Silverstone Circuit is located in Northamptonshire about 130km from London and 105km from the UK’s second city, Birmingham. Most international visitors will arrive at either Heathrow, Stanstead, Gatwick or Luton airport. From London or Luton you’ll have several ways of getting to Silverstone by public transport, or you could rent a car and drive.
Getting to Silverstone with Public Transport
The cheapest or most comfortable way to get to the British Grand Prix by public transport will depend where you are coming from but will most likely be either the Megabus direct to the circuit or a combination of train and shuttle bus.
You can find information on Silverstone Park & Ride services here.
Megabus provide transfers from various pick up points throughout the country. There are 34 confirmed locations for the day of the Grand Prix in 2020 so there’s probably one near you.
These are all express services taking you direct to Silverstone. They drop off passengers at car park west 4, near Luffield. These depart between 5.30 and 9am to arrive at Silverstone for 10am. Book in advance via BookF1.
There are also buses on Friday and Saturday however there are fewer routes on these days. The towns and cities listed below are for the Sunday of the race.
Bury St. Edmunds
Getting to the British Grand Prix from further afield, the more comfortable way may be to take the train and later transfer to a bus to get to the circuit.
Wolverton station is the closest train station to Silverstone (by a small margin) but there are not usually shuttle buses available from here.
Instead its better to catch a train to Banbury, Milton Keynes Central or Northampton – all within 30km of the circuit.
From there, continue your journey by taxis that will be waiting at the station (see below) or hop on a bus directly to the circuit.
From London your quickest route is Euston Station to Milton Keynes Central and from Birmingham your best options are Birmingham New Street to Milton Keynes or Banbury. This will depend however on which service you end up booking as to how long it will take so in some instances an alternative route may be quicker.
From Banbury train station there is a Megabus shuttle service to Silverstone on Friday (8.10am), Saturday (9.10am) and Sunday (9am), though the exact times may change. See above for more information and to book tickets.
From Northampton and Milton Keynes train stations there are local bus services. Tickets for these can be purchased on the day.
Buying train tickets
Buy your tickets as early as possible to get the cheapest deal but bear in mind advance tickets won’t be available until 12 weeks before the Grand Prix weekend.
You can search for all available services on all train companies simultaneously with Omio and make your booking online without any markups or extra charges. You’ll receive an e-ticket for your journey that you can print or keep on your mobile or tablet.
For general information about train travel in the UK visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
If you’ll be taking the train to Milton Keynes, Northampton or Banbury you can get a taxi to cover the rest of the 28-30km trip to the circuit. This will set you back no more than £40.
Taxis have a dedicated pick-up/drop-off area close to the circuit at car park 25, adjacent to the National Pits Straight, not in Silverstone village as was previously the case.
It is still advisable to book your return trip in advance to avoid a long wait.
Driving Directions to Silverstone
Silverstone has come a long way from the chaos of a few years ago when disastrous planning led to such bad traffic conditions that many fans didn’t make it to the race. Things are a lot better organised these days but as with any Grand Prix you should plan to leave early and be prepared for some delays.
Driving times to Silverstone under usual conditions are about 90 minutes from London and 70 minutes from Birmingham.
From the M1 (London)…
Exit at junction 15A and follow the A43 to Oxford. After passing the A5 junction you’ll see brown signs leading you to the circuit car parks.
From the the M40 (Birmingham)…
Exit junction 10 and follow the A43 towards Northampton. Soon after passing Brackley look out for the brown signs directing you to the circuit car parks.
Parking at Silverstone
Parking is provided at the circuit near Luffield / Abbey. Individual tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as a 3 day pass. You’ll need to book this in advance as it won’t be possible to buy parking tickets on the day and parking without a valid ticket will result in a hefty fine.
If attending on Thursday, parking is free and does not need to be booked in advance. On all days parking for motorcycles is free. Call the Silverstone ticket line on 0844 3728 300 to order your parking pass.
An alternative to the official parking areas is the independent Wittlebury car park near the Copse / Becketts section of the track. Tickets for this car park can also be purchased for single days or for the weekend and can be reserved in advance at BookF1.
Silverstone Park and Ride
Instead of parking at Silverstone it’s less expensive and in many ways more convenient to use the circuit’s park and ride service. Simply pre-book a park and ride ticket, park within the vicinity of the circuit and ride the bus to the circuit.
If you’re going with friends or family all in one vehicle you’ll just need to reserve one park and ride ticket and all F1 ticket holders will be covered. Park and ride passes are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday or as a 3 day ticket for the weekend.
Park and ride locations for Silverstone are just off the M1 (Junction 15a) and M40 (Junction 10 and 11). Take a note of the colour of your pass as that will determine which bus to take and hang on to the pass for the journey back to the car park.