Phnom Penh ferries
As schedules and prices may change without notice, we cannot guarantee the accuracy
of this information.
There are five ports and each has two ferries carrying passengers across the Tonle
Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers to different destinations. Two ports are along the
Tonle Sap and the others along the Mekong, all on western banks.
Tonle Sap local ferries: To Arayksat (an island on the Mekong) from SNC, near
Wat Phnom and next to Phnom Penh port, between 4 am and 9 pm every day. Times and
loads vary between the numerous operators and if you don't speak Khmer it's difficult
to get accurate information as there are no signs in English at the dock. A ferry
departs and docks about every hour. Morning only: ferries also arrive here from Koh
Dach, Preak Loung and Preak Tabao. Fare to Arayksat: per trip 800 riel.Cargo charges
(riel): sack of rice 500, motorcycle 700, light truck or car 10,000.
Other Tonle Sap local ferries: operate from SKD, at Kilometer 6 along National
road 5 about 5 km from CDC (Wat Phnom area), to Preak Tasek and the prices are similar.
Mekong local ferries: a single passenger ferry operates across the Mekong
from Chruoy Changvar, which is reached across the Japanese Friendship Bridge, 5 am-7pm
daily to Svay Chhrum. The ferry goes across the river and back about every hour depending
on demand. Fares (riel): person 500, motorcycle 500, small car 6000, medium car 10,000.
There are also a number of cargo ferries.
Other Mekong local ferries: operate from Chai Hong hotel, about 6 km from
Chruoy Changvar along national road 6 A, to Koh Anhatay. Another operates from Wat
Khtar, about 2 km from Chai Hong hotel and along the same national road, to Koh Dach.
Small open boats: ply back and forth across Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac continuously
every day, carrying people and personal goods only. The fare is 500 riel each way.
Express boats: long, narrow, fully enclosed boats travel between Phnom Penh
and Siem Reap daily, departing early every morning from each port (times may vary
with different operators) and will stop at Kampong Chhnang on demand. Boats leave
from Sisowath Quay north and also just north of the Japanese Friendship Bridge. Fare:
$25 one way for foreigners at the port (but guesthouses and motodops may sell you
a ticket for $22), $10 for locals. Discounts available for groups. Distance is 300
km and the travel time varies between 5 hours in the high water season (September-October)
and six or seven hours the rest of the year.
Vietnam: Express boats also travel between Phnom Penh and Chau Doc (Vietnam)
daily at 2 pm and take three hours to arrive. Fare $15 per passenger one way.
Tourist charter and cruise boats: moored at various locations along Sisowath
Quay, and may be hired by virtually any size party for any number of hours, in any
direction on any of the three rivers: Mekong, Tonle Sap, Bassac. Popular destinations
include various islands (the Silk Island is very popular), Khmer villages producing
handicrafts, historic sites. Evening cruises for social or work groups are very good
value.Per hour charge: Large boats $15-20, small boats $8-10; price depends on size
of party and whether food, drink and music is supplied.