Where to stay for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix

From trackside camping to five-star luxury, we’ve rounded up the best places to stay near the Red Bull Ring for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix on July 2-4.

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The Red Bull Ring is located in a rural region with limited nearby accommodation, making trackside camping an attractive proposition here. If you want a few more creature comforts, there’s a good selection of accommodation in Graz. Austria’s second largest city is around one hours’ drive from the Red Bull Ring via the motorway. Most of the best local accommodation in towns like Spielberg and Knittelfeld gets snapped up by the teams and circuit workers, but there are some lovely mountain resorts within reasonable driving distance of the Red Bull Ring. If you don’t mind a 2+ hour commute, the stunning capital of Vienna is also worth considering for the weekend (or to visit as part of a longer trip).

Red Bull Ring Camping

Thousands of fans from all around Europe camp at the Red Bull Ring on Grand Prix weekend. The camping facilities are good and the atmosphere is lively, though a little drunken and rowdy at times. If you value a good night’s sleep or have young children, it’s perhaps worth considering alternative accommodation. There are seven color-coded campsites surrounding the circuit. A weekend of camping for two people costs approximately  €160 (3 nights from Thursday to Sunday, including parking for one vehicle). The ‘Pink’ and ‘Orange’ campsite on the hill behind the Nord grandstand are probably the most picturesque and least likely to be noisy, but there are more hills to climb. The other camping areas are located on flatter ground, closer to the main straight and fan zone near the first corner. There’s also a big stage close by where concerts are held over the weekend. Buy Red Bull Ring camping tickets. (If you don’t wish to deal with camping equipment yourself, GPtents offers a campsite 10 minutes’ walk from the Red Bull Ring with pre-erected tents priced at around €220 per night for two people on race weekend.)

Stay in Graz for the Austrian Grand Prix

There’s a good selection of accommodation in Graz, but it’s not a huge city and it does suffer from the dreaded ‘F1 tax’, with higher prices on Grand Prix weekend. There are trains from Graz to the circuit, but we recommend hiring a car to make your life easier. Trackside parking is free and the circuit is close to a motorway, meaning that traffic flows quite well. Expect a commute of around 1 hour each way. There was more traffic after the race on Sunday, but no significant delays. Browse all accommodation in Graz.

Der Marienhof Hotel Garni

  • Modern, clean hotel 4-star hotel
  • Nice location east of Graz center
  • Double rooms from €85 per night

JUFA Hotel Graz

  • Clean 3-star hotel
  • Rock climbing center next door
  • €105 per night for a double, including breakfast

Hotel Süd

  • Well-rated 4 star hotel in the south of the city
  • Indoor pool, free Wi-Fi
  • €120 per night, including breakfast

Hotel Gollner

  • Highly-rated 4 star hotel close to the old town
  • On-site casino if that’s your thing
  • Double room from €220 per night

Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel Graz

  • Great downtown location
  • Modern hotel, trusted international brand
  • €225 per night for a double room

Mercure Graz City

  • Right in the old center of town
  • Fitness & spa facilities
  • €245 per night for a double on GP weekend

Other accommodation near the Red Bull Ring

The area surrounding the Red Bull Ring is ski country, so there are plenty of pretty mountain chalets to choose from within a 30-40km radius of the track. You’ll find beautiful rolling green hills and fresh air instead of Snow in July, not to mention tasty local cuisine and beer. Browse all accommodation near the Red Bull Ring.

JUFA Hotel Knappenberg

  • 35km from the Red Bull Ring
  • Beautiful mountain setting, on-site spa
  • €210 per night for double room including breakfast

JUFA Hotel Maria Lankowitz

  • 30km from the Red Bull Ring
  • €200 per night for family room (2 adults + 1 child), including breakfast

Romantik-Villa LebensART

  • 5-star luxury just 22km from the Red Bull Ring
  • €245 per night for a 75m2 loft apartment

Have you stayed near the Red Bull Ring? Leave a comment below!

14 thoughts on “Where to stay for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix”

  1. Hi Andrew
    Thanks for the work on this site.
    I am planning a trip to the Austrian and British GP in 2018, travelling from Australia. .
    Camping with a large Motorhome and I am wondering the best option for camping at the RedBull Ring.
    We will have Grandstand tickets in the RedBull stand.
    I will be travelling with my father who is not as super fit as he once was ;) (will be 70)
    Seems each site has “Pros & Cons” ie noisy but close or Picturesque but a bit of a walk.

    Hoping who could help with a bit of advice on which is the most comfortable/clean and convenient.


    With thanks for your time


    1. Hi Peter, I’ve not camped at the Red Bull Ring, so my advice is based on the areas I saw last time I was there and their locations. I think you need to choose one of the Blue, Red or Yellow camping zones. These are all pretty close to the Red Bull grandstand. As far as I could tell, all the camp grounds looked pretty similar in terms of conveniences. As for noise, I think it is luck of the draw. You can buy tickets here. Good luck, sounds like an awesome trip!

      1. Thanks Andrew

        Had a awesome time and recommend to all.

        The Austrians know how to have a great time in a good way.

        The camping was clean and comfortable and everything is available at the track with site Hoffer which is Aldi in OZ.

        Facilities are well maintained and never encountered them to be dirty, though recommend to get to showers early as a line up occurs.

        Noise is what you would expect of a festival of speed.

        Viewing was incredible overall from Redbull stands and recommend it.

        Will hopefully get back soon.


        1. Thanks a lot Peter for your feedback. The Austrian GP is an underrated race. The spectator experience at the Red Bull Ring is really good and the tickets are reasonably affordable too.

  2. Rory Turnbull

    Hi Andrew. Am looking at heading out for my (and my brother’s) first F1 trip and Austria looks the best bet for us. I am treating him for his 40th so want to budget the accommodation and transport especially as I’m coughing up for the entire trip. I was looking at camping but given the distance from Vienna airport is the additional cost of a hire car inevitable? Or would public transport and pre erected tents be an option? My brother cannot carry much due to injury so need to limit amount of luggage generally. Have you any advice on this at all?
    Thanks for you time and a very useful site.

    1. I think a hire car will make your life much easier at the Austrian GP. Public transport is doable, but more of a hassle. You may also consider a cheap hotel in Graz rather than camping.

  3. Hi F1 fans, we’re travelling from Australia for the race this year and will be camping at the circuit. Does anyone have any recommendations for camping gear hire? We are driving to the track from Vienna with a hire car on Thursday morning but we will need the essentials like a tent, inflatable mattress, chairs and a cooler for food/drinks etc. It seems quite wasteful to purchase all of this and dispose of it at the end of the weekend so we were hoping to borrow/hire at least some of this gear from someone, but there is very little information about this kind of thing on the internet. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Damon, I really don’t know of anyone offering such a camping hire service. There are companies who do supply pre-erected tents at the Red Bull Ring on race weekend, but this is more expensive. I think you will be better off buying it yourselves. Instead of throwing away at the end of the weekend, I’m sure you could donate it to someone or some organization? Ask around at the track! Enjoy the weekend. The Red Bull Ring is an awesome track in a beautiful part of the world and the weekend is really well organized.

  4. Hi everyone th motoGP Fans,
    I will come to RedBull ring circuit from Vienna…How I get there easily…

  5. Hi Andrew, We are heading to the Austria GP this year. We will have a car, the website mentions free parking at the track. What are your thoughts of us driving ourselves instead of a car service? We will have 5 in our group. Thanks in advance for your guidance.

    1. Hi Joanne, I did this with a friend in 2015 and it worked really well (we stayed in Graz). However, the race has got a lot more popular in the past few years, so I guess the parking lots are busier and there’s more traffic. The good thing about the Red Bull Ring is that it’s located right next to several large motorways, so the access is pretty good. I’d be driving, but be ready for some delays on race day.

  6. James Cronin

    Hey, If i buy a camping ticket for three nights, do I also have to buy a grandstand ticket in order to access the racing at the red bull ring? Slightly confused, first time going to a GP

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