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How to Get To and From Keflavik Airport

Iceland Travel Tips: Transport Between Keflavik, Blue Lagoon, and Reykjavik

|December 9, 2023
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Arriving in a new country can be an exciting yet stressful moment and getting back to the airport after a visit just the same. The best medicine? Be prepared! Here is your guide on how to get to and from the airport in Iceland, Keflavík airport.


Arriving in Iceland

Entrance sign at Keflavik Airport displaying Welcome to Iceland in bold letters.

You’ve landed in Iceland; you have collected your bags and you’re ready to start your adventure in the land of ice and fire! The next leg of your journey will take you from Keflavik (or “Kef” as the locals call it), likely to the capital city to Reykjavik.

Keflavik is the only international airport in Iceland, taking its name from the town right next to it. It is pretty small and – because Iceland is so popular to visit – quite a busy hub! 

So, here’s a guide to getting off on the right foot when you land in our magnificent country…

Transportation Options from Keflavik to Reykjavik

RIDE HAILING

We are frequently asked, "Is Uber available in Iceland?" and the answer remains a straightforward "No". The same goes for Lyft. However, don't be disheartened. While these popular ride services aren't available, there are other transportation options to ensure you're never left stranded.

Man opens the door to a Hopp ride service car outside Keflavik Airport.

Hopp is a ride-sharing service in Iceland that offers an eco-friendly transportation option.

In addition to the traditional taxis, there's Hopp, a new taxi service in Reykjavik. Hopp offers a, low-cost taxi service with accurate arrival times and a variety of vehicle types. Through the Hopp app, you can easily book a ride, get a detailed fare estimate, and track your taxi in real-time. So, while you might miss Uber and Lyft, with services like Hopp, you're in good hands in Iceland.

AIRPORT SHUTTLES

The most popular option for travelers to the country, Transfer Buses, are reliable and affordable. These are not to be confused with public buses, though (more on them later).

Flybus airport transfer bus parked with snow-covered mountains in the background in Iceland.

TRANSFER TO REYKJAVIK

In fact, many visitors book the Keflavik Airport bus transfer while booking their trip to Iceland. If this option is available to you, we’d strongly recommend it. It’s a guaranteed seat on a bus after you land, so you’ll have peace of mind and one less thing to worry about on your holiday.

Person in a yellow jacket standing in front of the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The buses take you to most of the hotels, hostels, and major guesthouses in Reykjavik, and they will also stop at certain bus stops. If you are staying at an Airbnb, it’s a very good idea to research (via Google Maps) where the accommodation is in relation to the nearest bus stop. 

Most visitors opt for a return ticket. The return bus drops you right in front of the departure hall for maximum convenience.

The ticket price for a one-way transfer is ISK 3,899 or about $29.

TRANSFER TO THE BLUE LAGOON

The beautiful Blue Lagoon is situated between Keflavik and Reykjavik, and, if you book ahead, you will have the option to stop off on your way to or from the airport. A dip in Iceland’s most famous geothermal baths might be just what you need to unwind after your flight!

You can include the cover charge to the Blue Lagoon in the price of your Blue Lagoon transfer bus ticket, which we think is a good idea as it means one less booking to make.

The price for one transfer ticket from Keflavik to Blue Lagoon is ISK 7,499 or approximately $55 (return to Reykjavik or Keflavik Airport included).

CAR RENTALS

The drive to Reykjavik takes about 45 minutes. It’s very common for visitors to arrange a rental car before boarding, or at least look at Self-Drive tour options before arriving at Keflavík airport. If you haven’t though, no worries, once you have passed through the tax-free shopping area, most of the car rentals have a stall or a small office where you can quickly write in your personal information and you should be on your way in no time. Just don’t forget your driver’s license!

Orange SUV parked on a gravel road with a sprawling glacier and snow-capped mountains in the background in Iceland.

Car rental prices at Reykjavik Keflavik Intl Airport vary depending on the type of car and the rental company. Here are some average prices for different car types:

  • Economy Car: From $18/day
  • Compact Car: From $38/day
  • Mini Car: From $18/day
  • Passenger Van: From $104/day
  • SUV: From $41/day

These prices are averages, and the actual cost can vary based on the rental company, duration of the rental, and any additional services or insurance you might opt for. It's also worth noting that these prices are for the car rental itself and don't account for the fuel cost for the drive from Keflavik to Reykjavik.

For the best deals and specific prices, it's recommended to compare rates from different rental companies and book in advance.

CAR SHARING

For those traveling from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik and seeking flexible transport options within the city, Hopp's car-sharing service offers a modern alternative to traditional car rentals. The service operates with a straightforward pricing model: a flat fee of ISK 300 ($2.33 or €2.11) to initiate the rental and then ISK 45 ($0.35 or €0.32) per minute of driving. If you need to put the car on hold, it's charged at 10 ISK per minute. The entire process is managed through the Hopp app, allowing you to rent a car, drive from point A to B, and park it within the designated active zone. Just remember to have your driver's license ready for registration!

Person's feet up on a car dashboard holding a map of Iceland, with the lush Icelandic landscape visible through the rain-speckled window.

PUBLIC BUSES

The public bus is the cheapest option for those traveling from Keflavik International Airport, but it takes the longest by far. This is because it takes the most stops between Keflavik and Reykjavik, adding a substantial amount of time to the journey.

The public bus service starts bright and early at 6.35 am and runs throughout the day. It’s important to note that the bus can fill up at peak times, which might result in a long wait for the next empty seat on a bus, which can be a real pain if traveling in large or family groups.  

In fairness to the public bus service, it is very affordable. The average ticket price for a public bus from Keflavik to Reykjavík is around €13. However, if you book your journey in advance and avoid traveling during rush hours, you can find tickets for as cheap as €12.

TAXI

As you might expect, taxis are the priciest option, but they’re very handy if you want to get somewhere in a hurry. The two biggest taxi firms are contactable by phone and their numbers are known to many locals, thanks to ad campaigns with catchy tunes! Those numbers are +354-561000 and +354-8671199.

More taxi options: 

  • A - STÖÐIN

Phone: +354 420 1212 / +354 520 1212

  • TAXI SERVICE

Phone: +354 588 5500

  • BORGARBÍLASTÖÐIN

Phone: +354 552 2440

  • BSR

Phone: +354 561 0000

  • HREYFILL

Phone: +354 421 4141 / +354 588 5522

There are usually taxis waiting outside the airport too. 

Taxi drivers in Iceland have a good reputation for being friendly and honest, and most will accept major credit cards.

The cost of a standard taxi from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik city center is around €117 (ISK 16,700). However, fares can be higher on weekends and holidays and may vary depending on traffic conditions.

It's worth noting that while this is an average price, actual costs might vary based on the taxi service you choose, the time of day, and other factors. If you're looking for a fixed rate, some services offer pre-booked rates to ensure there are no surprises.

Getting to and from Keflavik Airport - FAQ’s

The above tips should get you started, but we know there are some burning questions about that little journey from the airport to your vacation destination. So, let’s put your mind at ease some more…

Traveler taking a photo of a picturesque road winding between calm waters and mountainous landscapes in Iceland.

How far is Keflavík airport to Reykjavik?

On a good day, the drive itself takes only about 45 minutes.

With public buses, it can take up to 90 minutes though, due to stops at hotels, hostels, guesthouses and bus stops.

How early do I need to get to Keflavik Airport for my return flight?

It is recommended that you get to the airport 3 hours before departure time. Keflavik International Airport is small for an international hub, and it is usually quite crowded due to te popularity of Iceland as a tourist destination. Don’t worry about the long pre-flight wait though; the departures terminal has some great shops, restaurants and bars so you’ll have plenty to do if you happen to arrive on a slow day!

Where can I follow departure and arrival times for Keflavik Airport?

Flight schedules are usually posted on the day of the flight, and they tend to be reliably updated in the event of a delay or change. Everything’s online, from arrivals at Keflavik Airport to all departure times from Keflavik Airport.

Glass facade of a building at Keflavik Airport with geometric designs, reflecting the bright sky and surroundings.

Is Keflavik Airport also the main domestic airport in Iceland?

No, it is not. The domestic airport for the capital area is located in Reykjavík itself. It services all domestic flights as well as flights to the Faroe Islands.

How many airports does Iceland have?

Iceland has quite a few domestic airports throughout the country, but only one provides a range of international flights, so if you are arriving from a different country you will need to get a flight to Keflavik.

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