Welcome to the Brazil Travel Blog and our special report on the 2009 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Interlagos.
1. THE DATES
GP Brasil Formula 1 will be held at the Interlagos circuit on Sunday 18 October 2009 (training sessions on days 16 and 17). Full schedule of events at the GP’s official website.
2. HOW TO GET TO INTERLAGOS
CET is the local authority body responsible for the co-ordination of traffic in São Paulo. They have published a full list of recommendations on how to get to Interlagos here. Unfortunately, it is in Portuguese only so I will try to summarize here the most important points.
Do avoid getting to Interlagos on your own car. During the celebration of the GP, the traffic jams on the region of the circuit are horrendous.
1. Shuttle buses.
The local transport authority will run shuttle buses from five different points in the city of São Paulo.
On Saturday 17 October buses will run from 6 am departing from:
• Shopping Interlagos
• terminal Jabaquara (subway, line 1, blue)
• Praça da República
• Shopping SP Market
• Congonhas airport (domestic flights, shuttle bus operating from 7 am).
On Sunday 18 October the shuttle buses will depart from exactly the same points and will run from 5 am (6am in the case of Congonhas airport).
The Praça da República option is good for those staying in the area of Avenida Paulista.
Longer but much faster is the Jabaquara option. Take the subway till the end of the blue line and hop in one of the shuttle buses.
2. Suburban train (CPTM)
This is an option of interest for those staying near the Pinheiros river (mainly in the Avenida Berrini area). Take the train (line 9, direction Grajaú) and get off at the Interlagos station. There is no direct access to the circuit from the station, you will have to find your way around. Follow the crowds.
3. Private transfers
Most hotels hire their own fleet of vans. Do find out.
It is impossible to figure out the cost of a trip to Interlagos, but due to the horrendous traffic it can set you back anything between R$40 and more than R$100.
3. WHAT TO DO IN SÃO PAULO
At São Paulo’s top ten I pointed out a few outstanding highlights in the city.
If you read Spanish, you might be interested on my very own 132-page Guía de São Paulo.
4. WATCH OUT!:
Daylight savings time begins at midnight on Saturday 18. Clocks will be put forward (by) an hour. Don’t miss the start of the race!