British Grand Prix Travel Information
It's the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend, and we've got all the latest traffic and travel information right here on Heart.
Around 330,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Formula 1 Championship, between Thursday 13th July and Sunday’s race day. And as usual, there are road closures and other restrictions in place on the approach to the circuit.
Specifically, On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the A43 will be closed to through traffic between Brackley and Towcester. The road is planned to be closed from 5am until 9pm each day when it becomes a one-way system into Silverstone for traffic heading to the circuit and out of Silverstone for traffic heading away at the end of the day.
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Getting to Silverstone
Parking passes or Park and Ride must be booked in advance, to avoid a fixed penalty parking fine.
Official circuit parking is located on the Luffield and Abbey side of the circuit. Motorbikes park free at the circuit over the entire weekend and do not need parking passes. Parking passes for Circuit East are located near Copse and Becketts and may be preferable for some customers.
Park and Ride allows you to park at a designated car park off the M1 (Junction 15a) or the M40 (Junction 11) and take the shuttle bus to the circuit. Please note: Park and Ride has a charge per vehicle parking pass (the shuttle bus is free). Please select the number of vehicle parking passes required (not the number of people) and a shuttle bus pass will automatically be provided for each entry ticket you have. The last Park and Ride buses are expected depart to the circuit around 10.30am each day.
Disabled car parks are available but require an alternative parking pass that must be reserved in advance, so please contact Silverstone to book this. Parking is only available to valid circuit entry ticket-holders and vehicles are not permitted to stay in parking areas overnight.
bookF1.com is offering Megabus Grand Prix coach services running from a number of pick-up points to Silverstone.
Generally, coaches aim to arrive at Silverstone for 10:00. The only exception to this are the 6:30am and 7:00am departures from London Victoria, which will arrive at 8:30am and 9:00am respectively. Return coaches depart from the circuit at 16:30
Taxis can go into the circuit but because the A43 road is redirected as a one-way, you will need to book the taxi for the full day and buy car parking. Alternatively, you can get dropped off in Silverstone village and walk to the circuit (approximately 15 minutes), but make sure your taxi driver knows the route to avoid getting stuck in the one-way system.
Public train services run to Northampton and Milton Keynes train stations. From both stations, Stagecoach are operating shuttle buses to the circuit each day. These bus services will run at regular intervals and will be payable on the day.
London Euston to Silverstone Train and Bus Package
On Sunday only, Virgin Trains will be operating combined F1 train and shuttle services from London Euston to Silverstone Circuit. Trains will depart from London Euston and arrive in Milton Keynes Central approximately 45 minutes later, where there will be buses to take you to Silverstone. The shuttle service between Milton Keynes Central and Silverstone takes approximately 30 minutes (subject to traffic) and drops-off at Car Park 49 located near the main entrance.
Tickets include a return train and shuttle bus service and must be purchased in advance. Train times are as follows (subject to change by Virgin Trains):
- 8:10am departure
- 8:20am departure
- 8:50am departure
Your return journey can be made on any Virgin train service travelling from MK Central to London Euston. Return shuttle buses from Silverstone also depart from Car Park 49 and will run regularly from 4:15pm until 6:00pm.
Chiltern Trains will also be offering train services to Banbury Train Station, including a shuttle transfer directly to Silverstone, as outlined below:
- Birmingham Moor Street - Banbury: Depart 8:25am
- Beaconsfield - Banbury: Depart 8:49am
- Warwick Parkway - Banbury: Depart 8:39am
More information on each service and the shuttle transfers can be found on the profile for each train service.
5. How to get there
Exit the motorway at Junction 15A and take the A43 towards Towcester. Silverstone is signposted from there. On your approach to the circuit please follow the P on the event traffic signage
Exit at Junction 10 onto the A43 and the circuit is signposted from here. On your approach to the circuit please follow the P on the event traffic signage. Circuit parking vehicle passes are available to purchase in advance with your ticket or via the ticket line 0844 3728 300. Vehicle passes are only available to those people who have purchased two or more tickets for the event, they are also subject to availability and terms and conditions.
If you have booked disabled parking (this can only be done in advance of the event) then please follow this sign on the event traffic signage.