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Reykjavik - Getting there & away, getting around

Reykjavik - Getting there & away

Reykjavik city airport is on the southern edge of the Old Town and welcomes domestic flights from northern towns like Siglufjörður and eastern destinations like Egilsstaðir, as well as the odd arrival from the other nations of the sea-scattered West Nordens (Greenland and the Faroe Islands). Keflavík international airport is on a site 48km (30mi) to the west of Reykjavik, where its traffic controllers juggle incoming flights from European centres like London, Paris, Barcelona, Frankfurt and Stockholm; US destinations like Boston, Washington and New York; and Canadian cities like Halifax in the southeastern province of Nova Scotia.

Long-distance buses depart from the BSÍ terminal at the northeastern edge of Reykjavik city airport. Over summer, there are daily buses driving north to Akranes for US$9.60 and Snæfellsnes for US$28.00, northeast to Akureyri for US$54.00 and east to Skaftafell for US$48.00.

Getting around Reykjavik

One-way bus transport to/from Keflavík international airport will cost about US$8.50; the same distance by taxi will cost you nearly 10 times more, even higher if you climb into an unlicensed cab. Getting around Reykjavik is made easy by its excellent SVR city bus system, which runs from 7am to 12am daily (except Sunday, when drivers get behind their wheels at 10am) - the two central terminals are at Hlemmur and Læ kjartorg, with another two depots out at Grensás and Mjódd. The standard fare per ride is US$1.80. Several car hire firms rent out vehicles in the inner city, but the aggressive duelling that takes place on local roads makes this a seriously bad option. Bicycles can be used to negotiate the city's extensive network of cycle paths and hire out for US$18.00/US$10.80 per day/half-day.

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