Keflavik International Airport (KEF) is located around 50 km (31 miles) from Reykjavik just outside of the town of Keflavik, and is Iceland's main international airport. It is sometimes mistaken for Reykjavik National Airport, which also operates international flights, but only to Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Currently, almost thirty airlines fly into Keflavik International Airport, which is visited by some nine million people annually. This number has increased considerably over the last decade, and the airport has had to undertake renovation and expansion work at its terminal. It has one terminal split between two buildings, and there are two runways in use.
How to get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik?
There are a number of different ways to travel between Keflavik Airport from Reykjavik:
- Rental car: renting a car in Iceland is highly recommended as it gives you the freedom to discover even the most remote of attractions around the country. Most car rental companies offer pick up from the airport, allowing you to drive to Reykjavik yourself (approximately 50 minutes).
- Airport shuttle bus: if you're not planning on renting a car, or would prefer to pick it up elsewhere, the airport shuttle bus service is an excellent option to get to Reykjavik easily, comfortable and cheaply, costing from € 27.70 (US$ 32.60) one way and € 54.10 (US$ 63.70) return for adults.
- Public bus: another option to reach the Icelandic capital from Keflavik Airport is by public transport. Bus 55 connects the airport with Reykjavik city centre, and while it's the cheapest option at around 1,840 kr (US$ 13.20), it's also the longest, taking 90 minutes.
- Taxi: getting a taxi is a comfortable and convenient way to reach Reykjavik, however it is the most expensive option at around 18,000 kr (US$ 129.50).