Embark on an enchanting journey from the ancient temples of Siem Reap to the vibrant heart of Phnom Penh. With a variety of transportation options available, your travel through Cambodia’s captivating landscapes promises both comfort and memorable experiences. This guide offers the latest information on the most efficient travel options, including taxis, buses, flights, and even the unique experience of ferry rides. Don’t forget to take advantage of exclusive online booking discounts! You can book online now and save up to 30%:

 

Taxis: Personalized Comfort and Scenic Beauty

For those who prioritize comfort and personal space, opting for a private taxi offers a picturesque 5-hour journey through stunning Cambodian landscapes. Watch this video to see some of the beautiful countryside you’ll pass during your taxi drive:

 

Prices typically start around $75, with options for more luxurious vehicles such as a Lexus 4×4. Enjoy the flexibility of stopping for sightseeing, coffee breaks, or restroom needs at your convenience. It’s recommended to book your taxi in advance for not only cost savings but also for a stress-free experience amidst Cambodia’s dynamic traffic. Secure a safe and enjoyable ride by booking your private taxi online now:

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Buses: Economical and Varied Choices

The bus route from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh has evolved to provide a variety of options, from economical to VIP services, catering to all budgets and preferences. While once limited to a few companies like Giant Ibis and Mekong Express, travelers now have an array of choices, including Cambodia Post VIP, Larryta Express, and Bayon VIP.

Bayon VIP bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Bayon VIP bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Economy buses start as low as $5, while VIP buses, offering a more luxurious experience, range from $9-$12. VIP buses are typically faster and provide a more convenient journey with fewer stops and careful driving. However, be aware that onboard Wi-Fi, if available, may be slow and unreliable. Book your bus journey now for a hassle-free experience:

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Flights: Quick and Convenient Travel

For the fastest travel option, consider taking a flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Airlines such as Cambodia Angkor Air, Lanmei Airlines, and JC International Airlines offer direct flights. Cambodia Angkor Air is often the most recommended for its reliable service.

Cambodia Angkor Air (ATR 72) from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Cambodia Angkor Air from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

 

The flight takes approximately 45 minutes, and return fares average around $160, though this can vary with special offers. Explore flight deals for a swift and smooth transition between these two iconic cities:

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From Siem Reap Airport to the City Center

Upon your arrival at Siem Reap Airport, you’ll find a variety of convenient transportation options for reaching the city center. Taxis, available at set prices, offer a comfortable ride downtown for an average cost of about $10. If you’re traveling as part of a larger group, spacious taxis are also accessible, though they may charge a bit more. For those looking for a more economical alternative, a short stroll from the airport leads to more affordable Tuk Tuks and motos, with fares as low as $6 and $2, respectively. While these options provide a local and budget-friendly experience, exercise caution if approached by Tuk Tuk drivers proposing temple tours, as it’s usually better to arrange such excursions through your accommodation.

Tuk Tuk from Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap city center
A typical Tuk Tuk from Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap city center

 

From Phnom Penh Airport to the City Center

Reaching the city center from Phnom Penh Airport is an uncomplicated process with a variety of convenient transport methods at your disposal. Right outside the airport, you’ll encounter a well-organized taxi stand offering trustworthy and officially regulated taxi services. The journey to the downtown area usually lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, traffic dependent, and typically costs between $12 to $15. Opting for a taxi ensures a comfortable and straightforward trip, particularly beneficial for those with luggage or in group travel.

Alternatively, for those seeking a more economical mode of transportation, a number of tuk-tuks can be found just outside the airport. Engaging in a tuk-tuk ride immerses you in the vibrant atmosphere of Phnom Penh and offers a more traditional and picturesque approach to the city at an affordable rate of about $7 to $9. Furthermore, tech-oriented travelers can take advantage of ride-hailing services such as Grab and PassApp, which are active in Phnom Penh, enabling convenient and quick ride bookings via your smartphone.

Ferry Boats: A Unique Adventure

For an adventurous alternative, consider a ferry boat trip. Though it takes over 8 hours, the journey offers unparalleled scenic beauty. Recommended services like Mekong Explore prioritize safety with enforced life jacket use. Ferries usually depart at 7.30 am from both cities, costing around $35. Opt for top deck seating for the best views, and don’t forget your sunscreen for this memorable ride!

A ferry travelling between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
A ferry travelling between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh

 

Conclusion: Savoring the Journey

In summary, whether you’re journeying in the comfort of a private taxi, embracing the communal spirit of a bus, enjoying the speed of a flight, or embarking on a scenic ferry adventure, traveling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is a journey that’s as rich in experiences as it is in destinations. Each mode of transport brings you closer to the heart and soul of Cambodia, offering unique perspectives of this beautiful country. As you embark on this journey, remember that every mile traveled is an opportunity to create lasting memories and deepen your understanding of Cambodia’s diverse culture and stunning landscapes. Here’s to a journey that’s as fulfilling and memorable as your time spent in Cambodia’s historic and vibrant cities!

 

FAQs

Q: How do you travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh?

A: If you want to travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, you can either take a bus, a private taxi, a flight, or a ferry. If you’re looking for a bit of comfort during your trip and an affordable price, then a private taxi is your best option. The journey will take approximately 5 hours in total and will cost about $75.

Q: How much is a private car from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh?

A: On average a private car from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh will cost in the region of $75 (that’s usually the quote from Siem Reap airport to Phnom Penh). You’ll have the option of stopping for toilet breaks, coffees, and even sightseeing if you wish.

Q: How long from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by bus?

A: A bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh will take approximately 6 hours in total and will cost roughly $9-$12. Although companies such as Giant Ibis and Mekong Express used to be the only recommended services a few years ago, there are now several fantastic (and even better) options including Cambodia Post VIP, Larryta Express, Bayon VIP, and Seila Angkor.

Q: How many km Siem Reap to Phnom Penh?

A: The calculated flying distance from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is 143 miles (231 km). If you want to go by car, the driving distance between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh is 314.7 km. The journey can take 40-60 minutes by plane or 5-8 hours by car or bus.

Q: How much is a luxury boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh?

A: There is currently no luxury boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, but there are several standard ferry services between the two cities. The ferry services are operational throughout most of the year, closing at the height of peak season (April, May, and June) where the water levels are too low. Although the journey will be substantially longer (8+ hours), it will be a memorable experience for sure, with some truly stunning scenery along the way.

Q: How many days should I spend in Cambodia?

A: We would recommend that you spend at least 10 days in Cambodia. An itinerary could go something like this:

Day 1 – Fly into Phnom Penh.
Day 2 – Visit Phnom Penh Museums.
Day 3 – Travel to Siem Reap.
Day 4 – Visit Angkor Wat.
Day 5 – Explore Siem Reap.
Day 6 – Fly to Sihanoukville.
Day 7 – Travel to Koh Rong.
Day 8 – Relax on Koh Rong.
Day 9 – Travel to Koh Rong Samloem.
Day 10 – Explore Koh Rong Samloem.

Q: How many days should I spend in Siem Reap?

A: Siem Reap can’t be covered in one day – you’ll need at least three days to cover the huge expanse of the Angkor temples and other attractions in the area. The ideal time to spend in Siem Reap is around 3-4 days, depending on how early you get there. Just make sure you have at least one and a half full days.

Q: How many days do you need in Phnom Penh?

A: We recommend that you spend about two days in Phnom Penh – one full day for the museums, and one day / half day to take a look around riverside (in particular, the area around the Royal Palace).

Q: Is Cambodia safe?

A: Generally, Cambodia is a safe country – it is ranked the 59th safest country in the world, with violent crime being a rarity. The only exceptions are remote areas of large cities, so please be sensible with where you visit. Cambodian people are generally very respectful and friendly towards foreign men and women, but as with any poorer country, poverty is an issue. As such, we recommend that you do not wear expensive jewellery, leave your belongings unattended, or get heavily intoxicated. Otherwise, relax, explore, and enjoy yourself!

Q: What is the best time to go to Cambodia?

A: We would say that the best time to go to Cambodia is between the middle of November and the start of May. During these months you’ll have beautiful hot days (25°C – 40°C) with very little cloud and low humidity.

Q: What is the best currency to use in Cambodia?

A: The best currency to use in Cambodia is the US Dollar, or the local Khmer Riel – Both currencies are accepted everywhere in the country.

Q: What should you not wear in Cambodia?

A: Cambodia is a Buddhist country, and local people, especially the older generations, adhere to strict dress codes. As such, if you plan on visiting non-tourist areas, men should not wear shorts or vests, while women should not wear mini-skirts, tight yoga pants, or other revealing clothing.

Q: What should I wear to Angkor Wat?

A: When visiting the temples in Angkor Wat, men and women should wear long pants (covering the knee) and shirts that cover the shoulders – skirts, small shorts, tank tops, and other items of revealing clothing are not allowed within the temple grounds.

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