One of the most happening F1 cities on the calendar, Austin offers buzzing nightlife, a lively foodie scene and a friendly, relaxed vibe. Here’s your travel guide to the 2019 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on 31 October to 3 November.
- Visas: Citizens of more than 30 countries (including Australia, Japan and most of the EU) can visit the USA without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), provided you possess an e-passport with chip and apply for ESTA clearance at least 72 hours before travel. If your country is not on the VWP list, you’ll need to apply for a visa at the US consulate in your home country.
- Currency: United States dollar ($USD). Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are easy to find. You are also expected to tip service staff around 15-20% in most instances.
- Language: English. Spanish is also widely spoken in Texas due to the large immigrant population from Mexico.
- Health: Don’t forget to buy comprehensive travel insurance before you depart for the USA, as emergency medical treatment can be very expensive
- Time Zone: UTC/GMT -5 hours
- In an Emergency: Dial 911 for police, fire & ambulance.
- Power Sockets: Type A and B. Pack an adaptor/voltage converter if you are travelling from Europe, Australia or elsewhere.
- Weather: The United States Grand Prix takes place at the end of October, when daytime temperatures should be a pleasant 20-25°C (68-77°F). Storms and rain are not uncommon for this time of the year however, so pack your wet weather gear.
Arrival & Getting Around
Circuit of The Americas is situated close to Austin’s international airport, Austin-Bergstrom (AUS), which has a good selection of daily flights to the largest cities in the USA and is a hub for Southwest Airlines. AUS also serves a limited number of international routes, though you should also consider flying into the larger Texas hubs in Houston (IAH) or Dallas (DFW). The best ways to get to the track include a shuttle bus service from downtown (more information available around one month before race weekend), taxi/ride sharing or driving yourself. Be aware however, that there can be significant traffic delays near the circuit on race weekend. More information: 2019 United States Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide.
Where to Stay
To get the most out of your weekend away from the track, we recommend staying downtown. There’s a good selection of accommodation in downtown Austin, from hostel beds and Airbnb to five-star hotels, though high demand drives up room prices on Grand Prix weekend. Add accommodation to your Official Ticket Package today and benefit from daily coach transfers to and from the circuit.
Top Things to do in Austin
- Sample some live music: Did you know that Austin is the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World?”. Venues with live music can be found all over the city, but especially on 6th street/Red River and just across the river in South Congress. Whatever genre floats your boat – blues, country, soul, rock, metal, punk, indie – you are likely to find something to your taste, especially on weekend nights. Some of the best places on 6th street for live music include San Jac Saloon, The Nook Amphitheater, Bat Bar and The Thirsty Nickel. South Congress, meanwhile, is home to several of Austin’s most famous live music clubs such as C’Boys Heart and Soul and The Continental Club. Learn more: The Best Places in Austin to See Live Music.
- Eat at a Food Truck: Tacos, curry or a burger? Food trucks are big business in Austin and the best place to sample them is in one of the city’s many “food truck parks.” With most meals priced around $5-10 and a huge range of cuisines on offer, you won’t go hungry…or break the bank. Some food truck parks also offer live music and market stalls. Check the locations for some of Austin’s best food truck parks: Pangea Lounge, Rainey Street, The Picnic at Barton Springs, 5000 Barnet and South Congress.
- Check out the University of Texas: A mecca for sports, history and culture buffs, the largest public university in the United States is situated on a massive campus within walking distance of downtown. Home to some of the best museums in the city, including the Blanton Museum of Art and the LBJ Presidential Library, the centerpiece is the imposing University of Texas Tower, which offers spectacular views from the top. Other campus destinations include one of the largest football stadiums in the country and the Frank Erwin Center, home to the University’s basketball teams. Learn more here.
- Get back to nature at Zilker Park: With around 300 days of sunshine a year, outdoor activities of all kinds are popular in Austin and Zilker Metropolitan Park is a great place to sample some of them. Just south of downtown and offering excellent views of Austin’s skyline, the park is one of the city’s most popular green spaces. Highlights include Barton Springs, where you can go swimming almost all year round, and the Lady Bird Lake, which has canoes and kayaks available for rent, as well as a hiking and cycling trail.
- Catch Some Waves: The largest artificial surf park in the world and the only one of its kind in the USA can be found just a few miles from Circuit of The Americas. The NLand Surf Park is a 14-acre man-made surf lagoon that can accommodate in excess of 120 surfers at a time. Perfect for novices and experts alike, the consistent waves roll in every 2 minutes and can provide a 20-30 second ride. Adding to the cool factor is an on-site craft brewery and restaurant.
Official Ticket Packages to the 2019 United States Grand Prix include select grandstands and VIP hospitality in the Champions Club plus signature benefits only available with F1 Experiences such as guided tours of the F1 Paddock, meet-and-greets with legendary drivers and driving tours of the track.