Airfare to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia and the launching point for most travelers visiting the country. Before heading out to see Angkor Wat, tourists often visit the nearby Killing Fields to learn more about the terrifying rule of the Khmer Rouge. Other top draws include the Royal Palace and the Independence and Liberation Memorials.
Airfare to Phnom Penh will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Bangkok, Thailand or Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Jetstar Asia Airways and Tiger Airways fly to Phnom Penh. And although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Cambodia has no national airline, although a number of smaller airlines have started up in the past five years. PMTair, Royal Phnom Penh Airways, President Airlines and other services stop in Phnom Penh.
The most expensive air tickets to Phnom Penh are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into OCITIES and traveling overland to Phnom Penh via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Phnom Penh, check out BootsnAll’s Phnom Penh Travel Guide.