Friday, May 17, 2013

The best way to get from Keflavík to Reykjavík???

Yes, you´ve made it. You´ve finally landed on this barren island and can´t wait to explore it. BUT. Wait a moment, your landing town was Keflavík and not Reykjavík. Hm, what to do next? How do you get from Keflavík airport to Reykjavík, that are around 50km away from each other????

Well, there´s no public transport between the two and a few years ago, there used to be one particular company running business on this route. (for more details read here). That´s not the case anymore, as there´re two bus companies you can choose from these days:
FLYBUS and AIRPORT EXPRESS with the following similarities and differences:


  • operated in connection with all arriving and departing flights at Keflavík airport
  • buses depart 35-40 minutes after each flight arrival
  • one-way to Reykjavík Bus terminal costs 1.950 isk
  • possible drop off at chosen guesthouses and hotels, including domestic Reykjavík airport for an extra charge of 550 isk 
  • your seat is always guaranteed and if you are arriving late at night or your flight is delayed, there will be a Flybus waiting for you
  • free WIFI on all buses.

  • transfers must be booked in advance for guaranteed departure
  • schedule to be found on their web and adjusted according to the seasons
  • one-way to Reykjavík Bus terminal costs 2.090 isk
  • complimentary pick-up/drop-off service from all major hotels in the capital area, inlcuding the domestic Reykjavík airport
  • schedule is subject to changes.
Choose what fits you best and go ahead and book on their pages directly.

Now, those who would stay in Keflavík after their arrival and consider leaving to Reykjavík from there, you have the following options:
Taking a taxi to your place of stay from the airport (they´re parked outside the terminal building), stay over night  and then take a bus run by a company called SBK from their station located in Keflavík. 
One-way ticket to Reykjavík Bus terminal costs 1.600 isk and both winter and summer schedule is to be found here (look for departures from SBK). There are only 3 connections during weekends, though.

ARE you renting a car in Iceland?
Most of the bigger car rental companies in Iceland offer pick up in Keflavík for some extra fee. It can happen that the fee will be so small that if there’s more than two of you, it will be cheaper to pay the fee, than taking the bus to pick up the car in Reykjavík. So if you are renting a car anyway, you should keep that option in mind and compare the prices.

Last but not least, taxis can take you all the way to Reykjavík, but it´s the most expensive option. The average price for 1-4 people is around 15.000 ISK. But, you don’t have to worry about being ripped off by taxi drivers in Reykjavík. Taxis run by the meter between Reykjavík and Keflavík but sometimes they offer a fixed price which comes to about the same amount as the meter anyway.

This post was inspired also by this article.

Good luck with your journeys between Keflavík and Reykjavík and do post comments about your experience.

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