If you’re asking, you know that Austin is home to Circuit of The Americas, the only purpose-built Formula One track in the United States. Or maybe you don’t–perhaps you’re heading out to COTA for a night bike ride, outdoor concert, soccer academy practice, karting, MotoGP, or any of the other amazing activities hosted on the track.
Whatever the reason, you need to make your way to 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin, TX 78617. From pedals to propellers, we’re here to help!
Transportation Options for COTA
Ride Your Bike to F1
When COTA first opened, the City of Austin worked out a bike route from downtown. There are dedicated bike paths, free bike parking onsite, and travel distance is about 13.6 miles from Top Trip Rentals’ Littlefield Lofts location (119 E. 6th St.). Downtown Austin to COTA Bike Route
Do a CapMetro and Shuttle Combo
Public transportation is not Austin’s strongest suit, but the local service (CapMetro) has teamed with COTA to provide special MetroRail schedules for the weekend. You can ride MetroRail into downtown and take advantage of shuttle services from Austin Convention Center (4th and Trinity). The second shuttle pick-up is at Travis County Expo Center (7311 Decker Lane); both drop off at either COTA’s Front Gate or McAngus lot, near the Grand Plaza. CapMetro and COTA Shuttle Info
Taxi to COTA
Austin has a variety of taxi services, all readily available from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and throughout the city. Those lime green ones? That’s ATX Co-op Taxi, a hybrid between traditional street-hail and ride-hail service, where each member holds an equal share in the company (and the drivers have a soccer team!). Road congestion can be frustrating (#atxtraffic) and time sitting adds up. But that taxi will drop you off and pick you up without parking hassle. Consult a handy fare calculator to estimate your taxi cost.
Hail or Share a Ride
Have someone else do the driving and dropping off with an app. Uber is the official ride hailing service for this year’s United States Grand Prix (enter promo code RIDE2COTA for $20 off your first ride to COTA with Uber), but you know us: we love local business. Try out Austin’s home-grown nonprofit ride-sharing co-op, RideAustin
Upgrade Your Car Service
If you’re going to sit in traffic, you might as well sit in style. Austin Private Car Services has special USGP packages for traveling to COTA (limo, anyone?). Now, we are all about that unique home-town experience, which is why we’re partial to Ross Elite Services, owned by University of Texas athletes and champions Aaron Ross and Sanya-Richards Ross.
Why Not Fly?
One of the many entertaining aspects of COTA is watching the helicopters come in and drop off passengers. You, too, can skip the highway lines and soar to the track. Epic Helicopter Tours will ferry up to six people, but you need to book at least 48 hours in advance. (And while we’re at it, here’s a shout-out to Lonestar Helicopters, which has provided aerial support for F1 and flown rescue missions to Hurricane Harvey’s smallest Houston victims).
Drive Your Car to COTA
There are a variety of parking lots at COTA, and you’ll want to consult maps to determine exactly where each is and which your permit specifies. If you haven’t bought that parking pass, you’re out of luck–they’re all sold out for 2017’s USGP.
Locals Know—Top Trip Rentals’ University Hills vacation rental home is a 16-mile drive to COTA, with a nice portion on TX-130 S. The speed limit on TX-130 is a motorsport lover’s dream: 85 mph, the highest in the United States.