Airport Transfers

Airport Transfers

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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. 

Frequently asked questions

Are airport transfers still operating in Iceland during COVID-19?

Airport transfers in Iceland remain in operation during COVID-19, though with some restrictions. Public airport transfer vehicles may only be used by travelers who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 or have been approved to leave quarantine by local health authorities after receiving negative test results. Private transfers to and from Keflavik International Airport are available to drive travelers who do not meet these criteria and must go into quarantine. Due to changes in flights and transfer demands, some services may be briefly affected. Please select a date to check transport availability during your arrival and departure dates.

Is it safe to use an airport transfer in Iceland during COVID-19?

Your safety is the top priority of all airport transfers, and each transfer company will carefully follow the recommendations of Icelandic health authorities. All vehicles are thoroughly disinfected before and after your trip. Drivers take great care in wearing masks and ensuring that all high-touch surfaces in the vehicle are sanitized regularly. Your journey will be a safe and pleasant one by being aware of these precautions and maintaining a safe social distance whenever possible.

I’m arriving at Keflavik Airport on an international flight—can I still use an airport transfer?

According to local health authorities’ safety regulations, all incoming travelers who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 must be quarantined until negative test results are received. During this quarantine time, private transportation is the only option for visitors. Many airport transfer services can provide this private service, allowing you the freedom to reach your quarantine location safely.

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 taking one of the many large coach services that run between the airport and the city. These buses will either transfer you to central Reykjavík's BSÍ bus station, or a bus stop close to the downtown area. You could opt for a hotel connection to be added to your ticket. This is a smaller shuttle bus that will drop you off directly 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. In some cases, you'll receive a glass of bubbly as well. It is also possible to use Iceland’s public transportation, Strætó, to get to the airport. This is by far the cheapest option but it is not the most convenient. These buses take the longest and fewer buses travel this route, compared to the large coaches. Another option is to take a taxi. These can be found outside the terminal. Taking a taxi can be a bit pricey for one person but may work out more economical for those travelling in larger groups. 

How often do bus transfers leave?

Depending on the operator, the large coach buses usually leave either every hour or every half an hour. Iceland’s public transport goes back and forth several times a day, but not nearly as often as the shuttle buses.