Budget Planner – 2018 United States Grand Prix

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Work out how much your weekend in Austin for the United States Grand Prix will set you back. Read our Circuit of the Americas budget planner! This year’s race is on October 19-21, 2018.

The US dollar remains strong relative to most major currencies, making a trip to the States fairly expensive for most travelers, especially post-Brexit Brits. Whilst accommodation prices do go up in Austin on Grand Prix weekend, it’s still a relatively affordable city by US standards and a night out in the city doesn’t have to break the bank. Depending on where you stay, you’ll also need to factor in the cost of getting to and from the circuit each day into your daily spend; more on that in Getting There & Around.

BUDGET

MID-RANGE

HIGH END

  • Average costs below are per person based on a stay of 3 nights in Austin with race tickets, accommodation and spending money. The prices do not include flights (or other travel costs) required to reach Austin.
  • We will update this post when tickets for the 2018 United States Grand Prix go on sale; in the meantime, we’ve included 2017 ticket prices in our calculations.
  • 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.

Trackside prices at Circuit of the Americas

Like most F1 circuits, the trackside prices for food and drink at Circuit of the Americas are high. You’ll pay $8-10 for a beer and $15-25 for meals, but at least the food selection is quite varied with some cool food trucks, Mexican food and pizza as well as typical American standards like hamburgers and hot dogs.

Been to Austin for the US Grand Prix? Leave a comment with your tips!

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The best budget, mid-range and luxury accommodation in Austin for the United States Formula 1 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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