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Public Transport in Iceland

City buses in Reykjavik

There is no metro in Reykjavik. But there a reliable and punctual bus network. City buses in yellow or yellow-blue. With the letter S (Strætó) on the body connect the city center with the outskirts. In addition, buses run to the nearest settlements. Akranes, Borgarnes, Hveragerdi. And Selfoss. Night buses operate on some routes.

Fares for travel: A ticket for 1 trip around the city costs 470 ISK (€3.3) for adults, 235 ISK (€1.6) for children under 17, free for children under 5. Travel by night buses will cost more – 940 ISK (€6.6) per trip. Tickets sold in a set of 20 at 10-11 chain stores. Iceland grocery stores, online and from the driver. The cost of a set of tickets 20 pieces – 9100 ISK (€64). When buying from the driver. You must have the exact amount in ISK with you without change. Drivers on city routes do not accept card payments.

Tourists in Iceland will definitely need a useful updated map. With the routes of all public transport in the country. City and tourist buses, passenger ferries, and domestic flights. It can download below. The routes and stops of the Strætó buses marked in red on the map.

Download Iceland transport map

If you plan to stay in Reykjavik for local sightseeing. The Reykjavík City Card may come in handy. On it you can use the city’s public transport without limit and visit museums. The card selling for 24 hours for 3900 ISK (€27). As well as for 48 and 72 hours.

Intercity Buses in Iceland

During summer – from June to August. Most of the attractions on Iceland’s Golden Circle. Popular hiking spots in the southwest. And major cities in the western and eastern fjords can reach by bus. At other times of the year. Buses in these directions run much less often. Several times a week or do not run at all. There is no bus service between Eyilsstadir and Höbn on the Golden Circle.

Traveling around Iceland by intercity buses is inconvenient. There is no exact timetable for the routes, flights are rare. This is due to the fact that the weather on the island is unstable. And fogs are frequent. There is a great chance to go somewhere. Take a walk, and then do not wait for the next bus.

Average prices for travel between cities. And natural attractions in Iceland (one way):

  • 1-Reykjavik – Akureyri – 17900 ISK (€126)
  • 2-Reykjavik – Hweravetlir – 9900 ISK (€70)
  • 3-Reykjavik – Gullfoss – 5000 ISK (€35)
  • 4-Reykjavik – Leugarvatn – 3500 ISK (€25)
  • 5-Reykjavik – Blue Lagoon – 2750 ISK (€19)

Ferry service in Iceland

There are several ferry companies operating in Iceland. I will list them below.

  • Herjólfur – connects the Vestmannaeyjar Island ferry service with Landeyjahöfn (south of Iceland).
  • Sævar – ferries from Árskógssandur (north of Iceland) to the island of Chrysei.
  • Baldur – ferries between Stykkishólmur (west Iceland) and Brjánslækur (western fjords).
  • Sæfari – ferries from Dalvík (North Iceland) to Grimsey Island in the Arctic Circle.
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You can carry your car with you on the main ferry routes. This option is useful for travelers who want to travel to Iceland. With their own car. In this case, you need a Smyril Line ferry to Iceland from Denmark. The average fare for two people. With a car on a ferry is €950 in summer and €435 in the low winter season. The ferry can take both direct and with a stop in the Faroe Islands. Travel time from the port of Hirtshals in Denmark. To the port of Seyðisfjörður in the east of Iceland is about 2 days.

Taxis in Iceland

Taxis in Iceland are quite expensive. Most taxis in the country operate. In the metropolitan area of ​​Reykjavik. Major taxi companies in Iceland – Hreyfill, BSR, Taxi Reykjavík. All cars equipped with meters and a Taxi sign on the roof. Taxi services like Uber are not operating in the country.

Car rental in Iceland

Traveling in Iceland by car is a unique experience. That you will remember for a lifetime. After all, only by car can you get to. The most remote corners of the island. Renting a car is more profitable than traveling. By public transport. Or traveling excursions if you are traveling with friends or family.

To rent a car, you must be over 25 years old and have a valid license. Renting the cheapest hatchback will cost from €60 per day during high season. (June to August). For a good cross-country jeep, you will pay at least € 105-140 per day. This price includes unlimited mileage and VAT. In the off-season. (from September to May), you can find more pleasant rental prices.

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By renting a car, you will not be in a hurry. You will be able to explore the island calmly and at your own pace. You will save on the expensive travel. From Keflavik Airport to your hotel or guesthouse.

Public Transport in Iceland
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