Budget Planner – 2017 Chinese Grand Prix

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Planning a trip to Shanghai for the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix? Use our budget planner to plan the cost of your trip. The next race takes place on April 7-9, 2017.

China offers excellent value for the F1 fan and is the cheapest Grand Prix to attend when taking into account the whole cost of the weekend. Race tickets are cheap, high quality accommodation in the center of Shanghai is budget friendly and you don’t need to spend a lot to enjoy yourself in China’s largest city.

Average costs below are per person based on a stay of 3 nights in central Shanghai on Grand Prix weekend 2017 with race tickets, accommodation and spending money. The prices do not include flights (or other travel costs) required to reach Shanghai.

Cheap Charlie

  • weekend cost approx CN¥ 1090 ($159 USD)

  • 3-day General Admission ticket (Zone F) = CN¥ 280
  • Dorm bed at hostel in central Shanghai for 4 nights (per person) =  CN¥ 210
  • Daily budget: CN¥200 x 3 = CN¥600

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 CN¥ 2810 ($410 USD)

  • 3-day Grandstand H or K ticket = CN¥ 860
  • Mid-range hotel in central Shanghai for 3 nights (per person) = CN¥ 750
  • Daily budget: CN¥400 x 3 = CN¥ 1200

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 CN¥ 6360 ($927 USD)

  • 3-day Main Grandstand A Platinum ticket = CN¥ 2760
  • 4-star hotel in central Shanghai for 4 nights (per person) = CN¥ 1200
  • Daily budget: CN¥ 800 x 3 = CN¥ 3000

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 Shanghai. Been to the Chinese Grand Prix? Leave a comment below and tell us your money-saving tips!

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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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  1. Jack says:

    andrew, do you know from experience if there are vendors for team gear at the F1 China race? Shirts, hats etc. Or stores in the area that have team gear? Don’t see the need to bring some team gear if already purchasable at the circuit. This will be my first Chinese F1 race. We got A high tickets. Pretty excited.

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