Budget Planner – 2017 Australian Grand Prix

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How much will a weekend at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne set you back? Read our budget planner to find out! The next race is on March 23-26, 2017.

Australia is one of the cheaper races to attend on the calendar and provides good value for money, considering the high overall standard of accommodation, circuit organization and service levels.

Average costs below are based on a stay of 3 nights in Melbourne with race ticket, accommodation and spending money. The price do not include air travel (or other travel costs) required to reach Melbourne.

Cheap Charlie

  • Weekend cost approx $465 AUD ($360 USD)

  • General admission ticket = $165
  • Hostel accommodation for 3 nights: $150 AUD
  • Spending money ($50 x 3) = 150

The Cheap Charlie 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 McDonald’s. If possible, the Cheap Charlie will look to eliminate the cost of accommodation altogether and either stay with friends or use couchsurfing.

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Average Joe

  • Weekend cost approx $900 AUD ($690 USD)

  • Grandstand ticket (Webber or equivalent) = $300
  • Mid-range hotel for 3 nights (double/twin share, per person) = $300
  • Daily budget ($100 x 3) = $300

Average Joe buys food and drink trackside, can afford a reasonably priced restaurant meal at night and even a few beers at the pub. 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 $1755 AUD ($1345 USD)

  • Premium grandstand ticket (e.g. Piquet or Prost) = $555
  • Four star hotel for 3 nights (double/twin share, per person) = $600
  • Daily budget ($200 x 3) = $600

The Extravagant Eddie will eat and drink well at the track and can afford a decent restaurant meal and perhaps some clubbing. Eddie will take taxis rather than public transport and can afford to purchase a few team merchandise items at the track.

Click here for a breakdown on the average daily travel cost for tourists in Melbourne. How much did your weekend at the Australian Grand Prix cost? Leave a comment and tell us your money saving tips!

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