Reykjavík’s excellent Strætó city bus system (540 2700; www.bus.is/english) offers regular and easy transport around central Reykjavík and out to the suburbs of Seltjarnarnes, Kópavogur, Garðabær, Hafnarfjörður and Mosfellsbær.
Strætó loves to fiddle with its bus routes and numbers. For the most up-to-date information, pick up a copy of the clear and useful Reykjavík Bus Map from tourist offices or bus stations.
Buses run from 7am until 11pm or midnight daily (from 10am on Sunday). Services depart at 20-minute or 30-minute intervals. A limited night-bus service (just the buses S1 to S6) runs until 2am on Friday and Saturday. Buses only stop at designated bus stops, marked with a big, yellow letter ‘S’.
The fare is Ikr250/75 per adult/child six to 12 (no change is given). You can also buy books of 10 tickets for the price of eight (Ikr2000). If you need to take two buses to reach your destination, skiptimiði (transfer tickets) are available from the driver – you have a limited time (30 to 45 minutes) to use them.
The Reykjavík Tourist Card includes a free Strætó bus pass.
A car is fairly unnecessary in the city, because it’s so easy to travel round on foot and by bus. However, if you want to get into the countryside and don’t fancy the bus tours, it’s worth hiring a car.
The capital’s drivers can be inconsiderate: beware of people yattering into mobile phones (illegal, in case you’re wondering), drifting across lanes or cutting corners at junctions.
Getting out of town is easy – follow the signs for Rte 1. Getting back into Reykjavík can be a more confusing, as there are dozens of exits from the highway and road signs are marked with abbreviations rather than full street names. To help you, the main road into Reykjavík is Vesturlandsvegur, which turns into Miklabraut and then Hringbraut. Exit by the Kringlan shopping centre for the Laugardalur area; at Snorrabraut for the Hallgrímskirkja area; and at Suðurgata for the town centre.
Taxi prices are high – flagfall starts at Ikr520. Tipping is not required but expect to pay at least Ikr1000 to cross town.
There are usually taxis outside the bus stations, domestic airport, youth hostel, and pubs and bars on weekend nights (there are huuuuge queues for the latter). Alternatively, call Borgarbílastöðin (552 2440), BSH (555 0888), BSR (561 0000) or Hreyfill-Bæjarleiðir (588 5522).
Reykjavík has a steadily improving network of well-lit cycle lanes – ask the tourist office for a map, or see www.rvk.is/paths. At times, though, you will probably end up on busy roads. Be cautious, as drivers show little consideration for cyclists. Refreshingly, you are actually allowed to cycle on pavements as long as you act sensibly and don’t cause pedestrians any problems.
Bicycles are available for hire from Borgarhjól SF (551 5653; www.borgarhjol.net; Hverfisgata 50; 10hr/24hr/week Ikr1500/2000/10, 500; 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm Sat), and available from Reykjavík City Hostel and the camp site.