Many travelers going to Iceland choose to rent a car in order to freely explore the amazing country. This is very much recommended as Iceland is a country that is good to explore by driving around. But what if you don’t have a driver’s license or just don’t want to drive on your Iceland vacation? Let’s have a look at that.
Iceland itinerary without a car
Yes, it is very possible to make an itinerary that doesn’t include a car or driving yourself. We can very well help you do the planning and make everything as smooth as possible for you, while you ensuring that you experience everything you dream of on your Iceland trip. An example itinerary could look like this:
- Reykjavik, the capital city
- Southern Iceland
- Blue lagoon
- The Golden Circle
- Snæfellsness Peninsula
- Horseback riding on Icelandic horses
We do however always customize our itineraries for each traveler.
Public transportation in Iceland
Contrary to what some believe, Iceland does actually have very good public transportation of a high standard. Especially within cities such as Reykjavik. If you’re staying in Reykjavik for a couple of days, you should consider getting a city card, which both includes all bus fares and provide free access to several museums, saunas, and galleries. City cards are available for 24, 48 and 72 hours. On the official website for public transportation in Iceland, you can find more information on both availability, pricing, and timetables.
In Reykjavik, the buses mostly run from around 7 am to 11.30 pm. After this hour, there are night buses, which come less frequently.
Outside Reykjavik, buses are less frequent, especially during low-season (September to May).
During the peak season (especially July and August) you will find bus routes outside Reykjavik near the well-visited areas. Also areas like hiking spots in the Southwest, Eastfjords, Westfjords, the Reykjanes, and Snæfellsness Peninsulas.
Taxis in Iceland
Taxis are much more expensive than traveling by bus and very available in Reykjavik. Outside the capital, it’s best to pre-book your taxi to make sure it’s available at the wanted time. There is no Uber or other services like this in Iceland as they are not permitted.
When planning your Iceland itinerary with us, you have the option to book with a local driver-guide. This both ensures your transportation within Iceland and is a great way to explore the country, as the guide can tell you about the things you explore together. This way you also don’t need to rent a car or drive yourself. Join our small, shared groups or book your own private driver-guide with us.