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Updated on Nov 08, 2018 Useful Info

How to get to the Blue Lagoon from the Keflavik airport

The Blue Lagoon is located in between the Keflavik airport and Reykjavik (slightly closer to Keflavik). It actually is a great spot to check out after you land in Iceland en route to Reykjavik, or before you leave Iceland en route to KEF. There are only 3 options to get from the airport to the Blue Lagoon:


Option 1: Shuttle Buses

Shuttle buses are the cheapest way if you're only 1-2 people. There are two main shuttle bus operators:

  • 1) Destination Blue Lagoon (https://destinationbluelagoon.is)
  • The official Blue Lagoon shuttle bus operator
  • Fare is 2,750 ISK ($23) to the Blue Lagoon from the airport. You can also get the return ticket from Blue Lagoon to the airport (or onward to Reykjavik) from them, but there's no bundle discount
  • They run roughly once every two hours, starting either at 6:25am or 7:30am depending on season. You can see their current schedule here
  • Takes 45-60 min
  • To buy their ticket at the airport. After you exit the baggage claim area, go to the orange Airport Direct shuttle bus booth right in front of you. Airport Direct is a separate company that does shuttle buses to Reykjavik, but they sell tickets for Destination Blue Lagoon
  • I suggest booking tickets ahead of time though on their website. Blue Lagoon is very popular a lot of people go straight from the airport to it so it might get booked out
  • When you book Blue Lagoon through BL's official site, there's an option to include the Destination Blue Lagoon shuttle bus. So instead of making 2 separate bookings for entry and transportation, you can them together


  • 2) Reykjavik Excursion (https://www.re.is)
  • They're one of the largest shuttle bus operators in Iceland. They also run the popular FlyBus that goes from the airport to Reykjavik
  • Fare is 5,399 ISK ($45), but it includes return trip to the airport or onward to Reykjavik. I don't think it's possible to buy just a single leg from them
  • They run roughly once every two hours, starting from 7:30am. Check their current schedule here
  • Takes 45-60 min
  • You can book their ticket online from their website (on this page), or get the ticket at the airport. Their booth will be right in front of you after you exit the baggage claim area, right next to the orange Airport Direct booth
  • For them I don't think you need to prebook your ticket. They have a lot of buses and spaces
  • You can actually book entry + transportation package to BL through them. I don't believe there's much of a discount, but you can check their package prices here


Option 2: Taxis

  • Taxi will cost around $60 to get from Keflavik airport to the Blue Lagoon
  • Takes 20-30 min
  • Can fit up to 4 people. Bigger taxis exist but they'll cost more
  • Taxis will end up being cheaper than shuttle bus if you have 3 or more people


Option 3: Drive

  • You can find most of the major international car rental agencies at the Keflavik airport. I remember seeing Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, and Budget
  • In the low season (late October - March) daily rental costs range from $25-$50 per day for an economy car. Will be around 50% more expensive in the high season
  • You don't need an IDP to rent a car in Iceland, just your regular driver's license. I wrote more in details about Iceland car rental here
  • Blue Lagoon is only 12 miles (20km) away, and will take no more than 20-30 minutes to get there
  • There are lots of free parking spots there


Other tips:

  • There's a big luggage storage at the Blue Lagoon, so don't worry about where to put your stuff
  • Make sure to book your Blue Lagoon spot online ahead of time on the official website before you book your transportation. BL requires prebooking now and from what I've read they're pretty strict about it. I've heard of walk ins who are refused entry and have to wait at the cafe. Also all the time slots are usually booked 4 days in advance