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Car Hire in Iceland

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Keflavik Airport
Economy
Hyundai I20 or comparable
Hyundai I20
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Northern Lights
£ 17.23 per day
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Keflavik Airport
Mini
Hyundai i10 or comparable
Hyundai i10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • Man.
NUCarrentals
£ 19.44 per day
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Keflavik Airport
Standard
Dacia Duster or comparable
Dacia Duster
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Northern Lights
£ 19.87 per day
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Keflavik Airport
Mini
Hyundai I10 or comparable
Hyundai I10
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • Auto.
NUCarrentals
£ 19.97 per day
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Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Keflavik Airport
Economy
Toyota Yaris or comparable
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
NUCarrentals
£ 20.22 / per day
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Keflavik Airport
Mini
Kia Rio or comparable
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
£ 20.25 / per day
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Keflavik Airport
Mini
Hyundai i10 or comparable
Hyundai i10
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
£ 20.25 / per day
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City Centre
Mini
VW Up or comparable
VW Up
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
£ 20.95 / per day
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These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 03:37 on 2021-06-18.

Travel Information

Language
Icelandic,
English
Currency
ISK
Dialing code
354
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.04%

Why hire a car in Iceland?

Iceland is a great country to explore by car. Despite having a population of less than half a million people, it offers plenty to every traveler, especially in terms of natural beauty. Iceland is surprisingly vast and there is no public transportation to many of the landmarks outside the capital, so getting your own ride is a smart investment. 

If you want to know more about hiring a car in Iceland, don't miss our complete guide.

Iceland

Top ways to enter Iceland

  • Keflavík Airport: Located about 50 km (31 mi) southwest of Iceland’s capital, Keflavik is by far the largest and busiest airport in the country.
  • Reykjavík Airport: Also known as Reykjavik Domestic, this airport serves flights to destinations in the rest of Iceland, as well as to Greenland and Faroe Islands. 

Top cities and places to visit

  • Reykjavík: Home to nearly two thirds of Iceland’s population (if you include its suburbs), Reykjavik is a world-class destination in terms of culture, arts, and even food.
  • Akureyri: Cozy, but full of life and invention, the capital of North Iceland provides access to many nature areas and landmarks.
  • North Iceland: The rest of North Iceland can boast Goðafoss waterfall, Mývatn crater lake, and Vindbelgjarfjall volcano as just some of its unique nature areas. Meanwhile, Húsavík is great for whale watching and spotting some Arctic bird species.
  • South Iceland: Tourists travel to this region not only for its accessibility, but also for countless waterfalls, thermal waters, and black sand beaches.
  • West Fjords: Wild and beautiful, the northwest peninsula is a place to go on a nature tour and then make some new friends in one the area’s few small villages.

Most popular hire car

The most hired car in Iceland is the VW Polo, but the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and the Fiat 500 are also popular.

Most popular types of hire car

The most popular car type is an Economy, followed by Intermediate and Compact.

Top driving routes

  1. Keflavík - Reykjavík (49 km / 30 mi) After landing at Keflavík Airport, most travelers go straight to the nation’s capital, but before speeding northeast you might want to stick around the Keflavík town for a couple of hours as it is worth visiting in its own right.
  2. Reykjavík - Akureyri (388 km / 241 mi) You will truly appreciate having your own ride during this five hour epic drive, as there are opportunities for many fascinating detours into the Icelandic wilderness on the way.
  3. Reykjavík - Höfn (458 km / 284 mi) It takes full six hours to do this route, but time will pass you by as most of the time you’ll be driving along the Iceland’s spectacular southern sea coast.

Car Hire Prices

  • Station wagons - starting at £ 56 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 63 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 52 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - starting at £ 120 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 42 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 98 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car hire deal in Iceland:

  • Compare rates of different car hire companies
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the car hire prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Iceland is the cheapest in October when hiring a car is about 55% cheaper than the yearly average.
  • Check out our list of the best rental companies in Reykjavik.

Top 5 Most Popular Cities in Iceland

  1. Car Hire in Keflavik starting at £ 17.23 per day
  2. Car Hire in Reykjavik starting at £ 35.98 per day
  3. Car Hire in Akureyri starting at £ 35.98 per day
  4. Car Hire in Isafjordur starting at £ 46.31 per day
  5. Car Hire in Egilsstadir starting at £ 35.98 per day

Top 7 Most Popular Destinations in Iceland

  1. Car Hire at Keflavik Airport starting at £ 17.23 per day
  2. Car Hire at Reykjavik Airport starting at £ 35.98 per day
  3. Car Hire at Reykjavik Bus Station starting at £ 40.11 per day
  4. Car Hire at Reykjavik Harbour starting at £ 28.34 per day
  5. Car Hire at Akureyri Airport starting at £ 35.98 per day
  6. Car Hire at Isafjordur Airport starting at £ 46.31 per day
  7. Car Hire at Egilsstadir Airport starting at £ 35.98 per day

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in Iceland?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Iceland fluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Iceland
£ 52.22
January
£ 65.77
February
£ 49.19
March
£ 45.39
April
£ 67.95
May
£ 49.16
June
£ 91.14
July
£ 70.70
August
£ 44.90
September
£ 29.54
October
£ 36.99
November
£ 31.74
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Iceland is October with prices starting at £ 29.54 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is July with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 91.14. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 53. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

How many days do people keep their hire cars, on average, in Iceland?

Hirers picking up a car in Iceland keep them for an average of 8 days during in December, while those picking up their cars in February keep them for an average of 5.
Average Hire Length in Iceland
6
January
5
February
5
March
5
April
5
May
5
June
5
July
5
August
5
September
6
October
7
November
8
December

What month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Iceland?

Though Iceland is popular for travellers all year long, the month for which the highest number of people search for a hire car is in March. in April is the month that sees the lowest demand for hire cars.
Monthly Car Hire Searches in Iceland Compared to the Yearly Average
49%
January
292%
February
309%
March
April
May
June
July
August
89%
September
80%
October
219%
November
162%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Icerental4x4 Suzuki Vitara 5 2 SUVs
Icerental4x4 Dacia Duster 5 2 SUVs
FairCar Suzuki Jimny 5 2 SUVs
FairCar Hyundai i10 5 2 Small cars
FairCar Renault Duster 5 3 SUVs
Icerental4x4 Suzuki Grand Vitara 5 3 SUVs
Ace Rent a car Nissan Qashqai 5 3 SUVs
Ace Rent a car Kia Rio 5 3 Small cars
Icerental4x4 Hyundai I20 5 2 Small cars
FairCar Suzuki SX-Cross 5 3 SUVs

Top 20 Hire Companies in Iceland in 2021

Carwiz
Carwiz
Remarkable 9.3
+3545712266
Vatnsmýrarvegur 1, 101 Reykjavík
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
SIXT
SIXT
Remarkable 9.2
+3545402220
Reykjavíkurflugvöllur
National
National
Remarkable 9.2
+3545199300
Klettagarðar 12, Reykjavík
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Remarkable 9.1
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Outstanding 8.8
+0
SMIDJUVEGI 34
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.8
5199300
VATSMYRARVEGUR 10,
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.6
+3545686915
Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.5
+3545914000
Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 8.5
+3545626060
Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Outstanding 8.5
+3545673000 / 3172487251
Flugvellir 6. 260 Reykjanesbær
AddCar
AddCar
Outstanding 8.5
+3545194141
Keflavikurflugvöllur, 235 Keflavík
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.5
+3545199300
Arnarvollur
Working hours
Mon:10:00-20:00
Tue:10:00-20:00
Wed:10:00-20:00
Thu:10:00-20:00
Fri:10:00-20:00
Sat:10:00-20:00
Sun:10:00-20:00
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Outstanding 8.5
+3545717222 / 8773267368
Fuglavík 1, Reykjanesbær, 230
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.3
3545199300
Klettagarðar 12, Reykjavík
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Outstanding 8.2
+3545194141
Iðavellir 13, Keflavík
Working hours
Mon:00:00-02:00
Tue:00:00-02:00
Wed:00:00-02:00
Thu:00:00-02:00
Fri:00:00-02:00
Sat:00:00-02:00
Sun:00:00-02:00
RightCars
RightCars
Outstanding 8
+3545716040
Smiðjuvegur 1
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Great 7.7
+3545917900
Knarrarvogur 2, 104 Reykjavík, Iceland
Working hours
Mon:09:00-16:00
Tue:09:00-16:00
Wed:09:00-16:00
Thu:09:00-16:00
Fri:09:00-16:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Sun:09:00-13:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Great 7.3
+3547737079
Blikavellir 3, 235, Keflavik
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Great 7.2
+3545625888
Helluhraun 4, Hafnarfjörður, 220
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Surprice
Surprice
Great 7
+3547874444
Reykavik Domestic Airport, Meet and Greet
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
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