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Getting There & Around – Austrian Grand Prix

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Advice on how to get to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix. Information on flights, trains and driving. The next race is on July 7-9, 2017.

All images © F1Destinations.com. The Editor went to the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix

The Red Bull Ring is located in a rural area, so it’s not as easy to get to the track as some other races. The good news is that Austria is a small country with a good transport network. Your best bet is to fly into Vienna airport and hire a car. The circuit can be reached via motorway from Vienna in just over 2 hours (200km). If you are not camping at the track, the most convenient way to get to the circuit – from Graz, or wherever you decide to stay –  is by car, though there are decent train and bus services to the circuit on Grand Prix weekend.

Flights to Austria

The closest airport is in Graz, around 85km from the Red Bull Ring. Flughafen Graz (GRZ)  is a small airport however, with a limited number of connections to larger airports in the region (Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Zurich etc). Klagenfurt Airport (KLU). approximately 100km from the circuit, is also worth considering for discount carrier flights to Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin (with Eurowings and Germanwings). The best choice however, is Vienna International Airport (VIE), 200km from the circuit, which offers a wide range of short, medium and long haul flights. We’ve chosen some of the best current deals below.

  • Dubai (DXB) to Vienna (VIE): flights via Frankfurt with Lufthansa from €450
  • New York (JFK) to Vienna (VIE): flights via Dublin with Aer Lingus from $1200 USD
  • Singapore to Vienna (VIE): flights via Doha with Qatar Airways from $780 USD
  • Sydney to Vienna (VIE): flights via Seoul with Korean Air from $1870 AUD

Trains & Buses to the Red Bull Ring

  • The closest train station to the Red Bull Ring is at Knittelfeld, which is connected to most major cities in Austria; there are shuttle buses from the train station to the circuit on the race weekend. The trip from Vienna to Knittelfeld takes around 3 hours and costs approximately €10 each way. Get timetable information and book train tickets on the Austrian train operator ÖBB website.
  • The hourly train service from Graz to Knittelfeld takes around 80 minutes with one change along the way in Bruck.
  • Direct train or coach connections exist between nearby Graz and cities such as Salzburg, Linz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Click here for more information on getting to Graz via different means of transport.
  • Eventbus operates services to the Red Bull Ring on Grand Prix weekend from all over Austria. Postbus also operates regional services to the circuit. More details will be available closer to the race.

Driving to the Red Bull Ring

It’s easy to drive to the Red Bull Ring, which benefits from an excellent location in the middle of Europe. The circuit is approximately 2 hours drive from Vienna, 3 hours from Udine in Italy and 4 ½ hours from Munich in Germany. There’s a good network of motorways and you only need to pay tolls on some sections. Just don’t forget to buy and display a vignette on your windscreen. Ten-day vignettes cost under €10 and can be bought at service stations.

There’s good signage on the motorways pointing you in the direction of the Red Bull Ring (which is located next to the S36 motorway), but it’s still worth using a GPS or navigation on your smartphone to be sure. If you are staying in Graz, the trip to the circuit should take under 1 hour. Traffic was not really an issue when we went in 2015, even on race day. There are plenty of FREE parking spaces next to the circuit, check the map. Click here for more information on driving to the circuit.

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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