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Many Tourists Unaware of Bus Service at Airport

By Andie Sophia Fontaine

Keflavík Airport
Photo: Golli. Keflavík Airport.

Tourists at Keflavík International Airport are often completely unaware that it is possible to take a Strætó bus to and from the airport. This is due in part to the fact that Strætó’s service at the airport was not set up with tourists in mind.

Many ways to travel

Upon arrival in Iceland, tourists are greeted with a number of ways to get from the airport to Reykjavík. Shuttle bus service is available just outside the airport, with tickets costing about 4,000 ISK, and have arrivals and departures in harmony with the airport’s flight arrivals and departures. There are also taxis available, with a typical ride from the airport to Reykjavík costing about 20,000 ISK.

However, there is also bus service from Strætó. A ticket from the airport to the greater capital area costs only 2,280 ISK. Even so, many tourists that RÚV spoke with were unaware this was even an option.

Not set up with tourists in mind

There are a number of reasons for this. For one thing, Strætó bus service for the airport does not begin until 6:30 in the morning, and the bus schedule is not harmonised with flight arrivals and departures.

Outside of the capital area, Strætó is operated by the the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA). They have repeatedly asked Isavia, the company which operates the airport, to make the availability of the bus service more available and accessible to tourists.

That said, IRCA is responsible for the schedule for this bus. Bergþóra Kristinsdóttir, the managing director of the service department for IRCA, told RÚV that this schedule was not created with tourists in mind, but rather residents of the Suðurnes peninsula, where the airport is located. She added that they have not bought space close to the airport for this bus because they had not wanted to compete with private companies.

A workgroup within the Ministry of the Interior is working on recommendations regarding travel to and from the airport, and their findings should be in shortly.

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