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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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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Where to stay in Shanghai for the 2017 Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix on April 7-9. The best-rated accommodation with easy access to the Shanghai International Circuit.