How to go from the airport to Reykjavik
If this is the first time you travel to Iceland, surely you'll wonder c s you can go to the airport to Reykjavik. This is a valid question, because even though you are traveling to Reykjavik in reality you're just arriving to the airport of Keflavik.
The airport is located 45 minutes from the city. Usually, this tends to confuse and disappoint the people that come first time and realize that they are very far from the hotel where they have reserved. But the truth is this is not a major setback, because here we will tell you how you can go to the airport of Keflavik to Reykjavik.
The International Airport of Keflavik
The international airport Leifur Eiríksson of Keflavik is located 48 km from the city of Reykjavik. This is the main point of the majority of the flights going in and out of Iceland.
Keflavik airport is open 24 hours and the shops and services that operate on it, are in a tax-free zone. Its interior features a design aimed at travelers, so the wait at the airport more enjoyable.
The shops feature products from the best brands. And the prices are very competitive compared with other airports in Europe.
Travellers who visit for the first time Iceland does not have a very clear idea of how to move from the airport to Reykjavik. But have several options, each with benefits over another.
Go to the airport to Reykjavik by Bus
Flybus and Flybus +
This is the most economical way to travel from the airport of Keflavik to Reykjavik. There is buses depart 2.5 hours before the flights and the trip takes between 40 and 50 minutes. There are two options for the bus, the Flybus and Flybus +.
The difference between the two is that, the Flybus will take you from the airport to the bus terminal BSÍ, and the Flybus + will take you to the terminal and then you can go to your hotel in a bus smaller. But keep in mind that this service does not cover all the hotels, so you have to ask at the terminal. And if your hotel is outside of the area, the bus will drop you off at the closest stop.
The Airport Express is basically the same service that the Flybus, with the difference that it is cheaper and the number of outputs are smaller. They have a bus that leaves after every flight and there are two options. The first option takes you to the terminal in Holtagarðar, and the second takes you directly to your hotel or to the nearest bus stop.
It is likely that you prefer to choose the option that will take you to your hotel, because the terminal of Holtagarðar is far from the center of the city. However, with the normal ticket you can choose to get off at a stop in the center of the city without any extra charge.
For me it is the best option and we recommend that you buy the ticket before you travel so you don't get to without transport. In addition it is a good option to buy it back and forth to save some money.
This service does not stop at terminals, so in theory the transport should be delayed less. However, the pick-up starts 30 min before each flight, but there is the possibility that you delay if you're the first to be picked up.
It is good to consider this service, but you must take into consideration the hours. Because, despite the fact that going regularly to the airport, Airport Direct does not offer service between 17:15 and 22:15.
With Airport Direct, you must choose a departure time, so you'll need a reservation for the time that you indicated. If your flight is delayed or you miss the time you indicated, you'll have to wait an hour for the next bus (taking into account that if it is full you will not be able to upload).
Usually, when you exit the airport you will find a large number of taxi waiting for passengers. There is also the service of private transportation, but a taxi is a great option if you are travelling in a group not exceeding 4 people.
To avoid that charge you a price that you can go through the roof (taking into account that it is Iceland, it is best to hire the taxi in advance at a fixed price. Sounds expensive but not if you think that in the country everything is expensive, and if you share the taxi with at least one person.
In other countries, the taxis can have a bad reputation, but in Iceland this is not the case. Most of the taxis have a fixed fare between Keflavik and Reykjavik although the price may vary depending on the company to which they belong.
This is the cheapest option to get from the airport to Reykjavik. You can take the 55 bus that runs to and from the airport of Keflavik. Perhaps a little slower than the other options, but it is 1000 ISK cheaper too.
The public bus is the most economic option, but also the most slow and probably uncomfortable. Because they are generally filled with, spend every 1 or 2 hours and seats are limited.
Weekdays are 12 departures from Reykjavik and 12 of Keflavik, but on the weekends the service is more limited. The first output bus from Reykjavik to Keflavik is at 6:25, it is a journey of approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, so if you have flights too early is not a good option.
The bus stops at a few stops in Reykjavik, but the last stop is the bus stop at BSÍ. The public bus is a very good option if you want to save some money in your budget, but if you're going against the clock is not the best of ideas.
Go from the airport to Reykjavik by car
In general, private transport is the most expensive way to get from the airport to Reykjavik. But also more convenient than the other.
Unlike the other options, with the service of private transfer, a driver will wait you at the arrival hall of the airport of Keflavik with a poster indicating your name. Then, you'll go straight to your hotel.
The same applies to get out of Reykjavik to the airport, reservations an hour and the driver will go for it at that hour to take you to the airport. With this type of service, the transfer does not it will take more than 50 minutes.
Rent a car
If you're considering renting a car in Iceland and go to the airport to Reykjavik, it is worth doing so if you will use to exit the airport and return it when you leave. There is usually a surcharge at the airport if you rent a car in Keflavik, but it is so low that you can save as much as if you were in the bus.
Rent a car at the airport you can take a bit, but it could mean a significant saving, in addition to other benefits such as flexibility and comfort.
The only negative point of renting a car in Keflavik, is that the airport can be congested in summer or in the morning when flights arrive. So that the waiting time can be long.
On the other hand, people try to save a little more by renting a car in Reykjavik in place of Keflavik while maintaining a low price by limiting the rental days.
However, in the winter, the savings can be minimal if you have in mind the price of transfer from and to the airport. Usually, you can also get a better price per day if you rent the car for several days, you could bring more benefits to your budget.