The Big Yellow Bus

Not keen on braving the different road conditions on your own, or simply want to sit back and relax? Perhaps you don’t have a driver’s license? While many people choose to hire a car in Iceland, there’s also the option of bus tours, flying or traveling on your own by bus.

The Icelandic public bus company Strætó (they’re the yellow buses you’ll see in Reykjavík) has in recent years extended its area of service outside the capital area to include the west and northwest, north and northeast and south of the country. Destinations include Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir and Stykkishólmur.

For visitors with a little extra time to spare, taking the bus is an option. There’s wi-fi on many buses.

For information on where to buy tickets visit: straeto.is/english/buy-tickets/. Bus fares (single ride costs ISK 420) can also be paid in cash (exact amount only, no change given) on buses 1-44. On buses 51 upwards to and from Reykjavík, it’s also possible to pay with a bankcard. It’s not possible to reserve a seat on a bus.

Strætó also has an app where you can buy tickets, plan your trip and view a live map of the bus network. It can be downloaded here (download instructions are in Icelandic but once you download it you can select English): straeto.is/app

Enjoy your journey!

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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