Being Japanese, alot of expats in Cambodia often ask about flight tickets to Japan and assume that it is expensive. Although it depends on the season and when you are flying, in this post I will be covering how I fly generally get to Tokyo, Japan from Cambodia in what I believe to be the most cost effective, but comfortable trip.
Costs At A Glance:
Theeasiest way to get to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap or any town in Cambodia is through the bus ran by the postal office. Tickets can be picked up at the Siem Reap postal office or can be purchased at Bookmebus.com with a dollar or two added to the order for credit card processing. Generally I get the front seat on the bus, however be aware that often times when the bus stops at Kampong Thom, they will have a guest sit in the middle seat between you and the driver, so be aware that might happen on your trip. Overall one can expect an efficient trip on the bus with working air conditioner and the bus arriving 30-45 minutes early.
I know that there are time tested websites to compare air flights like Google Flights and Skyscanner, however having flown back and forth many times back from Cambodia to Japan, hands down the best option is with Malaysian Airlines.
Cheap Tickets with actual service? There must be a drawback? And Yes there are two.
Now that I've talked in detail about the cons, let me tell you about the pros
Having read this far into my posts, you might have gone ahead and did your own price checking, and might have noticed that AirAsia has similar prices, but the main factors that make me choose Malaysian Airlines over Air Asia over saving a couple of bucks are 1. Free refreshment and meals on Malaysian Airlines, 2. Baggage allowance, and generally a more pleasant experience.
Getting From Narita To The Center of Tokyo
Now once we get to Narita airport, one has three options to get to the center of the town.
I almost always go with Keisei airport shuttle which takes me to Tokyo station which is somewhat close to my house, and then I usually take the train from there. The reason why is because NEX is considered very expensive by the standards of average Japanese people, as well as option 2 being very confusing if it is your first time there as you are going to have to get on and off many trains to get to your destination. With the airport shuttle, you don't have to fight for a seat or have to be nervous about getting off at the right train stops, so you can get an valuable hour or two of restful sleep on the bus before arriving at your destination.