How to Get to Iceland?

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How to Get to Iceland - By Air

Keflavik Airport is the only international airport in Iceland. Located in Keflavik about 48 km from Reykjavik, it's easily accessed by buses and coaches. 

The increase of transatlantic flights with free overnights in Reykjavik, coupled with the banking crisis of 2008, led to Keflavik becoming a major international hub. Keflavik's main carrier is Icelandair, but many airlines fly through on their way to North America and Europe. The runways almost exclusively are reserved for international flights, as domestic flights (also to Greenland and Faroe Islands) usually operate out of the smaller Reykjavik Airport near the capital's city center. More information can be found at Keflavik Airport website.

What Airlines fly into Iceland?

Here are some of the airlines serving Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Iceland: 






Getting from the KEF airport to Reykjavík

Taking the public bus - We call the bus "Strætó" and it's very bright and yellow. Look for the Number 55 out in the parking lot, as it will take you directly to Reykjavik. It takes about 1.5 hours but is the cheapest option. Go to for more information.

Taking a bus/coach - There are two coach bus companies in Iceland, Grayline and Reykjavík Excursions, which both serve Reykjavík. You will find them easily at the airport. The price is very similar, and it takes around 45 minutes to reach the city center. 

Get a Taxi - They are usually just waiting right outside. It's smart to hear the price in advance even though they have a meter. Taxis cost around 14,000 ISK for 1-4 passengers and 19,000 ISK for 5-8 passengers.

Hire a car - If you wish, you can rent a car at the airport. There are many car rental agencies, including Avis, Hertz, Budget and Europcar. 

Entry requirements


As a member of Schengen, Iceland has no border controls if you enter via another Schengen country. If you do not, be prepared to show your passport upon entry.


Iceland is extremely safe, but the CDC does recommend that you are up to date on routine vaccinations for measles, MMR, chickenpox, polio and influenza.

Duty-Free in Iceland

While Iceland is a member of Schengen, it is not part of the EU. The duty-free shop is a popular place to pick up alcohol and Icelandic foods at tax-free prices. 


What airlines fly direct to Iceland?

SAS, Lufthansa, Delta, EasyJet, British Airways, American Airlines, and Icelandair. 

How do you get to Iceland from the USA?

You can fly to Iceland from any of the following cities at some point during the year: anchorage, Bostin, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. 

How much does it cost to go to Iceland?

It largely depends on your city of origin and season. Flights can range from $50 to $1000. 

How long does it take to fly to Iceland?

It also depends on your city of origin. From the West Coast of the USA, it is roughly 8 hours. 

How to Get to Iceland - By Sea

Passengers can hop onboard a Smyril Line ferry to Seyðisfjörður, East of Iceland, from Hirtshals (Denmark) and Torshavn (Faroe Islands). This is especially useful if you are bringing in your own car or motorcycle for the visit. For prices and availability, check