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About Bus Passports in Iceland

Bus passports allow you to visit far-off destinations without renting a car, making them an optimal choice for those on a budget or without a driving license. Some passports allow you to traverse a certain route in one direction at your own pace, while others allow you to travel certain routes in any direction within a predetermined time frame.

1. How long does it take to get from Keflavik International Airport to Reykjavik by bus?

Approximately 50 minutes.

2. How long does it take to reach the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik by bus?

Between 75 and 90 minutes, but this timeframe includes a 30 minute pickup time.

3. How long does it take to reach the Blue Lagoon from Keflavik International Airport by bus?

Between 20 and 30 minutes.

4. Is it possible to traverse the full circle of Iceland by bus?

Yes, there are Full Circle bus passports and Combo bus passports available. The Highlights of Iceland bus passport will take you to most regions, but excludes the Westfjords and Snæfellsnes peninsula.

5. Do I need to get a Full Circle bus passport if I only need to reach one destination?

A Full Circle passport is valid for two months and is meant for those travelling around the whole country without a car. There are specific bus passports for destinations such as the Blue Lagoon, the Secret Lagoon and Keflavík International Airport, as well as bus routes specific to the Highlands or the South Coast. If you have only one location in mind, such as a countryside town, you can look at single tickets from the local communal bus service.

6. Are there any buses that go off the ring road into the Highlands?

Yes, there are specific Highland Hikers passports that take you to the most popular Highland hiking routes such as Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls. Please note that the Highlands are only accessible during the summer.

7. Do the buses have bathrooms or toilets?

They usually don’t, but plenty of stops are made at establishments with such facilities.

8. Can I take a bus to the Blue Lagoon and does it include an entrance to the spa?

There are a few bus passports that take you specifically to the Blue Lagoon and back, or to the Blue Lagoon and the airport, but all bookings for the spa itself must be made separately. We recommend booking in advance since the Blue Lagoon is extremely popular.

9. I have a bus passport for the full circle of Iceland. If I decide to stop at a certain place, will there be another bus later that day, or would I have to book an accommodation?

The Full Circle passport entails one bus per day and is valid for two months. You can stop wherever you see fit but would have to get an accommodation or camp for the night.

10. I’m only in Iceland for four days. Would I be able to travel the whole ring road by bus?

To traverse the whole ring road by bus would take a minimum of four days, but you would not have time to make any stops. We would rather recommend going to Akureyri and flying back, or to travel the South Coast or Snæfellsnes peninsula before returning to Reykjavík.

11. If I get a bus passport for a specific location like the South Coast, will I have to travel the same routes back and forth?

Even shorter trips to specific areas of Iceland are planned as a circle, meaning there are two available routes and you can decide which one to take back and forth.

12. What is the minimum age requirement for passengers?

There is no minimum age requirement as long as children are accompanied by their parents.

13. Is alcohol allowed on the bus?


14. How many luggage items can I bring on the bus?

One large luggage item. 

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