Budget Planner – 2017 Austrian Grand Prix

Filed in Austrian F1 Travel Guide by on 2 Comments

Work out the cost of your weekend at the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The next race is on July 7-9, 2017.

The Austrian Grand Prix can be an affordable race, especially if you choose general admission tickets and trackside camping. However, the price can quickly add up for grandstand tickets, hire car and decent hotels in Graz or near the circuit. Nevertheless, with good organisation and decent facilities, a trip to the Red Bull Ring does feel like good value.

Average costs below are per person based on a stay of 3 nights with race tickets, accommodation and spending money. The budget does not include flights (or other travel costs) required to reach Austria.

Cheap Charlie

  • Weekend cost €295 ($311 USD)
  • 3-day General Admission ticket = €95
  • Trackside camping for 3 nights = €80
  • Spending money (€40 x 3) = €120

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 €715 ($755 USD)
  • 3-day mid-range Grandstand ticket (e.g. Red Bull C, E, 1-18 ) = €295
  • Mid-range hotel in Graz for 3 nights (per person, twin/double share) = €180
  • Spending money (€80 x 3)  = €240

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 €1495 ($1580 USD)
  • 3-day Start-Finish grandstand ticket = €495
  • High-end hotel in Graz for 3 nights (per person, twin/double share) = €360
  • Hire car & petrol x 4 days (cost shared between 2 people) = €160
  • Spending money (€160 x 3)  = €480

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.

Click here for a breakdown on the average daily travel cost for tourists in Graz, Austria. Leave a comment and tell us your money saving tips for the Austrian Grand Prix!

June 26, 2017

Trackside – 2017 Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring

Your trackside guide to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The next race is on July 7-9, 2017.

Read Post
May 14, 2017

Off-Track Activities – Austrian Grand Prix

The lowdown on off-track activities at the Austrian Grand Prix, including things to do in Graz and the region of Styria.

Read Post
May 13, 2017

Race Facts – Austrian Grand Prix

Learn more about the history of the Austrian Grand Prix, which returned to the F1 calendar in 2014 and is hosted at the picturesque Red Bull Ring circuit.

Read Post
May 13, 2017

Travel Basics – Austrian Grand Prix

Useful travel information to help you start planning your trip to the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

Read Post
February 26, 2017

Budget Planner – 2017 Austrian Grand Prix

Work out the cost of your weekend at the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian F1 Grand Prix.

Read Post
December 23, 2016

Getting There & Around – Austrian Grand Prix

Advice on how to get to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix. Information on flights, trains and driving

Read Post
November 28, 2016

Accommodation – 2017 Austrian Grand Prix

Planning a trip to the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix? From trackside camping to five-star luxury, we tell you where to stay near the Red Bull Ring for the race on July 7-9.

Read Post
November 5, 2016

Tickets – 2017 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring

Your detailed guide on buying tickets and where to watch the action at the Red Bull Ring for the 2017 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Spielberg on July 7-9.

Read Post

Tags: , , , , ,

About the Author ()

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.

Comments (2)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Daniel Munoz says:

    I am cheap Charlie. I’m planning on camping at the trackside. How do you take a shower there? Will there be problems at the Vienna Airport if I don’t book a hotel in Vienna? I’m from Panama, but we don’t need any visa to get into Europe. I appreciate all the info, as I’m interested in attending the 2017 Austrian GP.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Daniel, don’t worry, I’m also a Cheap Charlie! If you buy camping tickets for the Red Bull Ring, then you will have access to showers and toilets. You won’t have a problem if you don’t book a hotel in Vienna. Enjoy the race!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *