To getting to and from Phnom Penh, there is an international airport offering both domestic and international flights. The airport is 7 km (4.3 miles) from the city’s center. If arriving, head just outside the arrival lobby to get a taxi or tuk tuk. There is also ferry service between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Several bus companies provide service between Phnom Penh and most of the other province’s capitals in Cambodia. The Central Market and the Night Market are a good place from where to get a bus and there are bus lines that depart several times every hour and offer get on and get off service anywhere along the route. Although Cambodia does have a working rail service, it currently doesn’t offer any train service for passengers. There is also the option of renting a car in Phnom Penh, but it is best to plan ahead for this as visitors are required by law to have a Cambodian driver’s license. International driver’s license are not recognized by Cambodia but visitors can apply for a Cambodian permit for $25 and receive one in as little as 24-48 hours or up to 3-4 weeks. A travel agency or car rental place can handle this before arrival, with an additional fee, or it can be obtained directly from the Department of Public Work and Transport in Phnom Penh with the appropriate paperwork.
Phnom Penh has since 2014 a city bus service that serves the major axis of the capital, but the preferred means of transportation is motorcycles. Automobile taxis can be either with a meter or be unmarked cabs without a meter. Motocycle taxis are called Motodups and though they are much cheaper and more common than a regular automobile taxi, they are not the most comfortable or the safest way to travel. Additionally, some un-metered taxis offer hop on, hop off service where customers share a ride and each person is charged per head. For a more expense option, private cars with a driver can also be rented. Other local transportation in Phnom Penh includes the auto rickshaw, known as tuk-tuk, which has the rickshaw attached to a motorcycle, or a more typical option, the cyclo.