How to get from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík

Keflavík International Airport is located about 50 km away from Reykjavík and there are various ways to get to and from the airport.

Getting from Keflavík Airport By Rental Car

Most, if not all, of the bigger car rental agencies in Iceland offer pick up in Keflavík for a small fee. The fee is in fact usually so small that if there’s more than two of you, it is cheaper to pay the fee than take the bus to pick up the car in Reykjavík. So if you are renting a car anyway, you should keep that option in mind. Finding the way from Keflavík airport to Reykjavík is quite straight forward but I hear the biggest trouble is finding the way out to the main road. This is something I hear from the guests on my walking tours at least.

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Getting from Keflavík Airport By Bus

For a long time there was no public bus from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík but you could either take the Flybus and the Airport Express. They offer similar service for a similar price and although I’ve only used the Flybus I’m sure they are both equally good.  If you are desperate for the internet after a long flight though, The Flybus offers free WiFi on all their buses. Both companies can drop you off at your hotel but the service is included with the Airport Express but you can book it separately on the Flybus.

Nowadays you can also take the public bus from the airport but the schedule is not as good as the Flybus and Airport Express and the savings are not that great that it’s worth it. In my opinion at least plus it takes much longer. There’s also another service, K-Express, which offers cheaper transfers from Keflavík but their schedule is also not as good as the other two.

Getting from Keflavík Airport By Taxi

You don’t have to worry about being ripped off by Taxi drivers in Reykjavík like in some cities around the world. 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. There is a taxi line outside the arrivals hall but you can also book one in advance.

If you want to book an airport taxi transfer in advance you can do that here. I’m a bit biased when it comes to this option because the company is run by my dad but the service is reliable, he’ll go out of his way to help you with whatever you need and his car is big and comfy. He can also comfortably accommodate wheelchair users.

Alternative methods

If you are broke or you want to want to protest against the evil axis of organized tourism there’s two things you could do to try to skip spending money on a ride to Reykjavík.

First of all, you could try to hitchhike. Hitchhiking is pretty common and safe in Iceland but I don’t know how easy it is to get a ride on this particular route so you might have to walk a long way with all your luggage. Alternatively, you might want to try befriend whoever sits next to you on the plane and if he or she is a local, there’s a good chance their car will be at the airport or that they have a ride waiting for them when you land. People are nice, they might offer you a ride.

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21 thoughts on “How to get from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík

  1. Jasmine

    I’ll be in Iceland on a self drive tour around the country in May so this info (and the rest of the website) comes in handy. Thank you!

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  2. Josh

    Hi, I just booked a solo travel to Iceland in September for two weeks. I somehow stumbled upon to this page and been reading your wonderful posts. Your insights will come very handy for my planning and I cannot wait!!

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  3. Glenn

    I highly recommend not taking a taxi. It costs around $120 to get to Reykjavik from the airport when you could be spending less than $20 on the flybus. Big mistake, and now we have less money to spend on drinks!!

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    • Auður Post author

      It didn’t exist when I wrote this post. I don’t know anything about them except I’ve seen their buses and they seem to be a little on the older side (which doesn’t have to be bad). I haven’t seen them in a while though. I don’t actually know whether they are still in business but I don’t see anything on the website to suggest otherwise.

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  5. Maggie

    A lot of car rentals have optional coverage for things like gravel protection, would you recommend getting that? Thank you!

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    • Auður Post author

      I don’t know about the gravel protection, it depends on where you are going. I would personally take the SCDW basically just because if something happens it significantly lowers the amount you have to pay.

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    • Auður Post author

      Extra insurance that lowers the self-reliability considerably. So if something happens to the car you might still have to pay but you won’t have to pay the full amount.

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  6. Kathy

    Do you know if I have to book a ticket for one of those busses? Or can I pay directly in the bus?
    btw your blog is really helpful!

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    • Auður Post author

      You have to buy a ticket inside the airport before you go to the buses – at least for the Flybus and Airport express, don’t know about K-Express.

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  7. Peter Ibbotson

    I’m wondering, what would be the fastesr/cheapest way to Mount Esja and how difficult is it to climb?
    I’d be getting in at midnight, so I’m hoping buses, ect are still around.

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    • Auður Post author

      There are no buses to Esja at midnight, the buses run here from around 7 or so to midnight. You could rent a car if you want to go straight to Esja or just go there the next morning.

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  8. Peter Ibbotson

    Is there anything close by to the airport, that is worthwhile doing or seeing or maybe a nice restaurant?
    Thanks for your help mate

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