Reykjavík Region Transportation
Keflavík International Airport (Iceland)
Keflavík International Airport (Iceland)
Flugfélag Íslands airplane.
The bus terminal.
Reykjavík Excursions bus.
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The city centre, not being a large area, can be easily explored on foot. To rent a car or a taxi is an option, but an expensive one. To rent a bike can be fun in the summer, although Reykjavik is not as bike friendly as it should be. Perhaps it is best to use the municipal buses. It certainly is the cheapest way of getting around. The Reykjavik Card is a cheap, easy and convenient way to enjoy all the best that Reykjavík has to offer. It gives a free access to many museums and galleries and also to the Municipal Bus Company, the Thermal Swimming Pool, the Family Park and Zoo and discounts on many services and products. In the summer of 2001 such a card valid for 72 hrs. cost 2000 Ikr or about 20 USD. Also available 24 or 48 hour cards.
Convenient car rental
Right at the BSI Reykjavik Bus Terminal, in a separate small building is the Budget car rental office. During high season you do well by booking ahead.We hired a small Toyota Yaris car. It came with a clear warning about staying off F-category roads, so there are some limitations with these A-category rental cars. To get out in rougher terrain you need to move up the cost and vehicle capacity ladder toward a 4x4. For the roads around Reykjavik, the coast, the main sights like Thingvellir etc the Yaris was fine.Will add more details later.
There is an airport bus going between kflavik and the BSI bus station in Reykjavik. From the bus station near the domestic airport terminal it's a 20 minutes walk to the central streets of Reyjavik. There's a taxi stand at the BSI, as well as other local buses.Cost 1100 per person Keflavik-Reykjavik, all destinations. Ticket machine (cc or cash) as you exit the airport and the BSI. Bus departures coincide with arriving and departing flights. Check schedule as soon as you arrive just to be sure. Leave the BSI 2 hrs prior to your airlines' eparture - at least.
Driving into town from Keflavik
The highway into Keflavik is a modern four-lane freeway for much (though not all) of the way into the city of Reykjavik. The landscape that you pass through is largely barren and volcanic. It reminded me (of all places) of the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii - makes sense, really.
Highways of Reykjavik
If you rent a car in Iceland, you'll find the traffic manageable and the roads good in Reykjavik. Be sure to get a good map, as the signage is not always helpful. Several times I took the wrong exit off one of the highways and ended up going in a direction I didn't really want to go.
Keflavik airport is clean and well-designed. The international wing where Icelandic Air operates is specially designed to work as a "hub": in other words, you deplane from your flight from Boston, Baltimore, JFK or Minneapolis and it is only a short walk of a few hundred feet to your connecting gate for London, Copenhagen, Oslo, etc. (But it's probably not a good idea to book a flight on Icelandic unless you are going to or coming from Iceland. Icelandic has a terrible reputation for late and/or cancelled flights, connections times at the Reykjavik hub are very tight and it's easy to be stranded here, and there are more comfortable ways to cross the Atlantic than in one of Icelandic's 757s. But that's just my opinion.)If you are stopping in Iceland, getting through customs formality is quite efficient. Be prepared to walk, though; Keflavik Airport is quite spread out.There is a very good...
I'm not much of a fan of organized group touring, but I think it does make sense to take the Reykjavik Excursions coach out to the Blue Lagoon, particularly if you are planning to make the spa your final Icelandic experience before heading out to Keflavik airport. That's what I did, and I can't think of a better way to arrange a leavetaking of this fascinating volcanic place. I took the "Relaxing Blue Lagoon" excursion, leaving the city at 11.00, and leaving about two hours of soothing spa time before getting back on the coach for the airport.
The Flybus that operates between the airport and Keflavik is brilliant and effiecient. It departs approx 30-45 minutes after a plane's arrival and takes you to the central bus station in Reykjavik where you transfer to smaller buses to be taken to your hotel. It is worth buying a return bus ticket when you arrive at the airport as it saves you some money. Be sure to book your return pick time at your hotel reception, preferably the day before your departure.
We invested in a Tourist travel card for the buses, so you can hop on and hop off for the day at a cost of aprox. £12 pp, included in this price are the childrens zoo and many of the museums and art galleries.
Getting from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik
Keflavik Airport handles all international traffic and is likely your point of entry into Iceland.The airport is also roughly a 45 minute drive to Reykjavik. The best and cheapest way of getting from the airport to the city center is to use the FlyBus, which costs 1150 Kronur (about 25USD).The bus will drop you off at the BSI station, which is Reykjavik's main bus station. From there you can either take a short cab ride or a city bus ride into the center.
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