Sleeping in Airports

Reykjavik Keflavik Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Keflavik Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I saw a completely bizarre scene: a security guard pacing up and down angrily and rudely telling people to sit up, barking, ‘this isn’t a hotel! Hey! Get up!’ – sleeplessinseattle

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported to us during their time at Keflavik International Airport.

What to Expect

Reykjavik Keflavik Airport consists of a main terminal and a smaller terminal, which is home for regional fights for Eagle Air. Though Keflavik is modern and compact, it’s not big on amenities. You’ll find a few (pricey) eateries and shops, and a general store is open 24 hours in the landside (public) area. WiFi is available to help pass the time.  There are currently no lounges that economy class passengers can pay to use.

Where to Sleep

Many travellers land here as a halfway point between North America and Europe, so there’s plenty of people milling about by day. Unfortunately, this airport is pretty unfriendly to airport sleepers. Posted signs warn against sleeping in the airport, but travellers report that a security guard waking you up is the worst that will happen. Most benches have armrests, but there are a few without. Stave off cold temps and bright lights with an extra sweater and an eye mask. For uninterrupted sleep, one hotel is located just a 2-minute walk from the main terminal and other nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

At the time of this update, there are no lounges that economy class passengers can pay to use. Icelandair has a very nice looking lounge called the “Saga Lounge” that features padded rest loungers and showers. However, the lounge is only accessible to Icelandair Saga Class and Economy Comfort flyers, Saga Gold and Silver members, as well as certain American Express, Mastercard, Alaska Airlines and Lufthansa Elite/Gold Status flyers.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Keflavik Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Airport Hotel Aurora Star – (2 minute walk from the airport) Located 100m from the airport terminal.  » Check Rates
  • Alex Guesthouse – (2 minutes from the airport) Free scheduled transfer to the airport is available every 30 minutes between 4:00AM and 6:30AM and every hour from 8:15AM – 2:15PM (except no service at 12:15PM). For service to the hotel call +354 421-2800 from the airport, and someone from the hotel will pick you up at the “MEETING POINT” sign in Arrivals Hall.  » Check Rates
  • Park Inn by Radisson Reykjavik Keflavik Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available to the airport only, every 30 minutes between 4:00AM and 8:00AM with one more shuttle at 12.00PM. Outside of these hours or from the airport to the airport a taxi is suggested.  » Check Rates
  • Bed & Breakfast Keflavik Airport – (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available upon request.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Keflavik Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Unlimited free WiFi is available at the airport. Connect to the “Kefairport-FreeWifi” network and log in to access. No registration required!

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Eight of the machines located in the departure hall offer several currencies. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.

Children’s Play Area – Games, puzzles, Lego table, video games, child-size seating and more are available in a designated spot in the commercial area of the terminal.

Currency Exchange – Arion Bank offers currency exchange service 24 hours a day in the commercial area of the terminal.

Duty Free & Shopping – In addition to DutyFree Iceland, the following shops are available: Elko • Optical Studio • Airport Fashion • Penninn Eymundsson • Blue Lagoon • 66°North • Iceland Gift Store • Pure Food Hall. All shops are open according to flight schedules.

Family Services – Strollers are available for use in the airport, free of charge. You can take one from the check-in area of the terminal.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate according to flight schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options are available both landside and airside.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Store your luggage at the airport, with rates for normal sized luggage at € 8 per day, for up to one week, and € 3 per day for any additional days after that. Odd-sized items, like bicycles or instruments, cost € 10 per day, for up to one week, and € 5 per day for additional days. Location: 500m from the Departure side of the terminal, located between Enterprise and Avis car rentals. Hours: Open 24 hours (May 15 – Sep 1), 5:00AM – 12:00AM (Sep 1 – Oct 31) and 5:00AM – 6:00PM (Nov 1 – May 15).

Mobile Charging – Over 100 charging stations are available, located throughout the airport terminal.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Location: South Building, 1st Floor. Hours and rates are not known.

Smoking – Smoking is allowed in the designated area beside the restrooms in the Departure Hall.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. Note security is open from 3:30AM – 1:00AM.

Airlines

As of March 2018, Reykjavik Keflavik airport is served by the following airlines: Air Baltic • Air Canada • Air Greenland • Air Iceland Connect • American Airlines • Austrian Airlines • British Airways • Czech Airlines • Delta • easyJet • Edelweiss • Eurowings • Finnair • Germania • Iberia Express • Icelandair • Lufthansa • Luxair • Norwegian • Primera Air • S7 Airlines • SAS • Transavia • Travel Service • United Airlines • Vueling • Wizz Air • Wow Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The Airport Express is operated by Gray Line Iceland and provides scheduled transfer services 45 minutes after each scheduled flight arrival. Departures from Keflavik Airport and Reykjavík timetable can be seen on the Airport Express website. They also provide pick-up/drop-off service from all major hotels in the capital area. Transfers must be booked in advance for guaranteed departures to the airport.

Flybus is located just outside the airport. The bus leaves 35-40 minutes after arrival of each flight; however, it is advised that passengers check the terminal screens for actual bus departure times or talk with customer service at the Flybus information desk in the arrival hall. Flybus will also connect you from your hotel back to the airport. Just make a request at your hotel the day before departure.

Local Bus No 55 provides 9 daily connections to the central Reykjavík Bus terminal (BSÍ).

Taxi

Taxis are available outside the terminal.

Car Rentals

The following companies have car rental companies onsite: Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar (Bilaleiga Akureyrar).

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.