Located on the Caspian Sea between Russia and Iran, Baku may not be the most well-known F1 city, but it’s well worth a visit. Learn more about how to get there and how to get around during the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix on 25-28 April.
Heydar Aliyet International Airport (GYD) is approximately 20km from the centre of Baku. It’s the home base of the national flag carrier Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), which flies direct to several European hubs (including Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Paris) and further afield (Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, New York). Hungarian discount airline Wizz Air also has cheap direct flights from Budapest. Other airlines with good long haul connections to Baku include Aeroflot via Moscow, flydubai via Dubai, Etihad via Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha and Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
How to get to Baku City Circuit
Baku City Circuit is located in the heart of the city, close to the Caspian seaside boulevard (Bulvar) and many of the city’s historic landmarks. To get the most out of your trip to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, we recommend staying within walking distance of the circuit. If you do decide to stay in the suburbs, taking the metro is the best way to get to the circuit.
Getting Around in Baku
- Airport to city: Heydar Aliyet International Airport is connected to the centre of Baku by a modern highway. Taking a taxi is the quickest way to get from the airport to the centre, but make sure you use an official taxi. The 30-minute journey should cost no more than 25 AZN ($15 USD). Uber also operates in Baku. On a budget? The Aero Express bus service connects the airport with the Central Railway Station, plus many stops along the way. Buses round approximately every half hour and tickets cost less than $1 USD each way.
- Public transport: Baku has two metro lines that were built during Soviet times. Several stations on both the Green Line and Red Line have stops close to Baku City Circuit. To ride the metro (or public buses), you’ll need to buy a BakuCard, which can be loaded with credit. One-way metro fares cost just 0.30 AZN ($0.17 USD). Click here for a metro map.
- Taxis & ride sharing: Uber is a good choice in Baku and we also recommend downloading the Taxify app to access reliable local taxi drivers. Be careful about hailing unlicensed, unmetered taxis on the street; always agree a fare in advance with such drivers.
- Baku Funicular Railroad: a 455-metre funicular also operates between the coastal boulevard (near the distinctive Azerbaijan Carpet Museum) and Martyrs’ Lane on higher ground. Check the location here.
Official Ticket Packages from F1 Experiences include the best grandstands at Baku City Circuit or access to the Formula 1 Paddock Club. Additional benefits at the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix on 25-28 April include a Drive the Track Tour, Exclusive Pit Lane Walk, Insider Access to the F1 Paddock and more!