Work out the cost of your trip to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, F1’s newest race. The next race is scheduled for June 23-25, 2017.
When compared to other races on the current F1 calendar, Baku is mid-priced. The race tickets are cheap, but accommodation is limited and fairly expensive. The local government did international tourists a favor in late 2015 (but not locals) by removing a long-standing peg to the USD, which caused the Azerbaijani manat (AZN) to collapse in value overnight. This decision was tied to the falling oil price of course, which has had a big effect in oil-rich Azerbaijan. This has made Baku a much more affordable destination, but it can still get expensive if you staying in a nice hotel and eating in good restaurants.
Average costs below are based on a stay of 3 nights in Baku with race ticket, accommodation and spending money. Prices do not include air travel (or other travel costs) required to reach Melbourne.
- Weekend cost approx 505 AZN ($282 USD)
- Cheap grandstand ticket (Filarmoniya) for 4 days = 205 AZN
- Hostel accommodation for 3 nights: 90 AZN
- Spending money (70 AZN x 3) = 210 AZN
The Cheap Charlie 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 McDonald’s. If possible, the Cheap Charlie will look to eliminate the cost of accommodation altogether and either stay with friends or use couchsurfing.
- Weekend cost approx 1470 AZN ($823 USD)
- Mid-range grandstand ticket (Mugham/Sahil) = 410 AZN
- Mid-range hotel for 3 nights (double/twin share, per person) = 640 AZN
- Daily budget (140 AZN x 3) = 420 AZN
Average Joe buys food and drink trackside, can afford a reasonably priced restaurant meal at night and even a few beers at the pub. Joe’s budget doesn’t stretch to anything more than the cheapest of the merchandise items on sale at the track.
- Weekend cost approx 2380 AZN ($1333 USD)
- Main grandstand ticket = 710 AZN
- Four star hotel for 3 nights (double/twin share, per person) = 860 AZN
- Daily budget (270 AZN x 3) = 810 AZN
The Extravagant Eddie will eat and drink well at the track and can afford a decent restaurant meal and perhaps some clubbing. Eddie will take taxis rather than public transport and can afford to purchase a few team merchandise items at the track.
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How to get to Baku for the Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix, plus advice on getting around in the city. This year’s race takes place on June 23-25, 2017.