Budget Planner – 2017 US Grand Prix

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Work out how much your weekend in Austin for the United States Grand Prix will set you back. Read our Circuit of the Americas budget planner! This year’s race is on October 20-22, 2017.

The US dollar remains strong relative to most major currencies, making a trip to the States fairly expensive for most travelers, especially post-Brexit Brits. Whilst accommodation prices do go up in Austin on Grand Prix weekend, it’s still a relatively affordable city by US standards and a night out in the city doesn’t have to break the bank.

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

Cheap Charlie

  • Weekend cost approx $475 USD

  • 3-day General Admission ticket = $175
  • Dorm bed at hostel in Austin (3 nights) =  $180 USD
  • 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 approx $890 USD

  • 3-day Bleacher ticket (e.g. Turn 4) = $275
  • Mid-range hotel in Austin for 3 nights (per person) = $375
  • Spending money ($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 approx $2045 USD

  • 3-day Main Premium (Lower) grandstand ticket = $695
  • 5-star hotel in Austin for 3 nights (per person) = $900
  • Spending money ($150 x 3) = $450 USD

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 of average daily travel costs in Austin. Been to Circuit of the Americas? Leave a comment 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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