Reykjavik, Iceland is one of the more expensive places to visit in Europe so be prepared to pay a lot if you want to experience its beautiful natural landscapes. In this Reykjavik travel price guide, we’ll outline the estimated travel expenses for food, accommodation, attractions, alcohol, and other things so you can best budget your trip to Reykjavik, Iceland.
This Reykjavik Price Guide is part of our City Price Guide Series where we break down the travel costs of Europe’s most popular cities.
Average Daily Cost To Visit Reykjavik
It costs around $50-$85 per day to visit Reykjavik comfortably as a budget traveler.
If you want to upgrade your accommodations, add another $90-$120/night depending on your level of accommodation. These prices also don’t include big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc.
Note: The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona but we’ve given all prices in $USD. The exchange rate at publication is $1=141 ISK but visit XE.com to see the current exchange rate.
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Reykjavik: $120
- Attractions: $16 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: $45
- Breakfast: $7
- Lunch: $12
- Dinner: $18
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): $8
- Transportation: $0
- Accommodation (hostel): $60
Note: This price guide does not include tours which can easily run $100+
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Reykjavik: $86
- Attractions: $9 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: $35
- Breakfast: $4
- Lunch: $8
- Dinner: $15
- Beer (pint): $7
- Transportation: $0 (the city is very walkable)
- Accommodation: $42 (cheap hostel bed)
Note: This price guide does not include tours which can easily run $100+
Reykjavik Attraction and Museum Prices
Iceland’s true attraction is its incredibly stunning natural wonders but tours or renting a 4×4 to visit Iceland’s nature is expensive.
- National Museum of Iceland: $17.50
- Hallgrimskirkja (church): $8.50 to take the elevator to the top
- Open-air Folk Museum: $15
- Walking tour: Free (but you should tip the guides)
- Sightseeing Tours: There are a ton of tours available that will take you to all the amazing sights in Iceland. Full day trips can range from $70-$375, depending on the activity. You will also find a lot of tours that combine a couple of activities. Check out GetYourGuide to get a better idea of the various tours available.
- Glacier hiking: $147-$200
- Blue lagoon: $75-$110
- Golden Circle: $80
- Viking horse tour (you ride to somewhere cool): $80-$154
- South coast: $154-$290
- Northern lights cruise (Sept to mid-April): $63-$86
Reykjavik Food Prices
Reykjavik food prices are high since all food has to be shipped to the island. You really have to shop around to find something in the realm of affordability. For whatever reason, Reykjavik is famous for its hot dogs so that’s always a nice budget-friendly option.
Oh, and you’ll want to cut back on the alcohol because Reykjavik’s alcohol prices are some of the highest in the world. Read more of our strategies for Eating and Drinking in Europe on a Budget.
Budget Breakfast Prices in Reykjavik: Free – $12
- Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less).
- Porridge: $8-$12
- Yogurt w/muesli and fruit: $7-$10
- A large cinnamon roll costs $4.50-$6.
- Toasted bread w/cheese and jam: $5-$9
Budget-Friendly Breakfast Spots
- Braud & Co: Can’t-miss bakery. They’re famous for their cinnamon rolls.
- Bernhoftsbakari: Another great bakery with lots of goodies (and coffee).
- Cafe Babalu: Cute cafe with crepes, desserts, coffee, and a few other dishes.
- Kaffitar: Another nice coffee and pastry shop.
- Reykjavik Roasters: More coffee.
Budget Lunch Prices in Reykjavik: $7-$20
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few dollars.
- Hot dog: $4.25-$6
- Fast food hamburger with fries and soda: $13–$16.
- Fast food sandwich: $6-$15
- Noodles: $8-$12.50
- Sandwich at a restaurant/café: $12-$19
- Cheap takeaway meals (like a kebab with fries): $10-$13.
Budget Dinner Prices in Reykjavik: $15-$25
- You should be able to find dinner at a restaurant in a less touristy part of town for around $20. Try some of the amazing seafood!
- Many of the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply to dinner.
Budget-Friendly Lunch and Dinner Spots
- Baejarins Beztu Pylsur: The place to get hot dogs in Iceland. Two hot dogs (fully loaded) and a soda will be around $11.
- Icelandic Street Food: This very unassuming spot serves up amazing traditional home-cooked Icelandic fare. Super nice owners. Free refills. Try the lamb soup (around $15).
- Fish&Co: A food truck that serves up a single dish of fresh cod, spinach, and cherry tomatoes (around $13). Very tasty.
- Svarta Kaffid: Tasty soups served in bread bowls (around $16).
- Reykjavik Chips: Fries and beer. Tons of sauces. What else could you want? Medium fries will cost around $9. Beer is around $7 during happy hour.
- Reykjavik Rost: Nice view of the harbor and a pretty good happy hour from 3 pm – 7 pm. Simple cafe menu of soups and sandwiches (most around $10).
- Hamborgarabulla Tomasar: Solid burger joint. A burger, fries, and soda combo meal will set you back around $15.
- Ramen Momo: The best place for ramen. The ramen starts at around $19.
- Hlöllabátar: Sub sandwich spot. Prices range around $9-$13 for a sub.
- Noodle Station: Tasty Pho at fair prices. A meal will set you back about $15.
Drinks and Alcohol Prices in Reykjavik
- A pint of standard beer out: $9-$12
- A pint of beer from a grocery store: $4-$5
- Cappuccino: $3.50
Reykjavik Transportation Prices
Reykjavik has a nice bus system that will help you get around the city and even out to some other locations. Buses come every 20 minutes during the week and every 30 minutes on the weekend. A one-way ticket costs $3.60.
If you’re with a few people, you might look into renting a 4×4 SUV/JEEP. This will give you more freedom than the bus and save you a bit on booking tours. It won’t come cheap though; expect to spend $120-$300+ per day. The prices tend to be lower if you book for a full week.
Reykjavik Hostel, Hotel, and Rental Apartment Prices
You’re always going to pay a premium for accommodation in Reykjavik. Prices do get cheaper in the middle of winter but there is a reason not many people travel to Iceland in the dead of winter.
Hostel Prices in Reykjavik: $42-$75/Night
The nightly price of a well-rated hostel in Reykjavik starts around $40-$50/night per person—although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. Private rooms start are around $115-$180. Check out the latest hostel prices at Hostelworld since prices are always fluctuating.
The Top-Rated Hostels in Reykjavik
- Hlemmur Square
- KEX Hostel
- Reykjavik – Loft HI Hostel
- Reykjavik City HI Hostel
- Reykjavik Downtown HI Hostel
Check out The Savvy Backpacker’s guide to The Best Hostels in Reykjavik to get a more in-depth look at the city’s various hostel options.
Budget Hotel Prices in Reykjavik: $120-$240/Night
At the low end, you shouldn’t expect much, but hotels do get better once you get around $150/night. We suggest checking out Booking.com to see hotel prices for your dates since they’re always changing.
Rental Apartment Prices in Reykjavik: $110-$250/Night
Reykjavik has quite a few vacation rental apartments but they’re not cheap. These rentals can be a good option for large groups or travelers who want a little more space (and a kitchen). On the other hand, there are a few downsides to rental apartments — like limited/inconvenient check-in processes and extra cleaning fees/service charges (which can make short stays quite a bit more expensive). For short stays, we prefer hotels/hostels but rental apartments can be a nice option for longer stays. Airbnb is always popular but you can sometimes find cheaper/better options on our list of Airbnb Alternatives.
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Check out our guide on How Much It Costs To Backpack Europe to learn more about budgeting your entire trip (including many more city price guides).
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