Kent Kobayashi

Travelled to 11 countries / regions

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I traveled to Cambodia in 2019



Asia > Cambodia > Phnom Penh > Phnom Penh International Airport > Useful Info
Updated on Jan 10, 2020 Useful Info

Best ways to get into the city from Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)

Speaking from experience, Phnom Penh International Airport is pretty well connected to the city. For my visit there I did extensive research on how to get in. There are many ways to get into the city, including airport taxi, Grab taxi, tuk tuk, shuttle bus, city bus, and train.

Here's the prices for all of these options from my research (converted to US dollars):

  1. Airport taxi: $12-$18 US dollars
  2. Grab taxi: $6USD-$7.5 US dollars
  3. Tuk tuk: $6 - $16 US dollars (this is the option I used because it was convenient and relatively cheap)
  4. Airport express bus: $5 US dollars
  5. City Bus 3 (public bus): 37 cents US
  6. Airport train: $2.5 US dollars

Below are more detailed information regarding how to take each transportation option:

Airpot taxi:

  • Fares are fixed, either $12, $15, or $18 US dollars depending on zones as of 2019
  • Taxis are lined up on the curb right outside the terminal exit. They are painted white with a yellow stripe across the middle, with the word "TAXI" painted on it
  • To take one just approach this line up and someone in yellow/brown uniform will approach you and direct you to the one you should take
  • Payment is by cash only, you can pay either in US dollars or Cambodian Riel
  • If traffic condition is good, taxis should take only 30-50 minutes to get in to the city. However, during rush hours in the morning and in the afternoon, it can take up to 2 hours
  • Taxi fare zones:

Grab taxi:

  • If you do not know what Grab is, it's the Southeast Asian version of Uber/Lyft. You can see more information on its website
  • Grab taxi is much cheaper than airport taxi, costing just $6-$7.5 US dollars to the city center
  • However, Grab drivers will not come onto airport property to pick you up, as that is prohibited. You must exit the airport to go to the main road in front of it to get picked up
  • The road in front of the airport is called Russian Federation Boulevard, and you can walk 100 meters from the terminal exit to this spot to exit the airport and call a Grab. Of course, you will need to have mobile data for this to work because this spot is well outside the airport wifi range
  • Trip takes 30-50 minutes normally, up to 2 hours with traffic

Tuk tuk:

  • You can take airport tuk tuks or street tuk tuks
  • Airport tuk tuks are conveniently lined up outside the terminal building, but they are more expensive at $10, $13, $16 flat fare to the city center depending on zone (same zones as airport taxis above). As you exit the terminal building you will see them behind the line up of taxis. When you walk towards them someone in yellow/brown uniform will guide you to one
  • Street tuk tuks are much cheaper but require you to exit the airport property to Russian Federation Boulevard first, which is 100 meters away from the terminal building. Once you get there you can hail one off the street. They are much cheaper, costing just $6 US dollars to the city center
  • Payment is by cash USD or Cambodian Riel
  • Tip is not required but some tourists tip $1 USD
  • Taking the tuk tuks during the rush hour (4-7pm) will subject you to lots of exhaust fumes from the traffic, so avoid if you can
  • Trip takes 30-50 minutes normally, up to 2 hours with traffic

Airport express bus:

  • There is an express bus operated by KKStar that can take you from the airport to various hotels and other spots in the city center for a flat $5 US dollars
  • Here's a map of all its stops. From the airport you will be taking either the red route or the orange route (note that on the map below "Train Shuttle" refers to the train option which I will talk about below):User submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  • For the latest information you can check out KKStar's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KKStarBus. They don't have a website as far as I know
  • You can buy ticket at their counter inside the terminal after you pick up your luggage, or simply from the bus driver. Again, payment is by cash Riel or USD
  • Trip takes 30-50 minutes normally, up to 2 hours with traffic
  • Their buses look like this:User submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport

City Bus 3 (public bus):

  • The cheapest option by far at 1,500 Riels (37 cents USD) flat, this public bus will take you from the airport to various stops in the city center
  • Payment is by Riel only, and exact change is required. USD is not accepted
  • Bus runs between 5am and 8:30pm everyday
  • It's the busiest bus route in Phnom Penh so the bus runs very frequently at once every 15-20 minutes
  • To board the bus, you must walk 100 meters away from the terminal building to exit the airport property, onto this spot on Russian Federation Boulevard (coordinates: 11.553430, 104.844102)
  • The bus is air conditioned and in good shape. This is what it looks like inside: User submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  • This is Phnom Penh's current bus map, the dark blue line is for bus 3:User submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Here's all the stops that bus 3 takes (the airport is stop 59, and city center is towards the bottom):User submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  • You can get the current information on Tourism Cambodia's website: https://www.tourismcambodia.com/tourist-information/phnom-penh-city-bus.htm

Airport train:

  • You can take the train from the airport to Phnom Penh Railway Station, which is situated in the city center
  • This is a fairly cheap option, costing just $2.5 USD (payment is by Cambodian Riel only). However, once you get to the railway station, you will need to take a tuk tuk or taxi to your final destination, which will cost another $2-3 USD
  • The schedule is a little sporadic and not fixed at the moment. There is a train every 1 to 1.5 hours. Journey takes 30-40 minutes
  • To board the train, you just have to exit the terminal building, turn left and walk for about 100 meters, then turn right towards the parking spaces. You will then see a small building with a blue sign on top that says "Royal Railway". See this YouTube video:
  • You should be able to book this train through Royal Railway's booking site: http://royalrailway.easybook.com, but I don't think you need to because the train does not look to be that frequently used