Getting There & Around – Mexico Grand Prix

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The best ways to get to the Mexican Grand Prix this year, plus advice on getting to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and around Mexico City. The next race is on October 26-28, 2018.

Mexico City’s main airport, Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX), is conveniently located just 10km east of the Centro Historico, and some 5 kilometres north of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. You will find plenty of frequent flights into MEX from most of the world’s major cities, and many international airlines fly into Benito Juarez daily, including Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Copa, Cubana de Aviacion, Delta, Iberia, JetBlue, KLM, LAN, Lufthansa, TACA, United Airlines, and Southwest.

FLIGHTS FROM THE USA

  • Plenty of direct flights head to MEX from the USA. Approximate flight times without stopover: New York (5 hours), LA (4 hours) and Dallas (3 hours).
  • Direct flights with Volaris from New York ($300 return) and LA ($250 return)
  • Interjet has cheap flights out of Dallas ($250 return)
  • American Airlines fly from Tampa, Florida to MEX from $290 with one change in Miami

FLIGHTS FROM EUROPE

  • Aeromexico operates direct flights from cities such as London, Paris and Madrid. Other airlines listed below are also competitive or look into flying via the USA (with a stopover perhaps?)
  • Direct flights from London (10-12 hours): From £500-700 GBP return with Aeroméxico & British Airways
  • Direct flights from Paris (10-12 hours): Average return fare: 800–1000 with Aeroméxico and Air France

OTHER FLIGHTS TO MEXICO

  • No direct flights from Australia (flight time 20-24 hours with 2 stops): Cheapest deals with American Airlines ($1500 AUD return), Qantas & Virgin Airlines (both around $1800 AUD return).
  • Combining the race with some time in the sun? There’s regular domestic flights to Cancun (CUN, Acapulco (ACA), Mazatlan (MZT), Tijuana (TIJ) and Puerto Vallerta (PVR). Book with Aeromexico, Interjet, Volaris & Viva Aerobus

Mexico City airport to downtown

  • The quickest and cheapest way to get from the airport to downtown is to use the Metro. Terminal 1 is located next to the Terminal Aérea station on line 5, and Terminal 2 is a 700 meter walk from Pantitlán station on lines 1, 5, 9 and A. Pantitlán also has a bus & minibus station, and taxi rank. Metro tickets cost around 5 pesos per journey but get yourself a Tarjeta Distrito Federal for 10 pesos which you can load up with credit and use on the metro, light rail and metrobus services.
  • You can also jump in a taxi from outside the airport. Licensed airport taxis are white and yellow with black aeroplane logos on their doors, and you purchase a ticket to ride in advance from one of the counters inside the airport. Prices range from 100-300 pesos depending on where in the city you are headed for and what size vehicle you choose. Avoid wandering out of the airport concourse in search of cheaper taxis; this is not the safest area of Mexico City.

HOW TO GET TO AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ

The easiest way to get to the track is to take the Metro. The Autodromo is close to the Velódromo, Cuidad Deportiva and Puebla stations on the east end of the brown Number 9 line (in the direction of Pantitlán), which is not that far from the center of the city:

  • Velódromo: for Grada 14 Foro Sol Sur (Grey Zone) & Grada 15 Foro Sol Norte (Brown Zone)
  • Cuidad Deportiva: for the Main Grandstand (Green Zone)
  • Puebla: for Grada 3,4,5,6 (Blue Zone) and Grada 9-11 (Yellow Zone)

Please note that the Zaragoza stop on the pink Line 1 is also nearby, and there’s also local buses. When leaving the circuit at peak times, we recommend taking the metro one stop in the opposite direction and then doubling back to beat the crowds. Make sure you also have a return ticket at the start of the day to avoid queues for the ticket machines. Taxis and Uber are also plentiful on race weekend, but remember that you can easily be delayed by traffic jams.

Mexico City metro map opposite courtesy Wikimedia (click for large version). The closest metro stops to Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez are the Velódromo, Cuidad Deportiva and Puebla stops on the eastern end of brown Line 9. The Zaragoza stop on the pink Line 1 is also nearby.

More information on getting to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

  • Click here to download an Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez entrance map with more public transport information.
  • Click here for another circuit map with the Uber parking area marked
  • Search for a route to the circuit using City Mapper

GETTING AROUND IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico City is well served by an extensive metro system, as well as red and white metrobuses, taxis, peseros (minibuses), light rail and trolley buses (electric buses). The metro can get incredibly packed during rush hour when the roads jam up, but trains are frequent and travel is very cheap. The metro runs from 5am – midnight on weekdays and starts slightly later in the morning at the weekends.

We don’t advise driving yourself in Mexico City (especially not to the track – there’s very limited parking.) The streets are chaotic and many of the city’s 3.5 million drivers are reckless. Traffic jams are the norm and it is virtually impossible to travel anywhere quickly by car within the city. As stated above, Uber now operates in Mexico City. Download the app and take advantage of competitive, flat fares and cashless transactions.

Have you been to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez? Leave a comment below with your travel tips!

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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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