Budget Planner – 2020 Monaco Grand Prix

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Plan the cost of your trip to the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix on May 21-24.

A trip to the Monaco F1 Grand Prix is not only for the rich & famous. It is possible to spend a weekend at F1’s most iconic race on a budget, though you will need to stay in nearby Nice and watch your wallet. Let’s be honest..to really get the most out of your experience, you’ll probably end up spending a lot more at Monaco than at other races on the current calendar! The bad news is that ticket prices rose have risen by around 10-20% last year in the last 2 years.

  • Average costs are based on a stay of 3 nights in Monaco with race ticket, accommodation and spending money. Prices do not include air travel (or other travel costs) required to reach Monaco.
  • 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.


  • Estimated weekend cost approx. €492.50 ($547 USD)
  • Grandstand on Thursday = €82.50
  • Rocher General Admission ticket (Sat + Sun) = €170
  • Hostel bed in Nice (€30 per night x 3) = €90
  • Spending money (€50 x 3) = €150


  • Estimated weekend cost approx. €1190.50 ($1324 USD)
  • Thursday grandstand = €82.50
  • Grandstand T Lower (Sat + Sun) = €583
  • Mid-range hotel in central Nice for 3 nights = €225 (per person/double or twin share)
  • Spending Money (€100 x 3) = €300


Image by Jamey Price. May 25-29, 2016: Monaco Grand Prix. Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Honda

Half the weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix?

If your budget is really limited, and you don’t fancy the idea of battling for a weekend spot on Rocher Hill, then consider going for just half the weekend. Remember that all the first practice sessions at Monaco happen on the Thursday and grandstand tickets are all reasonably priced at under €100. Entry on Friday is free and whilst there is no F1 action, you will get the chance to see a Formula 2 feature race – all grandstands are open on Friday, but the best ones do get filled up. The circuit gets opened in the early afternoon so you can walk the track and take part in the fan’s pitlane walk. Click here to read about our ‘half a weekend’ experience at Monaco in 2014.

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  1. Morag says:

    Our family of four is heading to the GP from Scotland with Grandstand tickets for the Sunday. We’re arriving Saturday and taking an apartment in Nice. What time should we get to Monaco on the Sunday, ie when does the action start as we don’t want to miss anything, thanks!

    • Editor says:

      Hi Morag, if you are only going for race day, then I suggest you get up early and try to get to the track for about 9:30am. There are two support races in the morning (Porsche Supercup at 09:45 and Formula Renault 2.0 at 11:10). You will also want to soak up as much atmosphere as you can. Enjoy!

  2. Darren Norman says:

    Hi, me and a small group of friends are looking to book an average joe Monaco GP 2017 weekend from England. Any advice you can offer on who/how to book with would be greatly appreciated

  3. Paul legg says:

    We did Monte Carlo as a package in 2016. If we did it again we would do it on our own. Easyjet flies from lots of airports to Nice. Then from Nice airport to Nice town is a short taxi fare and I mean short about 2 miles, pick a hotel near the station, there are a few to chose from and I would suggest Nice Riquier station as it is small (up line and down line) so easy to get on right train. Although at Grand Prix weekend there are clear signs directing race goers to the right platform. Once at the station select the yellow touch screen ticket machine and select English, the rest is follow the on screen prompts, make sure you have a card to pay. If you use a machine with the hand scroll option then I hope your French is good. Get on the train and enjoy the ride, make sure you sit next to the window on the right hand side as the view from the journey is second to none. You will know when you get to MOnte Carlo as it is in a huge red stone lined tunnel (polished granite I think) get off the train, go through security and you come out right on the first bend after the start/finish straight. It really is easy to do.

    And viewing, we viewed from grandstand K2, expensive but the view was amazing. You could see them exit the tunnel, through the chicane, around tabac and disappear around the swimming pool chicane. Then if you were sat high you could turn around and catch a glimpse of the cars going through Beau Rivage. I would not book a package with coach transfers as Once raising is over it is a massive party, head for Slammers, it’s a free street party and the memories will live for you for ever. Don’t be put off by prices, yes you can pay a fortune if you want but as long as you are content to eat/drink as you walk amost places will do a large beer and a slice of pizza or hot dog or burger for around 10-12 euros. Hope this helps, wish I was going next year now

    • Ger says:

      This is such a great help. Thank you. Planning out first visit this May to Grand Prix on a budget ?

      • Linda says:

        Hi Ger
        Curious to hear about your Monaco GP experience! I am looking at booking tickets for 2018 coming from Western Australia!

        • Editor says:

          Hey Linda, it’s a long way from WA to Monaco. I actually used to live in Perth many years ago before moving to Europe. Let me know if you have specific questions as you plan your trip! Andy

  4. Eddie Gomez says:


    My wife and I, 25 and 23 year old fun professionals, are planning on going to the 2018 Grand Prix. We would like to get the VIP Yacht package for Saturday/Sunday, but we’re hoping to find 5 other people to split the cost with us. Could you suggest where I could find 5 other people who are willing to go? Or do you know of any service that will sell individual tickets for the Yacht?


    Yacht VIP Package- (Sat-Sun)
    Spend the F1 weekend on board a luxury tri-deck yacht and watch Saturday and Sunday’s entire repertoire of Porsche Supercup, Renault 3.5 and Formula 1 Races from the harbour! 

    Thank you!!

  5. Sheila says:

    Hi i hope to attend f1 monaco 2018 , i have booked my flights, & a 5 day cruise, so we arrive in monte carlo race day morning at 8am , i was woundering if anyone have any tips on a terrce vip viewing for the race thats under £800 pp as all that i have seen is very expensive, i would do grandstand but it might be to long day in the sun/rain, as this a surprise gift for my husband 60th , i have booked everything independently so far

  6. Eddie Gomez we need to connect…

    • Lasse says:

      Me and girlfiriand is going to be at the cannes filmfestival so we wount to go to Monaco only on Sunday what is the cheep est way to se the f1 in Monaco 2019. Only to se the race. Doesn’t matter were we stand but cheep tickets or ewen free is nice hehe. Somebody knows.

  7. Arpit Singh says:

    hey , ill be coming for India , looking for suggestions to book the tickets under 800 euros

  8. Samantha Johnston says:

    Hey Eddie Gomez, myself (25) and my partner (27) are also looking to purchase these tickets, we could hook up?

  9. Virginia Liddle says:

    Would love help planning a post college graduation trip for a few friends to the Monaco races May 2019. Somewhere between “budget” and “middle” rates . Advice appreciated . Would be flying from the east coast, USA

  10. Nilsu says:

    Hi, I am currently studying in Germany and planning to attend the Grand Prix in 2020. My plan is to stay in Nice, obviously because it is cheaper than staying in Monaco. I am wondering whether I can watch the race on the street without paying for a ticket or whether I can attend the activities without a ticket? I am a little bit short on a budget. Thanks for all your help :)

  11. carlos sanchez says:

    Hello my family has already booked the trip for that week. Can you recommend a restaurant or rooftop that is moderately priced to watch the race on Sunday? Thank you

    • Editor says:

      Hi Carlos, unfortunately the terraces/restaurants are super expensive on Sunday, minimum 1500 EUR per person. But you can get a terrace view with hospitality on Thursday (the first day of F1 action) for 250 EUR per person with our supplier.

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