Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Getting from Reykjavik to Keflavik

Are you one of those who likes using public transport when available? Then, you might definitely find this bit useful, as finding information online about your transport possibilities between Reykjavik and Keflavik in the tourist season of 2016 are rather limited and even confusing at times.

Let´s start from the beginning. I live in the North of Iceland, an hour drive from Akureyri. In April 2016, I found myself in need of getting from Reykjavik domestic airport to Keflavik downtown area, wanting to use public transport.

Quite straight-forward one might think, but it took a few web-page visits and a few phonecalls, until I discovered that all of us who want to take public transport between Reykjavik and Keflavik downtown area have the following option at the price of 1750 isk / single ticket:

We´re talking about a public bus line 55 operating the route and the company standing behind is called STRAETO. There´re a few stops in Reykjavik where this bus stops, but the most significant one and easiest to find is the one located between BSI Terminal and a road called Hringbraut.
The bus stand doesn´t have any special sign, so you really have to check the schedule at the bus stop making sure that the schedule stands for the bus number 55, thus ensuring that you're at the right spot.

To view the schedule, please click here and note that it's only between Mondays and Fridays that this bus operates between RVK and KEF, not during the weekends.

Now, when it comes to your end stop in Keflavik – you can choose from the following:

Midstod – a parking lot for buses close to NETTO shop, which is located quite centrally. If you´re staying with your friends living close by or at 1x6 guesthouse, it might be a good idea to get off there.

Hringbraut / Norðurtún
Hringbraut / Melteigur
Keflavik Airport 

Last but not least, this year, it seems that there´re 2 other competitors operating the route RVK-Keflavik airtport and here are the prices for their single tickets:
Flybus; 2,200 isk  BSI-Keflavik airtport
Grayline; 13 EUR  Grayline bus terminal - Keflavik airport

Please note that the prices refer to the cheapest version, I could find at the time of writing,

So good luck when supporting public transport services of Iceland and do let us know any useful information that might increase the quality of this post, based on your experiences from 2016.

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