There are many ways to get around the country to experience all that Iceland has to offer. Whether you are walking, driving around the countryside or staying in town, this list of options will help you in figuring out what will work best for you.
The local bus service, Stræto, is very reliable and easy to facilitate in getting around Reykjavik. On weekdays, buses run approximately every 20 minutes and during evenings and weekends it increases to every 30 minutes. At a flat fare of 250kr. per ride, you can get to most points in the city by way of the bus system. Transfer tickets or skiptimidi, are available from the driver of the first bus which will waive the fare on the second bus if used within 45 minutes. If during your stay you will be using the bus service more frequently there is the option of buying the Reykjavik Tourist Card. This card allows unlimited bus travel for a certain time period, usually one, two or three days. Information can be found at the bus stations and Tourist Information Center.
Car Rental Services
If exploring the country outside of the capital is your main goal, then renting a car is a great way of seeing the sites at your own pace. Car rental services are widely available within Reykjavik given the popularity among tourists coming to seek out adventure and a self-created journey. To access the interior parts of the country for deeper exploration, 4x4 vehicles are available to rent during the summer months. In the winter time driving conditions can be difficult and it is advisable to obtain information about driving in Iceland before arriving.
Reykjavik is a breathtaking city with a myriad of footpaths and walkways that are ideal for seeing the city by foot. As all paths are well maintained, there is no better way to take in the beauty of the town. City walk maps are available from the Tourist Information Center and provide the walker with a guide to the city and the places of interest scattered throughout the city.
There are many dedicated coaches that travel between Reykjavik and other Icelandic towns on a regular basis providing visitors with a cheap and reliable way to explore the Icelandic countryside. The coaches leave from the BSI terminal in central Reykjavik just south of the city center. Information on destinations and timetables can be found via the BSI website.
There are several taxi companies based in Reykjavik all of which charge standard fares and have official mileage meters. Taxis can be either pre-booked or hailed in the street and many offer day tours to the surrounding area. Taxis are also available from Keflavik airport as it is located 48 km from the city center.