Airport Transfer in Iceland
Tips for your transfer from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik
One of the first questions when planning a trip to Iceland is: How do I get from the airport to my hotel? So, you don’t have to wait until you arrive in Iceland to organise your transfer from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik, here’s all the information you need to get to Reykjavík fast and cheap by the best means of transport.
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Did you know that when you arrive in Iceland you don’t land at Reykjavik airport? In fact, you land at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), which is about 50 kilometres from Reykjavik city centre.
Keflavik International Airport is the largest airport and the main gateway to Iceland. Almost all of Iceland’s international air traffic is handled here. Only some flights to Greenland and the Faroe Islands, as well as domestic flights, are operated via Reykjavik Airport (RKV), which is close to the city.
There are three ways to get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik. Depending on the means of transport and the location of your hotel, transfer times vary from 45 to 90 minutes.
Unless you have rented a car at Keflavik Airport, I recommend you take the Flybus to Reykjavik. Alternatively, taxis are available at the airport as well as the possibility of a private airport transfer.
There are no trains in Iceland and therefore no possibility of a transfer by train.
In the table below you will find an overview of the different transfer options from Keflavik airport to your booked accommodation or hotel in Reykjavik. Of course, I will also explain in detail how the individual options work and what you need to bear in mind.
Private transfer Keflavik: Door-to-door airport transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavik
Duration: 40 to 60 minutes, Costs: from US$ 158.22 per vehicle (max. 4 persons)
There’s no question that if you want to save money, you should choose a Flybus transfer to the BSÍ Bus Terminal in the centre of Reykjavik to get to your hotel. However, a private airport transfer has many advantages that will definitely make your onward journey from Keflavik Airport more pleasant:
- hassle-free journey to your accommodation without any intermediate stops
- you do not have to share the transport with other travellers
- transport without changing buses right to the door of your hotel
- no waiting for transfer buses or other passengers
- you are independent of timetables
One of the amenities of a private airport transfer is, of course, that you will be met at the airport by your driver.
VIP feeling included: Who hasn’t dreamed of reading their name on one of the chauffeur’s signs or being picked up by their driver directly after the security zone?
Depending on the number of passengers, you can choose from several types of vehicles when booking your transfer to Reykjavik. A private airport transfer is especially recommended for families with children, travellers with a lot of luggage and smaller groups.
You should book your private transfer from Keflavik Airport to your hotel at least 24 hours in advance. If you have less time, you can only take a taxi or bus to Reykjavik.
Book your private transfer at Keflavik Airport
Flybus Airport Shuttle: From Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik by bus
Duration: 50 to 90 minutes, Costs: from US$ 25.32 per person; discount for children and youths
A Flybus ride is definitely the cheapest way to get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik. The transfer to the BSÍ bus station in the centre of Reykjavik takes about 50 to 60 minutes.
Pro-Tip: There is free WiFi on board the shuttle buses, so you can send your first greetings from Iceland to your family during the journey and don’t have to worry about your data volume. When travelling abroad, I use my own Wi-Fi hotspot so that I don’t have to constantly search for a working internet connection or ask for the Wi-Fi password. I’m sure that’s something for you too.
Flybus Airport Shuttle departure times are coordinated with flight schedules, so there’s always a shuttle waiting for you outside the terminal. Even if your flight lands delayed in Iceland.
Flybus airport shuttles run between Keflavik Airport and the BSÍ bus terminal in the city centre, where the bus stops first in Reykjavik. If you chose the option to be dropped off at your accommodation when booking your ticket, you will have to change buses at the bus station to continue your journey.
According to a fixed route, all travellers are taken by minibus either directly or to a bus stop near their accommodation. Here you will find an overview of all the stops.
Book Your Flybus-Seat to Reykjavik
Tickets for a Flybus airport transfer can only be purchased online or at the counter at Keflavik Airport and at the BSÌ Bus Terminal, but not on the bus. You can only get a seat on the airport shuttle with a pre-purchased ticket for the Flybus.
Children up to the age of 11 travel free on the Flybus. For young people between 12 and 15 years, there is a reduced fare with a 50% discount. You can also buy tickets online – a booked ticket is also required for children up to 11 years of age.
Besides the Flybus Airport Shuttle, there are two other shuttle buses that run between Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik city centre. You can also book a transfer from the airport to your accommodation with both companies.
It can be worth comparing the operators, as there are always discount offers that can save you money on your Iceland trip.
Taxi transfer to Reykjavik: By taxi from Keflavik Airport to your hotel
Duration: 40 to 60 minutes, Costs: US$ 116 fixed price per taxi ride (max. 4 persons)
Taxis are also waiting for passengers outside the terminal at Keflavik Airport. However, don’t just take any taxi at the airport if you want to save money!
As with a private transfer, the cost of a taxi ride to your accommodation in Reykjavik is also charged at a flat rate. However, not all taxi companies do this!
I know of two taxi companies that will take you from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik at a fixed price or take your transfer from the city to the airport.
You should book your airport transfer by taxi well in advance via the taxi company’s website and have the fixed price confirmed. This will avoid unnecessary discussions at your destination and prevent the driver from overcharging you.
You should also ask whether you can pay for your taxi ride with a credit card or only in cash in Icelandic Krona – you will find an ATM for cash withdrawals at the baggage claim after you land at Keflavik Airport.
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Alternatively, you can book your private taxi transfer from Keflavik Airport with the Icelandic tour operator Guide To Iceland. However, the airport transfer costs a little more than if you book directly with the taxi company.
Book a taxi transfer from the airport to Reykjavik
Pro-Tip: The cost of a taxi ride in Reykjavik starts at 5 euros. You will be charged 2 euros for each kilometre driven. A normal taxi ride from Reykjavik to the airport becomes almost unaffordable and the cost of your holiday in Iceland skyrockets like a geyser. For a 15-20 minute walk from the BSÍ bus station to the popular Hotel Canopy in the city centre, you will pay at least 10 euros by taxi in Reykjavik.