Phnom Penh International Airport
The airport of Phnom Penh is a small but cosy airport that in recent years has grown enormously in terms of the number of travelers (from half a million in 1998 to 1.2 million in 2007). This has to do with the growing tourism in Cambodia and the arrival of regional budget flights. The airport is modern, efficient and clean, and above all free from any kind of corruption, all things that are pretty rare in Cambodia.
Most rates mentioned here are in American dollars, a generally accepted currency in Cambodia. The local currency riel is only used for smaller amounts and as change, €1.00 is worth approximately 5,000 riel (March 2008).
Phnom Penh International Airport
National Road No. 4
IATA airport code: PNH
ICAO airport code: VDPP
There is no train connection to the airport.
Car and bus
Phnom Penh Airport is located about seven kilometers to the west of the city center. From the city, follow the Confederation de la Russie (Russian Boulevard), which turns into National Road 4 (direction of Sihanoukville), immediately before the intersection with National Road 3 in the direction of Kampot, the airport is located on the left.
There are no bus connections to the airport, Phnom Penh has no city buses.
Car rental - Phnom Penh International Airport
There are car rental companies at the airport. There are no international companies in the whole of Cambodia. There are only local companies that usually rent chauffeur-driven cars.
There are taxis in front of the Arrivals Hall. There is a fixed rate of $9.00 to every destination in the center of Phnom Penh. Since recently, there are also motortaxis (tuktuks) at the airport that charge lower rates, $5.00 to $7.00. Moped taxis are not allowed to pick up passengers at the airport, but you can walk to the exit and hail one. A moped taxi costs $2.00-$3.00, but they will start by asking more.
In front of the terminal building, there is a large parking area, the rate for the first half hour is 1,500 riel, after which it is 1,000 riel per half hour.
There are no hotels on the airport premises, the nearest hotel is InterContinental (tel: +855(0)23 424 888). Other hotels in the center of Phnom Penh are: Raffles Le Royal (tel: +855(0)23 981 888), Cambodiana (tel: +855(0)23 218 189) and Sunway Hotel (tel: +855(0)23 430 333). For more hotels and to reserve online, visit Booking.com, they offer a wide range of hotels at very reasonable internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Phnom Penh Airport houses a limited number of shops. There are two general Duty Free shops, a souvenir shop and a bookstore. In addition, there is a gallery with posters by the artist Stéphane Delaprée. In the International Terminal, there are two snack bars, to the right, in front of the entrance, there is a restaurant with an open-air terrace.
It is not possible to store baggage at Phnom Penh Airport. The lost and found counter is located in the Arrivals Hall (tel: +855(0)23 890 022).
In the Departure Hall, there is an information desk (tel: +855(0)23 890 520).
In the International Departure Hall, there is a VIP lounge, called Le Salon, for First and Business Class passengers, there is wireless internet available. Other passengers can use the lounge for a payment of $8.00. The larger hotels in Phnom Penh provide more extensive business services, business centers, meeting rooms and conference halls (see under Hotels).
The airport is reasonably accessible to the disabled. Toilets and the elevator are accessible to wheelchair users. For assistance, contact the information desk, but there is every chance that other Cambodians will already have helped you, should it be necessary.
Between the Arrivals Hall and the Departure Hall, there is an exchange office (tel: +855(0)23 890 141), as well as a post office (tel: +855(0)23 890 174/175), where you can buy things like pre-paid telephone cards, in addition, there are ATM's of the Australian ANZ Bank. Wi-Fi internet is available via provider OnLine (tel: +855(0)23 430 000) at the Hotspot signs. Next to the Angkor Pub in the Departure Hall, there is a smoking room.
A visa for Cambodia does not have to be applied for in advance, this can be done at the airport, a tourist visa costs $20.00 and a business visa costs $25.00. The procedure is somewhat comical, your passport is examined by no fewer than eight people, and yet, you get your passport back within 5-10 minutes.