Five reasons why you should buy the Reykjavík City Card

As you can imagine I’ve met a whole lot of Reykjavík visitors this summer. One of the things that has sort of surprised me is how few of my guests know about the Reykjavík City Card and even fewer of them have thought about buying it. It surprises me because it’s such a great deal and for anyone who’s going to stay in Reykjavík for more than a day it should really be part of the standard Reykjavík survival kit. If you don’t believe me, here are five reasons for why you should consider buying the Reykjavík City Card (formerly  known as the Reykjavík Welcome Card).

1) The museums

The Reykjavík City Card gives you access to a whole bunch of museums that together give you a great insight into Iceland’s history, the art scene and the lives of the people that lived here back in the day. Among my favorites at the Settlement Exhibition (Reykjavík 871 +/-2), the National Museum and Árbæjarsafn. Basically by visiting two museums the 24 hour card has paid itself up.

The Reykjavík City card also gives you access to the Peting Zoo and family park in Laugardalur.

2) The swimming pools

One of the best things about Reykjavík are the swimming pools all over the city. If you want to know what’s going on in Icelandic society you only have to visit the hotpots in the pools and listen in on people’s conversations. Hot pots to Icelandic people are like pubs to the English. It’s where it’s at!

The Reykjavík City Card gives you access to all the swimming pools in the city but a single entrance fee for an adult in 2014 is 600 ISK. You can also visit the pools as often as you want while the card is valid.

3) The buses

Although Reykjavík is a walkable city there are certain things you might want to check out that are out of the city center like Laugardalslaug swimming pool and Árbær city museum. The Reykjavík City card gives you unlimited access to the Reykjavík City Buses while the card is valid. A single fare for an adult in 2014 is 350 ISK

4) The discounts

The Reykjavík City Card doesn’t just give you access to all of these places and things mentioned above – it also gives you discount of all kinds of tours, restaurants and shops around the city. A full list of discounts can be found on Visit Reykjavík’s website.

5) The convenience

I think one of the biggest draws of buying the Reykjavík City Card is the convenience factor. With the card you don’t have to scramble to find the right change or end up paying too much for the buses because they don’t give change. You also don’t have to take up your wallet and risk high credit card charges in every place you visit or worry about finding a bank to exchange your cash. Instead you just pay once and then go off and explore.

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19 thoughts on “Five reasons why you should buy the Reykjavík City Card”

  1. Jaclyn says:

    Hi there! This comment is not related to this post, but I was wondering if you’ve ever done a post about travelers house sitting in Iceland. I did a search on your site and google but could not find much information. My husband and I are desperate to visit your beautiful country again soon, and wondered if there’s an agency or group of any kind that puts people together for house sitting opportunities. It’d be a great way to live like a local for a while! Thanks for your help.

    1. mm Auður says:

      I’m sorry but I don’t know about any one place where you can find information about house sitting in Iceland. This is not really something we do but if we do it we just ask a family member to watch the house.

  2. Linda says:

    I bought one of these on my trip last summer and will get one when I visit in Oct this year! Such a bargain!! Loved using the buses, ferry and getting into the public pools and museums!!

  3. Connie says:

    Does this mean it would cost approx. $100 for a 24-hour card?

    1. mm Auður says:

      No – it’s 2900 ISK for 24 hour card (around 25 USD)

  4. Alyssey says:

    Where can we get them? Keflavik airport?

    1. mm Auður says:

      If you follow the link in the post you’ll find information about all the places that sell them. You can also buy them when you book my walking tour

  5. Thang says:

    Hi Audur,

    I love your website. It is very helpful and fun to read. I am visiting Reykjavik in January 2015. I was wondering about the cost of the Reykjavík City Card. Also, can I buy a daily pass for the buses that will give me unlimited rides? Thank you in advance for your answer and I can’t wait to visit your lovely city and country.

    1. mm Auður says:

      In 2014 the price is 2900 ISK for 24hours, 3900 ISK for 48 hours and 4900 ISK for 72 hours. You can buy bus passes but I’m not sure how much they are now (you should be able to find out on

  6. Claudia says:

    Thanks for the Info! Your site’s a great mixture between great tales about Iceland and travel-Information. I hope you can keep it this way. And I hope I will manage to travel to Iceland next year… Let’s see. In the meantime I sure will follow your blog 🙂

  7. Pam Dumbleton says:

    Hi, we’re coming to your wonderful city on 20th November for 3 nights. Can you tell me how you say “Hello”, “Goodbye” and “Thank You”?



  8. Pauline says:


    I would like to know if we can buy the city card on line.
    Thank you!


    1. mm Auður says:

      Hi Pauline,

      No, it’s not available online yet. I know they are working on some sort of electronic solution but I don’t know when it will become available. You can buy the card in many different places in downtown Reykjavík like the Tourist Information Center in Aðalsstræti, Kvosin Grocery store, What’s On in Laugarvegur and many more.

  9. Ellie says:

    Going on a 3-night stay at Reykjavik at the end of February 2017. What itinerary would you suggest? Thanks from a Budget-conscious adventurer.

  10. I realize it’s a bit past this post’s original date!

    We are trying to get a 3-day card as a gift for our daughter’s teacher. We’re in the states but lived in Reykjavik in 2010. I am so excited to thank her for a great year with the card…but can’t find a way to buy one online. Is it possible?

    Thanks so much! We miss Iceland tremendously.

    1. mm Auður - I Heart Reykjavík says:

      Unfortunately, I don’t think you can buy these cards online and get them delivered. But you can contact Visit Reykjavík who issue them and see if there’s anything that can be done.

  11. Carli says:

    Hi! We’re visiting your beautiful city next week and I was wondering if you recommend the City Card over the ReykavikNow CityPass, and what the difference is?

    Thank you so much!!

    1. mm Auður - I Heart Reykjavík says:

      I recommend the official Reykjavík City Card: which gives you access to the museums, pools and buses. The other is just a discount pass I think – that gives you a discount to places.

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