Flying to Iceland's capital offers a convenient, fast and - for the vast majority of visitors - unavoidable way to travel. There are regular direct flights to the city's Keflavik Airport every day of the week, the journey time is only around 3 hours, and flights depart from plenty of UK airports, including Glasgow, London-City, Bristol, and Edinburgh.
Reykjavik's main airport is known as Keflavik, and it can be found around 30 miles west of the city itself. Buses run from the Arrivals hall, and take 40 minutes or so to get into town. They automatically stop at the BSÍ Bus Terminal, but passengers can upgrade to FlyBus+ for door-to-door hotel transfers, making the trip from the airport extremely simple.
Airlines offering direct flights from the UK to Reykjavik include Icelandair, British Airways, and TUI. Icelandair is the only company that offers year-round services. The other two carriers run seasonal schedules, with most flights concentrated in the warmer summer season. Flights from Europe are also available from Scandinavian, Norwegian, Iberia, and Lufthansa, among other carriers.
Put simply, there's no other way to get from Europe or the UK to Iceland's capital than flying. Travelers can board ferries from Denmark via the Faroe Islands, but it's time consuming and not for the faint hearted. By contrast, flights to Reykjavik provide a comfortable, direct service which takes around 3-4 hours. Flights take off from a variety of UK departure points all year-round, and passengers will usually have a choice of airlines to fly with. Add in door-to-door transfers and it's clear that flying to Reykjavik is the only option worth considering.
When arriving, take a look at the Flybus+ service, which provides direct airport to hotel transfers. It's a great time saver. After that, purchasing a Reykjavik City Card is a good move, as it bundles in free entry to attractions like the Maritime Museum and all of the Reykjavik Art Museum's various locations. And it also includes unlimited bus travel. With that in hand, check out local highlights like Laugarnestangi sculpture park, and hit up Naustin in the evening for the city's best nightlife and dining spots.
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