Need to know how to get to Interlagos Circuit in São Paulo for the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix?
This year’s GP Brasil 2015 happens on the 13th, 14th and 15th of November at the Interlagos Circuit in São Paulo, which is Brazil’s largest city and business centre. It might not have as pretty beaches as Rio de Janeiro, but it is a huge cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of excellent restaurants, cultural exhibitions, theatres, cinemas, vibrant nightlife and shopping experiences.
The Autódromo José Carlos Pace, formerly known as Autódromo de Interlagos, is located in the neighbourhood of Interlagos, 16km south of São Paulo city centre. The fastest and safest way to reach the circuit is via public transport.
If you’re staying in the famous region of Paulista Avenue, which offers lots of accommodation options, the journey by train to the circuit takes about 40 minutes from there. Get the metro at Paulista Station on the Line 4-Yellow and change at the Pinheiros Station for the overground CPTM train services on Line 9-Emerald. The circuit is an 800-metre walk from the Autódromo Station.
If your hotel is far away from Paulista Station, use the Line 2-Green, which goes along Paulista Avenue and drops you off at Consolação Station, which is integrated with the Line 4-Yellow. The single metro/train tickets is R$ 3.00.
Beside Berrini and Morumbi stations on Line 9-Emerald you conveniently find luxury hotels, which are only 4-5 stops from the Autódromo Station. Berrini is an appropriate location for anyone flying into São Paulo from Congonhas Airport to the Brooklin World Trade Center and Morumbi has an enormous mall with great restaurant options and luxurious stores as well.
Another easy way to reach the Interlagos Circuit is by taxi. You can book at the hotel reception or use apps like 99Taxis or Easy Taxi. As you’d presume in such a huge metropolis, traffic in São Paulo is normally heavy, so expect to be in the taxi for more than an hour depending on the time of the day. At the weekends the traffic is usually better, but with events the size of the GP Brasil 2015, the traffic doesn’t usually help. The estimated fare from Paulista Avenue to the Circuit ranges between R$70 to R$110.
If you like city driving, you can hire a car and rise to the challenge of driving in São Paulo. Don’t forget the GPS and mind the people switching lanes or braking suddenly. The Circuit address is Avenida Senador Teotônio Vilela, 261, Interlagos – São Paulo – SP, CEP 04801-010.
Here you have useful links to prepare for your trip to GP Brasil 2015:
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