Reykjavik Card

On this page you will find all the important information about the Reykjavik Card: What services does the City Card offer and for whom is it worthwhile? How long is it valid and where can I buy it?

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  • Visit 16 museums free of charge
  • Visit 8 thermal baths free of charge
  • Free public transport in Reykjavik
  • Valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours
  • Pick up your Reykjavik Card in town
  • Save money in Reykjavik with the card!

How the Reykjavik Card works

The Reykjavik Card is a product of Visit Reykjavik, the tourism office of the Icelandic capital. With this City Card, travelling is child's play, as it offers the following advantages:

  • Free admission to museums & galleries
  • Free admission to thermal baths
  • Free use of public transport in the city
  • Discounts for attractions, tours and restaurants

You can buy the card online and collect it when you arrive in Reykjavik. The City Card is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. During this time you can use all the benefits of the card.

Who is the Reykjavik Card suitable for?

The Reykjavik City Card is suitable for travellers who want to explore the city by public transport, visit museums and perhaps relax in a thermal bath.

The card makes travelling easier because you don't have to worry about individual entrance tickets and tickets for the city buses. In addition, the City Card pays for itself quickly, because if you use it regularly, you can save a lot of money with the Reykjavik Card.

How much does the Reykjavik Card cost?

The price of the Reykjavik Card depends only on the period of validity.

  • 24 hours: ISK 5,040 (approx. 33 €)
  • 48 hours: ISK 7,000 (approx. 46 €)
  • 72 hours: ISK 8,630 (approx. 57 €)

The card is only suitable for people aged 18 and over. Children and young people under the age of 18 receive free admission to museums and significant discounts at thermal spas and on public transport.

The purchase price is in Icelandic Krona. The exchange rate may fluctuate. Convert to your currency here.

All services of the Reykjavik Card

The Reykjavik City Card gives you free admission to many museums and thermal baths. There are also discounts at many sights, tours and restaurants.

You can find the current brochure with all services here: Reykjavik Card

Free museums

  • National Gallery of Iceland
  • National Museum of Iceland
  • Reykjavik City Museum: Aðalstræti
  • Reykjavik City Museum: Árbær Open Air Museum
  • Reykjavik City Museum: Maritime Museum
  • Reykjavik City Museum: Museum of Photography
  • Reykjavik City Museum: Viðey Island
  • Reykjavík Art Museum: Ásmundarsafn
  • Reykjavík Art Museum: Hafnarhús
  • Reykjavík Art Museum: Kjarvalsstaðir
  • Ásgrímur Jónsson Collection
  • Kópavogur Art Museum: Gerðarsafn
  • Natural History Museum
  • Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park
  • Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum
  • The House of Collections

Show your Reykjavik Card at the ticket office of each museum to get a free ticket. Most museums are located in the city centre. All other museums are accessible by public transport.

Free thermal baths

  • Árbæjarlaug
  • Breiðholtslaug
  • Dalslaug
  • Grafarvogslaug
  • Klébergslaug
  • Laugardalslaug
  • Sundhöllin
  • Vesturbæjarlaug

Show your Reykjavik Card at the ticket office and you get free entry. Some other thermal baths offer reduced admission.

Discounts with the Reykjavik Card

In addition, the Reykjavik City Card offers discounts for some museums, sights, tours and restaurants. A small selection of the discounts:

  • 50% Discount at Aurora Northern Lights Center
  • 30% Discount on Whales of Iceland
  • 10% Discount at Perlan Museum
  • 10% Discount on Whale Watching Tours

You can find a complete list of all discounts on the website

Public transport with Reykjavik Card

With the Reykjavik Card you can use the city's public transport. There are no subways or trams in Reykjavik, only city buses.

However, the bus network is well developed and within the city limits all city buses can be used free of charge during the period of validity of the Reykjavik Card. The ferry to Viðey Island is also free with the City Card.

The official Reykjavik Card brochure contains information about the bus routes you can use to reach certain museums and thermal baths: Current brochure.

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Airport transfer: from KEF to Reykjavik

Take bus no. 55 from KEF Airport to Reykjavik city centre. The Reykjavik Card cannot be used for this journey.

The airport is outside the city limits. Therefore, the Reykjavik Card is not valid.

In addition to the regular bus, there is also an airport express bus (FlyBus) that takes you to your accommodation in Reykjavik. The bus leaves the airport every 30 to 45 minutes. Tickets for one or both directions can be booked online.

Is the Reykjavik Card worth it?

With the Reykjavik Card you can visit many popular museums and thermal baths for free. However, at other attractions (e.g. Aurora Northern Lights Center, Whales of Iceland, Perlan Museum, Whale Watching Tour) there are only discounts. Hop-on/hop-off buses are not included.

The Reykjavik Card is therefore only worthwhile if you want to visit several museums. Beyond that, it will be necessary to buy additional tickets.

If you are satisfied with the services of the Reykjavik Card, the price-performance ratio is very good. If you use public transport and visit a few museums, you can easily save money with the City Card.

The following table shows how much you can save, using the 72-hour card as an example:

AttractionWithout Reykjavik CardWith Reykjavik Card
Reykjavik Card 72hISK 8,630
Public transport: 3 daysISK 5,600Free of charge
National Museum of IcelandISK 2.500Free of charge
Árbær Open Air MuseumISK 2,350Free of charge
Maritime MuseumISK 2,350Free of charge
Aurora: Northern Lights CenterISK 3,900ISK 1,950 (-50%)
Thermal bathISK 1,330Free of charge
TotalISK 18,030 (approx. 120 €)ISK 10,580 (approx. 70 €)

In our opinion, the Reykjavik Card is worth it if you ride the city buses every day and visit one or two free museums and thermal baths.

The more you use your City Card, the more it pays for itself!

Buy & Collect Reykjavik Card

You can buy the Reykjavik Card online, but you have to pick it up in the city after your arrival. There are several pick-up points located in some of the participating museums:

  • Reykjavík Art Museum Ásmundarsafn
  • Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
  • Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir
  • Reykjavík City Museum Árbær Open Air Museum
  • Reykjavík City Museum Maritime Museum
  • Reykjavík City Museum Museum of Photography
  • Reykjavík City Museum The Settlement Exhibition

The museums are open every day. Opening hours may vary depending on the season.

If your travel plans change, the purchase can be cancelled free of charge up to one day before the visit.

Reykjavik Card

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages of the Reykjavik Card

  • You can visit many museums free of charge.
  • You can use the city buses within Reykjavik free of charge.
  • You can visit several thermal baths free of charge.
  • The value for money is very good: the card pays for itself quickly.

Disadvantages of the Reykjavik Card

  • The card is only worth it if you want to visit museums.
  • At popular attractions, the City Card only gives discounts, not free entry (Aurora, Whales of Iceland, Perlan Museum). Hallgrims Church is not included.
  • The Reykjavik Card is not valid for the bus ride from the airport to the city centre.
  • The card must be collected after your arrival in Reykjavik.

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FAQ about the Reykjavik Card

How does the Reykjavik Card work?

You buy the Reykjavik Card online and collect it when you arrive in the city. Then you can visit many museums and thermal baths for free within 24, 48 or 72 hours. You can also use all city buses with the card. There are also discounts at some sights, museums and restaurants.

Can I use public transport with the Reykjavik Card?

Yes, with the Reykjavik Card you can use public transport within the city limits for free. This includes the city buses and the ferry to Viðey Island.

Is the airport transfer included in the Reykjavik Card?

No, the Reykjavik Card is not valid for the bus that goes from the airport to the city centre.

Can I cancel the Reykjavik Card free of charge?

Yes, you can cancel your ticket free of charge up to one day before departure.

How is the Reykjavik Card activated?

The Reykjavik Card is activated when you use the card at the first sight or on public transport. After activation, the card is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours.

Is the Reykjavik Card worth it for families?

The Reykjavik Card is only for people aged 18 and over. Children and young people enjoy free admission to public museums and tickets for the city buses are also reduced. If you are travelling as a family, we recommend buying the Reykjavik Card for adults only.

Author: Patrick

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Patrick has visited various metropolises such as Amsterdam, London, Paris and Barcelona. Here he writes about the most important City Cards. His aim is to present detailed and up-to-date information for the official tourist maps of popular cities.

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