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Budget Planner – 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Use our budget planner to work out the cost of a weekend at Yas Marina for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Warning, it’s going to be expensive. The next race is on November 24-26, 2017.

Yas Marina is the new money, middle eastern version of Monaco. It has the most expensive F1 tickets on the current calendar and the highest total weekend cost of the races we have ranked to date. It’s not good news for fans on a budget, with the fairly average Abu Dhabi hill (General Admission) tickets priced at $270 USD for the weekend and no such thing as hostels offering cheap dorm beds. Grandstand tickets are also expensive, but worth splashing out on if you want a better viewing experience at Yas Marina. At the higher end, the sky is the spending limit in terms of VIP tickets and fancy trackside hotels like the Yas Viceroy.

All images © F1Destinations & Tomasz Cwiklinski.. Average costs are per person, based on a stay of 3 nights with race tickets, accommodation and spending money. The prices do not include flights (or other travel costs) required to reach Abu Dhabi.

Cheap Charlie

  • Weekend cost approx 2045 AED ($557 USD)

  • 3-day Abu Dhabi Hill (General Admission) ticket = 995 AED
  • Budget hotel in Abu Dhabi for 3 nights (double/twin share, per person) = 600 AED
  • Daily budget: 150 AED x 3 = 450 AED

The Cheap Charlie - Explained

The Cheap Charlie stays in a hostel, buys the cheapest weekend ticket (General Admission),  takes their own food and drink to the race, doesn’t drink alcohol trackside and either makes their own food away from the track or eats at budget restaurants such as McDonalds. If possible, the Cheap Charlie will look to eliminate the cost of accommodation altogether and either stay with friends or couchsurf.

Average Joe

  • Weekend cost approx 3880 AED ($1056 USD)

  • 3-day West (or similar) grandstand ticket  = 2080 AED
  • Mid-range hotel in Abu Dhabi for 3 nights (double/twin share, per person) = 900 AED
  • Daily budget: 300 AED x 3 = 900 AED

The Average Joe - Explained

The Average Joe buys a low to mid-range Grandstand ticket for the weekend, stays in a 3-star hotel or apartment, buys food and drink trackside, and can afford a reasonably priced restaurant meal at night as well as a few drinks at the pub. Average Joe’s budget doesn’t stretch to anything more than the cheapest of the merchandise items on sale at the track.

Extravagant Eddie

  • Weekend cost approx 7520 AED ($2047 USD)

  • 3-day Main Club grandstand ticket = 2720 AED
  • 4-star hotel at Yas Marina for 3 nights (double/twin share, per person) = 3000 AED
  • Daily budget: 600 AED x 3 = 1800 AED

The Extravagant Eddie - Explained

The Extravagant Eddie buys the most expensive Grandstand seat on offer, stays in a decent hotel and goes out to some of the city’s best restaurants and clubs. They will take taxis rather than public transport and spend up big on merchandise at the track. They may risk blowing their budget with a trip to the trackside Casino.

Have you been to Yas Marina for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? Leave a comment and tell us your money-saving tips!

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