Reykjavik airport: Keflavik Airport (KEF)

Keflavik Airport

Keflavik Airport is Iceland’s international airport which is approximately 40 kilometers southwest of the capital Reykjavik. The airport was built by the Americans during World War II. It was an important NATO base for a long time, but since the end of the Cold War the Americans have withdrawn most of their troops.

The airport processes two million passengers per year, which are only international travelers. Reykjavik Airport, close to the capital, is for domestic flights.

The currency in Iceland is the kroon (ISK), €1.00 = 86 Icelandic kroon (November 2006).

Address

Civil Aviation Administration
Keflavik Airport
235 Keflavik
Iceland

Airport codes

IATA airport code: KEF
ICAO airport code: BIKF

Transport

Local transport

Train

Iceland does not have any railways.

Car and bus

Keflavik Airport is on a peninsula in the most southwestern part of Iceland. The road to the capital city Reykjavik is clearly indicated.

A special shuttle bus, FlyBus (tel: +354(0)562 1011) maintains a connection between the airport and the capital, the bus leaves approximately 40 minutes after the arrival of a flight and stops in Hafnarfjörður and Garðabær on the way, you can purchase a ticket in the Arrivals Hall for ISK 1,100.

A minibus goes to the Blue Lagoon which stops in Reykjanes and Grindavík on the way, a ticket costs ISK 500.

Car rental - Keflavik Airport

In the Arrivals Hall there are counters for car rental companies: Akureyrar, Alamo, Atlas, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provide, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.

Taxi

Taxis are in front of the Arrivals Hall. Bear in mind that life in Iceland is expensive and that also goes for taxis, it costs ISK 7,500-9,000 for a ride to the center of Reykjavik!

Airport Parking

There are 365 short-term parking spaces (P1 and P2) and 1,150 long-term parking spaces (P3). Prices for short-term parking are ISK 100 per hour for the first day and ISK 1,200 per day thereafter. Prices for long-term parking are: for up to  7 days it is ISK 550 per day, ISK 400 per day for the second week and ISK 300 per day for the third week. Information is available (tel: +354(0)425 0444).

Services

Services

Hotels

The nearest hotel, is the modest Alex Motel (tel: +354(0)421 2800) with chalets, dormitories and camping places, a free shuttle bus goes to this hotel. In Keflavik you can choose between Hotel Keflavik (tel: +354(0)420 7000) and Icelandair Flughotel (tel: +354(0)421 5222). For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

The Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal has an extensive range of stores. In contrast to many other airports, Duty Free items are available upon arrival. Since alcoholic drinks are very expensive in Iceland, most travelers do not purchase it here, not even the Icelanders.

There are a few bars and restaurants. Part of Café Europe (flights to mainland Europe) and Café International (for flights to the United States and Great Britain) have been arranged as an á la carte restaurant.

Baggage

The baggage handling at Keflavik Airport is very efficient. The police post in the terminal (tel: +354(0)425 0678) also serves as a counter for lost and found items.

Information

There are information stands from Icelandair in the Baggage Hall, in the Transit Hall and near the check-in counters, there is also an office for the Icelandic Bureau of Tourism in the Arrivals Hall.

Business

The Icelandair Executive Saga Lounge, (tel: +354(0)425 0248) near Gate 6, offers telephone, fax and computers with internet connection, there are also showers. Meeting facilities are available in the Icelandair Flughotel.

Disabled facilities

The airport is very accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted restrooms and telephones. There are reserved parking places right in front of the terminal for the disabled.

Other services

There are banks, money exchange offices and ATM's. You can find telephones in the Transit Hall that work with phone cards from AT&T, MCI and SPRINT, in the same hall there is a playground for children. Wireless internet is available.

Contact

Contact

Address

Civil Aviation Administration
Keflavik Airport
235 Keflavik
Iceland

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +354(0)425 0600
Fax: +354(0)425 0610
Email: through the contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: KEF
ICAO airport code: BIKF

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