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Basic information

  • Area: 274.5 km² (106 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +354
  • Currency: Icelandic króna (ISK)
  • Population (EST): 120,165
  • Official language: Icelandic
  • Time Zone: GMT (UTC+0)

Reykjavik - Getting Around

Airport Bus

Airport Bus

The main airport, Keflavik, is serviced by a shuttle bus service called Flybus that takes passengers to and from the city centre. The bus regularly departs the BSI coach terminal in central Reykjavik. Coming from the airport into town, seats are guaranteed as the buses wait until each flight has landed and disembarked before leaving. There are request stops along the route and on informing the driver when boarding you can be dropped at you hotel in town. Tickets may be bought from inside the terminal or at the BSI terminal.

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Bus

Getting around Reykjavik is easy when using the reliable local bus service, Stræto. On weekday’s buses run approximately every 20 minutes and during evenings and weekends this is increased to every 30 minutes. Most of the city is covered by bus routes and there is a flat fare of ISK 250 per journey. If you are catching a connecting bus it is possible to obtain a skiptimidi, transfer ticket, from the driver of the first bus which will waive the fare on the second bus if used within 45 minutes. If during your stay you will be using the bus service more frequently there is the option of buying the Reykjavik Tourist Card. This card allows unlimited bus travel for a certain time period, usually one, two or three days. Information can be found at the bus stations and Tourist Information Centre.

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Car

Car hire is widely available within Reykjavik and is recommended if exploring the main attractions outside the city. Within the city the bus service is comprehensive enough that car hire would add an unnecessary expense to a holiday. It is possible to hire 4x4 vehicles during the summer months in order to access the interior of the country. Driving conditions can be difficult in the winter time and it is advisable to obtain information about driving in Iceland before arriving.

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On Foot

Reykjavik city centre is ideal for walking, the footpaths and walkways are well maintained and there is no better way to take in the beauty of the town. City walk maps are available from the Tourist Information Centre and provide the walker with a guide to the city and the places of interest scattered throughout the city.

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Scheduled Coaches

There are many dedicated coaches that travel between Reykjavik and other Icelandic towns on a regular basis providing visitors with a cheap and reliable way to explore the Icelandic countryside. The coaches leave from the BSI terminal in central Reykjavik just south of the city centre. Information on destinations and timetables can be found here as well as ticket buying facilities.

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Taxis

There are several taxi companies based in Reykjavik all of which charge standard fares and have official mileage meters. Taxis can be either pre-booked or hailed in the street and many offer day tours to the surrounding area. It is possible to travel the 48km from the airport to Reykjavik by taxi and the average price would be around 8,000 ISK, equivalent to about 60 GBP.

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