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How to Get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik City

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How to Get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik City

Are you looking for a bus from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik city? Or maybe you are wondering how to get from Keflavik to Reykjavik? This article should answer all your questions!

First of all, congratulations on researching the best Reykjavik airport transportation options before your trip! This will save you lots of money.

I run a Facebook group for Iceland and Scandinavia travel and you would be surprised how often I see stories of people who just hop on a taxi at Keflavik airport without doing any prior research and are then presented with a 200+ EUR bill when they get to their Reykjavik accommodation… And no, the taxi drivers don’t scam tourists in Iceland – these are the regular taxi prices from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik.

But what is the best affordable way to get to Reykjavik from Keflavik airport? Find out!

Good to know: Before we continue with the airport transfers, you should know that Keflavik airport is located really far from the city. It’s a 50km (30miles) ride to town that in the best case takes at least 40-45 minutes.

Temporary update spring 2021: At the moment, bus services between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik are running somewhat differently than usual. The best way to get from the airport to the city remains FlyBus and it runs after every arriving flight. However, you cannot take it back from Reykjavik to the airport. Other best options for airport transfers are a taxi (the most expensive option), a rental car, or a private airport transfer.

 

TIP #1: If you are looking for the best price/ quality Reykjavik airport transfer and don’t have the time to read about all the other options, then I’ll save you time. Flybus transfer between KEF airport and Reykjavik hotels is one of the best price/quality transfer options from Keflavik airport to your hotel in Reykjavik.

TIP #2: If you are looking for an airport transfer to the Blue Lagoon and from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik, you can book your Blue Lagoon transfers here. and your Blue Lagoon tickets here.

How to get from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik - all your questions answered
 

Reykjavik airport transfers – overview:

Bus and minibus transfers from KEF to Reykjavik city

I’ll start with the best price/quality way to get from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik city – bus and minibus transfers.

There are several big companies offering bus transfers from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik. They are all priced quite similarly (19-24EUR price range), have the same discounts for the children, and offer free Wi-Fi on the bus. However, they all differ in the schedule, baggage restrictions, and drop-off locations. See a short comparison below.

Flybus transfer between Keflavik airport & Reykjavik

Flybus has one of the best schedules for Reykjavik airport transfers. Flybus shuttles depart at the airport 35-40 minutes after the arrival of each flight. They adapt their schedule in case of flight delays, so there is always a bus waiting for you right outside the terminal building. Your ticket is valid on any bus, so if you miss a bus, you just take the next one. Furthermore, there is no luggage restriction (or at least not for the regular size luggage).

The company says that pre-booked tickets have a seat guaranteed, so it’s wise to book in advance. But in any case, I’d head straight to the bus after you pick up your luggage as the buses can get quite crowded at times.

There is just one choice you have to make – a transfer to the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik (+ 2 stops along the way – see below) or a drop-off at your hotel. The price difference is just a few Euro, so unless your hotel is located close to the bus terminal, I’d definitely opt for the second option.

  • Option 2 – Flybus+: Transfer between Keflavik Airport & Hotels. This option costs just a few Euro more and the first part of the trip is exactly the same – you take a bus to the BSI bus terminal. There you switch to another bus that offers drop-off at most hotels, hostels and guesthouses in Reykjavik. Note that there is a bus ban in Reykjavik downtown, so in case you are staying at one of the hotels in the bus-free area, the bus will drop you off at the nearest bus stop. Depending on where you are staying, the total duration of this airport transfer should be 1-1,5hrs.

You can book the exact same Flybus transfers from Reykjavik town back to the airport as well. In case you choose a hotel pick-up option, make sure you read the information on the voucher very clearly (or call them just to be safe). Depending on where you are staying, the bus might be waiting for you at the nearest bus stop rather than at the hotel itself.

Gray Line Airport Express

Gray Line Airport Express has a very similar shuttle service as the Flybus. There is one big difference, however – their Holtagarðar bus terminal is located quite far from the Reykjavik downtown area. So if you decide to go with GrayLine it’s best to just book their airport bus transfer with hotel pick-up and drop off.

Also, when booking tickets with Gray Line you have to indicate the time of the bus even for the transfer from the airport, so I am not sure what happens if your flight is delayed. From what I read, you should be able to just hop on the next bus with the same ticket, but this isn’t clearly stated anywhere.

Airport Direct

Airport Direct offers direct shuttle bus transfers from the airport to the hotels in Reykjavik. They use smaller busses and therefore don’t have to waste time driving to a bus terminal first. So the total transfer times are in principle shorter than with Flybus or GrayLine (although again that will depend on where your hotel is located). These direct airport transfers are just a little bit more expensive than the other transfer options I described above and can be a good option if all goes well.

However, there are some disadvantages of using Airport Direct. First, at Airport Direct you have to buy a ticket for a specific time. So if your flight is delayed, your seat on the next bus is not guaranteed.

Second, they don’t have buses in the evening – their buses run between 4.15AM through 5.15PM from the airport to town and 4AM to 4PM from Reykjavik to the airport. Furthermore, you are allowed a maximum of one big suitcase and one carry-on bag only. Extra fees apply for excess luggage.

 

Taxi and Uber ride from KEF airport to Reykjavik

As mentioned above, the distance between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik is quite big, therefore taking a taxi to/from Reykjavik airport is very expensive. Depending on where your hotels is, you can expect to pay anywhere between 200 and 250 EUR for a taxi ride from Reykjavik airport to the city center. Furthermore, you have no certainty about the price.

I read online that a taxi ride from Keflavik to Reykjavik should cost you between 150 and 180EUR, but I also saw many travelers sharing their experience on Facebook groups and they all paid at least 200EUR for a taxi to get to Reykjavik.

The biggest advantage of taking the taxi is, of course, flexibility. It is also one of the fastest ways to get to Reykjavik. However, you get the same benefits with a private transfer as well and there at least you know what you pay (see below for more information).

At the moment, Uber is illegal in Iceland, so you cannot take an Uber from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik.

Private Reykjavik airport transfers

Private airport transfers in Reykjavik are the best option for those who are short on time and don’t mind spending a bit more. A private driver will be waiting for you at the Keflavik airport, so you don’t have to worry about flight delays or full busses. A big advantage compared to taking a taxi is that you know in advance exactly what you pay. From what I see the price of a private airport transfer is at least 30-40 EUR lower than that of a taxi.

A private transfer is a very expensive option if you are traveling on your own, but if you are with 3-4 people it’s already much more affordable. You can also book a transfer by minibus for up to 8 people and in that case, it costs just a few Euros per person more than paying for 8x bus transfer described above.

Beware that there are many companies offering private transfers to and from Reykjavik airport, but many of them are even more expensive than a taxi. The private transfer I linked to above is the cheapest that I was able to find in Reykjavik.

Public transportation – bus to Reykjavik

The cheapest way to get from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik is by taking a public bus. Public Reykjavik airport bus no. 55 connects Keflavik airport to Reykjavik city.

The only advantage of taking a bus is that it’s cheaper than the other options. You’ll save 10-15EUR, but there are several things to consider. The main disadvantages are the inflexible and limited schedule (especially on weekends and outside regular working hours), it takes much longer, and if you miss one bus you may have to wait a long time for the next one.

But if you are visiting Iceland on a budget and have plenty of time, then bus 55 is the cheapest way to get to Reykjavik from the airport. You can find more information about the bus schedule here.

Rental car

If your visit to Iceland is longer than 2-3 days I strongly recommend renting a car. Public transportation in Iceland will not get you to the most beautiful locations; it’s really not an option outside of Reykjavik. There are some private bus companies that have regular routes along Iceland, but it’s so much easier to explore Iceland on your own.

Renting a car directly at Keflavik airport will save you lots of trouble as you won’t have to worry about airport transfers. If, however, you are staying in the city for longer than a day, it might be wiser to pick-up your rental car in town (but don’t count on cheaper rates compared to airport pick-up). Do your research!

We use and recommend a popular car rental search engine where you can find some of the best deals for Iceland car rental. Since the travel market is so uncertain at the moment, I recommend renting your car via the RentalCars website. Not only can you compare different providers and find the best deals, but you are also much better protected and have a much more flexible cancelation policy than you’d ever get when booking from small local companies directly.

Blue Lagoon transfers

Many people choose to visit the Blue Lagoon immediately after arriving in Iceland or just before the departure. Since the Blue Lagoon is located just 20 minutes drive from Keflavik airport, it’s indeed quite easy to do.

If you don’t have a car, the best way to get to the Blue Lagoon from Keflavik airport is by taking a private transfer to the Blue Lagoon. There are also bus transfers to the Blue Lagoon from the city and back.

Please note that these transfers don’t include Blue Lagoon admission tickets. You have to book them well in advance because the Blue Lagoon is usually completely sold out. Here you can book the Blue Lagoon tickets.

So, this is our guide to Reykjavik airport transfers and the best ways to get from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik. Hope you found it useful!

TIP: If you are staying in Reykjavik and don’t have a car, then you’ll need to book tours in order to see the most beautiful places nearby. See our hand-picked selection of the best guided tours from Reykjavik and also best winter tours and day trips from Reykjavik.

 

READ ALSO: Our hand-picked selection of the very best half-day tours from Reykjavik

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Shu

Friday 17th of July 2020

Hello! If I need a return ride to the airport, what product should I choose?

Jurga

Friday 17th of July 2020

Hi Shu, FlyBus is the best option. You can book it in any direction - from the city or from the airport. Just take two different tickets, there is no round-trip option if I recall well.

Andrew

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Hi, I land in Kef at 3:10 pm on Feb 2020 and departing the following day at 5:15 pm. Do I have time to do any tour before my departure time?

Jurga

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Hi Andrew, if you're staying in Reykjavik city, yes, definitely, you can do some tours. In the evening on the first day, book a Northern Lights tour and in the morning you could potentially do a short tour to the lava tunnelss (takes jut 3hrs). For more, you can check our suggestions for the best half-day tours from Reykjavik, but I checked quickly and most of those would be difficult with your flight back, taking into account that you need to get to the airport in time for your flight. Hope this helps.

Annie (UK)

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Hi Jurga Thanks this is such a useful site. I will be seconded over to Reykjavik in January 2020, but working at the international airport. I dont want to drive, so with going back and forth Mon-Fri i will aim to use the no. 55 bus. I am a bit confused. Does the bus start at the BSI (which seems to me to be central Reykjavik) or at Fjörður which is a few kilometers out of town. I have gone onto various sites and seem none the wiser. I am getting the impression that you have to change buses. I appreciate if you can enlighten. Many Thanks

Jurga

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Hi Annie, from what I see in the bus 55 schedule, it depends on the hour. Some buses go all the way to BSI and others stop at Fjörður. So, as long as you take the right bus, you should be fine.

joelle

Saturday 18th of May 2019

we are coming with skis and ski equipment and will be overnighting for just one night. We have visited before so we are familiar with the bus system. What do we do about our oversized luggage? We obviously can't carry from the bus to the hostel we will be staying, and there is no convenient storage or holding area at the airport. Please let us know what you think. Thank you.

Jurga

Monday 20th of May 2019

That's a tough one. I think you may be better off renting a car for a day and leave the skis in the car. It will save you money on bus transfers to town and renting a car for just one day won't be that expensive. Just an idea. Here you can check what car rental would cost for your travel dates. Just make sure the car is long enough for the skis. This is really the only thing that comes to mind... Good luck!

Winnie

Saturday 20th of April 2019

We are visiting Iceland in May 2019 for 3 days. When we are booking flight and hotel, they have the option of booking this "Shared Shuttle: Reykjavik Airport (KEF)" for Can$132.90 for 2 people round trip. Is this the Flybus you are talking about? We will arrive at 3:15pm on Tuesday, plan to do local walking around in the city. Next day will take a tour of Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day trip. The next day is the Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Tour. If I want to go to Blue Lagoon on our return trip, Flight leaving at 4:10pm. Will this type of bus take us from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon then from Blue Lagoon to KEF? or we have to buy separate tickets and forfeit the return tickets?? Is our plan for these 3 days good? any other suggestion?? Thank you for all your help.

Winnie

Wednesday 24th of April 2019

We are going to be in Copenhagen for cruise in May with grandkids. one is 4 years and one is almost 1.. Will spend 3 full days there before or after the cruise. Any suggestion things we can do with these boys in Copenhagen?? Thank you for your help.

Jurga

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

Hi Winnie, the picture that you sent me the link of is of a Gray Line bus, so I guess it's the same as this option. It's not the same as Flybus - you can read more about these transfers in the article. From my experience, this specific transfer will not pass the Blue Lagoon (and the Flybus won't either). So if you want to go to the Blue Lagoon first and then to the airport, you'll have to book two separate transfers for that. You can find information on how to get to the Blue Lagoon and from there to the airport in the article as well. Destination Blue Lagoon is the one running Blue Lagoon transfers and you can book them here. Please note that you also have to book the Blue Lagoon tickets in advance as well. Hope this helps.

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