Camping is still a popular, budget-friendly accommodation choice for F1 fans in Europe. Read our updated guide to the best campgrounds on the European Formula 1 calendar in 2016.
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The European F1 calendar includes ten races this year, but we haven’t covered the races in Russia or Azerbaijan, where we don’t expect camping to be on offer. As a result, the 2016 F1 camping season begins in Barcelona on May 13-15 and ends in Monza on September 2-4. When it comes to deciding where you will camp, there are normally a few options at each circuit.
- Basic trackside camping at temporary sites (normally organized by the circuit operator). PROS: walking distance to track, good atmosphere, cheap. CONS: can be rowdy, poor amenities and lack of rules/security
- Camping at an established campsite near the circuit. PROS: organized, good amenities and value for money. CONS: further to get to and from the circuit each day
- Pre-erected campsites. PROS: normally well organized, good atmosphere and entertainment. CONS: expensive
Pre-Erected Campsites: Several UK-based operators have entered the F1 camping scene in recent years. These ‘glamping’ (or posh camping) providers organize their own campgrounds for the British Grand Prix, plus selected races on the continent. The largest is CampingF1, who are offering packages for most European races in 2016. Other operators include Pillow Motorsport Tours (covering the British and Belgian races) and IntentsGP, who offer camping at Silverstone only. Various packages are on offer, from pitches to luxury tents with meals and circuit transfers. Some operators also put on entertainment with live music and bar facilities. This kind of camping can be quite expensive, but you are paying for the convenience of not having to bring your own camping equipment.
2016 European F1 Camping prices
|Destination||2016 Dates||Cheapest 3-day Tickets (GA)||Sample Cost||Buy|
|Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Catalunya)||May 13-15||€130||€45 for camping pitch with vehicle from Thursday to Monday||BookF1|
|Monaco Grand Prix||May 26-29||€150||€20 per night for two person pitch||Camping du Pylone|
|Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring)||July 1-3||€95||€159 for 2 people (3 nights, lot with parking for one vehicle)||GPTicketshop|
|British Grand Prix (Silverstone)||July 8-10||£125 (€150)||£79 for adults and £25 for children at Woodlands||Woodlands|
|Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring)||July 22-24||€90||€143 for 2 people (3 nights, lot with parking for one vehicle)||GPTicketshop|
|Germany Grand Prix (Hockenheimring)||July 29-31||€189||€134 for a 2-person pitch from Wednesday to Monday (inc. parking for one vehicle)||BookF1|
|Belgian Grand Prix (Spa Francorchamps)||Aug26-28||€145||€171 for Green/Yellow pitch, up to 5 people from Thursday to Monday||BookF1|
|Italian Grand Prix (Monza)||September 2-4||€100||€16 per night for adults, minimum stay 4 nights (+ €16 per night for tent/caravan pitch + €16 per night parking)||Monza Camping|
Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Catalunya): May 13-15, 2016
The camping area at Circuit de Barcelona (Catalunya) is located at the North East corner of the track and offers the cheapest F1 camping in Europe in 2016, though the facilities are rudimentary. It costs €45 to park a vehicle and camp during the race weekend. The temporary campground has basic services such as toilets and showers which are available from Wednesday morning to Sunday evening. It does not have electricity or free drinking water. If you don’t have a car, it should still be possible to camp in this area for FREE, but we can’t guarantee this. Get there early, as the campsite gets pretty busy by Thursday night on Grand Prix weekend. Buy F1 and parking/camping tickets from the Catalunya circuit operator from BookF1.
Monaco Grand Prix: May 26-29, 2016
Unsurprisingly, there is no trackside camping available at Monaco. In fact, most F1 fans travelling to this iconic race choose to stay in Nice or nearby, where accommodation is cheaper, and commute each day to the circuit via train. There are lots of good campgrounds in the Nice area, most of which are easily accessible via regular trains. Camping Du Pylone is a well-rated campsite in Antibes. From here, trains to Monaco cost approx. €12 return each day. A package for 2 persons with a tent or caravan costs from €20 per night. La Vieille Ferme is another well-rated campsite with good access to Monaco.
Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring): July 1-3, 2016
There are six color-coded camping areas available next to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian F1 Grand Prix. The prices of these different camp grounds is the same and all have toilet and shower facilities available, as well as power. You should be aware that the camping grounds can be ‘party central’ after dark; fans who travel to the Austrian GP like to drink and can be pretty rowdy. Choose alternative accommodation if you think this is going to be a problem for you. The ‘Pink’ campsite on the hill behind the Nord grandstand is probably the most picturesque and least likely to be noisy, but there are more hills to climb. You can buy camping tickets from the official Austrian GP ticket supplier GPTicketshop.
British Grand Prix (Silverstone): July 8-10, 2016
The British event at Silverstone in July offers a wide choice of camping grounds close to the circuit and a great atmosphere for fans. The weather is unpredictable however, so keep an eye on the forecast and bring along your wellies and wet weather, just in case. The official camping site at Woodlands is a reliable choice, with weekend camping prices starting at £79 for adults and £25 for children. Whittlebury Park is also worth considering. It has pre-erected camping from IntentsGP and is also home to the F1 Racing Fan Village organised by F1 Racing magazine with lots of events and giveaways.
Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring): July 22-24, 2016
The Hungarian race in Budapest offers a fantastic F1 camping experience. As well as being a cheap destination, all the camping at the Hungaroring is trackside and the weather is generally warm to hot, with much less chance of rain than at other European races. The atmosphere is also fantastic, though a little rowdy (i.e. drunken) at times. We recommend choosing “Zengo” as it’s the only dedicated campsite next to the track (all the others are temporary) and so provides better facilities. Alternatively, if you have bought a grandstand ticket, then you can choose the campsite closest to your seats (see the map).
The campsites all have hot and cold showers, some have shops and there are plenty of makeshift food outlets and bars around. The prices of all campsites are the same and it is possible to purchase either a special offer which includes parking and camping which is better value than buying each element separately. You can buy camping tickets from the official Hungarian GP ticket agent GPTicketshop.
German Grand Prix (Hockenheimring): July 29-31, 2016
The German Grand Prix at Hockenheim is a popular event for F1 camping. It offers relatively good value and campsites within walking distance of the circuit. The atmosphere is great, but can be rowdy at times, so choose other accommodation if you really want a good night’s sleep. Buy trackside German Grand Prix camping from BookF1.
Belgian Grand Prix (Spa Francorchamps): August 26-28, 2016
F1 fans from all over Europe return to Spa year after year, and many will tell you that camping is the only way to do this classic track in the Ardennes mountains. Notwithstanding the fact that rain at Spa is almost guaranteed at some point on race weekend, the camping experience at Spa is like no other. There are two camping zones at Spa organised by the circuit operator. The Green zone is located on the North East corner of the circuit, next to Les Combes and Malmedy whilst the Yellow Zone is 800m to the West of the circuit but still within easy walking distance. The camping areas are temporary, so facilities are basic and whilst there are toilets and showers, no electricity is available. Buy your Spa camping tickets from BookF1.
There are also several permanent campsites in the vicinity of the circuit. The following campsites are well regarded: Elephant, Spa D’or and Eau Rouge. CampingF1 also has a campsite at Spa with pitches and pre-erected tents, but several 2015 reviews indicate that it was overcrowed and poorly organised.
Italian Grand Prix (Monza): September 2-4, 2016
Monza is an historic F1 track located within the leafy surrounds of the Royal Villa of Monza park outside Milan, which is the largest city park in Europe. The setting and generally pleasant weather in early September lends itself well to camping and there are good campsites close to the circuit. The official campsite for the race, Camping Autodromo, is a year-round site good amenities and reasonable prices. It’s located right next to the first corner. Camping Autodromo also sets up a second camping site for the Grand Prix called the Esterna GP Village, which is located near the Lesmo entrance at the top of the circuit.
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