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Iceland Express flight from Basel

Hi All,

Has anybody flown with Iceland Express from Basel to Reykjavik? I am curious to know about the experience flying with them as I do not know much about the airline or its reputation. I would imagine that, as a Western European airline, it ought to be a pretty decent in terms of service and performance.

Also, having never been to Basel airport, is it easy to get to from Basel SBB?

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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

Oh dear .... this is the thread for the Bus No. 50 from Basel SBB to Basel Euroairport.
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

Hi RH84,

As an Icelander myself I might be able to help you out here

If you're looking for an affordable trip to Iceland, Iceland Express would be your best option.

Iceland Express is basically the low-cost alternative to Icelandair set up a few years ago to compete against Icelandair's "monopoly". Although prices are not comparable to for example EasyJet (it's still expensive taking into account flight time) it is without a doubt the cheapest way to get to Iceland.

In my experiences, service and performance are just fine. Don't expect anything fancy though, it's still "low cost".
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

Just had a look and the prices look very good - I might just have a trip up north this autumn!

Does anyone know how feasible is it to get to KEF from Reykjavik for an 0630 flight on Saturday morning?
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

Hi Quark,

Just as we have bus 50 here, in Iceland there's the Flybus.

https://www.flybus.is/flybus

On the main page you can see the schedule, first trip to Keflavik airport 03:45 or 04:40, so you'll definitely make it on time for your return trip.

If you need tips on Iceland, I would be glad to help you out!
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

Thanks for that. I've been trying to figure out a way to get to Iceland without some god awful layover somewhere.
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Just as we have bus 50 here, in Iceland there's the Flybus.
They are not entirely comparable price-wise, though...Flybus costs 16 CHF one way, while bus 50 to Basel airport is 2.60 CHF with Halbtax. (Don't get me wrong - despite Iceland being ridiculously expensive, I would re-visit it anytime ;-)
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

Just a quick update: I found that it was slightly cheaper and a bit more convenient, for the days that I chose, to fly via London. I opted for a CHF 198 Zürich to London r/t with Swiss, and then a CHF 418 fare on Icelandair from London to Reykjavik. In contrast, I noticed that Iceland Express flies from Basel once a week, and the prices seem to get higher and higher with each day.

I ended up booking up a 6.5 day trip. Hopefully, that is enough time to see the best bits of Iceland!
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

I was deeply impressed with the award winning Icelandic comedy series The Night Shift. Made me want to go there. But with a return ticket.

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Just a quick update: I found that it was slightly cheaper and a bit more convenient, for the days that I chose, to fly via London. I opted for a CHF 198 Zürich to London r/t with Swiss, and then a CHF 418 fare on Icelandair from London to Reykjavik. In contrast, I noticed that Iceland Express flies from Basel once a week, and the prices seem to get higher and higher with each day.

I ended up booking up a 6.5 day trip. Hopefully, that is enough time to see the best bits of Iceland!
RunningHermit, you may already be there by the time I write this - but just in case, could you give me an idea if you were able to get your ZRH to London, and then London to Rek flights on the same day?

I've been looking at schedules, and it seems that (at least from LHR) it's trickly to get a flight early enough out of ZRH (or late enough out of LHR coming back) to make the connection.
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

I got this today. Not sure if it will help. Swiss offers affordable flights to Berlin.

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If in Cologne ( CGN ) or Gdansk ( GDN ), OLT Express PL might be another option for late Autumn / Winter flights.

http://www.oltexpress.com/en

Norwegian is also decent. I fly one way from KEF to CGN via Oslo, and the other way from CGN to GDN and thereon to KEF - all in for less than EUR160 all incl. ( apart from ZRH to CGN and back )
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

As previously mentioned this is a budget airline.

Be prepaired to get an sms a few days before departure informing you that you will be stopping shortly in Berlin (or some other place along the way) to pick up more passengers.

Another budget airline joining the market this year is wowair you can check their website aswell for cheap deals.

Good luck and enjoy your holiday
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

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They are not entirely comparable price-wise, though...Flybus costs 16 CHF one way, while bus 50 to Basel airport is 2.60 CHF with Halbtax. (Don't get me wrong - despite Iceland being ridiculously expensive, I would re-visit it anytime ;-)
Well that is not entirely comparable distance-wise either, the flybus goes about 50km. I dont think you need to travel that far with the bus in Basel

And you must clearly have been there before the crisis of 2008. Everything is half price now compared to then.
In 2008 you got around 60 icelandic krona for 1 CHF, now you get around 130 kronas
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

My wife and I flew Iceland Express from Geneva (return to Basel) a couple of years ago. We booked and paid for seats with extra leg room, but didn't get them, as when we checked-in there was no record of our booking! Eventually we got a refund. The flight to Iceland was delayed 2 hours.

Iceland was great. We visited some friends who were all sitting around in t-shirts in the blistering heat of 16°C... while I shivered in my coat.

Flight back was uneventful.

So, not a great airline experience, but no worse than any other.
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

Thanks jrspet, but in the end we decided to avoid the budget airlines and have ended up booking with SAS, via Stockholm on the way out and Oslo on the way back. CHF 849 round trip - not the cheapest, but hopefully a bit more certain to make it as planned...! The layovers are only 1-2 hours each way as well, so better connections than we could find via LHR.
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

At least you will get the EuroBonus points!
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

Yep, and they're also a Star Alliance partner for Miles and More.
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Re: Iceland Express flight from Basel

SAS considers flights to Longyearbyen from Oslo or Tromsø domestic, so a SAS EuroBonus award ticket from anywhere in Scandinavia to Svalbard costs just 12,000 EuroBonus points. This little loophole is well known by SAS frequent flyers and award availability is quite limited, so book well in advance if planning to use this.

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SAS considers flights to Longyearbyen from Oslo or Tromsø domestic, so a SAS EuroBonus award ticket from anywhere in Scandinavia to Svalbard costs just 12,000 EuroBonus points. This little loophole is well known by SAS frequent flyers and award availability is quite limited, so book well in advance if planning to use this.

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