2021 United States Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide

Posted by Andrew Balfour on 14 September, 2021

Start planning your trip to the 2021 United States Grand Prix on 21-24 October with useful information about flights to Austin and the best ways to get to Circuit of The Americas.


Which airport?

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 can also 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. Here's more information about the best ways to get to COTA:

  • F1 Experiences: If you've booked your hotel with F1 Experiences, daily coach transfers to and from COTA can be added to your Official Ticket Package at an additional cost. Contact your sales agent for details.
  • COTA Shuttle from Downtown: Two shuttle services are available in 2021. The Front Gate Shuttle travels from Downtown (San Jacinto Blvd / East 14th St.) and Barton Creek Mall to the Grand Plaza at COTA. Daily return tickets cost $40. The cheaper Drop & Walk Shuttle travels from Bastrop Memorial Stadium and Guadalupe/51st St. to the McAngus lot at COTA (about 10-12 minutes' walk from the Grand Plaza). Daily return tickets cost $20. More information and reservations.
  • 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. Cars without a valid parking pass are unable to access COTA Blvd during Grand Prix weekend. For 2020, 3-day parking passes are expected to cost $100 in Lot L and $125 in Lot F; single-day passes are also available. Click here for parking maps. Contact your F1 Experiences Sales Agent to purchase a parking pass.
  • 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.