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BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavík Iceland
Photo: BSÍ Bust Hub in Reykjavík.

BSÍ: Reykjavík’s Main Bus Terminal

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BSÍ is the main transportation hub for tours and travel within the country. BSÍ stands for Bifreiðastöð Íslands, or “Iceland’s vehicle station.” It serves as the headquarters for Reykjavík Excursions. The terminal is a departure and arrival point for various tours, the Hop On- Hop Off Reykjavík sightseeing bus, airport transfers, and public buses connecting the city, suburbs and rural areas. The station also offers free Wi-Fi, camping equipment rental, taxi services, car rentals, refreshments and luggage storage. A range of information is available at the travel desk, including maps and guides. BSÍ is located just 1.5 km [0.9 mi] from Reykjavík Domestic Airport in the city centre. 

The history of BSÍ

BSÍ opened in 1965. Apart from being the country’s primary hub for coaches, it was a place people would gather after a night of partying, as the famous BSÍ drive-through kiosk was the only place selling food 24 hours a day. After the bars closed, people would reconvene at the kiosk and eat Icelandic delights such as hot dogs, sandwiches with smoked meat and pea salad, or sviðakjammar (smoked, boiled sheep’s heads). The classic combo of a boiled sheep’s head, mashed beets and Coca-Cola remained the shop’s signature meal until it closed in 2017, leaving behind enough stories to last a lifetime.

Sviðakjammi
Photo: The smoked, boiled sheep’s head was BSÍ’s kiosk’s signature meal.

In Iceland, it was customary for children and teenagers to be sent to the farms in the summertime to help with chores, as the schools were closed from mid-May to the beginning of September. Parents would drop their children off at the corresponding coach at BSÍ at the beginning of the summer and then pick them up from there shortly before schools started up again. 

What buses depart from the BSÍ bus terminal?

Local buses for Reykjavík and its suburbs depart from the bus stop on Gamla Hringbraut road, one block north. The routes that stop there are 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 15, in addition to the public bus that takes you to Keflavík Airport, Route 55. The Flybus airport transfer departs and arrives at the BSÍ bus terminal by the other coaches.

BSÍ is the place to start if you want to go on an excursion, rent a car or seek general information to get the most out of your trip to Iceland. It conveniently has lockers and luggage storage, making it easier to explore Iceland while you await your airport transfer or accommodation check-in time.

Lockers

You can rent luggage lockers at BSÍ for up to three days between June 1st and September 14th and up to 30 days from September 15th to May 31st. The price is per 24 hours and is determined by size and total rental period. As of 2024, the price ranges from a key-locker at ISK 490 [$3.60, €3.30] to an extra large locker fitting two suitcases and a backpack for ISK 3,990 [$29, €27].

BSÍ Luggage Lockers
Photo: The luggage lockers at BSÍ Bus Terminal.

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