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Tickets – 2017 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai

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Your guide on buying tickets to the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. This year’s race is on April 7-9, 2017.

Good news! The prices of most grandstand tickets for the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix have been slashed by 20-30%, making one of the cheapest Grands Prix on the F1 calendar an even more enticing option. Early movers will also benefit from a further 10% early bird discount on most tickets, which should apply until February 2, 2017. China operates a Free Friday policy, which means you can sit in any grandstand you wish on the first day of the racing weekend and that grandstand seats are only reserved on Saturday and Sunday.

The Shanghai circuit has a stadium layout similar to Hockenheim; there’s only a limited selection of grandstands, but they are all raised well above the catch fencing and offer great panoramic views of large sections of the track. The huge Main Grandstand opposite the pits seats up to 29 000 spectators and the total capacity for the circuit including the four large general admission areas is a sizeable 200 000, though it hasn’t been anywhere close to full since the first race back in 2004.

Ticket prices were reduced by 10% before February 2, 2017.

2017 Chinese Grand Prix tickets (3 days)

Ticket TypeDiscount to Feb 2, 2017Regular Price (EUR/USD)
Main Grandstand A Platinum
n/a€372 / $415
Main Grandstand A+ High
-10%€224 / $249
Main Grandstand A+ Low
-10%€197 / $219
Main Grandstand A High
-10%€143 / $159
Main Grandstand A Low
-10%€129 / $144
Grandstand H, K
-10%€116 / $129
General Admission J, L
n/a€65 / $72
General Admission C, F
n/a€51 / $57

Need to Know

  • The Main Grandstand, as well as Grandstands H & K are all covered. The General Admission areas are NOT covered. Remember that rain is a distinct possibility at the Chinese race, so be prepared if you’ve chosen the cheaper General Admission tickets.
  • All grandstands have views of at least one big screen TV, as do the majority of the General Admission areas (with the exception of F).
  • Family tickets (1 adult + 1 child) are available for the grandstands at a small premium over the regular ticket price.

Main Grandstand

The vast Main grandstand offers three different ticket types, plus two new variations for 2017. The most expensive Platinum seats are located in the highest section of the grandstand opposite the start/finish line. High tickets are located in the top half of the grandstand and provide excellent panoramic views over up to 80% of the circuit, whilst Low tickets are in the bottom half of the grandstand and are better for views of the pits area. New for 2017, High+ and Low+ tickets are located in the middle section of the grandstand below the Platinum seats and close to the start/finish line and podium. All ticket prices in the Main grandstand have been slashed for 2017; Platinum tickets are 20% cheaper and High/Low tickets are between 30-55% cheaper!

Main Grandstand High view

Grandstands H & K

These grandstands are located either side of turn 14, a slow-speed corner at the end of the back straight where a lot of overtaking happens. From some seats in Grandstand H, you also get a view of the pit lane entry and pit straight. Both grandstands are recommended. Tickets in grandstands H & K are 30% cheaper for 2017!

Grandstand H view

Grandstand K view

Shanghai General Admission Tickets

There are four General Admission Zones at the Shanghai circuit, all of which are priced well below $100 for the weekend. There is new, tiered pricing for 2017 with zones J &L a little more expensive than C & F. The pick of the General Admission in Shanghai is Zone J at the turn 14 hairpin, closely followed by  Zone L at the start of the pit straight. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella and wet weather gear if rain is forecast.

Click here to read about our tour of the Shanghai International Circuit. Been yourself? Leave a comment 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. Hi, do you.offer a family pacakge for one adult and one child on grand stand A+

    • Editor says:

      Hi Jaco, yes there is a family ticket available for Grandstand A+ (high and low). It includes an adult ticket and one child up to the age of 16 years. The price is $273 USD for high ticket and $244 for low ticket (both for 3 days). You can buy HERE.

  2. Rich says:

    Is there anyway you can book a particular area/seat within a section like you can at the Malaysian seeping circuit?
    I’m trying to book A+ High seats in section 6 or 10 which are as close to A High Platinum. But whichever site I look at just give as a general A+ High section 4-14. Hope you can help?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Rich, sorry I am not aware of how you can book a particular section/seat. If you buy with Gootickets, you can request when you order and hopefully they will be able to accommodate you.

    • Shane says:

      Hi Rich

      do you have a seating Map . . I now have my tickets but would like to know where I am.. I have searched but cannot find anything

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