Malaysia & China offer cheapest 2017 F1 tickets, Monaco & Abu Dhabi most expensive

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Average F1 ticket prices have increased for 2017, but only by a few percentage points. This brings to end a slight overall reduction in ticket prices that we observed in the past few years. Malaysia and China offer the cheapest tickets on the 2017 F1 calendar, with Abu Dhabi and Monaco the most expensive destinations.

Images © F1Destinations.com. Read our earlier F1 ticket prices analysis here: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013. Disclaimer: ranking F1 ticket prices is not an exact science. This ranking was calculated in $USD, meaning some prices have been impacted by exchange rate movements.

  • The average price of the Cheapest 3-day tickets (General Admission) is up 6.8% in 2017 to $142 USD ($133 in 2016 / $137 USD in 2015 / $154 in 2014). Malaysia sells the cheapest 3-day General Admission tickets at just $24 USD, while the most expensive are sold in Abu Dhabi ($271 USD).
  • The average price of the Cheapest 3-day Grandstand tickets increased 3.1% in 2017 to $231 USD ($224 in 2016 / $234 in 2015 / $256 in 2014). Malaysia’s grandstand F is the cheapest on the calendar ($67 USD), while Monaco has the most expensive grandstands ($601 USD for the cheapest, X1).
  • The average price of 3-day Pit Straight Grandstand tickets went up 2.9% in 2017 to $603 USD ($586 in 2016 / $626 in 2015.) Prices range from $317 USD in Malaysia to an eye-watering $1500 USD in Mexico.

What’s changed in 2017?

  • On the positive side, ticket prices for the Chinese, Hungarian and Malaysia Grands Prix have been reduced significantly this year. Chinese tickets are 20-30% cheaper, which seems to have had a positive influence on ticket sales – most categories are already sold out ahead of the race next weekend. The Hungarian Grand Prix was already the cheapest race on the traditional European calendar before prices for many grandstands were slashed by 20% this year. Tickets are also cheaper in Malaysia this year (especially for locals), even though the race was already the cheapest on the calendar, and the ticket offer has also been heavily simplified.
  • On the downside, Monaco ticket prices are up by 10-20% in 2017, seeing it return to it’s expected place as the most expensive F1 destination (neck and neck with its new money rival, Abu Dhabi.)

Cheapest 3-day General Admission tickets ($USD)

Cheapest 3-day grandstand tickets ($USD)

Cheapest 3-day Pit Straight Grandstand tickets ($USD)

Europe
The cheapest tickets for the traditional European summer season can be found in Hungary and Russia, whilst the most expensive are in Belgium, Britain and Monaco. Other European races (Spain, Austria and Italy) are similarly priced around the mid-point for 2017.
How our rankings were calculated

  • All prices are in $USD and were taken from Gootickets.com, our ticket supplier (who also power the Formula1.com ticket shop). The prices, which don’t include any handling or delivery fees, do not include any markups. They are the same price charged by the official ticket vendor for each race (normally the circuit’s website)
  • Some races are still offering discounted tickets (so called ‘early-bird discounts), but for the purposes of this ranking, we have used regular prices.
  • General Admission tickets as such are not available in Mexico, Bahrain or Brazil. For these races, we used the prices of the cheapest 3-day ticket instead.
  • Prices for 3-day Pit Straight Grandstands are based on the best available regular (non-hospitality) tickets opposite the pits/start-finish line at each race.

Based on the Budget Planner posts that we publish as part of our travel guides, we will also soon rank of the cost of an ‘F1 weekend’ for all 20 destinations on the 2017 F1 calendar, including the price of a 3-day ticket, accommodation and spending money. Stay tuned!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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