Nov 18 2011

How to get from the airport into Phnom Penh

Published by at 8:36 am under Transport


Getting from the airport into Phnom Penh is quite easy and relatively hassle free compared to some other airports. When you exit the arrivals hall, you’ll have a dozen men shouting “taxi! taxi!” at you, but feel free to ignore them, as I do. Why reward that kind of behaviour?

Tuk tuk, sir?

Once outside and on the sidewalk, there will be more men asking if you want a taxi. There should be one handing out yellow slips of paper — this is your receipt for the taxi and proof of the price. The price for a taxi from the airport is $9, with no extra charges for baggage or additional passengers. They may try to charge you $10, but don’t fall for this, $9 is the official charge. Tipping is not required.

If you take a tuk tuk from inside the airport gates, it will cost $7 to go to town. This is not particularly good value, with taxis only costing $9. Tuk tuks are less safe but as one enthusiastic driver told me recently, “good way to see city, fresh air, nice ride.” And while I do recommend the taxi in order to keep your bags safe, there is something magical about that first tuk tuk ride into the city that I won’t ever forget.

If you do decide to take a tuk tuk, consider walking directly outside the airport gates. There will be a dozen tuk tuks lined up who will go to the city for $4. I pay $5 if there will be two stops, but I know of people who manage to pay far less. Your mileage may vary, but it’s always much cheaper than the official tuk tuks inside the gates.

There aren’t official motodops at the airport, but you can nab one just outside the gate for about $2 into town. A number of people have sustained serious injury after having their bags snatched while on the back of a moto, so ask the driver to hold your bag up front, or carry it between you and the driver. And welcome to Phnom Penh!

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3 Responses to “How to get from the airport into Phnom Penh”

  1. Christopher Tanon 05 Mar 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Great advice on taking transport. Faces same thing whenever I visit some countries. Easy come easy go ($$$). Walk a bit & pay a lot less. Thanks for your contribution

  2. Daveon 14 Feb 2013 at 11:06 am

    I’ll be arriving here in a few days for the first time, so this is all very helpful. Airport taxi drivers are one of the banes of my life.

  3. Srinion 17 Sep 2013 at 9:17 am

    What we paid in September 2013:

    Airport taxis: are with a fixed rate of USD9 (min) from Airport to Street 240: where in many a good hotels are situated.
    Tuk Tuk: are with a fixed rate of USD7(min) to Street 240
    Tuk Tuk from Giant Ibis bus station to street 240 is USD2

    Negotiate, re-negotiate, clarify, doubly be assured specially with the Tuk Tuks.
    Once one of the drivers have informed that it would cost USD5 from Street 240 to Airport; on the verge of starting the journey, he has flagged off to say its USD7 and lots of permutations and combinations….its then we have just gotten into nearby Tuk Tuk by paying same USD7.

    During offseason, one may have better flexibility to negotiate…

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