We present the Bus Hostel Reykjavik Arrival Guide. We get a lot of the same questions so we decided to combine all the answers for you in one place. Voila.
FIRST, SOME INFO ABOUT BUS HOSTEL
Bus Hostel is always open!
Check in is at 15.00 / 3PM and check out is at 10.00AM.
We can not promise early check in although we will do our best to check you in as soon as possible.
You can of course use our luggage room to go explore Reykjavik while you wait. If your flight is very early we recommend you book the night before also.
Remember! Our dorms are sleeping bag accommodation, so duvets aren’t included. You can bring your own or rent one from us for a one-time fee of 1000 ISK. We can also rent out towels for a one-time fee of 500 ISK.
We have two kitchens for our guests to use. There’s enough fridge and shelf space for each room (or each guest). Each floor of the hostel provides many, generously sized private restrooms and showers.
We can store your luggage as long as you’re a guest with us! We have a secure luggage room which only staff members can open. You can also rent a secure locker to keep your stuff safe while you are out enjoying Iceland.
BUS HOSTEL BAR AND LOUNGE
After a long day of exploring the city or trekking through the Icelandic countryside, come and unwind in our cozy, atmospheric common room. Here, guests can grab a drink or some snacks from the bar, strum out a tune on the guitar, or browse through our bookshelf.
Our Happy Hour is from 5-9pm every day.
We offer a breakfast plate of a bagel, skyr, coffee and other goodies for 800 ISK. It is available from 8-10am.
THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE HOSTEL
Taking the FlyBus or Airport Express are the best options. You can buy tickets in advance on our Tours and Transport page or in the arrivals hall of the airport. Both shuttles can bring you directly to the hostel, and run according to flight schedules, so you’ll always be able to catch one.
There is plenty of free parking for our guests at the Bus Hostel Reykjavik.
BUS HOSTEL LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS
We’re tucked into the corner of a residential area not too far from the city center. It’s only a fifteen minute walk up to Hallgrimskirkja or to Laugavegur. In the nearby area, we’re close to BSÍ bus terminal, Klambratún park, Nauthólsvík beach, Perlan, and Kringlan shopping mall.
On the below map you can see what is near to the Bus as well as basic information such as the nearest supermarket, ATM and money exchange. Some further information can be found in the below FAQ.
Getting around Reykjavik
Bus Hostel Reykjavik is on a bus route to all directions, check out straeto.is or their nice app to plan your trip. BSÍ – the main bus terminal is within walking distance. Don‘t forget – we do lend you a bike for shorter errands (only during summer)!
Where is the nearest supermarket?
The closest shop is Sunnubúð. It’s a small market which closes a bit later in the neighborhood. It’s just a few minutes away from us.
The closest full sized grocery store is Bónus, and there’s one in the shopping mall Kringlan, and on Laugavegur.
Where can I exchange my money?
You can exchange your money in the airport, but if you don’t manage to, then there are several banks downtown where you can exchange your money as well as in the Kringlan mall. The banks are generally open between 10:00 and 16:00 on weekdays only. The Tourist information Center on Aðalstræti has longer opening hours and can exchange money.
Where’s the domestic airport?
We’re close by, but the entrance you need depends on where you’re flying to! If you’re flying with Air Iceland to Isafjordur, Akureyri, Egilsstadir or Greenland; with Atlantic Airways to the Faroe Islands; or with Air Arctic to Saudarkrokur, the entrance is by the University of Iceland. You can take bus 15 or a taxi there. Otherwise, it’s about 30-35 minute walk.
If you’re taking Eagle Air to Bildudalur, Gjogur, Husavik, Hofn and the Vestman Islands, then you can take bus 5 or walk as we’re only about ten minutes from this entrance.
Which swimming pools are there in the neighbourhood?
The closest one is Sundhöllin on Barónsstígur, just up the road behind Hallgrímskirkja. It has an inside swimming pool and outside hot tubs and small sauna. The hot tubs are nice in the evening.
Vesturbæjarlaugin is quite a bit further in the west of town but it is an outside pool, bigger, and has a fitness center. It could be combined with a trip downtown, especially if the customers are driving. It’s on Hofsvallagata.
Laugardalslaug swimming pool is by far the biggest pool and very popular with the locals. It has inside and outside pools, large and small waterslides, lots of hot tubs and fitness center. Take bus number 14 on Snorrabraut, go to the right out the door and over the bridge over Hringbraut, straight ahead at the right side of the road until you reach the bus stop.
TRAVELING IN ICELAND
If you plan to travel outside of the comfortable Reykjavik bubble we reccommend checking out the following sites.
Safetravel.is is an excellent source of information on how to stay safe in Iceland. Check this site out. There are a lot of dangers in Iceland. For real!
The Icelandic Met Office has weather station forecasts for the whole country.
They also have an Aurora forecast so if you plan to hunt the Northern lights, this is the place to start.
Finally, you can check real time info on road conditions at the awesome road.is site. Very useful if you have your own rental car (especially in winter, spring, fall and summer). Speaking of driving rental cars, our buddies at SADcars car rental have written a lot of blogs on that subject.
We are happy to answer any and all questions you might have.
We look forward to seeing you at Bus Hostel!
The Bus drivers.