Let The F1 Spectator Great Britain page guide you around Silverstone as you make your travel plans for the 2017 British Grand Prix.
- Useful information about the circuit and it’s location.
- Directions for getting to the track by car or public transport.
- Intuitive guide to this years ticket prices.
- Insider tips on the best grandstands and general admission areas to view all the weekends F1 action.
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.
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.
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.
An alternative to the official parking areas is the independent Wittlebury car park near Copse / Becketts. Tickets for this car park can also be purchased for single days or for the weekend and can be reserved in advance.
Silverstone Park and Ride
Its 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.
Parking and Park & Ride tickets for Silverstone are available to buy from BookF1.
Getting to Silverstone with Public Transport
The cheapest 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 bus.
Megabus provide transfers from various pick up points throughout the country. You can make a reservation here.
Getting to the British Grand Prix from further afield, the more comfortable way may be to take the train and later transfer to a shuttle bus.
Some of the nearest train stations to Silverstone are Banbury, Milton Keynes, and Northampton. These are all within a 30km radius of the circuit. From there, continue your journey by taxis that will be waiting at the station (see below) or hop on a shuttle bus directly to the circuit. These are normally provided by Stagecoach and cost about £10 – £15 for a one way ticket. Not cheap, but a lot cheaper than a taxi.
Technically Wolverton station is in fact the closest (by a small margin) but there are not usually shuttle buses available from here.
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 date of the Grand Prix. Buying your tickets directly from the train company’s website will ensure you get a ticket at a fair price with no markup, booking fee or credit card fee.
You’ll have the option of collecting your ticket from machines at the station for free or having it mailed to you for a small fee (£1 for a UK address and £7.50 for anywhere else). Normally I would say collect at the station but on a busy Grand Prix weekend you might want to avoid queuing and get it in the post. If you do decide to pick up your ticket from the machines arrive in good time and bring the credit or debit card you used for the purchase. You’ll need to insert this into the machine for verification.
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.
To plan your trip to Silverstone, check schedules at 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, not in Silverstone village as was previously the case.
All taxis taking fans to and from the circuit will now be using car park 25, adjacent to the National Pits Straight. It is still advisable to book your return trip in advance to avoid a long wait.