I’m not normally a fan of bus travel (as referenced in my Northern Lights trip post), but for some reason, I love taking the Flybus. When you arrive at Iceland’s international airport, you are a 45 minute drive away from Reykjavik. A taxi would be very expensive. Also, hiring a car *from the airport* is expensive (much cheaper to pick it up somewhere that isn’t the airport). So most people will be taking the Flybus from the airport to their destination in Reykjavik.
Normally I am quite impatient and just want to get where I am going as quickly as possible, especially if I have already been travelling for hours. But there’s something very old-school and relaxing about the Flybus. You usually have to wait a little bit for it to fill up with people, and then you have the journey itself. Maybe because you know there aren’t going to be traffic jams, or maybe because you get a chance to just look at the pretty-much-empty landscape along the way, I find the bus journey is a nice way to start unwinding and acclimatising to being in Iceland again.
It’s usually a good source of amusement too. Often I see foreign visitors bemused by what is actually a very simple process! It looks like the company who runs the bus has recently updated their website so I will direct you there instead of doing a detailed and boring post about what you need to do. But based on travel mishaps I have seen the main advice I would give is:
- At the airport, assuming you now have your ticket – just go outside! It’s the only bus that’s outside!
- When the bus personnel ask what your hotel is, tell them and make sure you tell them the correct and full name of your hotel. Sounds simple, I know, but you really don’t want to be “those people” that the bus has had to make a detour for!
There is talk of putting in a rail link between the airport and the city. As there are currently no trains in Iceland, I think this would be a shame. Yes, you might shorten the journey time but you’re also making Iceland a little more like everywhere else, fast and impatient. Also, I just don’t see what there is any issue with the current system, so why spend loads to fix something that isn’t a problem?
I’m sure things will move on as they do and some day there will be a super quick way to make the airport journey, but for now there isn’t and I’m ok with that.