How to Get Around in Reykjavik
Thanks to its compact size, Reykjavik is easy to navigate without a vehicle (and given the high cost of car rental in Iceland, you’re better off without one). From public transit and bus tours to simply walking, here’s how to get around the Icelandic capital.
Walking, Biking, and Segway Tours
The majority of Reykjavik’s top attractions are within a short distance of one another, making it easy to get around on foot or by bike. Walking tours are popular and typically cover the main sights or focus on a certain theme, such as Viking history or culinary heritage. Alternatively, cover more ground in less time by booking a bicycle or Segway tour.
One of the best ways to familiarize yourself with a new city is with a hop-on hop-off tour. You can travel around Reykjavik in an open-top, double-decker bus, opting to stay on board for the whole route or get off at any stop that interests you, explore at your own pace, and then reboard and continue on. Bonus: Tickets are good for 24 hours.
Many visitors to Reykjavik make use of the private buses that travel between downtown Reykjavik and Keflavík International Airport. Straetó, the country's public bus system, also comes in handy for getting around the city and traveling to nearby towns, such as Mossfellsbær and Kópavogur—Reykjavik City Card holders ride free within the city. If you’re planning to travel much farther afield, however, you’ll save time and effort by joining a tour or renting a car.