copa america 2024 transportation

How to Get To Copa America Matches

Copa America 2024 is almost upon us, and for fans traveling for Copa America 2024, now is the time to figure out how to actually get to games. In this guide, I’ll walk you through different Copa America 2024 transportation options. I’ll cover: 

Whether you’re sticking in one city and catching a couple of games, or you’re following your team around half the United States, check out this guide to understand what to expect. I live in the US and am regularly traveling for sports, so wanted to share some insights for anyone visiting for Copa America 2024. Let’s go! 

Getting To Copa America host cities 

The first step is getting to your Copa America 2024 host city of choice. The tournament is being held in 14 different stadiums across the country, so you’re not short on options. The three main ways to get to these host cities are flying, driving, and taking public transport, depending on where you’re traveling to Copa America from. 

Flights to Copa America 2024 host cities 

For most people, flying to Copa America will be easiest. Here are the best airports to fly into, depending on the Copa America 2024 host city you’re visiting first: 

CityGroup MatchesCity’s Primary AirportAirport Code
Arlington, TXGroup A, Group C, QFDallas Fort Worth International AirportDFW
Atlanta, GAGroup A, Group CHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportATL
Austin, TXGroup B, Group DAustin-Bergstrom International AirportAUS
Charlotte, NCSF, 3rd place matchCharlotte Douglas International AirportCLT
East Rutherford, NJGroup A, Group C, SFJohn F. Kennedy International AirportJFK
Glendale, AZGroup B, Group D, QFPhoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPHX
Houston, TXGroup B, Group D, QFGeorge Bush Intercontinental AirportIAH
Inglewood, CAGroup B, Group DLos Angeles International AirportLAX
Kansas City, KSGroup AKansas City International AirportMCI
Kansas City, MOGroup BKansas City International AirportMCI
Las Vegas, NVGroup B, Group D, QFHarry Reid International AirportLAS
Miami, FLGroup A, Group C, FinalMiami International AirportMIA
Orlando, FLGroup A, Group COrlando International AirportMCO
Santa Clara, CAGroup B, Group DSan Francisco International AirportSFO

Some cities have multiple airports, but in my experience, smaller airports are rarely cheaper, and they usually offer fewer flights and airline choices. They may also be further out of the city (like Hollywood Burbank Airport in Los Angeles), and might not have public transport options to get you where you need to be. 

That said, feel free to check other airports in the city you’re visiting to see if you can get a better deal on flights! 

Driving

If you live in the US, driving to Copa America 2024 host cities is another option. If you’re staying in a hotel, check ahead of time what their parking situation is – you probably won’t be using your car much once you get there and will need somewhere safe to park it. 

If you live within 3-4 hours of one of the host cities, driving could be a good option. Any further and I’d recommend flying or taking public transport – it’s often easier, and having a car in the middle of a big city like NYC or Atlanta can be a hassle rather than a benefit. 

Public Transport

Public transport is a good option when you are already in US. The country’s main train carrier, Amtrak, has many interstate routes, and prices are usually a lot cheaper than flying (though it will take longer). 

In some areas, Greyhound buses may be an option. This is probably the cheapest way to get to Copa America 2024 host cities (assuming you’re on or near a Greyhound route), but it’s not exactly the most comfortable – I wouldn’t recommend an overnight Greyhound unless you’re really on a tight budget!

Best ways to travel between Copa America host cities

If you’re traveling to multiple Copa America 2024 matches in different cities, you’ll need to get between cities. There are a few different transportation options – you can either fly, drive, or use public transport. 

Flying

For longer distances such as cross-country travel, or for anyone heading to the final in Miami, flying is probably the best option. In some cases, it may actually be the only option, as a cross-country train can take longer than 24 hours, and a cross-country Greyhound bus ride can take as long as three full days! 

Driving

If you’re going to matches in two host cities that are somewhat closer together, driving is certainly an option. For example, Copa America 2024 matches are being held at both SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

This is around a 6-hour drive, or a bit longer if you want to take the incredibly scenic route up the coast. The drive through Big Sur is actually one of the most scenic road trips in the entire United States, so if you want to see some sights during your visit, driving between cities is a great choice. 

Public Transport

Just like public transport can be used to reach Copa America 2024 host cities, it can also be used to travel between them. Amtrak and bus lines that run between cities are a more affordable option than flying, especially for shorter journeys. And, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of renting a car and driving in a new area, public transport can be a lot less stressful. 

For example, there are three separate Copa America host cities in Texas. If you’re planning on traveling between them, public transport is a great option. But, if you’re attending a game in Los Angeles and then in New York, you might be better off flying rather than spending days on public transport. 

Transportation to Copa America 2024 event venues and stadiums 

As well as figuring out how to get to each host city, you also need to make a plan for gameday travel, and getting to the Copa America stadiums. There are a few different options here, so it’s up to you to find the best solution based on the city you’re in and your own preferences. 

Public transport 

In most parts of the world, public transport is usually the easiest way to get to big sporting events. In some parts of the US, this is also the case, but other parts of the country have relatively poor public transport infrastructure – most people here drive, so transit isn’t always a priority. 

  • In New York, you can easily get to MetLife Stadium using public transport.
  • In Charlotte, you can easily get to Bank of America Stadium with public transport.
  • But, in Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Arlington, you might struggle. 

I’d recommend checking the website of the specific stadium you’re traveling to. If the website has directions for using public transport, you should be fine. If it only has directions for driving, check on Google Maps to see if there’s an easy way to use transit. If not, you might have to go with one of the other options on this list. 

Driving

Driving to stadiums in the US is very popular, and most large stadiums have huge parking capacity – upwards of 20,000 spaces in some cases. However, I’d only recommend driving if you have no other options. That’s because: 

  • It’s often really expensive
  • It can take hours to enter and exit parking lots for the game 
  • The traffic to and from the venue can add significant travel time 
  • There’s always a risk of car break-ins – not all stadium parking has security 

Parking on a nearby city street and walking to the stadium is an option in some cities, but the areas around the stadium can get very crowded when big events are on, and you aren’t guaranteed a parking space. Unless you really have to, I’d recommend leaving the car at home for this one. 

Rideshare and Taxi Options

Pretty much every US city has rideshare options like Uber and Lyft. Taxis are also an option, but I prefer the rideshare apps because it’s the same app wherever I am – I don’t have to learn the phone numbers of taxi companies or research which ones are the best. In my experience, taxis and Ubers are similarly priced in most US cities. 

If you have a group of people who can all fit in one car, a rideshare or taxi can actually end up being pretty affordable. If you’re by yourself, it’s usually much more expensive than public transport. You can see the price ahead of time so you know what to expect – don’t forget that you’ll have to add a tip on top of the original fare price. 

One downside of using a taxi or rideshare service is that, if there’s a lot of traffic around the stadium, they might have to drop you further away, and you’ll have to walk. Some of the host cities (like Phoenix, Arizona and Arlington, Texas) could be extremely hot during June and July when the tournament is being played – be prepared for some sweat! 

Bike and Scooter Rentals

Most US cities have various bike and scooter rentals that can be a lot faster and easier than walking. I prefer the scooters – I feel like they’re a bit safer, especially if you’re in a new city and aren’t familiar with the roads. 

You don’t need a helmet for the scooters, and in most states, e-bike helmets are only required if you’re under a certain age – you should check the laws in the specific state you’re in first. Make sure you ride in the bike lane where there is one, not on the sidewalk, and leave your bike or scooter in a safe location, out of the way of cars and pedestrians. 

Shuttles and Other Specialized Transport

For some large sporting events like NFL games, cities organize shuttle buses to stadiums when there’s no normal bus or train route. We don’t have any specific information about specialized transport for Copa America 2024, but it’s possible that this will be put in place for stadiums that aren’t easy to reach via public transport. 

Keep checking the stadium’s website and social media channels for any specific transport information – a free shuttle bus transfer can be a convenient way to get yourself to the match, although it does sometimes mean you need to wait in a long line once the game is over. 

Plan your Copa America 2024 transport ahead of time! 

The last thing you want to be doing is figuring out how to get to the stadium on game day. By taking the time to plan your transport in advance (especially if you’re road tripping between multiple cities or need to coordinate a few different flights), you’ll have a much smoother experience. 

So, if you’re traveling for soccer at Copa America, figure out your ground transportation for Copa America 2024 well ahead of time, and remember that your options (and prices) will differ depending on the city you’re in. Good luck!