It's possible to hire bicycles at some of the guesthouses around town for about US$1 to US$2 a day, but take a look at the chaotic traffic conditions before venturing forth. Once you get used to the anarchy, it can be a fun way to get around. There are also shops that rent out road bicycles and mountain bikes.
Phnom Penh has a few local bus lines running north to south and east to west, but they are not widely used by visitors, as the routes are very limited. Most useful is Bus No 3 which links the city centre with the airport.
There is a popular sightseeing bus, the Phnom Penh Hop On Hop Off, which connects leading sights around the city.
Car & Motorcycle
Exploring Phnom Penh and the surrounding areas on a motorbike is a very liberating experience if you are used to chaotic traffic conditions.
There are numerous motorbike-hire places around town. A 100cc Honda costs US$4 to US$7 per day and 250cc dirt bikes run from US$12 to US$30 per day. You’ll have to leave your passport – a driver’s licence or other form of ID isn't enough. Remember you usually get what you pay for when choosing a bike.
A Cambodia licence isn’t a bad idea if you’ll be doing extensive riding. Motorbike rental shops can get you one for about US$40. Otherwise you technically need an international licence to drive in Cambodia (although it is not unusual for police to take small bribes from drivers who don't have one). If you want to purchase insurance (available at motorbike rental shops for about US$22 per month), you’ll need an international or Cambodian licence. Remember to lock your bike, as motorbike theft is common.
Car hire is available through travel agencies, guesthouses and hotels in Phnom Penh. Everything from cars (from US$30 per) to 4WDs (from US$60) are available for travelling around the city, but prices rise fast once you venture beyond.
Lucky! Lucky! Motorbikes are US$4 to US$7 per day, less for multiple days. Trail bikes from US$12.
Two Wheels Only Has well-maintained bikes available to rent (motorbike/trail bike per day US$7/25).
Vannak Bikes Rental Has high-performance trail bikes up to 600cc for US$15 to US$30 per day, and smaller motorbikes for US$5 to US$7.
Travelling by cyclo (bicycle rickshaw) is a more relaxing way to see the sights in the centre of town, although they don't work well for long distances. For a day of sightseeing, expect to pay around US$10 – find one on your own or negotiate a tour through the Cyclo Centre. For short, one-way jaunts costs are similar to moto (motorcycle taxi) fares. You won't see many cyclos on the road late at night.
In areas frequented by foreigners, motodups (moto drivers) generally speak English and sometimes a little French. Elsewhere around town it can be difficult to find anyone who understands where you want to go. Most short trips are about 2000r to 3000r, although if you want to get from one end of the city to the other, you have to pay US$1 or more. There are fewer moto drivers than in the past, as many have upgraded to remork-motos (tuk tuks).
Cambodians never negotiate when taking rides (they just pay what they think is fair), but foreigners should always work out the price in advance, especially with motodups (moto drivers) who hang out in touristy areas like the riverside or outside luxury hotels. Likewise, night owls taking a moto (motorcycle taxi) home from popular drinking holes should definitely negotiate to avoid an expensive surprise.
The remaining moto drivers who wait outside the popular guesthouses and hotels have reasonable English and are able to act as guides for a daily rate of about US$10 and up, depending on the destinations.
Better known as tuk tuks, remork-motos are motorbikes with carriages and are the main way of getting around Phnom Penh for tourists. Average fares are about double those of motos (motorcycle taxis): US$2 for short rides around the centre, US$3 and up for longer trips. Remork drivers will try to charge more for multiple passengers but don't let them – generally pay per ride not per person (although groups of four or more should pay an extra US$1 or so). Newer, partly electric-powered Indian-style auto-rickshaws are also now found on the streets of Phnom Penh. In theory, these are metered and exceptional value, but in practice tourists will need to negotiate similar fares to a remork.
There are now several dedicated Phnom Penh taxi apps, although they are still very much in their infancy. Try Exnet or iTsumo. Uber has also recently launched in Cambodia.