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Frequently Asked Questions

About Airport Transfers

1. What are the different transfer options available between Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavík?

The most popular option for those who do not have their own vehicle is the large coach bus services also known as Flybuses. These buses will either transfer you to central Reykjavík's BSÍ bus station, or a bus terminal which is close to the downtown area. You can also add a hotel connection to your ticket. This is a smaller shuttle that will drop you off at your hotel. 

Another option is a private shuttle. Although more pricey, this is a far more luxurious way to travel. You will be picked up at the airport and driven straight to your accommodation without having to switch vehicles and in some cases, you’ll even get a glass of bubbly as well. 

It is also possible to use Iceland’s public transportation, Strætó, to get to the airport. It is by far the cheapest option but it takes the longest and there are fewer buses that make the round trip then the large coaches. 

Another option is to take a taxi which can be found outside the terminal, it can be a bit pricey for one person but for a group, this could be less expensive than the Flybuses. 

2. How often do bus transfers leave?

Iceland’s public transportation, Strætó, goes back and forth nine times a day. Depending on the operator, the large coach buses (also known as Flybuses) leave either every hour or every half hour.

3. How long does the journey take?

In a private shuttle, a taxi or your own vehicle, the journey between Keflavík to Reykjavík takes about 40 minutes. However, as coaches and public transport make a few stops along the way, it can take them up to an hour and a half. 

4. Is it possible to book my transfer in advance?

Yes. Although you can book your Flybus tickets at the airport, it is also possible to do it online in advance. All private shuttles need to be booked in advance as well. 

5. What happens if my flight is delayed?

Your Flybus ticket has no time stamp, so you can simply hop aboard the next bus heading to Reykjavík. If you booked with Airport Direct, you will need to purchase a flight delay guarantee to reserve and be entitled to a seat on the next available bus. For private shuttle transfers, your driver will monitor the flight schedule and will be waiting for you when the time is right.

6. Is it possible to stop at the Blue Lagoon on my way to the airport?

The Blue Lagoon is located between Reykjavík city and Keflavík International Airport, making it a popular stop for those travelling to or from the airport. You can purchase special airport transfers that make stops at the lagoon.

7. On my way to Keflavík Airport, is it possible to be picked up from my accommodations?

Yes, it costs a little extra but it is possible. However, if you are staying in downtown Reykjavík, you might have to walk a short distance to a special bus stop for your airport shuttle.

8. Are there seatbelts onboard?

Yes.

9. When should I take the shuttle to get to Keflavík International Airport?

It is recommended that you arrive at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight's departure time. Add the approximately hour-long journey to the airport and it will be best to leave the city 3-4 hours before your departure time. 

10. My flight is arriving late at night. Can I still book an airport transfer?

Yes. There are bus coaches and shuttle services for all arriving flights.

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Information about Keflavík Airport

Keflavík International Airport is the largest airport in Iceland and the major point of entry for international transportation. Most travellers to Iceland will pass through it, unless, of course, they are arriving via cruise ship. 

The terminal is named after the first European to arrive in North America, the Iceland-born Viking Leifur Eiríksson. It has duty-free stores in the departure section and in the arrival lounges. 

The largest carrier operating out of Keflavík International Airport is Icelandair, with WOW Air being the second largest. There are, however, around 30 other carriers operating at the airport, connecting Iceland to numerous locations across North America and Europe.

The airport is located on the tip of Reykjanesskagi, an 829 km2 peninsula in southwest Iceland. The region has a population of over 22,000, making it one of the more densely populated parts of Iceland. The largest settlement is Reykjanesbær with 7,000 residents. 

When travelling to and from the airport, you will drive on route 41 that takes you between the airport itself and Reykjavík city. Along the way, you will drive through the townships of Kópavogur, Garðabær and Hafnarfjörður, and pass Reykjanesbær town as well as other smaller settlements. 

The route between Reykjavík and the airport is quite unusual. Covering the peninsula is a large field of moss-covered lava as Reykjanesskagi runs along the Mid-Atlantic Rift, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are drifting apart. This results in a volcanically active environment but, don’t worry, no eruptions have been recorded there for the last 500 years.

The whole landscape, however, is coloured by this geological anomaly. Besides the vast lava field, you can find geothermal areas on the peninsula with hot springs and bubbling mud pools, although these cannot be seen en route to the airport. 

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