Though it can vary according to the type of lifestyle an expat maintains, the cost of living in Cambodia is generally affordable. Expats will find that certain things, including street food, entertainment and public transport, can be relatively cheap, but the cost is usually higher in Phnom Penh. Internet and eating out can be exorbitantly priced. Although, for expats who choose to 'live like a local', Cambodia is the ideal destination.

Over the last couple of years, Cambodia has been affected by inflation, which has pushed up the prices of everyday items. This is evidenced by the country's ranking in the 2022 Mercer Cost of Living Survey, in which Phnom Penh was 134th out of 227 countries.


Cost of accommodation in Cambodia

Expats living in the capital will find that the cost of accommodation varies. In Phnom Penh, proximity to the river increases rental prices. Another place popular with expats is Siem Reap, which is largely cheaper than the capital. Housing will most likely be the highest expense for expats in Cambodia.


Cost of public transport in Cambodia

Getting around Cambodia is fairly cheap. Local transport such as tuk-tuks and motos are inexpensive and easy to use. Expats should negotiate a price with the driver beforehand to ensure they are not paying too much. Those who speak basic Khmer may find that they get a better deal than those who try to negotiate in English.


Cost of education in Cambodia

For expats with children in Cambodia, sending their child to a public school will likely not be an option. While public schools are free, the language of instruction is Khmer, and the standard of education is subpar. Fortunately, expats have plenty of private and international schools to choose from, but they should bear in mind that space is limited, and the fees are steep. Private schools are typically less costly than international schools.


Cost of food in Cambodia

Phnom Penh is home to several fine-dining restaurants with high price tags. For those with a more conservative budget, eating out can be a cheap and tasty experience, depending on where one goes. Local street vendors sell authentic Cambodian cuisine at reasonable prices. Some supermarkets stock imported products for expats looking to find home comforts, though these are significantly more expensive than local products.


Cost of living in Cambodia chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider as well as the city. The list below shows average prices for Phnom Penh in September 2022.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

KHR 6,089,981

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

KHR 3,266,656

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

KHR 2,235,875

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

KHR 1,324,506

Shopping

Eggs (dozen)

KHR 7,471

Milk (1 litre)

KHR 9,059

Rice (1kg)

KHR 4,272

Loaf of white bread

KHR 7,136

Chicken breasts (1kg)

KHR 23,182

Pack of cigarettes 

KHR 6,177

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

KHR 26,765

Coca-Cola (330ml)

KHR 3,500

Cappuccino

KHR 11,395

Bottle of local beer

KHR 4,118

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

KHR 96,765

Utilities

Mobile-to-mobile call rate (per minute)

KHR 240.20

Internet (uncapped – average per month)

KHR 144,632

Basic utilities (per month for a small apartment)

KHR 506,469

Transportation

Taxi rate (per kilometre)

KHR 4,118

Bus/train fare in the city centre

KHR 4,118

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

KHR 4,851