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.

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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46 thoughts on “How to get from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík”

  1. Jasmine says:

    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!

  2. mm I heart Reykjavík says:

    I’m glad you find it useful 🙂

  3. Josh says:

    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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  4. Glenn says:

    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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  6. Angelina says:

    Hi there. I found this company online, but it’s not mentioned here. Do you know if it’s legit and reliable to us us to the airport? Thanks!

    1. mm Auður says:

      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.

  7. Maggie says:

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

    1. mm Auður says:

      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.

  8. Looks like the link for FlyBus should now be – thanks this article was very useful

    1. mm Auður says: still works, it redirects to the page on the RE site. It’s better to use that link because they will always redirect that but they might change the actual link.

      1. Well it’s true that works but what’s coded in the blog entry is which uses port 443 and not port 80 this link hits a invalid certificate so does not work –

        1. mm Auður says:

          Ahhh gotcha! Thanks, I’ve fixed it now. 🙂

  9. maureen says:


    1. mm Auður says:

      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.

  10. Kathy says:

    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!

    1. mm Auður says:

      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.

  11. Peter Ibbotson says:

    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.

    1. mm Auður says:

      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.

  12. Peter Ibbotson says:

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

  13. Lisa says:

    I am coming to Iceland in November for a solo trip. Any advice for a woman alone in Iceland? I am so excited I can’t stand myself.

    1. mm Auður says:

      No, there’s nothing to worry about. You can check out this post:

  14. Jesselyn Lim says:

    Hi just to clarify there’s no need to pre-book the flybus or airport express bus before arrival? Thank you

    1. mm Auður says:

      You don’t need to pre-book no but it’s easier and you don’t have to wait in line if you book it in advance. You can also buy a ticket for the flybus on board Icelandair flights.

  15. Kelli says:

    Heading to Iceland in October so many great comments and great tips thank you. This will be fantastic see you all there. Tips on other towns to stay in?

    1. mm Auður says:

      Just depends how you want to travel – you can use Reykjavík as your base and just do day tours or you can rent a car and drive around and stay somewhere along the way. Since accommodation outside of Reykjavík is scarce availability and price usually decides where you want to stay more than the actual location.

  16. Walter Haas says:

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    Stay out of the EU.Immigration and refugees are the destruction of the west including the destruction of white people.Germany is making the point now.Is Merkel Hitlers daughter.Sweden top rape capitol of the world.NWO,EU Twins.

    Of course all I have said is a joke and not true.America and the EU,NWO are Gods gift to man.The Banksters only want to help you.Don’t think about the Panama Papers.

  17. Bill Jones says:

    Excellent blog with useful information. We will be arriving in Iceland in middle January. What are the roads and driving like that time of year? I can drive on snow roads if necessary, but it is not desirable! If driving/parking is problematic, I can lean toward tours.

    1. mm Auður says:

      It depends from year to year. Last two winters there was a lot of snow and ice but who knows what will happen next year 🙂

  18. Jodi says:

    I have a dilemma! 8 of us are traveling to Iceland in March. I found an 8 passenger vehicle to rent, which is great, so that we can all be together on our day trips. There’s one problem….all of us and our luggage won’t fit when we arrive at the airport and pickup the car! (And vice versa, when we leave the hotel to return to the airport.) The luggage will not be with us during other times on our trip, so the vehicle is perfect. Does anyone have a suggestion???? The only thing I can think of is some of us will have to take the flybus (or similar shuttle bus) from the airport to the hotel and the rest of us pickup the rental car at the airport and squeeze in who we can. Any better thoughts on this? (It would be nice not to have the extra expense of the roundtrip flybus just for the luggage dilemma.)

    1. mm Auður says:

      Hi Jodi,

      It’s either that you hire a luggage trailer from your car rental company.

  19. Ellie says:


    I will arrive at Reykjavik with WOW airlines this Sunday the 8th of January at 4:30 AM and my flight to London is at 3:25 PM (15:25).
    Is it reasonable/worth it to explore the city for about 5-6h at this time of the year?

    Thank you!

    1. mm Auður says:

      There is nothing going at that time on a Sunday and it doesn’t get bright until after 10 so you are not going to see much. Maybe it would be a better idea just to go into Reykjanesbær, go for a swim at their local pool and maybe check out a museum or something.

      I mean you can see quite a bit in 5 hours but the darkness is somewhat limiting.

  20. Ronald Lam says:

    I will be in KEF one day before my tour starts. Is that anything to do around the airport ? Or should I stay in Reykjavik ?

    1. mm Auður says:

      Reykjanesbær is the closest town to the airport, they do have some museums and a pool and such so if you wanted you could stay there. Reykjavík has more options though.

      1. Kelli says:

        The Blue Lagoon is half way from the airport to reykjavik, that would be a well worth visit, then spend the rest of the day exploring Reykjavik

  21. Clifford Swadron says:

    What Shuttle Company can take us from Iceland Airport on July 26th 2017 in the morning to our Cruise ship at the

  22. Syd says:

    Hi Jodi,
    I was wondering if it is possible and safe to walk from downtown Reykjavik to the Domestic airport. Any advice? Thank you!!

    1. mm Hrannar - I Heart Reykjavík says:

      Hi Syd

      It’s a pretty easy 30 minutes walk from down town. There are footbridges onver the biggest streets here but aside from that, it’s really safe.

    2. mm Ásta - I Heart Reykjavík says:

      Hi Jodi,

      Yes it is possible and I would say that it is safe – I would do it myself at least. It would take about half an hour or so from the main square, so the time depends a bit on where in the center you are staying. I would take Njarðargata street, which is the most direct way.

  23. Paul D says:

    I’m arriving earlier in the morning and there’s a chance I will not be able to check in to my B&B where I’m staying. It’s about a block away from the Hallgrímskirkju. Do you know if there is anywhere to check bags around this area. I did see the BSI Bus Terminal is somewhat close but I cannot tell if you can check bags there. Do you have any suggestions? – Paul

    1. mm Ásta - I Heart Reykjavík says:

      Hi Paul,

      BSI bus terminal is close to the church, and there are luggage lockers there. It’s a good way of being able to leave your bags until check in, and use the time to explore the city without having to carry your luggage around.

      1. Jessica says:

        Hi Asta,

        Do you know how much the lockers at the BSI Terminal cost and whether we can leave things in there overnight? We are doing an overnight tour before checking into our actual accommodation, and the tour agency is charging us to store our things with them. Thanks!

        1. mm Ásta - I Heart Reykjavík says:

          Hi Jessica,

          The lockers cost from 890 ISK for a medium one, to 1690 ISK for an X-large locker, this is for 24 hours. You can store things there overnight, and if it is more that 24 hours then you pay for 2 days. You could check which would be cheaper, it might be a better deal to leave things with the tour company.

  24. Patti W. says:

    My husband and I will be staying in Reykjavik from October 31st through November 5th. I am aware that the Iceland Airwaves festival will be going on during this time. Can we expect that this will make the city very crowded and busy during our stay? Do you think that the tours will be crowded as well?

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