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Transport in Iceland

There are many ways to travel around in Iceland. Most towns are so small that you can walk or bike between places. Even in the capital region, walking or cycling can get you far.

Cycling is becoming more popular and new cycling paths are continuously being built. Electric scooters that you can rent for a short period of time have become very popular recently in the capital region and bigger towns.

Travelling a short distance

Cycling is becoming more popular and new cycling paths are continuously being built. Electric scooters that you can rent for a short period of time have become very popular recently in the capital region and bigger towns.

Visit our section Cycling and Electric Scooters for more information.

Going further

If you need to go far or if the weather is giving you trouble, you can take a public bus (Strætó). The public bus system is extensive and you can travel far outside of the capital region by Strætó. You can buy a bus pass online through your phone using an app called Klappið.

Visit our section Strætó and Buses for more information.

Going far

If you are traveling longer distances, you may be able to catch a domestic flight or even a ferry. Icelandair operates domestic flights along with a few smaller operators.

Private companies run bus tours all around the country and to the highlands.

Visit our section Flying for more information.

Taxi

In the capital region, you can find a taxi 24/7. Some of the other bigger towns have a taxi service.

Private cars

The private car is still the most popular way of commuting in Iceland, even though this is beginning to change. Traveling by private car is convenient but expensive.

In recent years, the increased number of cars has caused frequent traffic jams in the capital region, making the time needed for traveling between places during rush hour longer. You may find that the bus, cycling or even walking will get you to work or school faster than a private car.

Transport overview map

Here you find an overview map of various transport options. The map shows all scheduled bus, ferry and plane routes in Iceland. Sightseeing tours which do not allow rides from A to B are not shown on the map. For timetables and further information, please refer to the operator’s websites.

There are many ways to travel around in Iceland. Most towns are so small that you can walk or bike between places.