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The majority of visitors arrive by air from Phnom Penh and Bangkok, though there are also flights from several other major cities in Southeast Asia. Seeinternational/domestic flight schedule page for detailed international and domestic flight information and a list of airlines that service Phnom Penh and Cambodia. For international overland travel from surrounding countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos) see the international border crossing/overland travel page.  Cambodian visas are available on arrival at both airports and most international border checkpoints. The crossing at Aranyaprathet/Poipet is closest and most convenient to Siem Reap. The road from Phnom Penh is very good condition and there are regular buses, taxis and vans running between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as well as a daily river ferry service.

SIEM REAP: ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE 

Siem Reap - Angkor International Airport has frequent flights from Phnom Penh Internationally, there are direct flights to/from 
Low-cost carriers Air Asia and Jetstar Asia now fly to Siem Reap from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore respectively, but the popular route to Bangkok is still monopolized by Bangkok Airways, which charges accordingly (around $350 US per person, round-trip for the 1-hour flight). Thai Airways has begun service from Bangkok as of 2009.

The airport is less than 15 minutes from the town centre by car (US$7) or motodop (US$3 or less). If you have an advance booking in a hotel, you can ask them for a free airport pickup (in one of their tuk-tuks). This way you can avoid the monopolistic taxi service in Siem Reap.There are separate terminals for international and domestic flights. International departure tax is a steep US$25 (children US$13), payable after check-in and before clearing immigration. Often this can only be paid in cash, as the credit card facility is unreliable. Airport fee upon departure on national flights, to Phnom Penh, is US$6. There are separate terminals for international and domestic flights. International departure tax is a steep US$25 (children US$13), payable after check-in and before clearing immigration. Often this can only be paid in cash, as the credit card facility is unreliable. Airport fee upon departure on national flights, to Phnom Penh, is US$6.By Lane

Visas 
A Cambodian visa is required for most nationalities. Visas are available on arrival at the Siem Reap International Airport, the Phnom Penh International Airport and most border crossings. See the visa page for details and fees.

Airport Departure Tax 
Domestic: US$6. International: US$25
 
Siem Reap Airport 
The airport sits 6km from town, close to the temples, occasionally affording spectacular views of Angkor Wat during landings and take offs. Outside the terminal is a ticket booth for registered taxis into town. Independent taxis and motorcycles wait just outside the airport. The price is the same for both: motorcycles are $1 and cars are $5 into town. Most hotels offer free transportation from the airport but you must notify them in advance of your arrival. 

Siem Reap Ferry Dock  
The ferry to Siem Reap arrives at Chong Khneas near Phnom Krom, 12km south of Siem Reap. There is always transportation waiting at the dock. Mototaxis charge about $1.50-$2 and cars $4-$5 for the 20-30 minute ride into town. 
Phnom Penh to/from Siem Reap 

Air 
Bangkok Airways offer several daily flights to/from Phnom Penh. See the flight schedule page for more information.
 
Buses 
Bus travel is now the most popular means of overland transport between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The road (National Route #6) is paved and smooth and there are several regularly scheduled daily buses in both directions, taking only 5 or 6 hours to make the trip. Several bus companies, guesthouses and travel agencies offer a/c bus transport. Generally speaking, it is easiest to buy tickets through your guesthouse or travel agency. Prices and level of service varies from comfortable, basic a/c buses to deluxe a/c buses with entertainment, snacks and on-board toilet. Most buses make at least two stops along the way - at Skun and Kampong Thom for a snack or lunch.
 
Phnom Penh does not have a centralized bus station. Buses from different companies depart from different stations. See the individual bus company for the departure location.
 
In Siem Reap the Chong Kov Sou bus station is located near Phsar Leu (the 'Upper Market') a couple of kilometers west of town center. On arrival, motodups from the station into town run $1-$2 and tuk-tuks cost about $2.50-$3. For passengers departing Siem Reap, most bus companies offer a free shuttle service from the hotel/guesthouse to the bus station.
 
The following bus companies offer regularly scheduled daily service between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh:
 
Neak Krorhorm Travel
PP Station: Corner of Street 110 and Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023-219496
SR Station: Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
Fare: 16,000R/pax
Departure Schedule: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30
Departure Schedule: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30

Mailinh Open Tours
PP Station: #391, Sihanouk Blvd. Tel: 023-221666
SR Office: Wat Bo area. Tel: 063-762888
SR Station: Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
Departure Schedule: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 7:00, 14:00
Departure Schedule: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 7:00, 14:00

Phnom Penh Sorya Transport
PP Station: Near the southwest corner of Phsar Thmey. Tel: 023-210359
SR Station: Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
Fare: 16,000R/pax
Departure Schedule: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 7:00, 7:45, 8:45, 11:30, 12:45, 13:45
Departure Schedule: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 7:00, 7:15, 8:30, 12:30, 13:30

Capitol Guesthouse
PP Station: Corner Streets 111 / 182  Tel: 023-217627
SR Station: Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
Fare: 16,000R/pax
Departure Schedule: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:15, 12:00, 13:30
Departure Schedule: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:15, 12:00, 13:30
 
Mekong Express - Deluxe a/c buses.
PP Station: #87 Sisowath Quay at the corner of Street 102. Tel: 023-427518
SR Office: #14A, Sivatha Blvd. Tel: 063-963662. 
SR Station: Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
Fare: US$10/pax
Departure Schedule: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 7:30, 8:30, 12:30, 14:00
Departure Schedule: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 12:30
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Local Transport: Taxi

Local shared taxi: ~$10 per person. Departs from southwest corner of Central Market in Phnom Penh. 5-8 hours
 
Private taxi: US$50 or more for the whole car. 4-5 hours. Negotiate the price with a local taxi or arrange a private taxi through your hotel or travel agent. Generally speaking, the better the car, the higher the price. 
 
Motorcycling to Siem Reap
The road to Siem Reap is in good condition, but driving in Cambodia is still challenging in the extreme, and should be attempted only by experienced riders. Speeding taxis, wandering cows and oblivious children on the road are the norm. The trip calls for a dirt or road bike, no smaller than 250cc. It can be made in an easy day, but two days with a layover in Kampong Thom is a more relaxed alternative and allows time to visit the pre-Angkorian ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk as well as explore some of the other sites and minor ruins along the way. 

Leave Phnom Penh via the ‘Japanese Bridge’ and follow 6A north 75km to the Skun intersection. (Skun is known for its exotic foods - check out the fried spiders, turtle eggs and more at road side stands.) Bear left and follow Rte. 6 to Kampong Thom - about 2-3 hours. In Kampong Thom, the Arunras Hotel (062-961294), Stung Sen Royal Hotel (012-309495) and Mittapheap Hotel are all decent mid-range places. Arunras Guesthouses and Restaurant next to the hotel is the place to eat cheaply. From Kampong Thom to Siem Reap the trip takes another 2 hours..
 
River Ferry 
For most of the year (July - March) daily ferries ply theTonle Sap river and lake between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The end of the trip is marked by a hill, Phnom Krom, near the ferry dock at Chong Khneas 15 km south of Siem Reap. During the dry season when the water is low, the ferry stops short of the dock and passengers transfer to smaller boats to traverse the final few hundred meters.
 

Ferries depart at 7:30AM daily from the Phnom Penh Port on Sisowath Quay near Street 104. Tickets $25-$35, (251km, 4-6 hours). Tickets can be purchased through hotels and travel agents. At Siem Reap, the ferry docks at Chong Khneas, 15km south of Siem Reap town. Taxis and motodups await passengers at the dock. Travel is best during the wet season when the river level is high. The ferries are ‘local transport’ and are of variable quality and comfort, often noisy, crowded and over-air conditioned. Though generally safe, these ferries have experienced breakdowns, groundings and other difficulties. These ferries in no way meet international safety standards. Travel is best during the wet season when the river level is high. During the dry season when the water is low, ferry service is usually suspended.

Siem Reap to/from Battambang

Boat
Siem Reap to Battambang Daily ferry departs Siem Reap for Battambang at 7:30am. $25/person. It's a picturesque, 4 - 6 hour journey across the Tonle Sap and up the Sangker River in the wet season, but can be considerably longer (8-11 hours) in the dry season due to low water levels. Ask about current conditions. The boats in no way meet international safety standards. There is no direct boat between Battambang and Phnom Penh.

Road

Siem Reap to Battambang (National Routes #6 and #5, via Sisophon): Road travel is generally the easiest, fastest, most reliable way to travel between Siem Reap and Battambang. The road goes around the lake, first west from Siem Reap to Sisophon (National Route #6), then back southeast from Sisophon to Battambang on National Route #5. Much of the stretch between Siem Reap and Sisophon is under construction and in fair condition. The road from Sisophon toBattambang is paved and in good condition.

From Thailand to Siem Reap 

See the overland international border crossing page for details on travel from Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border crossing and other international border crossings.

 

 


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