Arrival at Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Most F1 fans arriving in Austin from the States and internationally will touch down at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. From here the usual array of ground transportation options are available to continue to downtown Austin.
Getting around in Austin, going to the Grand Prix and transport to the Airport
Driving, car hire and parking options
There are more than a dozen car hire companies at the airport as well as car sharing programs throughout Austin, so whether you’re driving your own car to Austin or not you can choose to get around by car.
Car hire in the city is going to set you back about $30 a day – parking at the Grand Prix circuit doesn’t come cheap though so if you’re thinking of renting a car just for the daily commute to the circuit you should take this into consideration.
The alternative to hiring a car is car sharing which is charged on an hourly rate. Not by any means an economical way to travel to and from the Grand Prix but great for short trips around town. It works by using an app to find a nearby car and when you’re done with it just leave it at your destination. Companies such as ZipCar and car2go operate in Austin.
Driving directions to the Circuit of the Americas
- Drive south east out of Austin on US-183 S.
- After 9.2km turn left onto Farm to Market 812.
- After 6.4km turn left again onto Circuit of the Americas Blvd. and follow signs to whichever car park applies.
Parking at CoTA
Parking at the circuit can be reserved in advance when you order your F1 tickets. Note that if you haven’t pre-ordered a parking pass you won’t be able to buy one on the day.
|Parking F||for Turn 12, Turn 15 & the Bleachers|
|Parking L||for Turn 9 & Turn 11|
|Parking T||for Turn 1 & the Main Grandstand|
for the airport
Cap Metro runs the MetroAirport shuttle service that operates between the airport and a number of pickup/drop off points downtown. It only costs $1.75 wherever you’re going and there’s no surcharge for luggage. You’ll need to have exact change though or buy a pass using the app. There are 12 stops in locations downtown, UT, the Capitol, and Riverside Drive and they run every half an hour. Look for the Cap Metro signs just beyond the baggage claim on the ground floor.
for the Grand Prix
To get to CoTA, F1 fans can avail of a shuttle bus operated by the Grand Prix organisers to and from the circuit. Hop on at Sir Swante Palm Neighborhood Park near the Convention Centre in downtown Austin – look out for the blue Cap Metro buses. On Friday the last bus is scheduled for 7pm, though more may be put on if there are a lot of fans still waiting at the circuit. On Saturday and Sunday buses continue until later to accommodate post race concert goers.
There are two shuttle bus drop-off points at CoTA. One bus drops off fans at the front gate of the circuit but tickets for this are limited and quite expensive. Unless you have mobility issues you’re better off saving money and getting the other bus. You’ll be getting off at McAngus Road which is about a 15 minute walk to the front gate.
The McAngus bus tickets can be bought in advance online (the cheapest way) or you can just buy a ticket on the day. Tickets for the other bus can only be bought in advance. Shuttle bus tickets can be purchased here.
- Pick-up location: Sir Swante Palm Neighborhood Park on E 3rd Street.
- Drop-off location: CoTA front gates or McAngus Road
- Ticket prices: single day, $15-45; 3 days, $45-135
- Operating hours: Friday 7am – 7pm; Saturday 7am – 10pm; Sunday 8am – 12am
Taxi and Ride Sharing Services in Austin
There’s no longer Uber or Lyft in Austin but other transportation networks such as Fasten, Get Me and InstaRyde have sprung up in their place. According to the ride share comparison app Ride Finder fares for trips downtown are generally in the $20 – 30 range with trips from downtown to CoTA costing up to $40, though on average it should be under $30.
Taxi’s in Austin start at $2.50 for the first 165 metres or 1/6 of a mile and every subsequent unit of the same distance after that is $0.40. The maximum number of passengers a taxi will take is four. In some parts of downtown Austin you won’t be able to hail a cab in the street so it’s advisable to arrange one by phone if you plan to go to the airport or the Grand Prix.
Trips starting at the airport have a minimum charge of $13.10, and to get downtown will be about $35 – 40. To get from downtown to the circuit you can expect to pay $45 – 50. All taxis will accept credit cards.
|Austin Cab Company||+1 512 478-2222|
|Yellow Cab||+1 512 452-9999|