Make the most out of your trip to a Grand Prix

Formula 1 is the fastest show on Earth and also a sports traveller’s dream. If you’re dedicated (and rich) enough, you could follow the sport across five continents and take in 21 countries across the 2024 season’s 24 races. To help you manage your plans and provide some inspiration for your F1 trips, here you’ll find travel tips for motorsports traveller and ticket info along with in-depth looks at all the destinations holding the major races. 

But first, the lowdown on F1 itself. Now in its 74th year, the biggest event in motorsport has 20 racers across 10 teams. With the season running from March – December, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to get your F1 fix either side of the traditional summer break. A lot of the races will be familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in the sport. From the Med-adjacent maze of Monaco to the iconic Imola Circuit in Italy, the famous landmarks from F1 have been a staple part of my Sundays since childhood. In recent years, the roster of events has included new races in the tourist hotspots of Qatar, Miami, and Las Vegas. For the first time since 2019, the Chinese Grand Prix returns to the F1 calendar at the Shanghai International Circuit.

F1 2024 Ticket Info

The most important travel tip to a sporting event is the tickets. Grand Prix tickets are the most sought after in motorsport and are generally expensive to the level that, sadly, most fans will only ever watch their heroes from the TV screen.

For those who can afford it, there are varieties of levels of ticket price and what is included. With each race held in vastly different and unique settings, what is available to you for each tier also varies. Grands Prix are generally three day events spread across Fridays and into the weekends. They incorporate practice sessions and the all-important qualifiers over the first two days leading to the main event of the Grand Prix on Sunday. Some will include Formula 2 and 3 races, meaning you can see the next generation of talent fighting it out and  who will be the future of F1. Six Grands Prix also include the F1 Sprint, an exciting 100km race to the finish line with no pit stops that replaces two of the regular practice sessions. So, while a Formula 1 ticket may be more of an investment than a purchase on a whim, there’s certainly plenty of action to keep a petrol head happy.
Official F1 Tickets

Tickets from Official F1 Store

The safest option to secure your tickets is directly from F1 themselves through their official ticket store. As well as clearly showing the different price bands per day or for a combination of just the weekend or the whole event, there are useful filters to help you to craft your Grand Prix experience to your needs. A sliding bar allows you to set your price range and see what tickets are available in your budget and you can also specify whether you require disabled access, a covered grandstand, or a giant screen. For each race, there is a map which gives you an idea of the view from the various grandstands and viewing points by hovering over your desired areas.

Prices start from just a couple of hundred euros for general admission to Fridays of some races but these do not include views of the racing itself. If you’re happy to just soak up some of the atmosphere and take part in various activities such as race simulators when you travel to any F1 grand prix, then this is fine. At the higher end, you can expect to pay anything between an average of €1000 and €6000 for a Sunday only ticket or for entry to the whole three days. Prices vary dramatically based on the destination itself, with some of the legendary circuits such as Silverstone and Monaco driving a premium price. 

Additionally, you can also book F1 Paddock Club VIP hospitality entry for most of the races. With seats above the team garages, you have to applaud the unprecedented access this grants you alongside first class food and drink provisions. If you want your whole trip taken care of, from tickets to transfers, accommodation to exclusive access to the drivers and garages then the ultimate package is the F1 Experiences level. These ultra-exclusive options provide hotel stays, entry, transport, and unique activities such as superyacht viewing for the first day of Monaco to pit lane walks and photo safaris at the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Prices here also vary wildly, with options I looked at ranging between €14000 and €35000.

Motorsport tickets

A part of the Motorsport Network, Motorsport Tickets are an official ticket outlet for F1 and other major racing events. Some perks to buying with them include a year’s free subscription to Motorsport.tv with each ticket purchased and Race Reward Points for discounts on future orders. I’ve not used this site myself but a friend bought tickets to Le Mans 24-hour and had a great experience. If you’re planning to travel to multiple race events and can make the most of the discounts or if you will use the streaming service to access live races, on-demand content, and the latest motorsport news, then this may be the best overall package for you. 

Via P1 Travel

Another good option for F1 tickets is P1 Travel. Also an official reseller, they rate highly on buyer feedback and have some nice added extras to some of their ticket packages. Tickets through them for Monaco include a F1 baseball cap as well as a Tourist Card, giving the user 24 hours of free entry to activities such as a bus tour, boat trip, and entry to the National Sports Museum.

Top F1 Travel destinations

It definitely pays to be flexible with which race you want to attend, if you want to get the best views and the most value from your ticket. The big names are going to stretch the wallet but the newer and/or less popular races can provide you with a heightened overall experience. 

You’ve secured your tickets, you’ve got a couple of extra days either side of the race to explore. So where do you go? Here are the best things to do to get the most out of your F1 trip:

Italian Grand Prix

The Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza is one of the most historic races on the circuit and with Milan a mere 15km away, you’ve got plenty of choice for things to do.

The Monza Circuit itself offers guided tours of The Temple of Speed for €25 in which you can walk around its famous track, visit the pit lanes, and see areas that are normally out of bounds to the public. When you travel to the Italian Grand Prix, some tours include the track’s museum, showcasing the circuit’s history with F1 and other motorsports.

In Milan itself, you’ve got to visit the iconic home of AC Milan & Inter Milan – the San Siro! Any trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without it and you can take a €30 stadium tour that includes the field, locker rooms, and a museum dedicated to the history of both clubs. You can find out more about what’s in and around the ground in our very own Kenny Legg’s San Siro Matchday guide.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The Walled City of Baku offers a perfect blend of racing and culture since its inclusion in the F1 circuit in 2016.

As it’s a city circuit, this will affect exactly where you can go in the lead up to, on, and after race day but its combination of modernity and historic streets make it a truly outstanding Grand Prix location. Baku’s Old City, or Icherisheher, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that contains the Maiden Tower and Shirvanshah’s Palace. When you plan to travel to Azerbaijan Grand Prix, you must visit these places.

Las Vegas Grand Prix

The newest GP, which launched in 2023, offers a dramatic night time visage that takes in sections of the infamous gambling paradise of the Las Vegas Strip. Here, you can stay in or have a flutter at the biggest names in Sin City like Ballagio, Caesars Palace, and The Venetian.

With the Vegas GP being held in November, it’s perfect to seek out some of the US’ biggest sports. You could catch a Las Vegas Raiders NFL game at the Allegiant Stadium or a Vegas Golden Knights NHL game at the T-Mobile Arena.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Abu Dhabi GP is held at the Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island and is synonymous with wealth and luxury. Our best travel tips for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is that if a bit of luxury is your cup of tea then you are spoiled for choice when it comes to 5-star resorts such as the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.

If you’re more interested in cultural landmarks, then there’s the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The traditional Souk market at Qaryat Al Beri will also give a more authentic Arabic feel than the numerous, sprawling malls that make up Abu Dhabi’s shopping options.

The Chequered Flag

Traveling for the F1 is no mean feat and is pretty much the reserve of those who can afford it but even if you’re able to make just one race, it truly is like nothing else in the sporting calendar.

Here, we’ve tried to give you some travel tips for top F1 Grand Prix that may make it a little bit more possible than you may have thought and to explore other interesting excursions to add to your itinerary.

See you on the grid!