Getting around in Cambodia

Private and Local Transport Options in Cambodia

Several transport options exist for tourists in Cambodia visiting the country’s most important attractions.

As many of Cambodia’s highlights are clustered close to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, visitors can see the majority of the key sites by traveling between these 2 areas.

The following can all be reached from either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap:

Domestic flights and private car hire are the most convenient ways of moving around Cambodia whilst local transport options offer an authentic Cambodian experience.

Taking a Domestic Flight in Cambodia

Tourists visiting Cambodia’s most popular sites can take a domestic flight between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports. Several airlines currently offer this route daily:

  • Cambodia Angkor Air
  • Cambodia Bayon Airlines
  • Bassaka Air
  • Lanmei Airlines
  • JC International Airlines

The flight from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap takes just 45 minutes and fares range from around $53 to $100.

Baggage allowance varies from airline to airline and should be checked in advance.

Traveling by Private Car in Cambodia

Car hire offers tourists greater flexibility for sightseeing in Phnom Penh and Angkor and is a comfortable way to travel between cities.

For a more relaxed experience, hiring a car with an expert driver is highly recommended. Drivers, who often speak English, know the roads well and are knowledgable about the local area.

One-day car hire with a driver in and around Cambodia’s towns costs in the region of 16–20,500 riel ($40–$50), slightly more if going out to the provinces.

Advice for booking a car and driver in Cambodia

Some car hiring tips to keep in mind in Cambodia:

  • Due to high year-round temperatures, choose a car with air-conditioning
  • Choose a reputable firm and book in advance
  • Let the company know the attractions you wish to visit, that way they can plan the itinerary
  • Check the guide speaks English when booking

Traveling by Boat and Ferry in Cambodia

Boat and ferry trips along the river are an opportunity to go from one place to another whilst appreciating the natural surroundings.

A boat from Phnom Penh to Siem departs at 7 am and takes around 5 hours in total. The price of this trip is about 14,000 riel ($35), less than most domestic flights.

Advice for taking a boat in Cambodia:

  • Opt for a boat with on-board entertainment
  • Book in advance through a reputable agency
  • Read online reviews before booking to check the reliability

Local Transport in Cambodia

Local transport options can be an interesting and inexpensive way to make short trips in and around towns.

For sightseers seeking the most authentic experience, the cyclo and motodups can be used to travel like a local.

Buses are not widely used by tourists in Cambodia. Bus services are popular amongst the student population, yet foreign visitors generally prefer the flexibility and convenience of private cars.

As metered taxis are not common in Cambodia, the best way to book a taxi is through the hotel or guesthouse.

Remork-moto, the Cambodia Tuk Tuk

The Remork-moto is a trailer hitched to a motorcycle and commonly used in Cambodia to transport both people and goods. Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have tourist versions, often referred to as Tuk Tuks.

  • Price: 5 minute trip 4,000–6,000 riel ($1–$1.50), across town 12,000 riel ($3)
  • Recommended for: exploring the temples

Motodups, a motorbike taxi

Small motorbike taxis, motodups or motos can be a convenient way to make quick, short trips in towns and cities.

  • Price: from 2,000 riel ($1.50) depending on the length of the trip, slightly more at night
  • Recommended for: quick, short journeys within towns and cities

Cyclo, the bicycle rickshaw

Cyclos can be seen waiting outside hotels and popular restaurants and bars in Phnom Penh. Although numbers are reducing to the increased popularity of the motodup, cyclos can be an affordable way to travel around the city.

  • Price: from 4,000–12,000 riel ($1– $3)
  • Recommended for: inexpensive, short trips within the city

Obtaining the Tourist Visa to Travel in Cambodia

As citizens of just 9 countries are able to enter the Kingdom of Cambodia visa-free, most foreign nationals require a visa if planning a trip to the country.

To avoid visiting an embassy and long lines at the border, it is highly recommended that tourists apply only for the toursit eVisa. International visitors from 200 countries can take advantage of the online process.

Once approved, the applicant receives the eVisa by email to be printed and presented at the border.