Keflavík International Airport has seen a huge increase in footfall over the last decade. Over nine million people used the airport in 2018, nearly quadrupling the figure from just a decade ago. There are two other international airports in Iceland in Akureyri and Egilsstaðir. But Keflavík Airport welcomes nearly 99% of international flights and visitors to Iceland. The airport is approximately 45 minutes from central Reykjavik with regular shuttle bus services between the two.
Iceland has become a hugely popular travel destination welcoming visitors from all over the world. It does help that the island is located conveniently between Europe and the US. Iceland is a three-hour flight from London and five hours from New York. As such it is a regular stopover destination too. Despite this big increase in traffic Keflavík Airport has handled it with aplomb. The airport has been highly ranked and shortlisted in the prestigious Airport Council International ASQ Awards for customer service. Facilities and customer care were all highly commended over the past several years and standards are kept high.
It is worth noting that the Blue Lagoon is just a twenty-minute drive from the airport. Many travellers will head directly to the healing waters of the spa before or after a flight. If you are travelling relatively light this is a great option. The lockers at the spa are big enough to hold a reasonably sized suitcase so it really is easy to do. Buses with destination Blue Lagoon run between Reykjavik and the airport or you could take any of the other airport transfer options.
Airport Transfer Services
The majority of travellers arriving in Iceland will want to transfer from the airport to Reykjavik city centre. There will be some that opt for car or campervan rental direct from the airport. With this option you can arrange for your hire vehicle to be waiting for you at the airport and then head straight out to tour South Iceland or the Golden Circle. The majority will spend at least a few nights in Reykjavik first though.
Which airport transfer service you decide to go for will depend very much on your group and your preferences. Here we will outline the various options, including shuttle bus transfers, taxi, private transfers and vehicle hire. It takes about 45 minutes to make the journey, depending a little on the traffic.
Keflavik Shuttle Bus
The best all round transfer option for both price and convenience is almost certainly the shuttle bus. There are several companies offering bus transfers from the airport to the city centre. Worth noting is that central Reykjavik has a no bus zone. So if you book a door to door service you will be taken to the shuttle company bus depot first. From there you will transfer to a smaller mini bus for your hotel connection. The total travel time door to door can easily stretch to about an hour or an hour and a half.