Transportation Tips

Austin streets to avoid during Formula 1, plus tips to get around town

Austin streets to avoid during Formula 1 and tips to get around town

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Formula 1 takes over Austin this weekend. Photo by Keith Rizzo

Austin roadways will be jam-packed this weekend as Formula 1 races into town. Here's a rundown of street closures to be aware of and tips for getting to and from Circuit of The Americas with relative ease. Take note, because parking passes are sold out.

Shuttle service
An affordable shuttle service will run between the Austin Convention Center and the McAngus parking lot at COTA. Round-trip day passes cost $15 online or $20 onsite; you can also pay $50 to be dropped off right at the front gate. There are two new shuttle options in South Austin this year too: the Travis County Expo Center and the Toney Burger Center, also available for $15 online or $20 onsite.

Downtown shuttles run Friday through Sunday, while the South Austin service will be available Saturday and Sunday only. If you wait more than 55 minutes in the shuttle line to exit COTA, you'll receive a refund.

Public transportation
Capital Metro is bulking up its service to and from the downtown area to accommodate traffic to Fan Fest, the free F1 music festival, and the Austin Convention Center shuttle pickup.

The MetroRail line between the Lakeline and Downtown stations will run on Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23, from 10:20 am to midnight. Pay as little as $3.50 for a one-way trip or $7 for a day pass. Don't forget about downtown bus routes, which include late-night service.

Road closures
Fan Fest will take place on Sixth Street this Friday and Saturday. The downtown shuttle stop will also cause a few clogged roadways. Here are the areas to avoid between Friday, October 21, and Sunday, October 23.

  • Trinity Street between Cesar Chavez Street and Seventh Street; reopens 9 am Sunday
  • East Second Street between Trinity Street and San Jacinto Boulevard; reopens 10 pm Sunday
  • No through traffic on East Third Street between Trinity Street and San Jacinto Boulevard; reopens 10 pm Sunday
  • Sixth Street between San Jacinto Street and Neches Street; reopens 8 pm Sunday