Getting There & Around – German Grand Prix

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How to get to the Hockenheimring for this year’s German Grand Prix on July 20-22, including detailed info on trains and driving to the circuit.

Closest airports to the Hockenheimring

The Hockenheimring is around 100km south of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), one of the largest and busiest in Europe. It’s the main hub for the German flag carrier Lufthansa and serves short-haul European routes (some operated by discount carriers) and long-haul flights to the USA and Asia. Alternatively, the circuit is 120km northwest of Stuttgart Airport (STR), which is a major hub for Air Berlin and Eurowings. Slightly further afield are Luxembourg Airport (LUX, 237km West), Zurich Airport (ZRH, 320km South) and Munich Airport (MUN, 346km South East).

Trains to the Hockenheimring

  • If you are staying in one of the larger cities near the circuit, taking the train each day is the most convenient way to get to the track. This is Germany, so the trains are modern and run to a regular schedule. The closest train station is in the town of Hockenheim, approximately 3km from the circuit entrance. From the train station to the track, you can walk in 30 minutes or take one of the free shuttle buses (you may be asked to show your race ticket). Please note: the shuttle buses only operate on Friday to Sunday. If you are attending the Pit Lane Walk on Thursday, you’ll need to walk from the train station or take a local, paid bus.
  • Direct trains from Mannheim to Hockenheim take around 20 minutes. For all other main cities in the region, you’ll need to change trains in Mannheim. Approximate travel times, including the change in Mannheim: from Heidelberg (50 mins), Frankfurt and Stuttgart (70 mins).
  • Buy the Baden-Württemberg-Ticket, which gives you unlimited travel in the region for one day. Children aged 14 and under travel free with a paying adult, and there’s decent discounts for groups: single day tickets cost €24 for 1 person / €30 for 2 persons / €36 for 3 persons / €42 for 4 persons / €48 for 5 persons. Schedules and advance tickets are available on

Driving to the Hockenheimring

  • Driving access to the circuit is quite good, though traffic can be a problem at peak times on race day. There are several car parks near the circuit, most of which are free on race weekend. Guarded parking closest to the circuit is paid and must be booked in advance via the circuit by calling +49 6205 950 222: spaces cost €30 per day or €80 for the weekend. More information is here.
  • Driving from the North
    • A6 Mannheim/Frankfurt: Exit AS29 “Schwetzingen / Hockenheim”
    • A61 Koblenz/Cologne: Exit AS64 “Hockenheim”, take the L722 to Hockenheim, from Hockenheim follow the signs.
    • A5 Heidelberg/Frankfurt: Exit AS39 “Walldorf”, follow the signs via B39.
  • Driving from the South
    • A5 Karlsruhe/Basel: Exit AS39 “Walldorf”, follow the signs via the B39
    • A6 Heilbronn/Stuttgart: At motorway intersection “Walldorf” onto the A5 towards Heidelberg/Frankfurt. Exit AS39 “Walldorf”, follow the signs via the B39.

Download full-size versions of the above maps: Map 1 / Map 2

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of 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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  1. Gerard Donnelly says:

    Hi, I am staying in Frankfurt and will be using the day pass, my problem is after the race I need to get to Frankfurt Hahn aiport, do you know if there are private coaches operating this service, the last bus I can find leaves Mannheim at 5.00pm which is too early, thanks

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