on Giant Ibis buses, we also have a review of the daytime buses between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
If you’d like to purchase bus tickets in advance of your journey, you can buy bus tickets from Phnom Penh to cities all over Cambodia through BookMeBus.
How to get from Phnom Penh to Battambang
Thinking about spending a weekend in Battambang? Check out our detailed blog post about the best ways to get from Phnom Penh to Battambang (and vice-versa). Once you are there, be sure to check out our expat guide to Battambang.
How to get from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
It’s not very far from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, so it might be time to think about a weekend break. We have a detailed blog post about all of the ways to get from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, including bus, mini-bus, and taxi. Once you are there, have a look at our expat guide to Sihanoukville.
How to get from Phnom Penh to Kampot
If you’re heading to Kampot from Phnom Penh, you should check out our blog post about all of the Phnom Penh-Kampot transport options, including taxi, bus, and mini-bus. Plus, we’ve got a detailed review of the Giant Ibis mini-bus that runs between Kampot and Phnom Penh.
How to get from Phnom Penh to Vietnam
Phnom Penh to Saigon (HCMC) is an easy trip by bus, but Phnom Penh to Hanoi usually requires a flight. We’ve got a full review of the Giant Ibis Phnom Penh-HCMC bus. If you’re heading to Hanoi from Phnom Penh, usually some combination of bus and flights offers the most economical way to travel (unless you want to spend days on the road). Remember, if you’re arriving in Vietnam by bus, you’ll need to get a Vietnam visa in Cambodia before you leave.
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