Toby Keps

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Submitted on Feb 09, 2020 Useful Info

Best way to get to Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is located in the city of Siem Reap, which about 230km northwest of Phnom Penh. Therefore, if you want to get to Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh, you need to first make your way to Siem Reap:

Step 1: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

  • There are no trains between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (the only train line available in Cambodia connects Siem Reap with the border town of Poi Pet). Your only travel options are buses, minivans, private car, and flights
  • Buses and minivans are probably the most popular and in my opinion the best way to travel because it's cheap and takes only about half a day. Fares are $9-$12USD per person, and travel time is about 5h30min to 6 hours. There are lots of bus companies on this route with departures from 7am to 11:30pm. It's best to book ahead of time, either online through sites like 12Go, through the websites of the bus companies themselves, or with a local travel agency in Phnom Penh. Of the 10 or so bus companies on this route, Giant Ibis and Cambodia Post VIP are the two best-rated operators. Here you can find more details on how to take buses and vans to Siem Reap along with a list of bus companies
  • Flights are also available, with one-way flight ticket costing about $45USD per passenger. the flight is very short, taking just 1 hour. There are only 3 flights each day, however, so seats are limited. The three departures are at 10:05am, 1:55pm, and 7:45pm, and they're all operated by Cambodian Angkor Air
  • If you have a group of 4 or more people, you can consider getting a private car/taxi from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Booking a car like this costs $75-$95USD, so it's not super expensive and very reasonable once you split the fare amongst everyone in your group. Travel time is 5-7 hours each way, but the convenience is unparalleled because the car is door-to-door, pick you up from your hotel in Phnom Penh and drop you off at your hotel in Siem Reap. You can find more details on this and list of car/taxi companies you can book with on this post

Step 2: Siem Reap to Angkor Wat

  • Angkor Wat is located just 6.5km north of central Siem Reap. All the hotels are in the downtown area so you won't be able to find an accommodation around Angkor Wat
  • There are lots of ways get to Angkor Wat from the town center, the most common ones being tuk tuk, taxi, and bicycle. Walking is rarely done because the distance it's 6.5km is not really walking distance for most people, especially in the hot climate. Plus, all the various temples in the Angkor Wat complex itself are also pretty spread out, making it very inefficient to visit it on foot
  • From the town center, tuk tuks cost $4-$5USD and taxis cost $6-$7 to get to Angkor Wat. But from what I was told most visitors hire them for the entire day to make it easy to visit multiple temples, rather than having to find a ride after visiting each temple (for reference there are 25+ temples in the Angkor Wat complex and it takes on average 20-50 minutes to walk from one to another on foot). Tuk tuks can be hired for around $15-$20USD for a whole day, and car/taxis can be hired for around $25-$30USD for an entire day
  • If you're on a tight budget like I was, renting a bicycle is the better option to get to Angkor Wat from old town Siem Reap as well as getting around the various temples inside the Angkor Wat complex. You can find bike shops in old town Siem Reap and rent a basic bicycle for $2USD per day or nice mountain bikes for $11USD per day
  • See more information about getting from Siem Reap old town to Angkor Wat on this post