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Which F1 circuits offer guided tours?

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Visiting an F1 city on a non-race weekend and want to check out the circuit? The good news is that most current Formula 1 circuits offer reasonably-priced tours of their facilities. Here’s the lowdown!

Not all current circuits offer guided tours (the street circuits, primarily), but that shouldn’t stop you visiting and taking a walk around to check out the most popular sections of the track. In fact, some of the best circuits to visit for this purpose are the City Park Circuits. The good news is that in comparison to inflated race ticket prices, the ‘behind the scenes’ circuit tours are normally very reasonably priced.

Albert Park

  • Home of the Australian GP
  • Guided tours? No, Albert Park is a temporary circuit. The good news is that it is also a popular local park that’s worth visiting year-round. If you know the track well, you will be able to make out the most important sections. Hire a bike and check it out!
  • More info: Google Maps

Shanghai International Circuit

  • Home of the Chinese GP
  • Guided tours? Yes, year round. On the hour from 09:00-17:00. Go to the circuit shop at the back of the main grandstand, next to Costa Coffee. Cost 50 RMB (about $8 USD) for 60-90 mins, including visits to the media room and podium.
  • More info: Read our report

Bahrain International Circuit

  • Home of the Bahrain GP
  • Guided tours? Yes. Cost 6 Bahraini Dinar ($16 USD) per person. Tours run on Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am and 2pm. Tours visit the Sakhir Tower (great views!), Race Control Tower, Media Centre and include a sedate lap of the circuit.
  • More info and tickets
Driving Experiences
Many of the permanent F1 circuits listed here also offer “driving experiences.” You can get behind the wheel of your own car on a dedicated track day, drive an open wheeler or sportscar provided by the circuit, or be driven by a professional at speed around a few laps. Prices vary, but these kind of experiences don’t come cheap. We will cover F1 driving experiences in a separate article!

Baku City Circuit

  • Home of the Azerbaijan GP
  • Guided tours? No, this is a temporary circuit. But you will easily find some of the circuits corners just by walking around. Baku is a fascinating blend of old and new. It’s definitely worth visiting the narrow section in the UNESCO-listed old town next to the Maiden Tower.
  • More info: Google Maps

Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya

  • Home of the Spanish GP
  • Guided tours? Yes, year round and almost daily. Cost €10 for adults and €5 for children. Tours runs for 60-75 minutes and includes visits to the Briefing Room, Race Control, Paddock, Podium, Media Centre and the Pit Garages.
  • More info

Circuit de Monaco

  • Home of the Monaco GP
  • Guided tours? No, this is a street circuit. But it’s easy to visit Monaco and just walk the streets; you’ll easily find the most important most important sections of this iconic circuit. You can also visit the Musée de l’Automobile Monaco
  • More info: Google Maps
Testing Tour
Can’t afford to visit the paddock on a regular F1 weekend with the new F1 Experiences offer? You’re not alone, but the good news is that there is a cheaper alternative. Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, which hosts the pre-season tests, offers guided tours of the circuit – including the paddock and pitlane – during the testing days each year for a reasonable €50. But you will need to be quick as these tickets do sell out well in advance. Click here to learn more.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

  • Home of the Canadian GP
  • Guided tours? No, this is a temporary circuit. However, the circuit is located on a man-made island that also serves as a city park with several points of interest, including the biosphere from Expo ’67 and the Casino de Montreal.
  • More info: Parc Jean-Drapeau

Red Bull Ring

  • Home of the Austrian GP
  • Guided tours? Yes, year round from 08:00 to 18:00. The 90-minute tour (available in English, Italian or German) costs 15 for adults and 5 for children, and includes a look at the VIP lounges, Race Control, Medical Center and the Media Center.
  • More info

Silverstone

  • Home of the British GP
  • Guided tours? Yes. Two-hour tours of Silverstone cost £30. You’ll get an introduction to the circuit, tour of race control, photo op on the winner’s podium and a sedate lap around the circuit (provided there’s no on-track action on that day).
  • More info

Hockenheimring

  • Home of the German GP
  • Guided tours? Yes, tours are offered at 11:00 daily, year round. You’ll need to book ahead in the winter months.  Priced at 12 for adults and 6.50 for children, the “insider tour” includes free entrance to the Motorsport Museum plus a tour of the paddock, race control building, pitlane, podium and grandstands.
  • More info

Hungaroring

  • Home of the Hungarian GP
  • Guided tours? Yes, but you’ll need to contact the circuit in advance (and tours are probably not on offer in the winter months). Priced at 9 for adults and 6 for children, the tour includes the paddock including areas normally off-limits, a chance to get your photo taken on the podium and a visit to the statue park of F1 champions.
  • More info

Spa Francorchamps

  • Home of the Belgian GP
  • Guided tours? Yes. Regular tours for individuals are available from March 15 to November 15, costing €9.50 for adults and €6.50 for children, check the link for dates. Alternatively, you can book a group visit on any day. The 75-minute tour includes the 24 Hours and F1 paddocks, press room, commentators’ booths, podium and Race Control room.
  • More info
Don't forget..
Many permanent circuits hold regular motorsport events in addition to Formula 1. You won’t normally be able to take a tour if there is a race event happening at the circuit. Some circuits (especially in Europe) also close up for the winter months. If you are in any doubt, contact the circuit before you travel there or buy your tickets in advance.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

  • Home of the Italian GP
  • Guided tours? Yes, tours are offered year-round that take in the media center, race control, paddock, pit building and podium. Priced at €10 for adults (€8 concession), or €15 (€12) including a lap of the circuit. You can also just visit Monza Park and explore; be sure to check out the old banked circuit.
  • More info

Marina Bay Street Circuit

  • Home of the Singapore GP
  • Guided tours? No, this is a temporary street circuit. However, the building housing the pits is a permanent structure and is worth a visit. It’s also right next door to the Singapore Flyer, the huge ferris wheel with amazing views of the skyline, day or night.
  • More info: Google Maps

Sochi Autodrom

  • Home of the Russian GP
  • Guided tours? Yes, daily at 13:30, 16:00 & 18:00. Cost is 500 rubles ($8.50 USD) for adults and 300 rubles for children. You’ll visit the main grandstand, paddock, race control, pitlane and podium. For a slightly higher price, you can also take a tour of the Sochi Auto Sport Museum as well.
  • More info

Suzuka Circuit

  • Home of the Japanese GP
  • Guided tours? Yes, the “backyard tour” is available on selected dates (check the link below for the schedule). Costing just 500 yen ($4.50 USD), the one-hour tour takes places twice or three times daily and includes the control room, media center and podium.
  • More info

Circuit of the Americas

  • Home of the US GP
  • Guided tours? Yes, every weekend from 10:00-16:00. The one-hour “Insiders Guided Shuttle Tour” includes a lap of the circuit with stops at the main corners and the Austin360 Amphitheater concert venue, plus the pits and paddock, race control and podium.
  • More info

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

  • Home of the Mexican GP
  • Guided tours? We can’t find specific information about tours of the circuit. However, you can walk or cycle the circuit when there are no events happening, and there’s some venues from the 1968 Olympics nearby, which are worth checking out.
  • Circuit website (Spanish only) / Google Maps

Interlagos

  • Home of the Brazilian GP
  • Guided tours? Yes, but you will need to contact the circuit for more information. Alternatively, you can walk or cycle on the public park that goes around the circuit’s perimeter (any day from 07:00-17:00). You can also visit the famous Ayrton Senna kart track next to the circuit.
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Yas Marina

  • Home of the Abu Dhabi GP
  • Guided tours? Yes. Priced at 60 AED (approx $16 USD), the tour includes a lap around the circuit in a minivan with stops at the grandstands and drag-racing strip, plus a look behind the scenes at race control, the media centre and the paddock. Separately, you can visit the Marina itself for free.
  • More info

Have you done an F1 track tour? Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience!

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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. Mark says:

    did the Montreal Track tour and drove on the circuit fantastic

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