Sochi is one of Russia’s most popular tourist destinations and the 2014 Winter Olympics have left a positive legacy on the region’s transport infrastructure. Here’s your guide to getting around in Sochi and the district of Adler, home to the Sochi Autodrom, at this year’s Russian Grand Prix on 26-29 September.
How to get there?
Sochi International Airport, which was modernized ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, serves mainly regional flights, which means that you'll probably need to transit in either Moscow (with Aeroflot or other Russian carriers) or Istanbul (with Turkish Airlines) if you are travelling long-haul for the Russian Grand Prix. There are currently no direct flights to Sochi from any major Western European capitals.
How to get from the airport to the city?
Sochi International Airport is just 7km from the Sochi Autodrom and approximately 35km from the city centre. You can take a train, bus or taxi from the airport, depending on where you are staying for the weekend. The R2 train travels from the airport to central Sochi and the R4/R5 trains both serve Olympic Park, which is right next to Sochi Autodrom. Alternatively, bus number 57 travels from the airport to the centre of Adler with a stop at Olympic Park, and bus numbers 105 and 124 go to Sochi centre. If you prefer a private car, the best thing to do is organise transfers in advance via your hotel. Taxi fares from the airport to a local hotel near the Sochi Autodrom should cost around 500-1000 RUB ($8-16 USD) or up to 2000 RUB ($32 USD) for a trip to central Sochi. Uber also operates in Sochi and Adler.
How to get to Sochi Autodrom?
Booked your hotel with F1 Experiences? The good news is that our hotels are located in the Olympic Park complex, within walking distance of Sochi Autodrom. If you’ve elected to stay in the Adler district, local buses and suburban trains serve the Olympic Park stop, next to Sochi Autodrom. From central Sochi, the train is your best bet to get to the circuit; the trip along the coast should take around 50 minutes. Extra bus and train services are added on Grand Prix weekend, and some local hotels are also included on a shuttle route to and from the circuit on Grand Prix weekend.
Getting around in Adler and Sochi
Sochi Autodrom is located in the district of Adler, approximately 35km south of Sochi’s city centre. The easiest way to get between the two is to take the modern train along the coast. Adler is also served by both trains and buses. Alternatively, we’d recommend taking Uber over the local taxis. Your hotel can also arrange transfers to and from the circuit or the airport. Although a hire car can be good for seeing some of the area, we don’t recommend driving to the circuit; local driving and parking restrictions apply on Grand Prix weekend.