Everything about the Reykjavik City Card

Everything about the Reykjavik City Card


The Reykjavik City Card is the official tourist card for Reykjavik. This is the best way to discover the capital of Iceland. With this city card you can get free access to public museums and galleries. You will also receive discounts at various restaurants and shops in the center. You can also use public transport for free within Reykjavik and take the ferry to Videy Island. Here you can read everything you want to know about this handy city pass.

Where to buy the Reykjavik City Card

You can easily buy the Reykjavik City Card online in advance and you will receive a voucher. With the digital voucher you can pick up the card at one of the museums mentioned in the following section. The city pass has one variant with the only difference being the duration for which you want the card.

IJsland Reykjavik

Where to pick up the card

You can exchange your digital voucher at one of the following museums.

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

The Reykjavik Art Museum and the Reykjavik City Museum are the two largest museums in Reykjavik, both of which have multiple locations with exhibitions. Opening hours may vary during holidays and vacations. Check the website of the museum where you want to start.

Reykjavik Art Museum opening hours
Reykjavik City Museum opening hours

Note: The National Museum and the National Gallery have different opening hours in the wintertime. Check the museum websites for more information.


The benefits of the Reykjavik City Card

The Reykjavik City Card is available for a duration of 24, 48 or 72 hours. With the card you get several benefits which we list briefly for you below. You can view the full list of included attractions here. In addition, the pass is available for everyone at the age of 18 and over. See the conditions for more information.

  • Free admission to twelve public museums
  • Free bus rides within Reykjavik
  • Free ferry ride to Videy Island
  • Free admission to geothermal baths in Reykjavik. Here you can see which ones they are.
  • Free admission to the zoo
  • Discounts at various restaurants and shops in the center

Videy Island

How much does the Reykjavik City Card cost?

With the City Card you get free admission to many museums. The bus is also free with this card, so this is perfect if you plan to do a lot of activities in Reykjavik. This city pass is for use from the age of 18. This is because the museums are free to visit for everyone up to and including 17 years of age.

Reykjavik City Card prices (2023):

  • Valid for 24 hours: €34
  • Valid for 48 hours: €45
  • Valid for 72 hours: €56

Why the Reykjavik City Card?

Because you can save a lot of money with it. Let’s say you visit the open-air museum (€15.50) on a day in 2023, go to the zoo (€7.00) and then check out the maritime museum (€15.50). Then the total amount spend is above €34.00 for a Reykjavik City Card for 24 hours. And the bus ride to everything is not even included yet. So you get a lot for your money. You can look in this brochure for all activities and where they are. Do you want to see all the benefits and discounts? Then check out the Reykjavik City Card Information Chart.

What are the conditions?

When you exchange your voucher at a museum, you will receive a physical card in return. From the moment you receive the card, it is valid for the chosen duration of 24, 48 or 72 hours. Write on the back when you exchanged it, so you never forget how long you can still use it. If you are traveling with children or are over 67 years old, there are different conditions for the card. We will list them below, but you can also read them here.

A few things were unclear on the website, so we did the research for you and listed it down below.

  • Children under 18 years old are free to visit the museums.
  • Children under 18 years old pay for the zoo.
  • Children under the age of 17 can swim for free in the swimming pools.
  • Children between 12 and 18 years old have to pay on the bus.
  • Children under the age of 12 can ride the bus free of charge.
  • People 67 years of age or older get free admission to the swimming pools.
  • People 67 years of age or older get a 50% discount on the admission price for The National Gallery, The National Museum and The Culture House.

Note: The free bus service does not apply to bus line 55 to and from the airport, as it runs outside the city. A separate ticket is required for this.

Reykjavik Art Museum

The use of the Reykjavik City Card offers convenience and saves on costs. This is a handy tool to plan your city trip and get the most out of your stay in this beautiful city in Iceland.

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