Iceland is an ethereal island to visit – and there’s no better place to begin your holiday than in the capital, Reykjavik. With incredible museums, concert halls, breathtaking architecture, and fine dining restaurants, it’s a superb base for all your adventures. Its excellent array of hotel options make it a great place to stay (see our top recommendations here). Explore our full array of tours and tour packages in and around Reykjavik. Tours like this Southern Iceland Tour or whale watching expedition make seeing Iceland while based in Reykjavik easy. Spending two days in Reykjavik is a good amount of time to enjoy the city, but an insider tour is the best way to make sure you really enjoy it. In any case, you’ll need to and from the airport at some point. We’ve got you covered with the best options for getting to and from Reykjavik Keflavik Airport!
Where is Reykjavik Keflavik Airport?
Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport sits in the Reykjanesbaer municipality on the Southern Peninsula of Iceland -around 49 kilometers from Reykjavik.
Public Bus to and from Keflavik Airport
The number 55 bus operates services from the airport terminal directly into Reykjavik BSI – the city’s main bus terminal. From here you can hop onto another bus into the center of Reykjavik or walk to your hotel if it’s located nearby. It is possible to book Icelandic excursions directly from the bus terminal and you can enjoy delicious local food if you’re hungry. The ticket cost from the airport into Reykjavik is approximately $15 USD for a single journey.
Gray Line Bus or FlyBus to and from Keflavik Airport
Gray Line Bus and FlyBus both offer a more convenient way to travel to and from Reykjavik’s Keflavik airport. You don’t have as many stops as traveling via public bus, and you’ll get directly to your city center hotel within 45 minutes. These buses operate 24 hours a day and, as their routes coincide with scheduled flight arrivals, you won’t have to wait around. The bus stations are directly outside the main arrivals building, and they will even wait for you if your flight gets delayed! For your return journey, book in advance and both bus services will collect you from your hotel 3-4 hours prior to departure – so you arrive in plenty of time to catch your flight. Tickets cost approximately $23-$26 USD. It costs even less if you choose a drop-off at Reykjavik’s main BSI bus terminal.
Taxi to and from Keflavik Airport
Taxis in Iceland can be expensive and take around the same amount of time as scheduled buses. A one-way taxi for 2 passengers in a shared minibus costs around $80 USD with City Airport Taxis. However, private taxis are more expensive – a regular 4-5-seater vehicle costs around $130 USD and an 8-seater $160 USD. If you don’t wish to book transportation in advance and want to jump in a taxi at the airport, there are a few things to note. Make sure to confirm your price and destination prior to departure to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Agree either on a fixed fare or metered price so you don’t gain any additional charges. It’s recommended to keep your hotel address on a piece of paper and show it to the driver to avoid language barriers, and always take the taxi number and driver’s name.
Driving to and from Keflavik Airport
The most popular way to reach downtown Reykjavik from Keflavik International Airport is via rental car. Book in advance and collect your vehicle at the airport, then utilize it to explore other interesting areas of Iceland. Reach remote places like Gullfoss waterfall, the Blue Lagoon, and the stunning black sand beaches and hidden caves of Vik. Reykjavik is an easy drive along coastal routes 41, then 40 for approximately 45 minutes. Daily car hire rates can vary, but generally cost around $85 USD per day.
Organized tours are a great way to take the logistics headache out of your Iceland experience. If you only have a prolonged stopover but still want to see Iceland’s wonders, try this Golden Circle stopover tour. If you’re in Reykjavik for a bit longer, explore the Blue Lagoon, Northern Lights and more with this 5-day tour package. And if you want the full Iceland experience, check out this 8-day journey through the Secrets of Iceland. With all these options and more, you’ll have much to look forward to upon your arrival at Reykjavik Keflavik airport, no matter how long you stay!