Getting in, out, and around Sihanoukville

From getting to Sihanoukville from the airport or out of town for a weekend break, we’ve got you covered.

Sihanoukville tuk tuks

Sihanoukville tuk tuks can be…an adventure.

Getting around town

The tuk tuks in Sihanoukville have a bit of a price-fixing racket going on. Therefore it’s wise to always negotiate the cost of a tuk tuk before getting in. Costs vary but are generally higher than elsewhere in Cambodia. Your best option is using tuk tuk apps like PassApp and Grab. We prefer Grab, particularly in Sihanoukville, because they allow you to pay (and tip) with a credit card, so there’s no possibility of arguing with a driver about the price at the end of a trip.

If you negotiate, a tuk tuk from town to the autonomous port will cost $5, and a Grab tuk tuk costs $1.50, or $2 at the most.

Moto rentals

There are lots of places that rent motos in Sihanoukville, but be aware that they are known for holding passports ransom when the moto is stolen in the night, often by employees of the rental shop. Moreover, foreigners are targeted by police and you can expect to be stopped several times while cruising around town and shaken down for small bribes. That said, because of the tuk tuk mafia in town, renting a moto is still preferable to other forms of transport.

We’ve got a guide to driving in Sihanoukville which you should be sure to read if you’re planning on renting a moto.

In addition to selling hot and cold drinks, Thida at Thida Coffee rents motos in Sihanoukville. She’s upfront, honest, and goes out of her way for customers. Manual motos cost $5 per day and automatics are slightly more expensive. As usual, you will need to leave your passport as collateral. It’s best to call ahead as she keeps some of the rental motos at her house.

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ekareach Street, inside the Lucky Ocean Mall, Sihanoukville
T: 012 981 918

Mr. Dara is our favorite taxi driver!


Phnom Penh-based taxi driver Mr. Dara does airport runs and long-distance trips around the country. He is very friendly and speaks English and we have had many good trips with him. He has a very nice SUV.  Dara is from Sihanoukville and goes there often, so he’s happy to make trips that start or end there.

You can get in touch with Dara at +855(0)15 527 599 (he’s also on Telegram and Whatsappp) or Facebook.

If you prefer booking your taxis through a service, private taxis can be reserved in advance online (at surprisingly reasonable rates). If you reserve online, you will get a large SUV taxi, usually a very comfortable Lexus 4×4 that easily seats 4 with luggage in the back. Booking online allows you to pay in advance by credit card.

Sihanoukville Airport

The former Sihanoukville Airport: small but effective.

Getting to and from Sihanoukville

How to get from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville (and vice-versa)
In yet another fascinating transportation-related blog post, we go over the ways to get from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville (or Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh), including bus, mini-bus, taxi, and shared taxi.

How to get from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville (and vice-versa)
In this blog post, we cover all of the ways to get from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville (and Sihanoukville to Siem Reap), including by plane, bus, mini-bus, and taxi.

How to get from Sihanoukville to Kampot (and vice-versa)
Can’t decide between a beach town and a river town? Visit both! In this blog post, we cover all of the ways to get from Sihanoukville to Kampot (and Kampot to Siem Sihanoukville), including bus/van, taxi and shared taxi.

How to get to and from Sihanoukville Airport
If you fly into Sihanoukville, you’re still 12 miles (20km) from town. Read our blog post and find out what you need to know about traveling to and from the Sihanoukville Airport.

Flying Cambodia Angkor Air from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville
Wondering about the infamous flight between Sihanoukville in Siem Reap? We’ve got the low-down.

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