Cheap transport in Iceland
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jul 12, 2012 11:24 AM Last Post By: thebigfatworld
Jun 8, 2012 4:12 PM
Cheap transport in IcelandHi all!
Does anyone know of a cheap car rental company where we can pick the car up at Reykjavik International Airport and drop it off there? I have been looking online and everything is quite pricey. Or in people's experience is it just better to take the flybus to and from the airport and book bus tours around the island? We are on a tight budget and Iceland is proving difficult!
Jun 8, 2012 5:19 PM
1This website offers comparisons across a number of Icelandic rental companies: http://iceland.carrentals.is/
(You may also want to investigate those agencies' websites directly.)
I've done well with Geysir Car Rental in the past, but I've always been renting in the off-season: http://www.geysir.is/
Note that you can save on pick-up and drop-off charges with some of the agencies if you walk across the airport parking lot to their offices beside the airport.
In general, rental rates are higher for larger vehicles, four-wheel-drive vehicles, automatic transmissions, and during the summer high season.
Top-up collision insurance (to bring your deductible from one or two thousand euro down to zero) is an optional extra that may already be covered if you rent using your 'gold' credit card; check your policy. Gravel damage (stone chips in the paint, windshield, or headlights) isn't included in this insurance and insurance against this sort of damage needs to be purchased separately.
The relative cost of car rental versus tour packages will depend on the particular destinations that you have in mind and the size of your party.
Jun 8, 2012 5:37 PM
Jun 9, 2012 12:15 PM
3I've just got back from Iceland and found the easiest thing to do was to get the flybus to Reykjavik and then hire a car from downtown. I got a pretty good deal, although I did book it months in advance. I think I found it via http://www.vroomvroomvroom.co.uk/ or http://www.rhinocarhire.com/
I would definitely rent a car rather than do the bus tours, you can stop where and when you like and there is so much to see that you wouldn't necessarily be able to see from a bus (and you can also avoid the fleets of buses going to Geysir and Gullfoss etc) The tours are pretty expensive - I found that the price of one day tour that I wanted to do was the same as car hire for 3 days, so if you are travelling with other people, car hire is definitely the way forward I think.
Have a great time, it's an incredible country.
Jun 9, 2012 9:33 PM
Jun 11, 2012 8:58 PM
5I used the website iceland.carrentals.is and found many affordable rates, some as low as 300 EUR for a 2wd for a week. When i went to the individual companies' websites, the rates were alot higher, so I booked through the booking website, which put me in touch with the company. In my case, I am using CC car rental. I have not had any experience with their customer service yet (I leave for my trip on Thursday!) but so far correspondence has been quick and helpful.
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Jul 12, 2012 11:24 AM
10SAD Cars had the best rates I saw. I booked on-line a month in advance and paid less than $200 for 5 days. Of course the cars are not very new, but I didn't mind as long as the thing worked! A picture of my rental and info about renting a car is also on my blog: http://www.thebigfatworld.com/europe/iceland/rent-a-car-in-iceland/
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