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Embarking on a journey to a new place can be an adventure filled with excitement and anticipation. When the destination is the Circuit Of The Americas, the exhilaration doubles. Known for its world-class sports events and thrilling racing experiences, the Circuit Of The Americas beckons sports enthusiasts from around the globe.

In order to make the most of your adventure, it is essential to plan your trip in advance. This involves determining the most convenient and efficient way to get to the venue. Whether you are traveling by car, public transportation, bike, or foot, understanding the best routes and means of reaching the Circuit Of The Americas will ensure a seamless travel experience.

Located in Austin, Texas, the Circuit Of The Americas is within reach from various major cities and airports. International and domestic flight options provide easy access for those coming from afar, while numerous local transportation options cater to those within closer proximity.

“The Circuit Of The Americas is unique, it’s fast, it’s technical, and most importantly, it’s a lot of fun to drive on. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world.”

Max Verstappen – F1 World Champion

In this guide, we aim to simplify your journey. We will navigate through the numerous transportation options, explore the best routes from major cities and airports, discuss parking details at the venue, and highlight accessibility considerations for people with disabilities.

Every trip has a starting point, and this guide is yours. Whether you are a seasoned race-goer or a first-time visitor, this comprehensive guide is designed to make your journey to the Circuit Of The Americas as smooth and enjoyable as possible. The roar of the engines and the thrill of the race are waiting. Let’s get started.

Nearest Airports to Circuit Of The Americas

When flying into Texas to catch an event at the Circuit Of The Americas, there are a few key airports that provide easy access to the venue. Let’s explore these and understand their proximity to the race track.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is the closest major airport to the Circuit Of The Americas. Conveniently located just about 9 miles from the venue, it provides the easiest and quickest access. With both domestic and international flights, Austin-Bergstrom International can be a convenient choice for visitors from within the United States and beyond.

San Antonio International Airport (SAT)

Located about 80 miles southwest of the Circuit Of The Americas, San Antonio International Airport offers another option for visitors flying in for an event. With a driving time of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to the venue, it might be a viable option for those who enjoy a scenic drive through Texas.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

For those flying in from international destinations, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, located approximately 165 miles southeast of the venue, could be an option. The drive from the airport to the Circuit Of The Americas takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes, offering the chance to see more of Texas.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, located approximately 220 miles north of the Circuit Of The Americas, is one of the busiest airports in the world and offers a multitude of flight options. From the airport, it’s a drive of around 3 hours and 30 minutes to the venue, a journey that takes you through the heart of Texas.

In selecting an airport, consider not just the distance to the venue, but also the availability and cost of flights, and the potential for sightseeing along the route.

International Flight Options to Circuit Of The Americas

For international visitors planning a trip to the Circuit Of The Americas, there are numerous flight options available. The following sections explore some of the major routes from key global cities and regions.

United Kingdom

Major airports across the United Kingdom, such as London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN), and Edinburgh (EDI), offer flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), the closest airport to the venue. Direct flights are predominantly from London Heathrow, while other airports typically offer one-stop flights.

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Europe

European visitors have several flight options from major cities to the Circuit Of The Americas:

France

From Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris (CDG), travelers can find direct flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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Germany

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) offers direct flights to Austin-Bergstrom, providing easy access for German spectators.

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Spain

Visitors from Spain can catch a flight from Madrid (MAD) or Barcelona (BCN) with a stopover in a major U.S. hub like New York, Atlanta, or Dallas before reaching Austin-Bergstrom.

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Mexico

Mexico City International Airport (MEX) offers numerous direct flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, making the trip to the Circuit Of The Americas particularly convenient for Mexican visitors.

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Singapore

Travelers from Singapore can catch a flight from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Flights typically involve at least one stop, commonly in Tokyo, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.

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Australia

From Australia, visitors can catch a flight from major airports including Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL), and Brisbane (BNE). Flights usually involve at least one stopover, typically in Los Angeles (LAX) or Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), before arriving at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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In selecting your flight, consider factors such as travel time, cost, and the comfort and amenities of the airline. Remember to account for potential jet lag, especially when traveling from distant locations like Singapore and Australia. Arriving a few days before the event can help you adjust to the time difference and enjoy the race to the fullest.

Domestic Flight Options to Circuit Of The Americas

For those traveling within the United States to the Circuit Of The Americas, there are a multitude of domestic flights that can ease your journey. Here are some options from major cities across the country:

New York City

Travelers can opt for direct flights from both John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York City to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Flight duration is approximately four hours.

Los Angeles

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), there are multiple daily direct flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, making it a convenient option for those based on the West Coast. The flight time is typically around three hours.

Chicago

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) offers numerous direct flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport every day. The flight time is typically around two and a half hours.

Miami

Miami International Airport (MIA) provides direct flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport with a flight time of approximately two and a half hours.

Seattle

Travelers from the Pacific Northwest can catch a direct flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The typical flight time is about four hours.

Dallas

For those traveling from within Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport offers frequent short-haul flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, with a flight duration of just about one hour.

When booking your domestic flights, consider not just the flight duration but also the flight schedule and the airline’s baggage policy, especially if you are planning to bring any sports gear or equipment with you. Be sure to check if your airline offers any pre-race or event specials. Some airlines may offer additional services or discounts for those attending events at the Circuit Of The Americas.

Driving Routes to Circuit Of The Americas

For those who prefer the flexibility and convenience of driving, the Circuit Of The Americas is easily accessible from several major cities. Here are a few routes to consider:

From Austin

Being located in Austin itself, the Circuit Of The Americas is only a short drive away from the city center. You can take I-35 S and TX-71 E, which will get you to the venue in approximately 25 minutes, traffic permitting.

From San Antonio

San Antonio, located to the south, offers a straightforward drive along I-35 N. This journey typically takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

From Houston

If you’re coming from Houston to the east, take I-10 W to TX-71 W in Columbus. Continue on TX-71 W to your destination in Austin. This route will take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.

From Dallas

For those driving from Dallas in the north, head south on I-35E S and I-35 S to N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd in Austin. Take exit 230 from I-35 S, follow TX-71 E and Farm to Market 812 to your destination. The journey should take around 3 hours and 30 minutes.

From Corpus Christi

Coming from Corpus Christi in the southeast, take US-181 N and I-37 N to TX-358 W, continue on I-37 N, then take I-410 N and I-35 N to N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd in Austin. Follow TX-71 E and Farm to Market 812 to your destination. This route takes about 4 hours.

Remember to account for potential traffic, especially during peak travel times and event days. Always check the local traffic reports before setting off and consider using a navigation app for real-time traffic updates. Also, remember to have a plan for parking at the venue, which we will cover in the following sections.

Getting to Circuit Of The Americas by Coach

For those who prefer not to drive, coach travel offers an economical and convenient alternative. Below, you’ll find information on coach services from various major cities to the Circuit Of The Americas:

From Austin

If you’re already in Austin, you’ll find several local coach services that operate routes to the Circuit Of The Americas. Companies such as Austin Charter Services provide dedicated shuttles during major events. Depending on traffic, the journey can take as little as 30 minutes from the city center.

From San Antonio

From San Antonio, you can look into coach services like Star Shuttle & Charter, which offers charter buses to Austin. Travel time from San Antonio to Austin is typically about 1.5 hours, and these services often offer direct routes to the Circuit Of The Americas during significant events.

From Houston

Coach services from Houston, such as Kerrville Bus Company, offer services to Austin. The typical travel time from Houston to Austin is about 3 hours, depending on traffic conditions.

From Dallas

Dallas travelers can use services like Echo Transportation, which provide coaches from Dallas to Austin. The journey usually takes around 3.5 hours. During major events, some of these services may offer direct routes to the Circuit Of The Americas.

From Los Angeles

Los Angeles-based visitors can rely on nationwide coach operators such as Greyhound or Megabus for their travel to Austin. These companies operate direct and indirect routes to Austin, with services leaving from downtown Los Angeles. Given the distance of roughly 1,370 miles, the coach journey can take approximately 24-30 hours, depending on the route and traffic conditions. Some routes may include stops or layovers in cities like Phoenix, El Paso, or San Antonio.

From New York

Travelers from New York also have the option to take a long-distance coach ride to Austin, serviced by companies like Greyhound. The journey spans nearly 1,750 miles, and the travel time can vary significantly based on the route and traffic, often taking around 35-40 hours. Routes typically involve a combination of interstates, including I-78 W, I-81 S, I-40 W, and I-30 W, with potential layovers in cities such as Philadelphia, Nashville, or Dallas.

From Chicago

For those in Chicago, coach services like Greyhound and Megabus provide routes to Austin. The journey covers approximately 1,150 miles and typically takes around 22-24 hours. Most coaches will take a route that includes I-57 S, I-55 S, and I-35 S, with possible layovers or stops in cities like St. Louis or Dallas.

While these cross-country coach trips can be long, they offer the opportunity to see diverse landscapes and cityscapes across the United States. Remember to check the schedules in advance, and consider overnight travel or booking a coach with sleeper facilities for long journeys. As always, amenities such as Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms can make your journey more comfortable.

Getting to Circuit Of The Americas by Train

Travelling by train is another option to consider when planning your journey to the Circuit Of The Americas. Trains can offer a scenic and comfortable alternative to driving or flying. Let’s look at the options from major cities and more locally.

From Los Angeles

Amtrak’s Texas Eagle service runs from Los Angeles to Austin, offering a unique way to see the country. This journey takes about 33 hours, and the train features amenities such as Wi-Fi, dining services, and sleeper cabins.

It’s worth noting that Amtrak offers a USA Rail Pass that allows for flexible travel across multiple destinations, which could be a good option if you’re planning to visit multiple cities during your trip.

From New York

From New York’s Penn Station, you can take the Amtrak Crescent service to New Orleans, then transfer to the Sunset Limited service to reach Austin. The entire journey can take upwards of 48 hours, so booking a sleeper cabin could be a comfortable option.

As with the Los Angeles route, consider the USA Rail Pass for a flexible, multi-city trip.

From Chicago

From Chicago, you can take the Texas Eagle service directly to Austin. This route takes around 28 hours, and just like the other long-distance services, offers a range of amenities for passenger comfort.

More Local Trains

For those already in Texas or in nearby states, Amtrak’s Texas Eagle and Sunset Limited services also stop at several stations throughout the region, making them a convenient option. These stations include San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston in Texas, as well as New Orleans in Louisiana, among others.

In addition to Amtrak services, the Austin area is served by the Capital MetroRail, a local commuter rail service. While it doesn’t go directly to the Circuit Of The Americas, it can get you to downtown Austin from where you can take a taxi, ride-share, or local bus to the venue.

Before planning your train journey, check the latest schedules on the Amtrak website or app, as routes and timings can change. Booking in advance can also help you secure the best prices and ensure availability, especially for sleeper cabins on long-distance routes.

Cycling to Circuit Of The Americas

If you are local to Austin or a keen cyclist, traveling to the Circuit Of The Americas by bike is a sustainable and healthy way to reach the venue. The city of Austin is known for being bike-friendly, with an extensive network of bike lanes and trails.

Cycling Route

You could start your journey from downtown Austin and take the Southern Walnut Creek Trail eastward. From there, you could connect to the Country Club Creek Trail, and then to the Onion Creek Metropolitan Park.

You’ll then follow country roads for the final part of the journey to the Circuit Of The Americas. The ride from downtown Austin to the circuit is approximately 15 miles and could take around 1.5 hours, depending on your pace and the traffic conditions. Please note that this is a suggestion and it’s always recommended to check the most current and safest bike routes.

Bike Parking

The Circuit Of The Americas is equipped with bike parking facilities. Bicyclists can park in Car Parking Lot H and have access to showers in the Premium RV Lot too so you can shower and change before your day at the Circuit of the Americas..

You will need to purchase a parking pass from the venue’s official website or contact them directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Be sure to bring a lock to secure your bike and check if any restrictions apply to what you can bring into the venue.

Cycling to the venue can be an excellent way to avoid traffic and parking fees, not to mention the benefit to the environment. Just remember to bring plenty of water, wear appropriate safety gear, and be prepared for the Texas weather.

Circuit of the Americas often open up their track to Cyclists on what they call “Bike night” so look out for that too.

Accommodation Options Near Circuit Of The Americas

The area around the Circuit Of The Americas offers a range of accommodations to suit different budgets, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly motels and camping options. Here’s an overview of what’s available:

Luxury Hotels

Fairmont Austin

This upscale downtown hotel, about a 20-minute drive from the circuit, offers luxurious rooms, multiple dining options, a rooftop pool, and a spa.

JW Marriott Austin

Also located downtown, this hotel provides high-end accommodations with fantastic city views, multiple restaurants, and a resort-style rooftop pool. It is approximately 20 minutes from the Circuit Of The Americas.

Mid-Range Hotels

Courtyard by Marriott Austin Airport

Located about 10 minutes from the Circuit Of The Americas, this hotel offers comfortable rooms, a fitness center, and an onsite restaurant.

Hilton Austin Airport

This hotel is housed in the former Austin airport’s iconic terminal building. It’s approximately a 15-minute drive from the circuit and features an outdoor pool, fitness center, and dining options.

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Budget Hotels

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Austin Airport

This budget-friendly option is about a 10-minute drive from the circuit. It provides free breakfast, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool.

Motel 6 Austin, TX – Central – North

A little further afield, this motel offers basic, affordable accommodations about a 25-minute drive from the Circuit Of The Americas.

Camping

For the adventurous, the Circuit Of The Americas itself offers onsite camping during some of its major events. You can choose from dry camping, tent camping, or RV spots, with varying levels of amenities based on the event and the type of camping spot.

This can be a fun and convenient way to stay right in the heart of the action. Be warned you’ll need to purchase a camping pass along with your Grandstand tickets too.

When planning your accommodation, consider not only the price but also the location and the amenities on offer. Remember to book well in advance, especially during major events when many places may be fully booked.

Travel Package Deals for Circuit Of The Americas

If you’re looking to streamline your travel and event experience, travel packages can be an excellent choice. These typically bundle together event tickets, accommodation, transportation, and sometimes additional perks like guided tours or VIP experiences. Here are details from four preferred sellers offering package deals for the Circuit Of The Americas:

P1 Travel

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P1 Travel offers a range of package deals to the Circuit Of The Americas. These usually include tickets to the event, accommodations in selected hotels, and optionally transfers to the venue. Some packages also offer added benefits like exclusive access to pit lanes, guided tours, or even meet-and-greets with drivers.

GooTickets

GooTickets F1 packages

GooTickets provides an array of package options for your visit to the Circuit Of The Americas. These packages can include grandstand or general admission tickets, accommodation in various categories of hotels, and transfers to the circuit. They also often offer optional extras like hospitality experiences or additional sightseeing activities.

Motorsport Tickets

Motorsport Tickets

Motorsport Tickets is another excellent source of package deals. Their offers typically include a combination of race tickets, hotel accommodation, and circuit transfers. They have packages suitable for different budgets and also offer extras like exclusive event access, depending on the package.

F1 Experiences

F1 Experiences is the official experience, hospitality, and travel program of Formula 1. Their packages for the Circuit Of The Americas can include race tickets, accommodation, and transfers, plus unique experiences like driving tours of the track, photo opportunities on the winners’ podium, and access to the Paddock Club. This premium service often offers exclusive extras that can’t be accessed anywhere else.

Remember, each of these providers offer different types of packages, and the exact details can vary based on the event. Be sure to check their websites for the most current offers and to find a package that fits your needs and budget.

Best seats at the COTA F1 Grand Prix?

Alright, now that you’ve figured out how to get to the Circuit Of The Americas, let’s make sure you score an awesome view of the action. We’ve got a handy guide titled “best seats at Circuit Of The Americas” ready for you. It’s packed with tips to help you pick the perfect spot. So go ahead, give it a read and get ready to enjoy your day at the races!