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Getting around Reykjavik by taxi, car, bike, bus. Ticket, lines, timetables

Getting around Reykjavik

The main attractions, museums and monuments are located within easy reach of each other. Therefore, the best solutions for getting around Reykjavik are by bike or on foot. Generally, buses are used for medium-range journeys. However, the car remains one of the preferred solutions for visitors


Ecological, healthy and economical, the bike has always been the favorite vehicle of the Icelanders for getting around Reykjavik and throughout the country. Moreover, it is well known that sustainability, ecology are issues that are very dear to the local population.
There are numerous cycle paths. Furthermore, the capital is quite flat: traveling by bike, besides being healthy, is not particularly tiring.
Throughout the city center, you will find numerous rental agencies, with fairly cheap prices.


These are rather comfortable solutions for getting around Reykjavik in total autonomy. Hardly, you will use the car to move downtown. More likely, use this option to discover the neighboring areas and the outermost areas of the Capital.
To travel by car you will have to try to have immediate confidence with the right-hand drive, and always keep an eye on the climatic conditions and the roads to be traveled.

Getting Around Reykjavik


Straeto is the Icelandic company that manages public transport in and around Reykjavik.
You will have access to numerous urban lines to move around the city center and suburban areas, and extra-urban lines for medium / long-range connections, such as Keflavik airport.

In the area of ​​the capital there are around 30 daytime lines, active from Monday to Friday, from about 06.30am until midnight. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, only the main lines are active with fairly limited frequencies.
The night service operates exclusively during the weekend nights, with three trips after midnight, performed by lines 101, 102, 103, 105 and 106.


The cost of tickets is not cheap at all. Suffice it to say that the one-way ticket, valid for just one journey by bus, costs a whopping 490kr (about € 3.30).
Price, even doubled to 980kr for a trip on night lines!
For children aged 6 to 18, and over 67, there is a 50% reduction on day buses.

You save (not even too much) by buying the CARNET from 20 single trips for 9500kr. In this case, each trip would cost 475kr instead of 490.
The day ticket allows unlimited travel on all vehicles, during the validation day. It costs 1930kr (just under 13€) per person, in the 1-day version, and 4500kr (30€) in the 3-day version

Tickets can be purchased from authorized merchants who display the company’s trademark and, possibly, directly on board the vehicle, from the driver. Keep in mind that, if you buy the ticket on the bus, you MUST PAY IN CASH for the exact amount; drivers are not authorized to change banknotes.


Absolutely recommended for traveling on public transport, and visiting the main attractions and monuments of the city. Available in 3 different types, depending on the duration, the City Card is also ideal for the family; it allows, in fact, to visit for free the most important museums and galleries, swimming pools, spas. You will be able to access all the bus lines in the capital and on the Viðey Ferry.
The 24-hour version costs 3900kr per adult, and 1600kr for children. The 48-hour card costs 5500kr and 2600kr. The 72-hour card costs 6700kr and 3500kr.

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