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Budget Planner – 2017 Spanish Grand Prix

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Read our budget planner to help plan the cost of your trip to the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. The next race is on May 12-14, 2017.

Despite being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, a trip to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s also worth considering taking a package holiday to the Costa Brava as several coastal resorts in this region have easy access to the circuit.

Images © F1Destinations.com. Average costs below are per person based on a stay of 3 nights in Barcelona on Grand Prix weekend with race tickets, accommodation and spending money. The prices do not include flights (or other travel costs) required to reach Barcelona.

Cheap Charlie

  • Weekend cost approx €295 ($313 USD)
  • 3-day General Admission ticket = €130
  • Dorm bed at hostel in Barcelona for 4 nights (per person) =  €75
  • Daily budget: €30 x 3 = €90

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 €765 ($812 USD)
  • 3-day Grandstand (A or L) ticket = €330
  • Mid-range hotel in Barcelona for 4 nights (per person) = €210
  • Daily budget: €75 x 3 = €225

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 €1400 EUR ($1485 USD)
  • 3-day Main Upper Grandstand ticket = €495
  • 5-star hotel in Barcelona for 4 nights (per person) = €450
  • Daily budget: €150 x 3 = €450

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.

Package holiday?

Another mid-range option would be to book a one-week package at a resort on the nearby Costa Brava? From most European countries, a package at a 3-4 star hotel with flights and some meals included can be booked for around €500 EUR (£390 GBP / $700 USD) for 7 nights. Circuit de Catalunya can easily be reached in under an hour from most Costa Brava resorts and cars can be hired cheaply. Some resorts also put on bus transfers to and from the circuit each day. Read Off-Track Activities for more information.

Click here for estimated daily travel costs in Barcelona. Leave a comment below and tell us your best money saving tips for the Spanish Grand Prix.

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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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