Getting Around Town
A popular means of transportation within the city is the tuk-tuk. These refer to a motorcycle vehicle with a cabin for passengers also known as motorcycle trailers. Unlike the “open-door” tuk-tuks in Bangkok, the Cambodian tuk-tuks offer a more comfortable and enjoyable ride. They are also a more economical option than taxis and with a somewhat more intimate and charming view of the city. Furthermore, as majority of the passengers are visiting travelers, the drivers in most of the tourist areas are able to speak basic English.
A common sight around the city, motorcycle taxis or motodups are widespread and fastest form of transportation. These motodups are easily located at almost every corner in town. They cost about US$6-$8 per day and tend to be higher at night, with multiple passengers.
Safety precautions need to be adhered to as passengers of these Motodups stand a higher chance of being victims of theft or involved in an accident compared to taxis. Always ensure that your personal belongings are secured in front of you or between you and the driver. On top of that, a general rule of thumb is to be consciously aware of your surroundings.
At present, there is no regular in-city bus system in Phnom Penh.
Taxis are available at selected locations such as the area outside the Foreign Correspondents' Club on Sisowath Quay. As taxis do not have meters, fares should be negotiated prior to boarding. Due to variations in fuel prices, fares may vary. Another option is to make arrangements with the hotel concierge. Sometimes, these come in the form of unmarked and non-metered taxis. Such taxi-car arrangements with a driver may cost between US$25-$35 per day, while a shorter trip within town costs US$4-$5.
A more traditional and relaxing form of transport is the cyclos, a three-wheeled cycle-rickshaw. Although significantly slower then a motodop, the cyclos is well-liked by tourists as they are less chaotic than motodops. Furthermore, the canopy above passengers offers welcome shelter from the rain or sun. Cost of a cyclos ride is on par with the motodup.
Motorcycles are available for rent from US$5-$9 per day. However, it is important to note the traffic in Phnom Penh is challenging and hazardous. If travellers insist on riding, do ensure you or the driver is/are experienced and prepared to battle chaotic traffic conditions. It is recommended to seek other forms of public transport for safety and to enjoy the remainder of the trip.