How to get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik in 2024

Wondering how to get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik?

Then you’ve come to the right article because I’m going to give you all the options for getting from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik.

When flying into Iceland, many people get confused that they aren’t flying into Reykjavik but instead are flying into Keflavik, which is about 45 minutes outside the city.

This worried me too before visiting Iceland, but now having made the journey a few times, I know it’s actually really easy to get between the two.

So I’ve created this complete guide to get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik. Let’s get straight into it!

Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik

As I said, even though Keflavik Airport is pretty far outside of Reykjavik, it’s really easy to get there, and there are 6 main options you can choose to get from A to B.

Options

These options are:

  • Coach Transfer
  • Via The Blue Lagoon
  • Public Bus
  • Car Rental
  • Private Transfer
  • Taxi

Best Way

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Comparing the 6 methods, it’s down to personal preference which is the best. There are a few factors to consider: time, money and efficiency.

MethodCostDuration
Coach Transfer£24/€27/$2950 minutes
Via The Blue Lagoon£24/€27/$29 x222 minutes
Public Bus£13/€15/$1669 minutes
Car Rental£30/€35/$36+ per day45 minutes
Private Transfer£139/€160/$169 for 445 minutes
Taxi£102/€117/$12445 minutes

My personal preference is the coach transfer. Even though it costs more than the public bus, it saves so much time as it’s direct rather than going through small towns and villages and making stops every few minutes. It’s worth it for the extra money in my opinion.

I’d also consider taking a transfer to the Blue Lagoon and then from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik. The Blue Lagoon is actually pretty close to Keflavik Airport, so it’s recommended to either visit first thing when you land in Iceland or last thing before you leave.

But if you’re visiting Iceland on a budget, then the public bus is the best option for saving money. It’s half the price of the standard coach fares. The only downside is it doesn’t run as frequently and obviously, it takes longer.

An aerial view of Reykjavik. There are lots of coloured houses and coloured rooves and in the background you can see the ocean.

Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik: Coach Transfer

From my experience, the best way to get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik is by taking a coach transfer.

The main reasons for this are because it’s relatively quick, they run frequently, the coaches are comfortable, and most importantly, it’s really convenient. The last thing you want after a plane ride is stressing about how to get from the airport, this takes the stress away.

It’s also the most popular way to get between the airport and the city, and this can be seen through the 6,000+ reviews it has on GetYourGuide.

🚍 Buy your ticket for a coach transfer by clicking here.

And if you’re wondering, it’s also the best way to get back from Reykjavik to the airport for when it’s time to leave, and you can book your tickets at the same time. As I said, convenient!

There’s plenty of space underneath the coach for suitcases and other forms of luggage, so you don’t need to worry about hauling it about with you to your seat.

The coaches run all throughout the night, so no matter what time you land or what time your flight is, you’ll have a coach waiting for you, as they are scheduled to depart 30-45 minutes after each flight.

They take you to the BSI Bus Terminal, which is right in the heart of Reykjavik, but from the Bus Terminal, you can get a smaller shuttle bus which stops at most of the city’s hotels, making it super convenient to get to your accommodation.

So it’s by far the best way to get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik, so make sure to book your tickets for your trip.

Orange coach with "Airport Direct" on the side, sitting in Keflavik Airport going to Reykjavik.

Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik: Via The Blue Lagoon

A second favourite option of mine for getting from Keflavik to Reykjavik is to not go directly between the two, but to take a slight detour to the Blue Lagoon.

Keflavik Airport is on the Reykjanes Peninsula of Iceland, and so too is the Blue Lagoon. It’s pretty far outside of Reykjavik, as we know, so it makes sense to visit while you’re in the area.

In fact, most people will advise going to the Blue Lagoon as the first thing you do after landing in Iceland or going as the last thing you do in Iceland before taking your flight home.

Personally, I prefer doing it as the first thing when landing. It’s the perfect way to start any trip.

You can book a transfer from the airport to the Blue Lagoon, spend a few hours there, and have a separate transfer to Reykjavik.

The only downside to this is that you need to book two transfers (and your Blue Lagoon tickets), but it’s worth it in my opinion.

🚍 Buy your ticket for a Blue Lagoon transfer by clicking here.

A picture of the side of a coach with branding for Reykjavik Excursions, one of the companies who take you from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik or the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon is a must-do for anyone visiting Iceland. It’s one of my favourite things in the whole country.

It’s so relaxing and refreshing to unwind in the warm water, and the included free face masks and free drink make it even better.

And it does make most sense to do it when you’re at the airport. Especially after the stress of flying, it’s the best way to chill out- well, not quite chill but you know what I mean!

Going from the airport also means you save time. If you were to go from Reykjavik, that’s a 45-minute journey each way, and you’d have to pay for the transfer then. You may as well save both time and money and go while you’re in the area.

So make sure to book your Keflavik Airport to Blue Lagoon transfer for your trip.

A picture of the blue lagoon with steam coming off the water's surface and mountains in the background.

Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik: Public Bus

If you’re backpacking Iceland or visiting on a budget, or simply want to save money where possible, the best option is to take the public bus.

The public bus from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik is Bus 55. It’s actually more like a coach, but it’s a public bus nonetheless.

For a one-way ticket between the airport and the city, it costs 2280 ISK and takes just over an hour.

It’s pretty expensive for a public bus, but Iceland is just expensive to visit, everything costs a lot. Still, you’re paying half the price of a coach transfer so it’s still saving a good bit of money.

The downside is that it’s not very frequent, with inconsistent gaps between buses too. The one time I took bus 55, I waited 45 minutes before the next one was due. To be fair, it was very punctual and arrived bang on time.

But all in all, it’s a great way to save money. And an added bonus is that because it’s a public bus, it stops in multiple places, so you might actually find a stop closer to your accommodation than BSI Terminal.

A picture of a white and orange coach which is bus 55 in Iceland.
Bus 55 in Iceland.

Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik: Car Rental

One of the best ways to see Iceland is to rent a car and take a road trip, sleeping in your car as you go.

If this is how you plan to travel around Iceland, you can pick up your rental car right at the airport!

This makes it really convenient and you can get your journey started as soon as you land, rather than having to make it to the city before picking up your car.

I always recommend using Discover Cars as they compare all of the car rental companies, giving you the best options for the best prices.

A picture of a group of cars lined up on a street in Reykjavik. Car rental is not only one of the best ways to get from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik but also one of the best ways to travel Iceland.

One thing I will say is that a phrase Icelanders use is “In England, they drive on the left of the road. In Iceland, we drive on what is left of the road”.

In other words, the road conditions in Iceland are pretty shocking. This is because of the volcanic activity in the country which means there is constant moving of the ground and roads are always having to be fixed.

But in and around Reykjavik and other towns and villages, the roads are pretty good.

🚍 Book your rental car by clicking here.

Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik: Private Transfer

If you want the most luxurious way of getting from the airport to the city, it’s by taking a private transfer.

You’ll be met in the arrivals hall with a sign holding your name, making you feel like a true celebrity.

And you’ll be dropped off right at your accommodation which is really convenient. The price is also split between 4 people which is handy, making it not as unreasonably priced as it might first seem.

For the most stress-free way of getting to Reykjavik, book a private transfer.

A picture taken from the front of a Tesla, from a low angle showing the height of the car. Half of the car is cut out of the picture.

Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik: Taxi

A final option for getting from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik is to take a taxi. The only positives of taking a taxi are you can get dropped off right at your accommodation, and it’s less hassle if you have a lot of luggage.

Other than this, there aren’t many reasons to take a taxi. They’re very expensive and are only a few minutes quicker than the coaches.

There also aren’t any Ubers in Iceland. Unfortunately Uber doesn’t operate in the country, so the only option if you want a private ride is to take a private transfer or a taxi.

But as I said, I don’t advise taking a taxi because it’s very expensive.

3 taxis waiting in a taxi rank in Iceland.

Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik: FAQ

Below are some questions related to getting from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik along with my answers to each question.

How much is a taxi ride from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik?

A taxi ride from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik is approximately £102/€117/$124 and it takes about 45 minutes. It’s very expensive and much better value to take a coach transfer instead.

What is the cheapest transport from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik?

The cheapest way to get from Keflavik to Reykjavik is by taking public bus number 55. It costs 2280 ISK and takes just over one hour to reach the city.

Is there a public bus from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik?

Yes, there is a public bus between the airport and the city. It’s public bus number 55. There is a bus stop at the airport and it takes just over an hour to reach the city, and costs 2280 ISK for a one-way journey.

How much is the Flybus from Kef to Reykjavík?

The Flybus from Kef to Reykjavik costs £24/€27/$29 and takes about 45-50 minutes to reach Reykjavik. It’s the best way to get from the airport to the city.

Final Thoughts: Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik

And there you have it, a complete guide on getting from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik.

Remember, there are lots of different options to choose from, so choose whichever suits you best.

My personal recommendations are the coach transfer and the Blue Lagoon transfer. They’re the best choices in my opinion.

Whichever option you go for in the end, enjoy your time in Iceland. It’s an amazing country!