Your detailed guide on buying tickets to the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit. The best places to watch the action at the final race of 2017 on November 24-26, including full analysis of general admission and grandstand tickets.
Choosing your Yas Marina ticket is not as difficult as at some other races; there are only 5 grandstands (plus the Abu Dhabi Hill) to choose from at the circuit. We recommend the West grandstand; it is the most popular, and tends to sell out first.
All images © F1Destinations.com. The Editor attended the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tickets
|Name (Grandstand)||to May 31||from June 1|
|Club (Main) 3 days||no discount||2720 AED ($740)|
|Regular (Main) 3 days||no discount||2200 AED ($600)|
|Regular (North) 3 days||1456 AED ($395)||2080 AED ($565)|
|Regular (North) 2 days||1313 AED ($357)||1875 AED ($510)|
|Club (West) 3 days||1820 AED ($495)||2600 AED ($710)|
|Regular (West) 3 days||1456 AED ($395)||2080 AED ($565)|
|Club (South) 3 days||1820 AED ($495)||2600 AED ($710)|
|Regular (South) 3 days||1455 AED ($395)||2080 AED ($565)|
|Regular (South) 2 days||1313 AED ($357)||1875 AED ($510)|
|Regular (Marina) 3 days||1455 AED ($395)||2080 AED ($565)|
|Regular (Marina) 2 days||1313 AED ($357)||1875 AED ($510)|
|Abu Dhabi Hill (General Admission) 3 days||TBC||TBC|
F1’s only twilight race is held at the impressive Yas Marina circuit outside Abu Dhabi, which has a spectator capacity of 60 000 and regularly sells out. This year’s tickets went on sale in late March; prices are broadly similar to last year. Early-bird discounts apply on most tickets categories until May 31, 2017. The North, West and South Grandstands (plus Lounge tickets) are discounted by 20% and Marina Grandstand tickets enjoy a 30% discount. There are no discounts for General Admission or Main Grandstand tickets. Tickets for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are on average the most expensive on the current F1 calendar.
- Grandstand tickets are numbered and reserved on all three days of the weekend. All grandstands are covered and have big screen TVs. The Abu Dhabi Hill (General Admission) area is uncovered, but does have big screen TVs.
- All tickets are sold for either 3 days (Friday to Sunday) or 2 days (Saturday and Sunday). 2-day tickets are approximately 10% cheaper than the 3-day tickets, which is not a particularly enticing discount.
- Tickets are transferable each day, offering fans the opportunity to swap with family or friends and check out the views from different grandstands.
- Club’ tickets in the West and South grandstands provide access to an outdoor lounge for an approximate 20% premium over regular grandstand ticket prices
Abu Dhabi Hill Tickets
General Admission tickets on the Abu Dhabi Hill at Yas Marina (not yet on sale for 2017) are the cheapest on offer. The 2-day tickets are the first to sell out each year. Located in the middle of the circuit and adjacent to the North Grandstand, the large grassy hill area offers decent views for fans on a budget. From this area, you can see the action from turns 2 through to the turn 7 North hairpin, plus watch the cars at speed on the long back straight. Large TV viewing screens are on offer so you won’t miss any of the action.
The Main Grandstand is the place to be if you want to watch the start and finish of the race, and keep up to date with the action in the pits. If this is not important, choose a cheaper grandstand, where you will also get to see more on-track action such as passing moves. Only 3-day tickets are sold for the main grandstand.
Wrapping around the tight hairpin at turn 7, the North Grandstand offers decent panoramic views from turns 3-7 and along the back straight. The best seats are in the centre of the stand, right behind the hairpin. It’s also a good spot for easy access to the after-race concerts at the Du Arena (and Ferrari World).
Tickets for this popular grandstand, located on turn 8 at the end of the long back straight, tend to sell out quickly. It’s a great spot for overtaking and unique on the F1 calendar for having the run-off area partially under the grandstand! Most seats here also have a good view of the final two corner on the circuit and the best seats look right down the main straight.
Marina Grandstand is good for panoramic views of the second half of the circuit. The immediate view of the cars is on the straight between turns 10-11, but you can also follow the action in the Marina section between turns 15-20. To add more interest, the support race garages for GP2 and GP3 are located under the grandstand.
A good choice for on-track action, the South Grandstand is located in the braking zone for turn 11 and also offers an excellent panorama view of the following turns 12-14 as well as the spectacular Marina section of the circuit and Yas Viceroy Hotel. South Grandstand Upper level: view 1, view 2
Yas Marina Hospitality & VIP Tickets
2017 Abu Dhabi hospitality tickets
|Name (Grandstand)||to May 31||from June 1|
|Al Dhiyafa (Main) 3 days||no discount||4685 AED ($1275)|
|Al Dhiyafa (North) 3 days||3757 AED ($1022)||4420 AED ($1203)|
|Al Dhiyafa (West) 3 days||3757 AED ($1022)||4420 AED ($1203)|
|Lounge (North) 3 days||2447 AED ($665)||3495 AED ($950)|
|Lounge (West) 3 days||2447 AED ($665)||3495 AED ($950)|
|Yas Marina Trackside Terrace 2 days||no discount||9150 AED ($2491)|
|Marsa Suites 2 days||no discount||6250 AED ($1701)|
There is no shortage of premium ticket options at Yas Marina for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but you need to be quick as they tend to sell out quickly. ‘Lounge’ tickets in the North and West grandstands provide a seat in a special high section of the stand plus access to an air-conditioned lounge area for a premium of approximately 70% over regular grandstand tickets prices. ‘Al Dhiyafa’ tickets in the Main, North and West grandstands offer seats in the higher level 2 area with access to an air-conditioned lounge and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and food included. They are just over double the price of the regular tickets in these grandstands.
Yas Marina is the ‘new money’ rival to Monaco in the glamour stakes and the place to be seen on Grand Prix weekend, particularly if you have a multi-million dollar yacht. Paddock Club tickets (not yet available for 2017) will set you back in excess of $500 USD for 3 days. Other similarly priced options include the Amber Lounge Yacht and the Yas Viceroy Hotel.
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