Car Hire at Phnom Penh International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015
Drive in and around Phnom Penh with a rental car starting from Phnom Penh International Airport. The country is known for Royal Palace Phnom Penh, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek, Wat Phnom, Independence Monument, Wat Ounalom, Sisowath Quay, Tonle Bati, and Kingdom Breweries, to name a few.
Where to hire a car at Phnom Penh International Airport
Car rental companies that operate from within and around Phnom Penh International Airport area are CityPlus Car Rental Service, Royal Cambodian Limousine Service, AVR, along with Alamo, Avis, Hertz, and Sixt. You can also contact other operators such as CityPlus Car Rental, Royal Cambodian Limousine Service, and AVR. Typical vehicles types for rent include economic models along with premium and luxury models. Makes and models offered include Lexus RX-300, Toyota Camry, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Sienna, Mercedes Benz S430, BMW 730Li, BMW 520i, Mercedes Benz E-Class 280, and more.
Driving in Phnom Penh goes down on the right-hand side of the road, with vehicles offered either automatic or manual transmission. Be sure to verify beforehand to ensure the correct vehicle type has been reserved and booked for you. In addition, you should have your local driver’s licence or International Driver’s Permit at hand, in case you were stopped by the police.
What to expect when hiring a car from Phnom Penh International Airport
The car rental from Phnom Penh International Airport is operated via the Arrivals area of the airport. When renting a vehicle, travellers are given the option to rent a car with or without a driver. We recommend you to consider hiring a driver with the vehicle just in case you are not used to how driving works in Phnom Penh or within the whole of Cambodia. If you decide to take the risk, defensive driving skills will do you well, as you are new to the rather chaotic traffic in Phnom Penh, compared to other major Western cities. Animal-drawn carts, as well as motorcycles and vehicles, clutter the roads.
One-way streets are also common in the city and the old neighbourhoods. Toll roads will be encountered when going to Phnom Penh, making it necessary to prepare for the expenses you might incur as you go around. When in need of a refill, the petrol stations within the area include Tela Gas Station, PTT Gas Station, SOKIMEX Gas Station, Total Gas Station, among others.
Driving around Phnom Penh International Airport
Starting on your Phnom Penh adventure will call for going through either of the National Highways 1 to 7, originating from Phnom Penh and Skun within the Cheung Prey District. Also referred to by its codes 10001 to 10007, the National Highway terminals include the Vietnamese Border, Veal Renh, Sihanoukville, Thai Border, Banteay Meanchey, and Lao Border.
Phnom Penh International Airport is approximately 24 minutes or 10.1 kilometres away from the Phnom Penh city centre. Driving to the centre can be done primarily through Runway, Street 2004, and Confederation de la Russie. Please be advised that when driving to Phnom Penh city centre from Phnom Penh International Airport, there are a couple restricted usage roads along the way.
Getting to your destination
Among the destinations to get to when in and around the Ta Khmao area include Phnom Udong, Ang Kor Chey Pagoda, Kean Svay Krau Pagoda, Sa Ang Mounain, Tum Pek Pagoda, and more.
Driving to Ta Khmao from Phnom Penh International Airport will take approximately 48 minutes for 25.2 kilometres. Getting to the destination is possible via Tumnup Makara Rd, NH 3, Street 104, and Street 217.
When within Kampong Chhnang and its immediate surrounding areas, drop by Phnom Da, Phnom Krang Romeas, Phnom Ta Beach, Phnom Ta Pi, among others.
For around two hours and nine minutes from Phnom Penh International Airport, get to Kampong Chhnang by driving down National Hwy 5/AH1, or 51 and National Hwy 5/AH1.
When in Siem Reap, reach Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei, Bayon, Preah Khan, Banteay Kdei, in addition to many more.
Starting from Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap is a long five hours and 42 minutes away or 325 kilometres. Be ready for a long drive that will get you down the NR6 route or via 71 and N56.