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Budget Planner – 2017 Belgian Grand Prix

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How much will your weekend at the Belgian F1 Grand Prix set you back? Read our budget planner to find out! This year’s race is on August 25-27, 2017.

The Belgian Grand Prix is a mid-priced event when compared to other races on the F1 calendar. Don’t feel like you are being a Cheap Charlie if you buy a General Admission ticket and camp next to the track; you’ll save money and still have an amazing experience. You’ll need to pay a lot more if you want creature comforts at Spa. The grandstands at Spa Francorchamps are expensive, and decent accommodation near the circuit is also steeply priced.

Average costs below are per person based on a stay of 3 nights on Grand Prix weekend with race tickets, accommodation, cost of getting to and from the circuit, and spending money. The budget does not include flights (or other travel costs) required to reach Belgium.

Cheap Charlie

  • Weekend cost €295 ($315 USD)

  • 3-day General Admission ticket = €135
  • Trackside camping for 3 or 4 nights (sharing pitch with 3 other people) = €40
  • 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 €790 ($844 USD)

  • 3-day mid-range Grandstand ticket (e.g. Silver 1 or 2 ) = €370
  • Mid-range hotel in Liege for 3 nights (per person, twin/double share) = €180
  • Spending money, including circuit transfers (€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 €1630 ($1741 USD)

  • 3-day Gold 1 grandstand ticket = €580
  • High-end hotel in nearby city for 3 nights (per person, twin/double share) = €450
  • Spending money, including circuit transfers (€200 x 3)  = €600

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.

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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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