Budget Planner – 2016 Italian Grand Prix

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Planning a trip to Monza for the 2016 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix on September 2-4? Read our budget planner to help plan the cost of your trip.

The Italian Grand Prix at Monza offers relatively good value for the F1 fan. There are some decent lower priced tickets (General Admission, main straight bleachers) on offer, though accommodation costs do get inflated on Grand Prix weekend. Milan is a major transport hub and is well located within Europe, so it’s possible to get to the race cheaply and easily.

Average costs below are per person based on a stay of 4 nights with race tickets, accommodation and spending money. The prices do not include flights (or other travel costs) required to reach Milan.

Cheap Charlie

  • Estimated weekend cost €350  ($395 / £300)

  • 3-day General Admission ticket = €100
  • Trackside camping for four nights = €100 (per person with tent)
  • Daily budget: €50 x 3 = €150

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

  • Estimated weekend cost €850 ($960 / £730)

  • Mid-price 3-day Grandstand ticket = €250
  • Mid-range hotel in Milan for four nights = €300 (per person)
  • Daily budget: €100 x 3 = €300

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 €1750 ($1980 / £1510)

  • Three day Central Grandstand ticket = €650
  • 4-star hotel in Milan for four nights = €500 (per person)
  • Daily budget: €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 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. Josesito says:

    Hi Andrew, excellent info. One question, when says ‘Trackside camping for four nights = €100 (per person with tent)’
    The tent has to be taken from myself?

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