Keflavik International Airport (Code: KEF) is located about 50 km (30 miles) from Reykjavik. It is primarily served by Icelandair to/from various destinations in Europe. The flag airline also has regular service to Boston, New York (JFK), Minneapolis, and Orlando in the United States, as well as Toronto and Halifax in Canada. Iceland Express also provides service from Keflavik to 13 destinations in Europe, including London-Stansted, Friedrichshafen, and Luxembourg City.
The terminal is under construction as of 2013, but still reasonably efficient. Upon arrival, you will be directed to a security checkpoint, then on to Immigration, Customs, and Baggage Claim. One unusual note: no liquids are allowed past the security checkpoint, to include duty-free liquor and perfume. If you buy such an item at the Duty-Free store at your departure airport, it will be confiscated at Keflavik (presumably for future use by the Airport staff... ;).
At Keflavik, there are a number of restaurants and shops, to include a number of sizable Duty-Free stores on both sides of Immigration. Note also that you can purchase duty-free goods upon arrival at Keflavik, as well as upon departure.
To get to Reykjavik, the best way is to take the Reykjavik Excursions bus, departing frequently from in front of the terminal to the BSI bus station in Reykjavik. Cost of the bus is ISK 1950 one-way, ISK 3500 round-trip. You can also arrange connecting service to many Reykjavik hotels if you purchase a "Flybus Plus" ticket (ISK 2500 one-way, ISK 4500 round trip). If you fly Icelandair into Keflavik, you can save some time by purchasing your bus tickets from the flight attendants onboard. Otherwise, you can purchase them at ticket machines or ticket counters in the arrivals terminal. Online purchase from the Reykjavik Excursions website and mobile purchase through the Reykjavik Excursions App are also possible.
Here is the bus schedule from the airport (Keflavik) to Reyjavik including the Blue Lagoon excursion:
The shuttle bus leaves 35-40 minutes after each arrival and it takes about an hour to get to Reykjavik.
The Flybus, operated by Reykjavik Excursions, is by far the cheapest means of getting from the international airport at Keflavik to the centre of Reykjavik.
My friend and I used the Flybus service during our visit to Iceland in December 2007, and the following details were correct at that time:
- the Flybus buses leave Keflavik airport after the arrival of each flight. We caught a bus which left the airport at around 3:15pm and which coincided with the arrival of a 2:30pm flight;
- prices at the time of our visit were 1200 Kr (10 GBP) each way, or 2100 Kr for a return ticket. An advertisement stated that prices were rising to 1300 Kr each way from 1 January 2008. Children up to 11 travel free, while 12-15 years olds travel for half price;
- tickets are purchased from a small kiosk inside the airport after passing through customs;
- the journey from the airport to the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik takes approximately 45 minutes. At this point, passengers are split into different buses to take them to their hotels/guesthouses;
- one of the afternoon buses from the airport to Reykjavik goes via the Blue Lagoon, while one of the morning buses from the BSI bus terminal to the airport also stops off at the Blue Lagoon;
- upon departure, ask your hotel/guesthouse to contact the bus company and arrange for you to be picked up there, or make your own way to the BSI bus terminal;
- at least two or three buses left simultaneously when we travelled, so don’t worry about there not being enough seats. The buses have large undercarriages to hold your suitcases;
- Up-to-date schedules of bus times can be found HERE
Please also see my "Warnings and Dangers" tip regarding the lack of transport options, especially in the quieter winter months.
Keflavík International Airport is technically one of the most sophisticated and secure airport in the World open 24 hours a day - 365 days a year. The airport is unique for many reasons. It is the only airport located in the middle of the North Atlantic, for example, that conveniently links Europe with North America and the Far East.
We flew from Boston by Iceland Air.
We moved around by coach. We were also on an amphibian & a skidoo! Great adventure :-)
Icelandair is the only way I have gotten there. I mean this is an island in the middle of the ocean, airplanes are the best way to get there.