Keflavik International Airport, also known as Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport, is the largest airport in Iceland and the country’s most important hub for international transportation. It is located approximately 50 km from the city’s centre (the city is also served by another, smaller Reykjavik Airport only 2 km from the capital and only serves internal flights within Iceland and to Greenland). The main carriers at the airport are Icelandair and WOW air, used exclusively for international flights. Annually, it handles over 8 000 000 passengers.
Airport shuttle: Gray Line Iceland operates the return service between KEF airport and both Reykjavik and Akureyri.
- The departures to Reykjavik are scheduled 35 – 45 minutes after each arriving flight, as well as the transport from the city to the airport.
- There is one departure daily to and from Akureyri, 3 – 7 days a week, depending on a season.
- It is strongly suggested to book your tickets online. When booking, you can select to be dropped off at their bus terminal at Holtagarðar 10 (terminal to terminal) or at any of the more than 160 hotels and guesthouses in the greater Reykjavik area (door to door).
Flybus: The Flybus is located outside the airport. It leaves 35 – 40 minutes after arrival of each flight. To make sure you don’t miss your bus, keep an eye on the screen in the terminal or ask for information at the Flybus information desk at the arrival hall. The journey takes 45 minutes and, upon request, the bus will stop at Hotel Viking in Hafnarfjörður and at Aktu Taktu in Garðabær. Transfers are available to all major hotels, the Youth Hostel, Laugardalur camping area and the domestic airport. For these transfers the driver will ask you to board smaller busses.
- The day before leaving Iceland, please ask your hotel lobby to book a Flybus transfer for your journey to the airport.
Public bus: Bus route nr. 55 at Strætó in Iceland takes you to and from the airport all the way to central Reykjavík (BSÍ – Bus terminal) nine times a day. See more details.
Taxi: If you prefer more comfortable ride, consider taking a taxi instead of using public transport. Taxis are situated outside the terminal. Here you can check out the offers, compare prices or book a taxi in advance.
Transfer: If you don’t like using the public transport and hesitate to take a taxi, consider booking a private transfer which will wait for you on the airport and take you to your destination. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even pre-order a child safety seat if you’re travelling with a child.
Renting a car at Reykjavik Airport: Rent your car directly at the airport in one of the offices of rental companies like Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Budget. The car rental offices are located at the Arrivals Level. Still, the best way to rent car is to do it online, that way you’ll avoid the possible queue. See more information.
Renting a bus at Reykjavik Airport: If you are travelling in a large group, you should consider renting a bus prior to your arrival so that the rental agency can prepare all the details and advise you on the meeting and pick up points at the airport.
FAQ – bus and transport from Reykjavik Keflavik Airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: No, there are scheduled airport shuttle and Flybus departures after each arriving flight, so you have about half an hour to find the bus station. In case you miss all those buses, you can always take a taxi which are available 24/7 and are parked outside the terminal building.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Of course, there are few hotels to choose from. The closest one is Hotel Aurora Star, only 2 km from the airport, then Base Hotel almost 3 km from Keflavik, a little bit further away you can stay at Airport Inn (3.3 km), 5 km from the airport there is Hotel Jazz. Apart from those, you can choose between Hotel Keilir, Park Inn by Radisson, Hotel Keflavik and Diamond Suites as well.
Q: I would like to visit Reykjavik in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Yes, the journey to city centre from the airport takes only 45 minutes, and the buses which operate on the route drive throughout the day, so it should be no problem to make a short trip there.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, you can exchange your money, but you can also take money from the ATM machines at the airport. Arion Bank is at your service when it comes to banking and currency exchange. You will ﬁnd the bank in the arrival and departure halls and 14 ATMs are situated in the terminal. The six located in the arrival hall and baggage reclaim area provide you with Icelandic krónas and the eight in the departure area have several other currencies available.
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Reykjavik. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
A: Unfortunately no, the buses from the airport drive only to Reykjavik or Akureyri. However, once you arrive to the Reykjavik Bus Station, you can check out which destinations you can visit.