F1 Fanatic - Going to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone
Share your tips on getting to the track.
In a shocking turn of events, I’m going to be at this year’s British GP (!!!). My friends and I are going to be staying in Oxford, which, according to Google maps, is approximately an hour away, give or take ten minutes. I know Oxford is not most people’s first choice of places to stay when going to this grand prix, but that aspect of the trip is nonnegotiable. (We will be staying there for free!)
I live in the US and don’t know that area at all; although one of the friends I will be with knows Oxford very well, he hasn’t been to Silverstone. My question is this: how long do you think it’s likely to take to get to the circuit from Oxford on the race weekend? (We will be going all three days.) Do you have any advice about routes? Any advice will be very much appreciated!
I have bought a 3day GA ticket for British GP of this year. I was just wondering how to get to Silverstone from London? Isn’t there a free bus for the ticket holders? If not, what is the best way to get to the track from London?
I researched this for a customer about a month ago :-)
http://www.londonmidland.com/ (from London to Northampton)
The rail station is about 1.25 kilometres from the Greyfriars Coach Station ( see below)
http://www.nationalexpress.com/ (from London to Northampton)
You can actually get a coach from many places in London to travel to Northampton. They appear to go at regular intervals so that is not a problem.
You would arrive at the Greyfriars Coach Station in Northampton
http://www.stagecoachbus.com (from Northampton to Silverstone)
From this bus station there is the 8 or 89 bus which travels through Silverstone. I can’t attach the timetable but you can download it from their website as an adobe pdf file. The buses run Monday – Saturday only ie not on race day.
Also, if you go to Silverstone’s site
and click on the “Getting to Silverstone” link (3rd para), it says that Stagecoach Bus company “will be providing a Grand Prix bus service to and from Northampton train station on all days of the event.” Unfortunately the specific link to their website is out of date.
I hope this helps.
You will certainly have options either by train/coach or just by coach
Please check all this yourself though! :-)
I would be very interested to hear if anyone else has other suggestions
Be very careful with the trains! Last year, we had a lift to the race and planned to return back to London by train. However, despite checking several days before and purchasing our tickets, South Eastern trains decided to do some engineering work on the Sunday and did not provide enough rail replacement buses for the hordes. It was an absolute nightmare and I wrote a very stroppy letter in protest!
I decided to leave the car at the circuit the day before the World Series by Renault event last year when I went to town, the walk to the bus stop from the circuit is nearly an hour (the nearest bus stop during the day being in the village). The bus I got back though (88?) went through to Brackley so it drops off a lot nearer the circuit. The X88 between Oxford and Silverstone dropped off just outside the circuit all day as far as I remember.
This is the link for the Northampton-Silverstone/Whittlebury bus timetable:
If you’re driving there, here’s a Twitter account that’s worth following:
M1, Junction 15A and then A43. Simple.
However, living locally, my advice would be avoid the A43 if you can. I am parking in Silverstone village and will be avoiding the A5 and A43 at all costs.
Hi everyone, as I am going alone I am thinking of parking quite far from silverstone and cycling to the track – is there any place i can lock my bike up/ does silverstone allow this/have you seen bikes locked up in previous years?
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