The best ways to get to Silverstone for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix 2023. Advice on driving, trains, buses & more.
- The 2024 British Grand Prix is on July 5-7
- Tickets are on sale for the 2024 British Grand Prix via Silverstone
- Accommodation (Milton Keynes or Northampton) and circuit transfers are available with Official Ticket Packages from F1 Experiences
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- The Editor has attended the British Grand Prix four times, most recently in 2023.
Silverstone is located approximately 130km (80 miles) North East of London in the direction of Birmingham. It’s a rural circuit that doesn’t benefit from great access. That’s probably why so many fans camp near the circuit each year, saving the daily hassle of negotiating the heavy traffic on the small country lanes to and from the circuit. It’s not all bad though, unless it rains! Depending on where you decide to stay, here are the best ways to get to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.
Closest Airports to Silverstone
If you are flying into the UK, there is a good choice of airports which are relatively close to Silverstone, including London’s five main airports: Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), London City (LCY), Stansted (STN) and Luton (LTN). The closest of the five airports to Silverstone is Luton, but it’s still approximately 50 miles (80km) away. Birmingham Airport (BHX) is a similar distance from the circuit. Luton in particularly has a good selection of discount carrier flights from different European destinations. By the same token, Silverstone is also only a train ride away from London, and there are also dedicated coach services running from the capital to the circuit on Grand Prix weekend, so it’s worth considering staying in London and making the most of the city by night.
Flights to the UK
- From Europe: there’s no shortage of flights from Europe to the UK with both flag carriers and discount airlines. Check Ryanair & EasyJet for the best deals.
- From the USA: most direct flights from the USA arrive at London Heathrow airport (LHR), though some do fly into Gatwick (LGW). The flight time is from 8-11 hours.
- From Australia: expect a travel time of at least 24 hours to fly from Australia to the UK, with most carriers stopping once along the way. Flights from Australia to the UK are also very expensive during the European summer. Qantas flies direct from Perth to London, while Qantas flights from other Sydney and Melbourne make a stop in Dubai. Middle Eastern carriers such as Emirates and Qatar Airways also offer good connections from Australia to London.
Trains & Ferries from Europe to the UK
- Eurostar: Western European visitors can also make use of the quick and affordable Eurostar train service from Paris and Lyon. The direct service via the Channel Tunnel takes just 2.5 hours from Paris Gare du Nord to Kings Cross St Pancras in central London. Return tickets on Grand Prix weekend from €89.
- Ferry: Putting your car on the ferry and driving to Silverstone is also an option, particularly if you are camping near the track. Dover is also well-connected with London train stations, and Silverstone can be reached within a few hours of docking. A return ticket on the Calais-Dover ferry for two passengers with a car costs from €160 with P&O Ferries.
How to Get to Silverstone
Trains & Buses to Silverstone
- Wolverton is the closest train station to Silverstone, sitting 16km from the track. Direct trains from London Euston to Wolverton are available from Avanti West Coast, with a journey time of little over an hour. However, shuttle buses are generally not available from this station. It’s better to travel via the larger Banbury, Milton Keynes and Northampton Train stations, which are all within 20km of the circuit.
- Bus transfers are available from Milton Keynes Train Station, Northampton Train Station and Banbury Train Station. For more information about prices, see the Park & Ride selection below.
- If you opt to stay in London, it’s a good idea to stay close to Euston Station, which has fast connections to Milton Keynes and Northampton – the closest large stations to the circuit. Trains to Northampton are normally direct and take around one hour; return tickets from £15 if booked in advance. Trains to Milton Keynes Central can take as little as 30 minutes and cost about the same when booked in advance. Trains to Banbury are also worth considering; you will get a little closer to the circuit, but trains take longer (90 minutes from Euston). To check times, fares and book your tickets, visit National Rail.
- Stagecoach runs regular buses on British Grand Prix weekend from the train stations in Northampton (routes N1, 87 and 88) and Milton Keynes (routes 83, MK1 and X91) to Silverstone. Services also run from the Sixfields Stadium in Northampton (route 87). Single day return tickets cost £20-25, 3-day tickets are £37-40. On Sunday, the N1 service departs every 20 minutes from 06:00 onwards, while the MK1 service runs every 30 minutes.
- Megabus runs bus services from 21 cities all over the UK to Silverstone on race weekend, including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford and Sheffield. It’s a hassle free journey, with the bus dropping you off just a two minute walk from the entrance gate. See the full timetable for all three days of the weekend here.
- Like Megabus, National Express also run buses from a number of major cities to the circuit on British Grand Prix weekend. Tickets are available from £27.
Hotel Bookings & Circuit Transfers with F1 Experiences
Book your hotel and circuit transfers for the British Grand Prix with F1 Experiences! Circuit transfers are available for F1 Experiences guests who have booked their hotel together with an Official Ticket Package. F1 Experiences secures room allocations at some of the most sought-after hotels near Silverstone on race weekend, and return bus transfers from your hotel to the circuit can be added to your booking. View Britain 2024 ticket packages & hotels
Driving to Silverstone
Silverstone sits between the M1 and the M40 motorways, both of which head out of London and connect with Oxford and Birmingham (M40 – near junction 10) and Milton Keynes and Northampton (M1 – junction 15a). Access to the track is from Dadford Road which runs north from Buckingham and south from the A43 and Silverstone village. The journey should take 90 minutes from London, 60 minutes from Birmingham, 45 minutes from Oxford and 30 minutes from Northampton. Traffic on Grand Prix weekend can add to these journey times significantly, however.
Trackside Parking at Silverstone
- The organizers have steadily improved access routes and trackside parking with new layouts and better drainage after heavy rains in 2012 caused havoc. For fans sitting in the grandstands on the western side of the circuit such as Luffield or Abbey, the official trackside carpark is your best bet. If you are in one of the grandstands on the eastern side of the circuit, such as Copse or Becketts, then the closest parking is at Whittlebury Park.
- Try to arrive early (particularly on the weekend) to avoid the inevitable queues down the winding country lanes. Parking tickets can be purchased together with your tickets. All parking tickets MUST be pre-booked (e.g. when buying your race tickets). You won’t get into the circuit if you haven’t already bought a a parking ticket, and could pay a fine. (Motorbike parking is provided free of charge.)
- Car Parking tickets for the 2024 British Grand Prix, which are located at up to 20 minutes walk from the circuit gates, are now sold via the Silverstone circuit. They are priced at £20 on Thursday, £35 on Friday, £50 on Saturday and £60 on Sunday. Save money by buying multi-day tickets: 3-day weekend price is £95, 4-day weekend is £110.
Park & Ride
- If you want to avoid the traffic jams coming into and out of the circuit (particularly on race day) and save yourself some money on the high cost of trackside parking, then Park & Ride is worth considering.
- In 2023, park and ride tickets provided access to one of three park & ride lots near the M1 and M40 motorway exits.
- Bus transfers are available from Milton Keynes Train Station, Northampton Train Station, Banbury Train Station, Sixfields Park and Ride Site and Turweston Park and Ride Site.
- In 2024, park and ride tickets are charged at £24 per adult for a 3-day or 4-day weekend with same day returns. Single day tickets are also available (£5 on Thursday, £8 on Friday, £12 on Saturday and £16 on Sunday). Children 11 years and under pat a flat rate of £1.
- Regular free shuttle buses take fans to the circuit and back each day. Check the shuttle bus schedule for all three park & ride lots here.
Getting to Silverstone by Taxi or Ride Sharing
- Taxis and ride share vehicles are not allowed to access Silverstone Circuit during race weekend to drop off and pick up guests.
- Taxis and ride share vehicles will only be able to drop guests at one of the three Park & Ride lots near the M1 and M40 motorway exits. To ride the shuttle bus from the park & ride lot to the circuit, tickets must be purchased in advance. Daily return shuttle bus tickets cost £5 on Firday and Saturday, and £10 on Sunday. Shuttle bus tickets can be purchased here: Friday / Saturday / Sunday