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Keflavík International Airport to hotel and hotel to cruise ship...

We will be arriving into KEF on Sep. 4th, and have a hotel reservation in Kopavogur (45km/28mi.) The next day we have to get to the port to catch a cruise ship. If the ship docks at the Korngarður Cruise Terminal, it will be a 9km/5.6mi ride. I understand they do not have Uber or Lyft in Iceland.

How would you suggest we make these trips?

I've considered changing to a hotel near the airport and using the cruise line transfer.

Thanks, John

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Just take the airport bus when you arrive. To get to the port you can take a local bus.

There are also taxis available, but being Iceland means they are not cheap.

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I would suggest changing your hotel to something more towards the center of Reykjavik.

Take the Flybus to your hotel. The next day you could take public transit to the port or a cab.

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Thanks for the responses! It looks like the FlyBus is a good option, but my wife would not be happy having to transfer to a local bus with our luggage. So, I'll rebook in the downtown area and take a taxi from BSI Bus Terminal to a hotel, then from hotel to port the next morning.

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From what you write about your wife, I think she will prefer a taxi over even a short trip with Flybus. Another option would be to rent a car at the airport and drop it in Reykjavik. You could use the car that entire first day and see much more than just the city. Then a taxi in the morning to the port.

Two weeks ago, our two taxis were $120 US dollars and $140, to give you an idea. That was from the airport into Reykjavik and back.

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A taxi would from the bus terminal would be a waste of money in my opinion. Flybus has a connecting service from the bus terminal to several locations in the city. Unless you are staying somewhere very remote, that would be my suggestion.

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I agree with the suggestion to take a taxi from airport to Reykjavik and then taxi to Port. As you stated your wife would.not appreciate needing to transfer from big bus to shuttle.
If.she is like us, that schlepping of luggage ( even with some assistance) and hassle of transfer especially after your international flight is just not worth it. Yes a taxi may be a bit more but convenience for us it is worth it.

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When we make this trip, I'll be a few months shy of my 79th birthday with my wife 4 years younger. I am much more adventurous and willing to deal with a little inconvenience to save a some money on an already expensive 23 day trip. When the ship, Norwegian Prima, arrives in Southampton, we will use a ship's transfer to Heathrow, where we will catch a flight to Marco Polo airport (Venice.) We will spend the night near the airport, then take a transfer to Trieste where we will board another ship for an Adriatic and Greek Isles cruise. Another transfer will get us to the Athens airport for our flight back to the U.S. So, the only part I have to figure out myself is this portion in Iceland.

I wanted to use a hotel through Norwegian, as they would provide the transfers. But, they are not offering that option, instead they have a 4-day pre-cruise option for over $2,000 p/p.

At this point I've changed the hotel to the Reykjavik 101 area, will book the fly bus to the BSI bus terminal, then taxi the rest.

Thanks for all the suggestions! John

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to mikliz27,
was the price of the taxi for 2 persons and luggage? We are traveling in a party of 4 this july and I wonder if a taxi would be the cheaper solution. We arrive in Reykjavik a day ahead of our cruise and already plan to rent a car for extra days after our cruise.

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simvik--Taxis are per car, so it doesn't matter if you have 2 or 4 people. With 4, a taxi is more cost efficient than the Flybus, plus just much easier.