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How to Get from Phnom Penh Airport to Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is a popular coastal city in Cambodia’s southwest on the Gulf of Thailand; whether you’re looking to relax lying on the beach or enjoy the vibrant nightlife, it’s an ideal destination to take a break from the city. If you’re arriving at Phnom Penh Airport, that’s no reason to miss out on the opportunity to visit some of the country’s most beautiful beaches found in Sihanoukville. There are different ways to get from Phnom Penh International Airport to Sihanoukville so you can choose the one that best matches your needs. The fastest and most comfortable transportation option is to take an airport taxi or book a personalised airport transfer to reach your hotel directly. Alternatively, you can get there by bus or train but in that case, you’ll first have to make your way from Phnom Penh airport to the city centre; it’ll cost less but the total travel time will be significantly higher.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €90 270min 24/7
Bus €24 300min 07:00–01:30
Train €20 360min 07:00–07:00

How to get from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville by taxi

Getting from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville by taxi is a very convenient option if you’re looking to reach your destination quickly and comfortably. You’ll find taxis at Phnom Penh airport 24/7 all year long, so you won’t need to worry about what time your flight arrives. Better yet, you can save time by pre-booking your Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville transfer and avoid waiting in line for a taxi.

How much is the fare for a taxi from Phnom Penh International Airport to Sihanoukville?

Phnom Penh taxis don’t operate with set rates so for a long-distance route like the one from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville, avoid getting in a taxi without knowing how much it will cost. The average cost for a standard taxi for up to 4 passengers from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville is about €90 (KHR 36,4756). To ensure a competitive fixed rate and know how much you’ll pay in advance, you can always pre-book your Phnom Penh airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€90

Trip Duration

4 h

This is an average price; the total fare might differ depending on the taxi operator and the exact drop-off location.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

There are taxis available 24/7 at Phnom Penh airport.

Where do I take a taxi from?

Official Phnom Penh airport taxis are lined up right in front of the arrivals terminal 24/7. Avoid taking a taxi far from the rank as it might not be an official, registered taxi.

Convenience

Getting from Phnom Penh International Airport to Sihanoukville is a long journey so you might as well make it as smooth as possible by taking a taxi. The cost will be higher compared to other means of transport but none will take you directly to your destination except for an airport taxi. Especially if your flight arrives early in the morning or late at night, instead of wasting time waiting for the next bus or train departure you can simply hop in a taxi and enjoy some privacy and comfort.

Editor’s Note

If you're in Cambodia only for a few days but you don't want to leave Sihanoukville out of your itinerary, taking a taxi is the best choice; you'll get there fast enough and you can make your own schedule, without the need to keep track of bus or train schedules.

Useful Tips

Make sure to agree on a price with the driver before you start the ride as Phnom Penh taxis don’t operate on set fares.
If you use a metered taxi, check that the driver sets the taximeter to the correct fare according to the company's base fare.
Not all taxi drivers speak English, so it’s best to have your address written down in Khmer, the most widely spoken language in the country.

How to get from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville by bus

Getting from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville directly by bus isn’t possible yet; you first need to take the local bus to reach the city centre and then switch to a private bus operator to get to Sihanoukville. This combination is a budget-friendly option but keep in mind that the total journey will take over 6 hours during peak hours.

How much does the bus ticket cost from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville?

The bus ticket fare from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville depends on the operator you’ll book with. The average cost is €12 (KHR 48634) per traveller but keep in mind the added cost to get from Phnom Penh airport to the city centre.

Cost

€12

Trip Duration

6 h

The cost and trip duration refer only to the journey from Phnom Penh city centre to Sihanoukville and might differ among the different operators.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Availability depends on the bus operator; generally, there are buses available from 07:00 until 01:30 on most days.

Where do I take the bus from?

The exact pick-up point depends on the bus operator you’ll choose; there are many different pick-up points around the city so when you make your booking you can find the one that is more convenient for you.

Convenience

The lower cost might make the bus an appealing transportation option to get to Sihanoukville but it’s not suitable for everyone. You need to keep in mind the total duration of the journey from the airport to the city centre to Sihanoukville and the different means of transport you’ll need to use. If you prefer a smooth, stress-free travel experience, you’ll be much better off taking an airport taxi.

Editor’s Note

Taking the bus to reach Sihanoukville can be a good value-for-money transportation option if you're travelling alone and with light luggage. If you carry a lot of luggage or you're travelling with young children, you might want to opt for a taxi, which will take you directly to your destination.

Useful Tips

The pick-up and drop-off points differ from one bus operator to the other; make sure to check this information before booking your ticket.
You can take a taxi or tuk-tuk from the airport to save time and reach the exact meeting point for your bus departure.
Some operators use minivans and others larger buses so the passenger capacity differs. Keep that in mind if you're travelling in a larger group and book your tickets in advance.

How to get from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville by train

Even though there is no direct train connection from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville, you can still reach your destination by train. First, you’ll need to make your way from the airport to the city centre and head to the train station downtown; from there, you can take the train to Sihanoukville.

How much does the train ticket cost from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville?

A one-way train ticket from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville costs €10 (KHR 40528) per traveller. You also need to take into account the added cost of getting from Phnom Penh airport to the city, which depends on the transportation option you’ll choose; taxi, bus or tuk-tuk.

Cost

€10

Trip Duration

6 h

The cost and trip duration refer only to the journey from Phnom Penh train station to Sihanoukville.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The train from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville departs only once at 07:00 daily.

Where do I take the train from?

The train to Sihanoukville departs from the Cambodia Railway Station in downtown Phnom Penh; you’ll need to make your way from the airport to the city and be on the right platform on time to catch the train departure.

Convenience

Getting from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville by train can be an interesting experience as you’ll enjoy some beautiful views along the way but it’s not the most convenient option. The train departs only once at 07:00 every day and you also need to take into account the travel time between Phnom Penh airport to the train station downtown. If you’re travelling with young children or you’re carrying heavy luggage, trying to catch the train on time can get rather stressful; you’re better off taking a Phnom Penh airport taxi instead and enjoying a smooth, stress-free ride directly to your destination.

Editor’s Note

If you're not in a hurry, taking the train to get from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville is a good value-for-money transportation option; it will take longer but you'll also be able to enjoy the view as you cross the country.

Useful Tips

You can buy your ticket online or at the train station.
If you buy an online ticket, there's no need to print it out; you can simply show your e-ticket and board the train.
Children up to 4 years old can ride the train free of charge.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the cost of an airport taxi from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville?

Taxis in Phnom Penh don’t operate with set rates; a fixed rate is agreed upon with the driver before you start the ride, especially for long-distance routes. The average cost for a standard taxi for up to 4 passengers from Phnom Penh International Airport to Sihanoukville is about €90 (KHR 36,4756).

What are my options for transportation from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville?

There are three different ways to get from Phnom Penh International Airport to Sihanoukville. The only direct transportation option is to take an airport taxi or pre-book a Phnom Penh airport transfer, which will get you there in about 4 hours and 30 minutes. Two more budget-friendly options are to take a bus or the train but for both, you’ll first need to get from Phnom Penh airport to the city so the total travel time will be over 6 hours.

How far is Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh airport?

Sihanoukville lies on the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 220 kilometres southwest of Phnom Penh airport; getting there by car or taxi takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes.

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