Public transport in Reykjavik

From the airport to the city center

Bus

Visitors or arriving at the airport may take the Flybus any day throughout the year, at any time in connection with any incoming flight. When you exit customs, to the right, you will find a small ticket office, or you can opt to make use of the automatic machine next to the exit for the terminal. Buses usually wait just outside the exit, and they will drop off passengers at most major hotels or guesthouses in the city, with a final stop at the bus station in Reykjavik.
Flybus goes directly to the bus station at a rate of 1,950 ISK (≈ €16), while Flybus+ will travel to hotels for 2500 ISK (≈€20). They will take both credit and debit cards as payment, and you can purchase them online at a discount of 5%. Additionally, there is another low-cost bus option, but it is a 5-minute walk from the airport, and the hours that it operates are somewhat limited. Its tickets are priced at 10€.

Get around Reykjavik

Public transportation in Iceland is called Strætó, and Reykjavík is proud to offer a superb bus system. These buses criss-cross all over the city, with regular routes that whisk passengers to attractions, dining and more. For additional information, you can access a detailed destination planner, along with a free travel app. Use the Journey Planner to put in your current location and your final destination, and it will let you know the stop nearest to you, which bus to take and your total walking time.

But, making sense of the routes and the overall bus system can be rather confusing, even for the local residents. The numbers of the routes don’t seem to make a lot of sense, and it takes a bit of research to decide how to get to your destination. So, be sure to make use of the available tools for assistance, or you can ask a worker or even another person waiting for a bus any questions that you might have. Remember — the people of Iceland are extremely friendly! Strætó has also introduced a system in their buses that consists of a small screen in the front that will inform you which stop is next.

As in any city, keep in mind that rush hour can throw the schedule off by a few minutes either way. Also, remember that buses may offer limited services at night or over the weekend. For example, before noon on Sundays, there are no bus routes. Take note that you can only enter buses by the front door (unless you have a bike or a stroller), and you must push the button to exit at a stop. Do not speak loudly or disturb other passengers, and you shouldn’t eat or drink while on the bus, either.


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