You’ve landed in Iceland, picked up your bags, passed the passport check, and now you’re ready to explore the land of ice and fire. First things first, welcome to Iceland!
Chances are, you landed at Keflavík Airport (KEF). Iceland’s main international airport, Keflavík is situated roughly 40 kilometres from Reykjavík city centre.
Don’t get it confused with Reykjavík Airport, which is mainly a domestic airport with the odd flight to Greenland.
Now you’re ready for the next part of your journey – getting to Reykjavík city centre from Keflavík Airport.
The good news is that there are several options available. We’ve looked into all the different transport methods, whether you’re after the cheapest, fastest or most convenient way into the city.
By airport bus
By public bus
The most popular way: take the FlyBus
The Flybus is the easiest and most reliable way to get to Reykjavík. Run by a private company in partnership with the airport, it leaves from right outside the arrival terminal building.
If you arrive at a busy time, you won’t have to wait to wait long for a bus: as soon as one is full it leaves and another one pulls up.
If you arrive at a quieter time, you may have to wait up to 40 minutes for a bus.
The journey from the airport to Reykjavík takes around 45–50 minutes, and the bus goes directly to BSI, Reykjavík’s main bus terminal. You can book tickets here.
Since large buses are not allowed into the narrow streets of central Reykjavík, the coach stops at the main bus station.
You can either opt to get off at the station and walk to your accommodation, or take one of the shuttle mini-buses that go into the centre of the city and stop at almost all the major bus stops, hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the central area.
Once you get to the main bus terminal, you’ll be shown which minibus to take, depending on which part of the city you’re staying in.
To guarantee a seat on the bus, we recommend booking your ticket in advance. However, if you didn’t get the chance to do so then you can book your ticket at the Flybus stand in the arrivals hall.
Remember to book a return ticket for your way back, too. The Flybus drops travellers off right outside the departure hall.
A single ticket from Keflavík to Reykjavík on the Flybus costs 3699 ISK ($26 USD), or 4799 ISK ($34 USD) if you opt for the mini-bus transfer to your hotel or into the city centre.
Return tickets cost 6899 ISK ($49 USD), or 8599 ISK ($61 USD) with the mini-bus transfer included.
The earliest bus leaves the city centre around 4am, so this option is great if you’ve got an early flight to catch on the way back.
Alternative bus transfers
Flybus is not the only company to run coaches from the airport into the city centre, though it does tend to have the most frequent services.
Both Airport Direct and Grey Lines also run regular transfers from the airport to the BSI bus terminal, and both offer the extra mini-bus shuttle to hotels and central bus stops.
Prices are generally similar on all three companies, though it’s worth checking first on Get Your Guide, as sometimes one or the other will offer discounts.
The easiest way: grab a taxi
Taking a taxi is, of course, the most expensive way to get to Reykjavík. However, it’s also the easiest and fastest way to the capital and a great option if you’re in a hurry.
And taxi drivers in Iceland have a good reputation for being safe, friendly and on-time.
There are usually plenty of taxis waiting directly outside the arrivals hall. If you’re a small group or you’ve got a lot of luggage then it might be a good idea to book in advance.
Big-name taxi companies such as Uber or Lyft don’t operate in Iceland, but there are several taxi operators that run from the airport to Reykjavík.
These include BSR, Hreyfill, Borgarbílastodin and Taxi Service Iceland.
Taxis are metered, so the price will depend on the time of day and the traffic (weekends and evenings are more expensive).
You should always check with the driver in advance what the approximate price will be, but given the distance into the city centre, you can expect to pay around 21,500 ISK ($150 USD).
The compromise: take a shared mini bus
Alternatively, if can’t afford a taxi, but don’t fancy the coach, a shared mini-bus transfer could be a good compromise.
You’ll be picked up at the airport and dropped off at your accommodation in the city centre, with a maximum of three drop-offs en route.
Pricewise, it costs around 6840 ISK ($48 USD), so not too much more than the bus if you’re adding on the city centre shuttle.
The luxury way: book a private transfer
If you fancy starting your trip with a little luxury, booking a private car could be the way to go.
You’ll be met at the airport by your own chauffeur in a private air-conditioned car with wi-fi. And because you’re in a private car, you can drive straight into the city centre and be dropped off directly outside your hotel.
It costs a pricey 26,000 ISK ($182 USD), but if you’re travelling in a group of four, it works out at not too much more than the bus.
The cheapest way: take public transport
Taking the public bus is the cheapest, but also the slowest, way to travel from KEF to Reykjavík city centre. The #55 bus leaves from behind the airport departures hall.
The journey takes between an hour and 90 minutes, depending on the traffic, with several stops along the way. It ends up at BSI, Reykjavík’s main bus terminal.
During peak hours, it’s sometimes difficult to get a seat on the #55 bus as it’s also a popular route connecting the outskirts of Reykjavík to the city centre – therefore this option might not be ideal if you’ve got a lot of luggage.
The first #55 bus from KEF leaves at 6.35am and the last bus leaves at 10.55pm. The price of a public bus ticket from Reykjavík to KEF is 1920 ISK ($14 USD) per adult. You can find more information and the bus schedule at straeto.is
Note that the Reykjavik City Card includes all public transport within the Reykjavik area, but does not include the #55 bus out to the airport.
For more on details on what’s included in the city card, and what’s not, see our guide to the Reykjavik City Card: is it worth buying?
The most convenient way: rent a car
Renting a car in Iceland is not only a good way to get into Reykjavík, but also a great way to get around the island. The car journey from KEF to Reykjavík city centre takes around 45 minutes.
You’ll need an international drivers licence and a credit card to rent a car.
There are plenty of car rental companies in the arrivals hall at KEF, but you’re likely to get a better rate plus the security of knowing that you’ve got a car reserved, if you book in advance.
Rental Cars is a good option, as it gives you the price of a car from all the major rental brands, plus local companies, so you can compare prices and cars. You can get a quote here.
The cost of car rental depends on the company and the size of the car, but expect to pay around 2,500 ISK ($20 USD) to 6,000 ISK ($48 USD) a day.
Remember that unforeseen weather events and road conditions can be difficult year-round, so we highly recommend getting insurance in Iceland for extra peace of mind.
Where to stay overnight near Reykjavík airport
If you arrive late in the evening and have an early flight out in the morning, you may want to stay near the airport.
There are a few options close by. The only hotel on the airport site itself is The Aurora Hotel, just a five minute walk from the terminal.
Alternatively, there’s the Courtyard by Marriott on the edge of the airport site, just a five-minute taxi ride from the terminal.
The comfortable, modern Konvin Hotel is a couple of miles away from the airport, but offers a free shuttle to the terminal from 4am–10pm.
Is there a train to Reykjavik?
No, there are no trains at all on Iceland, so the only way into Reykjavik is to drive or take a bus.
Is there wifi on the airport bus?
Yes, all the airport transfer buses have wifi.
Is the journey between the airport and Reykjavik scenic?
The journey between the airport and the Reykjavik city centre takes about forty-five minutes and it’s certainly very interesting.
If you’ve never been to Iceland before, the trip will give you a taster of Iceland’s dramatic volcanic landscapes.
The road is very flat and runs along the Reykjanes peninsula, over moss-covered lava fields. The sea is on one side with volcanic mountains in the distance on the other.
Is there anything to see near the airport?
There are a few interesting places to see in the vicinity of the airport, which can be easily accessed by car or on the #55 airport bus.
In Keflavík, the Iceland Museum of Rock and Roll delves into the history of Icelandic pop music, via Björk, Sigur Rós and others, while the Viking World museum is home to a restored wooden Viking ship and some interesting exhibitions detailing the role of the Vikings in Iceland’s history.
Nearby, the Giantess Cave is a popular attraction for children, where they can explore a cave by the sea filled with huge wooden furniture and a statue of the giantess.
Can you get a transfer from the airport to the Blue Lagoon?
By far the most popular attraction near the airport is the iconic Blue Lagoon geothermal pools, about 20 minutes’ drive away.
You can book a transfer from the airport to the Blue Lagoon then onto Reykjavik at the beginning of your trip, or the reverse journey from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon then onto the airport in time for your flight home.
If you’re on a stopover you can get a return transfer back to the airport. For more on the Blue Lagoon, see our guide to the best hot springs in Iceland.
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