Transport in Iceland - Overview
There are many ways to travel around in Iceland. Most towns are so small that it´s possible to walk between places or go by a bicycle. Even in the capital region, walking or cycling can be enough in many cases.
If you need to go further or if the weather is sub-optimal, taking a public bus (Strætó) is a great option. The public bus system is extensive and you can travel outside of the capital region and it´s relatively cheap. There are also private companies running bus tours all around the country and even through the highlands.
Cycling is becoming more popular and more emphasis now on building cycling paths. Electric scooters that you can rent for a short period of time is another thing that has become very popular recently in the city and bigger towns.
If you are travelling longer distances, apart from taking a bus, ferries and domestic flights are being operated and therefore an option. Icelandair is operating domestic flights and there are few smaller operators as well. There are also few ferries that go between places.
The private car is still the most popular way of commuting in Iceland, even thought this is starting to change. It´s expensive to buy, own and operate a car. Going about in a private car is of course convenient when there is little time and the weather is not perfect.
In recent years, increased amount of cars has caused frequent traffic jams in the capital region, making the time you actually need for traveling between places in certain times of the day longer. During rush hours you often get faster to work or school for example, by taking the bus, cycling or even walking.
In the capital region it´s easy to find a taxi 24/7. In some of the bigger towns out in the country side there are taxis also… or maybe just a taxi.
For an informative overview map of various options when comes to transport in Iceland, please visit publictransport.is. This 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. For timetables etc. refer to the operator‘s websites.