Austin's roadways will be jam-packed this weekend as Formula 1 races into town. Here's a rundown of street closures and high-traffic areas to avoid, plus tips for getting to Circuit of The Americas with relative ease.
Tips for getting around
Take a shuttle
If you're heading to COTA for the big event, you can avoid the parking madness by opting for the shuttle service. The cost for the "Express" option is $25 per seat, per day, one way. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time through the COTA website, or on-site at the Austin Convention Center.
Use Capital Metro
Capital Metro is bulking up its transportation service for race weekend. F1 fans can take advantage of late-night buses operating Thursday through Saturday. There will also be more MetroRail trains running to the downtown station for Fan Fest and the shuttle pickup at the Austin Convention Center. A single ride costs $3.50 and a day pass is $7. For exact times, check the Cap Metro website, but here's a quick look at the MetroRail service hours:
- Friday, October 23 from 6 am to midnight (all stations)
- Saturday, October 24 from 10:20 am to midnight (all stations except Leander)
- Sunday, October 25 from 8 am to 7 pm (all stations except Leander)
Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 from 6 am until 9:30 pm; Sunday, October 25 from 6 am until 10:30 pm:
- Trinity Street between Cesar Chavez Street and East Fourth Street
- East Second Street between Trinity Street and San Jacinto Boulevard
- East Third Street between Trinity Street and San Jacinto Boulevard
Saturday, October 24:
- East 18th Street between San Jacinto Boulevard and Brazos Street
- East 17th Street between Trinity Street and San Jacinto Boulevard
The main stage for Formula 1 Fan Fest is on Rainey Street, so expect high-volume traffic around the entertainment district Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, October 25.
The Longhorns take on Kansas State Saturday morning, so tailgaters will be out in force near the University of Texas. Keep an eye out for burnt orange traffic along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and IH-35.
Austin Convention Center
The Austin Convention Center serves as the shuttle pickup and drop-off zone for F1 attendees, so roads around the complex will be closed. Expect congestion in the area from Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25.