Budget Planner – 2018 Chinese Grand Prix

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Work out the cost of your trip to the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix with our budget planner. The next race takes place on April 13-15, 2018.

China offers excellent value for the F1 fan and was the cheapest Grand Prix to attend in 2017 when taking into account the whole cost of the weekend (tickets, accommodation & spending money). Race tickets are very cheap, high quality accommodation in the center of Shanghai is budget friendly, it’s cheap and easy to take the metro to the circuit and you don’t need to spend a lot to enjoy yourself in China’s largest city.

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  • Average costs are per person based on a stay of 3 nights in central Shanghai on Grand Prix weekend 2017 with race tickets, accommodation and spending money. The prices do not include flights (or other travel costs) required to reach Shanghai.
  • About our categories: Budget fans buy the cheapest race tickets (General Admission) and camp by the track or stay in a hostel. Mid-Range fans buy a grandstand ticket and stay in a 3-star hotel, whilst High-End fans buy a VIP or experience package and stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel.

Been to the Chinese Grand Prix? Leave a comment below with your money-saving tips!

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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. Jack says:

    andrew, do you know from experience if there are vendors for team gear at the F1 China race? Shirts, hats etc. Or stores in the area that have team gear? Don’t see the need to bring some team gear if already purchasable at the circuit. This will be my first Chinese F1 race. We got A high tickets. Pretty excited.

  2. Charly says:

    Hi Andrew, about how long does it take to exit from the circuit and catch the metro after the race on Sunday? I’m attending this year, got my tickets (A High) but need to catch a plane departing at 8:40PM from Hongqiao Airport. The plan is to leave the bags early in the morning at the luggage storage counter (paid service, not the airline) and take the metro to and from the circuit.Thanks!

    • Editor says:

      Hi Charly, you are cutting it pretty fine! I don’t mean to alarm you, but there can be some post-race delays getting the metro (see reviews here) I’d probably organize a taxi to wait for you after the race to make a quicker getaway than on the metro

  3. Kelvin says:

    Hi Andrew, I am planning to leave for my departure flight at 8:50pm in PVG airport after the race. What’s the best transportation mode and will I have time to get to the airport in time after the race?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Kelvin, I always recommend leaving later, so you won’t be stressed and can enjoy the race. This year, the Chinese GP starts at 14:10 and should be done by 16:00. If you don’t hang around after the race and get straight on the metro, you should be fine. I’d take the metro (line 11) from the circuit to Jiangsu Road, where you swap to line 2 and then go to Longyang Road, where you can catch the Maglev. The entire trip will take around 2 hours. Alternatively, you could swap to a taxi in the center. Good luck!

  4. Steve McClelland says:

    Hi, as for food stalls as i am taking my som with me and he is not that adventurous in trying oit new things. Is there the basic hotdogs/hamburgers etc or is it mainly chinese food available.

  5. Daniel says:

    Hi, I’m curious to know if you must have s visa to enter China to watch the Grand Prix?
    I plan on going to China for the race weekend, and then flying to Vietnam for a holiday, then return home to Canada.
    I see online that Canada is on the list of countries eligible for a 72 hour or a 144 hour transit visa.
    I really don’t want to get to the airport and they deny me boarding saying I must have a visa.
    Of course I’ll read watch this more, but was curious if you had any experience with this.
    Thanks a lot!

    • Editor says:

      Hi Daniel, I’ve done the Visa on arrival for 72 hour visit (not the longer 144 hour one). It worked fine. More info in Travel Basics

      • Daniel says:

        Hi,
        Thank you for the response. I have had a lot of trouble to find a definitive answer. The airlines have not helped me out claiming they cannot answer this question, and the Chinese consulate has been a nightmare to contact.
        I am worried because it is not a direct flight to Shanghai, there is a 3 hour stop in Beijing before heading to Hongqiao airport in Shanghai.

        I also contacted the office at visaforchina.org in Vancouver, and they could not say 100 percent.
        I may as well buy the visa to save the stress of not being able to board a flight.

        • Editor says:

          Sounds a bit tricky with the layover in Beijing. I’d buy the visa in advance just to be sure.

        • Matt says:

          Agree with the visa for this.
          Unfortunately airlines (or the third party visa vendors won’t help much). FlyerTalk forum is useful.

          But it needs to be a transit – in and out of Shanghai area (includes Wuxi and Hangzhou) and one flight must be Tina third country (Hong Kong and Macau are OK)

          I did a 140hr stay in 2018 flying into Pudong and out of Hangzhou to Hong Kong.. although the TWOV line at Pudong took me 90min

  6. Henkie says:

    How much is a pint of beer (more or less)? I’ll bring food to cut the costs, but I believe you can’t bring alcohol.

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