Strætó bs

Reykjavík Mosfellsbær Hafnarfjörður
Strætó bs
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A bus in Reykjavík
Founded1 July 2001
HeadquartersHestháls 14, 110 Reykjavík, Iceland
Service areaIceland
Service typeBus transport network
Fuel typeDiesel, hydrogen, natural gas
Chief executiveJóhannes Svavar Rúnarsson (in Icelandic)

Strætó bs (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈstraiːtou]) is a public transport company which operates city buses in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík and surrounding satellite towns and suburbs. The buses are bright yellow and are commonly called 'Strætó' by the locals, a shortened nickname for "strætisvagn" ('urban bus', literally "street carriage"). Strætó bs started operations on 1 July 2001 with the merger of SVR (Strætisvagnar Reykjavíkur) and AV (Almenningsvagnar). SVR previously operated in Reykjavík and nearby satellites in the northern part of the Capital region while AV covered the southern part of the area. Strætó bs is owned and run by the seven municipalities in the Capital area, i.e. Reykjavík, Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður, Garðabær, Mosfellsbær, Seltjarnarnes and Álftanes.

Bus network

Most buses run at about 15-minute intervals during peak hours on weekdays and in 30-minute intervals during off-peak hours and weekends. There are 30 routes, 6 of which are trunk routes (red-routes 1–6) that run between the main terminal at Hlemmur and the various residential neighbourhoods on the city's outskirts; these use the main traffic arteries and are thus the fastest routes available. Nine of the routes are general routes (green-routes 11–19) that also stop at Hlemmur terminal but go deeper into the different neighborhoods on slower streets. The remaining 15 routes are neighborhood routes (blue-routes 21–24, 26–28 and 33–35 that run within or between the suburbs and do not stop in downtown Reykjavík. Bus routes 51, 52, 57, 71, 72, 73 are long-distance routes that run to towns in Vesturland (West Iceland) and Suðurland (South Iceland).

The buses operate from 9 terminals in the Capital Region. The main ones are Hlemmur and Lækjartorg in downtown Reykjavik; the others are at Hamraborg in Kópavogur, Fjörður in Hafnarfjörður, Ásgarður in Garðabær, Ártún, Mjódd, Spöngin in Reykjavík and Háholt in Mosfellsbær. All of these main bus terminals are served by at least one red (trunk) route.

Route overview

City buses

Line number Route Type Route Running Interval (Weekdays) Serving Days
1 Red Hlemmur – Hafnarfjörður 10/15 min Mo to Su
2 Red Hlemmur – Salahverfi 15/30 min Mo to Su
3 Red Hlemmur – Kringlan – Breiðholt 15/30 min Mo to Su
4 Red Hlemmur – Hamraborg – Breiðholt 15/30 min Mo to Su
5 Red Nauthóll – Norðlingaholt 15/30 min Mo to Su
6 Red Hlemmur – Grafarvogur – Háholt 10/15 min Mo to Su
11 Green Mjódd – Hlemmur – Nes 15/30 min Mo to Su
12 Green Skerjafjörður – Hlemmur – Ártún 15/30 min Mo to Su
13 Green Sléttuvegur – Hlemmur – Eiðistorg 15/30 min Mo to Su
14 Green Grandi – Hlemmur – Verzló 15/30 min Mo to Su
15 Green Vesturbær – Hlemmur – Mosfellsbær 15/30 min Mo to Su
16 Green Hlemmur – Árbær 30 min Mo to Su
17 Green Hlemmur – Fell 30 min Mo to Sa
18 Green Hlemmur – Grafarholt – Grafarvogur 15/30 min Mo to Su
21 Blue Fjörður – IKEA – Mjódd 30 min Mo to Sa
22 Blue Fjörður – Hraun 30/60 min until 1pm Mo to Fr
23 Blue Ásgarður – Álftanes – Ásgarður 30/60 min Mo to Sa
24 Blue Spöngin – Mjódd – Garðabær 15/30 min Mo to Su
26 Blue Spöngin – Árbær 60 min Mo to Fr
27 Blue Háholt – Laxnes 5 times a day Mo to Su
28 Blue Hamraborg – Vatnsendi – Mjódd 15/30 min Mo to Su
33 Blue Fjörður Vesturbær 30/60 min until 1pm Mo to Fr
34 Blue Fjörður Austurbær 30/60 min until 1pm Mo to Fr
35 Blue Hamraborg Vesturbær 15/30 min Mo to Su
43 Blue Fjörður – Norðurbær – Berg – Fjörður 15/30 min weekdays from 1pm Mo to Su
44 Blue Fjörður – Áslönd – Holt – Fjörður 15/30 min weekdays from 1pm Mo to Su


Overland buses

Line Number Route Type Route Running Interval Serving Days
51 Dark Blue Reykjavík – Selfoss – Vík – Höfn up to 9 times Mjódd – Selfoss, 1x Selfoss-Vík, 1x Vík-Höfn Mo to Su
52 Dark Blue Reykjavík – Selfoss – Landeyjahöfn 3 times per day, connection to ferry Herjólfur Mo to Su
53 Dark Blue Reykjavík – Þorlákshöfn 2 times per day Mo to Fr
55 Dark Blue Reykjavík (BSI) – Keflavik International Airport up to 13 times KEF - Fjördur, 9 times continuing to BSI Mo to Su
72 Dark Blue Selfoss – Borg – Flúðir – Selfoss 2 times on weekdays, 1 time on weekends Mo to Su
73 Dark Blue Selfoss – Flúðir – Borg – Selfoss 2-3 times on weekdays, 1 time on weekends Mo to Su
74 Dark Blue Selfoss – Stokkseyri – Eyrarbakki – Þorlákshöfn 3 times a day during weekdays Mo to Fr
75 Dark Blue Selfoss – Stokkseyri – Eyrarbakki 6 times on weekdays, 4 times on weekends Mo to Su
76 Dark Blue Árnes – Vegamót (bus 72/73) – Árnes 2 times on weekdays Mo to Fr


Line Number Route Type Route Running Interval Serving Days
57 Dark Blue Reykjavík – Akranes – Borgarnes – Blönduós – Sauðárkrókur – Akureyri up to: 12 times a day to Akranes, 7 times a day to Borgarnes, two times a day to Akureyri Mo to Su
58 Dark Blue Borgarnes – Vatnaleið – Stykkishólmur 2 times a day Mo, Wed, Fri, Su
59 Dark Blue Borgarnes – Búðardalur – Króksfjarðarnes – Hólmavík Fri/Su to Hólmavík, Mo/Wed to Búðardalur Mo, Wed, Fri, Su
81 Dark Blue Borgarnes – Hvanneyri – Reykholt – Varmaland – Borgarnes 1 time a day Mo, Tue, Thu
82 Dark Blue Stykkishólmur – Vatnaleið – Grundarfjörður – Hellissandur 2 times a day Mo, Wed, Fri, Su
83 Dark Blue Hvammstangi – Hvammstangavegur (bus 57) up to 4 times a day Mo to Su, only after reservation
84 Dark Blue Skagaströnd – Blönduós (bus 57) up to 3 times a day Mo to Su, only after reservation
85 Dark Blue Hofsós – Hólar – Sauðárkrókur 2 times on Wed, Fri, Su Wed, Fri, Su, only after reservation

Tickets and fares

The basic fare for a single ride in 2020 is ISK 480 for adults but discounts are available for children, senior citizens and disabled people.

Network renewal and development

On 23 July 2005, a new route network was instituted to replace the previous network, which had been used practically unchanged for decades. New routes had been added in new-developing areas, but the core routes were largely untouched until 2005. Planning for the revised network began in 2001. Its greatest change was introduction of the 'trunk routes' and their increased frequency during peak hours. Unfortunately, the introduction of the new network caused a great deal of controversy and confusion as people (especially senior citizens, who make up a large percentage of those who actually use the service) had gotten used to the old routes. Additionally, some smaller neighbourhoods were entirely cut out of the routes, resulting in long walks to the nearest bus station. The controversy seems to have died down, and in fact complaints have arisen every time the system has been changed in the past.

On 5 March 2006, some refinements were made to the network in response to comments from users and drivers after the 2005 revision. The greatest change was the addition of 3 routes to better cover some neighborhoods and increase interlinking between areas.

In 2010, a new green line 16 was added to provide a bus at every 15 minutes between Hlemmur and Nauthóll. Also, the course of route 18 was changed, it now terminates at Grafarholt instead of going through to Spöngin. Transportation service is provided by the new blue line 26 by connecting Spöngin and Hraunsás. For both lines, a new stop 'Mímisbrunnur v/Úlfarsbraut' was added. In late summer, there were other changes: Lines 31/32 that used to go through the area around Spöngin (terminus of Route 6) were cancelled. Instead of these two circular routes, line 6 now goes through Borgir, Víkur and Barðastaðir and back to Spöngin for an increased frequency in Borgir, Víkur and Barðastaðir but cutting Hamrar and Rimar from the network. During weekends and late evenings, buses drive from Barðastaðir down to Grafarholt where they serve the new extended Grafarholt area and then head back to Barðastaðir and Spöngin. Also, the route of line 22 was changed for the evenings: It now runs via Álfaskleið instead of serving Skútuhraun/Slökkviðstöð back to Fjörður terminal so an hourly service in central Hafnarfjörður can be provided.

In 2011, Strætó bs. decreased the amount of bus rides per day. Routes 2 and 5 run on weekdays only, stopping already at 6pm. In general, operating hours have been cut: Instead of midnight, buses stop operating at about 11:30 pm. The last routes now terminate at about 11:30 pm. Route 36 was abandoned and 35 now runs in a 30 minutes interval all day.

But there has also been expansion: Service on lines 23 and 28 has been improved. Although the Vífilsstaðir branch of line 23 has been abandoned, the frequency of buses to Álftanes is now every 30 minutes during rush hours and every 60 minutes during the rest of the day. On Sundays, there is a taxi service several times a day to Álftanes and one late night bus is available as taxi service all days of the week from Ásgarður.

Route 28 was expanded to meet the demands of residents from the Vatnsendi area. Instead of having to take the 30 minutes ride to Hamraborg/Kópavorgur, the bus runs now to Mjódd as well so that travelling times from Vatnsendi to connecting trunk routes have been cut by twenty minutes.

In early 2012, bus services in Southern Iceland (Suðurland) were extended. Apart from the bus services from Mjódd to Selfoss and Hveragerði, one can now take buses to Þorlákshöfn, the Laugarvatn area, Vík í Mýrdal/Skógar, Skaftafell and Höfn í Hornafirði in southern Iceland.

As of 2017, there are plans to convert the main corridors into separated fast-lanes, so called Borgarlína, with the first segments expected to open in the 2020s.

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