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Phnom Penh Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Phnom Penh Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

a very nice security man saw me sitting on the floor and escorted me through a closed customs and let me lie down and gave me a drink of water. – a traveller

PNH Airport Overview

Phnom Penh Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of Damien / 07Dec2017)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Phnom Penh International Airport.

What to Expect

There are two small terminals at Phnom Penh Airport (code: PNH): Domestic and International. A new airport to replace the current one is currently in the planning stages. Travellers report chaotic security processes, mosquitoes (bring repellent), and the occasional staff member seeking bribes. Amenities include a variety of eateries, cafes, and shops, plus free WiFi. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge, which includes showers. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

The airport closes nightly, from 2:00AM until 6:00AM, so overnight stays are not permitted. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service for a fee. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Phnom Penh Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Phnom Penh Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • CCC Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Also known as Cambodian Country Club & Hotel. Airport shuttle is available upon request, $5.00 USD each way. » Check Rates
  • 9 Dragon Hotel & Restaurant – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available upon request (+855) 23 993 777), $8.00 USD each way. » Check Rates
  • Dara Airport Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available upon request (+855 89 333 770), $8.00 USD each way for one or $12.00 USD each way for two. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Phnom Penh Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: International Departures, Airside, Mezzanine Level. Showers are available (US$ 17). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

  • Bangkok Airways Boutique Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside
  • Bangkok Airways Blue Ribbon Lounge – Location: Location: International Terminal, Airside.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Phnom Penh Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.

Baby Care Facilities – 4 furnished rooms are available which offer hot water dispensers and privacy. Locations: Check in area, after ticketing booths (behind escalator to International departures) • International Departures, after Dufry • Domestic Departures • At the car park, opposite Nham Pochentong – this location offers a changing table in the washrooms, not a private room.

Currency Exchange – CAB provides services. Location: Check-in Area, Boarding Gate 9 and in Arrivals (near the Lost and Found).

Duty Free & Shopping -Dufry Duty Free is available in International Arrivals and Departures. Hours: 4:30AM – last flight. A small selection of souvenir shops and clothing stores are available.

Food & Drinks – There are over 30 restaurants and coffee shops available both landside and airside. There are no 24 hour options, but most food concessions are open from 6:00AM – 12:00AM daily.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, there is an Information Desk to provide assistance. Location: Check-in hall • Arrivals. Hours: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – According to a message we received in November 2016, the airport no longer offers luggage storage due to security concerns.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Available for a fee. Location: Check-In. Hours: 5:00AM – 12:00AM.

Massage – Massage chairs operated by Rest N’ Go are available (Airside in both Domestic and International).

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available. Visit the information center for assistance.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that mobile charging is available.  Power outlets have 3 pins adapter. (January 2020)

Pharmacy – U Care Pharma. Location: International Terminal, Airside. Hours: 6:00AM – last flight.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s Post Office. Location: check-in area.

Prayer Rooms – Location: Airside, near Gate 5.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Showers are available in the Plaza Premium lounge for US$15. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking – There is a smoking area Airside, at Gate 9.

Spa – Wellness Spa (operated with the Plaza Premium Lounge, see Lounge section above) offers full spa services for walk-in clients. Prices start at US $13. Location: Plaza Premium Lounge. Hours: 5:00AM – 1:00AM.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 4:00AM – 12:00AM.


Phnom Penh airport is served by the following airlines: Air AsiaAir ChinaAll Nippon AirwaysAsiana AirlinesBangkok Airways • Cambodia Airlines • Cambodia Angkor Air • Cambodia Bayon Airlines • Cathay DragonChina AirlinesChina Eastern Airlines • China Express Airlines • China Southern Airlines • Emirates • EVA Air • Hainan Airlines • Hong Kong Airlines • JC International • Jetstar Airways • Korean Air • Lanmei • Malaysia Airlines • Malindo Air • Qatar Airways • Shandong Airlines • Shenzhen • Silkair • Spring Airlines • Thai AirAsia • Thai Smile Airways • Turkish Airlines • Vietjet • Vietnam Airlines • Xiamen Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


PNH airport is connected to the public transportation system via bus Line #3. The bus operates from 5:00AM – 8:30PM and costs US $0.40 (per ride, i.e. if you transfer to another bus in the city, you need to pay again).

Express Bus

New to the airport, an express bus delivers you from the airport to the city center. Fare: US $5.00. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter in the Arrivals area, from contracted hotels or from drivers when boarding.


Taxis and auto-rickshaws (Tuk-Tuks) are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Fares depend on the zone you are travelling to. As of this update, fares start at US $7.00 for rickshaws and US$ 9.00 for taxis. You can visit the ticket counter in the Arrivals for more information.


Also new to the airport, a shuttle train now runs between the airport and the Phnom Penh Railway Station (City Center). The trip takes approximately 30 minutes with no stops during the trip. Fares: US $2.50.

Last updated: 2020-06-17

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.