Airports in Cambodia
Airplane is the fastest way to get to Cambodia. In total there are two international airports in the country – Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and two regional – Sihanoukville and Ratanakiri. There are no direct flights to Cambodia, you have to get to Cambodia with one or more transfers.
How to fly to Cambodia from Moscow
Flight from Moscow: about 20 hours (connecting flight).
Ticket price to Cambodia
Average ticket price for 1 person is about 20 thousand rubles one way. Ticket prices usually increase during the tourist season (October-March) and gradually fall off the season.
Domestic flights in Cambodia
Domestic flights in Cambodia are not popular, in fact regular flights are on the Phnom Penh-Siemreap route. Flights to Sihanoukville and Rattanakiri are not available due to lack of demand and government subsidies.
The Phnom Penh-Siem Reap flight costs about 400,000 riel (about $100), flight time is about 50 minutes, with registration and other formalities the total time would be about 2 hours. In comparison, the cost of a bus on the Phnom Penh-Siem Reap route is more than 40000 riel (about $10). Travel time is about 4 hours.
Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)
|Phnom Penh airport||Visa on arrival|
Address: Cambodia, Phnom Penh, 7 km west of www.cambodia-airports.aero Phone: +(855 0)23 890 890
Phnom Penh International Airport is the main “air gate” to the country. Its former name, Pochentong Airport, is also quite commonly used.
|Phnom Penh Airport Café||Inside Phnom Penh Airport|
You can get from the airport to Phnom Penh by cab or bicycle rickshaw.
A cab or rickshaw rides cost from 40000 Riels (about $10).
Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
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Address: Cambodia, Siem Reap, 60 km northwest of www.cambodia-airports.aero Tel: +(855 63) 761 261
Siem Reap International Airport is used for regular international and domestic flights. The main international flight destinations are Thailand, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
There are no direct flights from Russia to the airport, you have to change.
You can get to the city by bus, cab or mototo-taxi. Bus transfer costs from 40000 riel (about $10), cab – 24000 riel (about $7), motorcycle cab – 8000 riel (about $2).
Sihanoukville International Airport (KOS)
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Address: Cambodia, Sihanoukville, 18km east of the city kos.aero www.cambodia-airports.aero
The airport near the city of Sihanoukville proudly bears the name of international, which, however, is not entirely true. It is also known by another name – Kangkeng Airport. For a long time the airport was idle, but at the moment on a permanent basis operates flights of Cambodia Angkor Air between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. You can get from the airport to the city by cab or by bus.
Cabs cost from 40,000 riel (about $10), buses about 20,000 riel (about $6).
Ratanakiri Airport (RBE)
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Address: Cambodia, Banlung, on the southern outskirts of the city
Ratanakiri Airport is a small provincial airport, formerly used for regular flights, now handles only charter and private flights. The airport is hardly used for tourist purposes, except for very rare charter flights from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Cambodia International Airports
Twenty years ago, Cambodia was not really considered by tourists as a place to travel. Now the situation is very different – the kingdom in Asia attracts more and more travelers every year.
Cambodia is fabulously beautiful and diverse – on a relatively small area of the country there are mountains and plains and beautiful beaches. There are also many unique attractions, many of which have no analogues in the world – the reviews of travelers about this country are extremely enthusiastic, and the quality of services provided has consistently increased every year.
In Cambodia there are about ten airports, but only one of them have international status and constantly serve passengers. Let’s look at each of these air ports in more detail.
An important point – citizens of the Russian Federation need a visa to stay in the kingdom. It is issued without any problems, it can be done online. However, it is recommended to do it in advance to avoid problems at the passport control.
Phnom Penh airport
The capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia of the same name is located 7 kilometers from the airport, which automatically makes it the main airport of the country. Here is the biggest flow of passengers and the most elite airlines – for example, AirFrance flies to Phnom Penh. It is also here most often come tourists from the Russian Federation, although it is not so simple – to date, no Russian airline offers a direct flight to the kingdom. Despite the increasing flow of tourists from our country every year, you can get here only with a connection.
As we noted above – the airport is located near the city, so it’s not difficult to get here. It’s easiest to do it by cab – the prices in Cambodia are affordable, the average trip will cost $ 12, depending on the area. The whole area of the capital is divided into color zones, their cards are located in many places at the airport.
Prices for transportation to these zones are fixed, the closest one is $9, the next one is $12 and the farthest one is $15. A more economical option is to hire a so-called rickshaw on a tricycle, the price is from $7.
The internal infrastructure of the Pnomen airport is quite well equipped – there is everything you need to comfortably wait for your flight:
- Stores, where you can buy the necessary things, as well as a variety of souvenirs of this country;
- Catering facilities, where you can eat while waiting for your flight;
- Several lounges for different levels of comfort;
- A separate terminal for VIP-clients;
- Throughout the airport operates free and fairly fast wi-fi;
- There are separate places to charge gadgets – this service is free;
Phnom Penh Airport is probably still not the best airport in the kingdom. Yes, it serves the capital, but the main stream of tourists (which is becoming an increasingly important source of income for the kingdom) arrives at another airport – Siamriap Airport.
It should be noted that the airport of Siem Reap receives the largest flow of tourists – the fact that it is the closest to get to the main tourist area of Cambodia – Angkor. It is 8 kilometers to the town of the same name, but many tourists prefer to go directly to Angkor.
As well as at the capital’s airport, you can get to the city or the necessary hotel by cab – at the exit of the terminal you will be met by many drivers. The average price of the trip – $6, but it can increase late in the evening. A more economical option – the so-called tuk-tuk, its price will be cheaper – 2-3 dollars. The fare to Angkor is about the same – the distances are equal.
The internal infrastructure here is on the level – the administration is trying to do everything to make it convenient and comfortable for tourists to be in the airport building. There are waiting rooms of different comfort level, luggage room, catering establishments and high-speed Wi-Fi.
It also has all the “primary” services – ATMs, currency exchange, stores.
Interestingly, the government plans to open another airport 60 kilometers from this city. It is not known whether the airport will be closed if the plans come to life – so far the government has made no comments.
This air hub is the smallest in the Kingdom of Cambodia and, at the same time, the most distant. The center of the city of Sihanoukville is almost 20 kilometers away.
As already mentioned, formally it has international status and has everything necessary to receive aircraft of any class. However, in fact, the most frequent arrivals here are domestic flights of the kingdom – from the capital or tourist Siamese. Yes, there are a few flights by small companies like Vietnam Airlines, but this is more of an exception.
The internal infrastructure is far from the usual level of a modern airport. Frankly speaking, there is nothing to do while waiting for a flight – there are no additional services at Sihanoukville Airport, only the essentials for travelers. So if for some reason you have to stay here a while longer – it is better to be prepared in advance and to entertain yourself.
The cheapest way to get to the city is by the so-called chalets – the fare is $6, the cars are quite comfortable. You can also call a cab or use a pre-booked shuttle.