Heading to Austin for the 2019 United States Grand Prix on 31 October to 3 November? We’ve got you covered with the best ways to get to Austin and Circuit of The Americas!
Which airport to use?
Austin has one international airport, Austin–Bergstrom (AUS), which is located around 8 km (5 miles) southeast of the city’s downtown core in the direction of Circuit of The Americas. Austin-Bergstrom serves mainly domestic routes, including 34 connections from Southwest Airlines, but also has some international arrivals from Europe, Canada and Mexico. For a better selection of long-haul flights, international visitors should consider flying into one of the larger Texas hubs; George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston (IAH) or Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).
How to get to Circuit of The Americas?
Circuit of The Americas is located around 15km (9 miles) southeast of downtown Austin. The best way to get to the circuit on race weekend is to ride the official shuttle buses. Taking a taxi or ride sharing service, or driving yourself, are further options. In all cases, you should be aware that the traffic in Austin can get very congested, especially during major events such as the United States Grand Prix. It can take up to 2 hours to get to the circuit from downtown. Staying with F1 Experiences for the USGP? Circuit transfers are included with your hotel reservation. Here's more information about the best ways to get to COTA:
- COTA Shuttle from Downtown: buses depart at regular intervals on Friday , Saturday and Sunday from the Palm Neighborhood Park, across from the Austin Convention Center, near the intersection of 3rd and Red River. Tickets cost $30 return per day and must be purchased in advance. Prices have been increased for 2019, but the shuttle now drops you closer to the circuit gates at the Grand Plaza (check circuit maps here). Shuttles run on a continuous loop each day, starting at 8am on Friday and Saturday, and 7am on Sunday. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
- Drive yourself: get to COTA via the SH130 toll road, which can be accessed from downtown Austin by taking the I-35 south to Highway 71 East. For specific directions, the organizers recommend downloading the Waze app. You should also purchase your parking pass online before traveling to the circuit. Cars without a valid parking pass are unable to access COTA Blvd during Grand Prix weekend. Three-day parking passes cost $100 in Lot L and $125 in Lot F; single-day passes are also available. Click here for parking maps.
- Ride Sharing & Taxis: depending on your chosen service and the level of demand, it should cost from $40-80 to get from downtown Austin to Circuit of The Americas or vice versa using a taxi or ride sharing service. For taxis, use a hotel taxi stand or reputable company such as Yellow Cab (tel: 512-452-999). For ride sharing, Lyft and Uber operate in Austin. Please be aware that taxis and ride sharing vehicles will drop you off at McAngus Road, around 20 minutes’ walk from the Grand Plaza circuit entrance.