This is an old airline trick perfected by Ryanair back in the day and promptly copied by Icelandic tourism officials. As a matter of fact, apart from one airline from Faroe Islands, every airline flying to the country lands in Keflavik airport. Not Reykjavik airport. And there is a difference too.
The difference is 45 minutes give or take. That is the time it takes to get from Keflavik airport into Reykjavik city and vice-versa. Which explains the exorbitant price for a taxi into the city. We know of folks, not doing their homework beforehand, hailing a cab from Keflavik airport thinking they were only minutes away from the center of Reykjavik. The 140$ fare was a major surprise.
So here are the facts:
- One way trip from Keflavik airport to center of Reykjavik will take anywhere from 35 to 50 minutes depending on traffic and type of vehicle
- One way price per person by flybus coach is around 2.000 ISK. Taxi price one way is roughly around 16.000 – 19.000 ISK bags included and tips not necessary
- If thinking of renting a vehicle it would make sense to do so right away at the Keflavik airport unless you are looking for a special deal.
- Certain tour operators offer rides to and from the airport as part of a package tour. Contact us for details
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