International and Domestic Flights:
During the 2017 Formula 1 customers are encouraged to secure airline reservations into the race city early due to anticipated high demand over the period of the event. Therefore, it is critical that you reserve your seats as early as possible to get the best flight schedule and the lowest fares available.
When traveling from the US you can usually find direct flights that will take you to most of the event cities except. For more information on flying into these cities including: passport requirements, airport locations, and security questions please click here.
Transportation by Race Track
Melbourne – International flights arrive at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, 22 kilometers North West of the city. A taxi from there to the city center is inexpensive. Alternatively, there is a regular bus service.
Melbourne's parks, beaches and open spaces make it pleasurable city to walk around. Everything is quite spread out, but the city's cheap and convenient tram system makes getting about easy. There are several stops near the Albert Park circuit, which is two kilometers south of the city center.
If hiring a car, don't forget to pay the automatic motorway toll, and have plenty of coins handy as most inner city parking is metered.
Sakhir - Bahrain International Airport is well connected, both inside the Middle East and around the world. The airport is situated on an island to the north of Manama and is joined to the city by two large bridges.
Gulf Air, the national carrier - and title sponsor of the race - is partly state-owned, so they offer very competitive fares to the region. Bus, taxi and hire car are your choices for getting around Bahrain. Airport buses operate to and from all the main hotels, as do circuit shuttles. Sakhir is a 40-minute drive south of Manama.
Shanghai - Shanghai is the only city in China to have two international airports. Pudong, 30 kilometers south east of the city center, is the bigger of the two, but Hongqiao in the western suburbs also handles some international flights.
The fastest way to travel from Pudong into the city is on the Maglev (short for ‘magnetic levitation’) train line. Its revolutionary technology means that propulsion comes from the track, not the train, resulting in low noise, speeds of up to 285 km/h and a journey time of just eight minutes.
Within Shanghai, there are two Metro lines and several more at the planning stages. Boat rides along the Huangpu River are another option for getting about.
Public transport is the easiest way to get to and from the track. SIC has its own Metro station, or special buses will take you to the circuit from selected points around the city.
Arriving by car is another option, although by law when renting a car, non-Chinese must also hire a driver. This is no bad thing, as your driver will not only be familiar with the city, but also with its occasionally erratic driving habits (compulsory driving tests were only introduced in 2004).
Sochi - To get from the airport to downtown Sochi or the Olympic park, you can take a shuttle bus or travel on the newly-constructed Sochi Aeroexpress railway. Hire cars and taxis are also readily available, though Sochi's numerous parks, beaches and architecture also make it a pleasurable city to walk around.
Barcelona - Barcelona's El Prat de Llobregat airport is 12 kilometers southwest of the city and has connections to all major European destinations. There are trains, buses and taxis connecting the airport and the city. The efficient Metro system provides an easy way for getting around the city center.
The track is a half-hour drive north of Barcelona. If you're not driving, you can take the train to Montmelo station, which is a half-hour walk from the circuit.
Monte Carlo - The nearest international airport is Nice in France. The most hassle-free way to enter the Principality from there is by train, with the journey taking around 40 minutes. Alternatively, it’s a 40-minute drive via the autoroute, or an hour if you take the more picturesque coastal road. Bear in mind, however, that parking in Monaco over the race weekend is very difficult, to say the least.
If you want to treat yourself, you could always catch a helicopter from Nice. The views are spectacular and 15 minutes after take-off you can be dining by the harbor.
Montreal - All air travelers - international and domestic - arrive into Montreal-Trudeau Airport, situated 22 kilometers west of the city. If you are not hiring a car, taxi rides into town take about half an hour and are inexpensive.
There is a Metro station (Jean-Drapeau) just 200 meters from the track. If driving to the race, note that organizers issue a finite number of car passes on a first-come-first-served basis, as parking within the confines of the Ile Notre-Dame is limited.
At night, the best ways around Montreal are by Metro or on foot. There are taxis too, but bear in mind journeys can be slow due to party goers spilling onto the roads. If you’re visiting the Old Town, you could always take the more sedate option on offer: a horse and cart ride.
Baku – Heydar Aliyev International Airport is the international airport in Azerbaijan located 20 kilometers northeast of the capital Baku. The airport is the home of Azerbaijan Airlines, the national flag carrier.
There is a direct express minibus route number 116 operating from the airport to Baku city center. The journey takes approximately 30–40 minutes.
Local transport includes the Baku Metro, a rapid-transit system notable for its art, murals, mosaics and ornate chandeliers. Baku Metro was opened in November 1967 and includes 23 stations at present.
The State Road M-1 and the European route E60 are the two main motorway connections between Europe and Azerbaijan. The motorway network around Baku is well developed and is constantly being extended.
Spielberg - Visitors are most likely to fly into Austria’s capital, Vienna, which is about two hours’ drive from Spielberg.
The smaller airport in Graz (Austria’s second-largest city and the capital of the Styria region) is closer to the circuit and is a possible arrival point for visitors arriving from central Europe, whilst those with private planes may opt to land at Zeltweg right next to the track. From Graz there are regional rail links to most of Styria, but a hire car might prove to be a more convenient way to get around. But don’t forget, the region is just as used to catering to visitors who simply want to walk or cycle.
Silverstone - The closest train stations are half an hour’s drive from the track, road is the easiest method of getting to Silverstone.
Hungaroring - If you are not hiring a car for the weekend you can catch the airport minibus service into the city or take a taxi. For getting around town, there are three subway lines and an extensive tram network.
Over the race weekend the organizers lay on buses from Budapest to the Hungaroring, though these leave from only a couple of places in the city. An easy alternative is to catch a taxi or drive yourself - a lane of the motorway in route to the circuit is closed off for F1 traffic, which speeds up the journey, and the approach to the track is completed along ‘Bernie Avenue’.
Hockenheim – The nearest airport to the Hockenheim ring is Mannheim City Airport, located approximately 20km from the circuit, in the south part of Mannheim. There are alternative airports in Karlsruhe and Frankfurt, both approximately 85km from the circuit.
Hockenheim is located within 20 kilometers of Mannheim and within reach from either Frankfurt or Stuggart if you are driving.
The train journey from Mannheim to Hockenheim takes about 20 minutes and there are buses linking the train station to the circuit. If the queue for the buses is too long, the Hockenheim train station is only a 30 minute walk from the track.
Spa-Francorchamps- Getting to the circuit is easiest by road. If you don't hire a car, catch a train to Liege and take one of the many buses laid on to the track.
Monza- Shuttle buses into Milan operate from all three airports, but the Malpensa Express Train offers the shortest journey. Once in Milan, there are plenty of public transport choices: bus, tram, underground or taxi.
To get to the track, you can either drive or take the train to Monza station, where there are shuttle buses to take you to the circuit.
Singapore - The quickest way from the airport into the city is via the Modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system. Trains leave every 12 minutes and the journey time into City Hall Station is just 27 minutes. With the MRT at your disposal, as well as endless bus services and taxis, you don’t need to hire a car in Singapore. And when you can’t get any further by public transport, go by foot.
Kuala Lumpur - Over 50 international airlines fly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which is five kilometers from Sepang and 60 kilometres south of the city.
A train service operates from the airport into Kuala Lumpur, though there is no train service to the track. Hiring a car is advisable, particularly if you want to visit the coast or surrounding countryside, but a taxi from KLIA to the track is also an inexpensive option. Taxis are also the best way to get around Kuala Lumpur itself.
Suzuka- It’s as easy to get to Suzuka by car or train. If you are travelling by car from Nagoya, take the Higashi Meihan expressway to the Suzuka exit; by train, catch the Kintetsu line to Shiroko station, from where there are shuttles to the track over the race weekend.
Austin- Buses run into town every 40 minutes or so, although all the usual smaller shuttles, taxis and rental cars are easily available too. Once in the city itself you won’t struggle to find public transport to suit your needs, with buses and pedicabs amongst the most popular choices.
Mexico City- Once in the city you can move around by taxi (sitio registered taxis are probably the best option), take one of the red and white Metro buses, or travel by private car. Whatever option you take, be prepared to get stuck in traffic - a staggering 3.5 million cars take to the streets of Mexico’s capital every day. Alternatively travelers can jump on the extensive metro system which is the cheapest of its kind in the world.
Sao Paulo- The best way to get into the city is by hire car or taxi. Bus is the cheapest option, though they can be rather crowded and slow. If you like city driving, you’ll love the challenge of Sao Paulo. As you’d expect is such a huge metropolis, traffic is normally heavy and driving standards somewhat erratic - watch out for people lane crossing and braking sharply.
Sao Paulo’s Metro system is clean and efficient and is the best way of getting around the city center. However, it doesn't extend to the suburbs, so if you're not hiring a car, a taxi is the easiest way to get to the track at Interlagos.
Abu Dhabi - The airport lies adjacent to Yas Island, making the track easily accessible by taxi. It’s a 30-minute drive to Abu Dhabi city and while taxis are inexpensive, all the major hire car companies can be found in the arrivals terminal. A third option for getting around is a new and heavily subsidized bus service.
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