Austin’s inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix Race is just around the bend and preparations are in full swing to accommodate an anticipated 120,000 to 300,000 visitors before, during, and after the mega-event. Tourists will be arriving as early as Saturday, November 10 for the festivities (F1 and the subsequent downtown Fan Fest) which will take place Thursday, November 15 through Sunday, November 18. There will be good and bad congestion downtown as fans flock to Fan Fest (Warehouse District and 2nd Street) and to the two complimentary shuttles to the Circuit of the Americas departing from 15th & Trinity and The Travis County Expo Center. If you have tickets to the event, shuttle service is complimentary and strongly encouraged, and cycling is also recommended rather than contributing to the traffic delays.
If you are traveling around Austin, especially downtown, consider walking and cycling for short trips and transit for longer trips. This interactive online map will keep you up to date with street closure information and suggested transportation options throughout the week. To help accommodate Austin’s strained roadways, Capital Metro will increase their regular service for locals and visitors alike. Their F1 transit plan (map) features increased frequency on MetroAirport (Route 100), which will travel to and from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and downtown every 15 minutes for just $1 (November 15 – 19). CapMetro will also expand hours for MetroRail for the entire weekend (November 17, 18). CapMetro will also run a free downtown circulator from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily, with buses every 15 minutes. As always, CapMetro will continue to offer Night Owls.