2018 European F1 Camping Guide

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The 2018 European F1 season features nine races, beginning on May 13 in Spain and ending in Italy on September 2. Read our guide to the best F1 camping in Europe this year.

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“Camping is convenient, social and inexpensive. Pitching a tent next to the racetrack, drinking a few beers with friends and enjoying a relaxing barbecue ahead of the Grand Prix is the ideal way for many motor racing fans to spend a weekend at the races.” So says the Hockenheimring website, and who are we to disagree? Camping can be the best way to really immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a Grand Prix weekend, especially when you are staying right next to the track.

What kind of F1 camping is available?

  • Basic trackside camping at temporary sites, normally organized by the circuit operator. PROS: walking distance to track, good atmosphere, cheap. CONS: can be rowdy, poor amenities and lack of rules/security
  • Established campsite near the circuit. PROS: organized, good amenities and value for money. CONS: further to get to and from the circuit each day
  • Pre-erected campsites. Just turn up and stay. PROS: normally well organized, good atmosphere and entertainment. No need to carry heavy camping equipment. CONS: more expensive

Pre-erected tents at European F1 races in 2018

Several mainly UK-based companies have entered the F1 camping scene in recent years. Various packages are on offer, from pitches to luxury tents with meals and circuit transfers. Some companies also put on entertainment with live music and bar facilities. This kind of camping can get quite expensive, but you are paying for the convenience of not having to bring your own camping equipment. Operators include IntentsGP (covering the Britain & Belgium) and a new company from the Czech Republic called GPtents, who are offering packages for the Austrian & Belgian GPs in 2018.

Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Catalunya): May 11-13, 2018

  • The camping area at Circuit de Barcelona (Catalunya) is located at the North East corner of the track. It offers the cheapest F1 camping in 2018, though the facilities are rudimentary. You’ll pay €45 to park a vehicle and camp for three nights from Friday to Sunday, or just €18 if you don’t have a vehicle. The temporary campground has basic services such as toilets and showers. It does not have electricity or free drinking water. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the circuit.
  • Alternatively, there’s plenty of attractive seaside campsites on the nearby Costa Brava in towns such as Blanes and Lloret de Mar, but you’ll need a hire car to drive to the circuit (approximately 1 hour on the motorway).
  • More information: Spanish Grand Prix travel guide / Buy race tickets / F1 Experiences

What about renting a motorhome?

If you appreciate your creature comforts and have more to spend, then renting a motorhome (or RV) is a great way to see Europe and take in a few races along the way. Germany is a good starting point, as rental prices are lower and the insurance allows you to drive to most European countries. Expect to pay around €140-180 per day for smaller motorhomes to sleep 2, and upwards of €200 per day for larger models to sleep 4. Learn more here.

Monaco Grand Prix: May 24-27, 2018

  • Unsurprisingly, there is no trackside camping available at Monaco. Most F1 fans stay where the accommodation is cheaper in Nice or other towns along the coast (Menton, Ventimiglia). There are lots of good campgrounds in the coastal towns near Monaco, most of which are easily accessible via regular trains. Camping Du Pylone is a well-rated campsite in Antibes. From here, trains to Monaco cost approx. €12 return each day. A package for 2 persons with a tent or caravan costs from €20 per night. La Vieille Ferme is another well-rated campsite with good access to Monaco.
  • More information: Monaco Grand Prix travel guide / Buy race tickets / F1 Experiences

French Grand Prix @ Paul Ricard: June 22-24, 2018

  • Details of trackside camping have still not yet been announced by the organizers of the French Grand Prix. We will update this guide as soon as prices and more information are made available.
  • The good news is that there are plenty of well-rated campsites in the Cote dAzur region not far from the Paul Ricard circuit. Many have swimming pools and easy access to the beach. You can bring your own campervan, caravan or tent, or rent an on-site cabin. The closest dedicated campsites to Paul Ricard are Camping Arbois du castellet and Le Grands Pins (The Tall Pines), both around 4km away. If you want to get an all-over tan, Castillon de Provence is a naturist campsite around 10km from the circuit. Learn more in our Accommodation post for the French Grand Prix.
  • More information: French Grand Prix travel guide / Buy race tickets / F1 Experiences

Other popular motorsport events in Europe this summer

Camping is also popular at a range of other European motorsport events. The biggest is the 24 hours of Le Mans (June 16-17), which takes place the weekend before the French GP. Other WEC super season events include the 6 hours of Spa Francorchamps on May 6 and the 6 hours of Silverstone on August 19. Also for sportscars, the 24 hours of Nurburgring is on May 10-13 and the Total 24 hours of Spa is on July 26-29. Meanwhile, the European MotoGP season kicks off at Jerez on May 6 and finishes at Aragon on September 23, whilst the Isle of Man TT is on from May 26 to June 8. Camping is also popular at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 12-15), which takes place one week after the British GP .

Austrian Grand Prix @ Red Bull Ring: June 29-July 1, 2018

  • Six color-coded camping areas are located next to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian F1 Grand Prix. Pitches for tents and motorhomes are priced from €165 for 2 persons / 3 nights (Thursday to Sunday). Toilets, showers and power are available. As with many European races, the camp grounds can be ‘party central’ after dark; fans who travel to the Austrian GP like to drink and can be pretty rowdy. Choose alternative accommodation if you think this is going to be a problem for you. The ‘Pink’ campsite on the hill behind the Nord grandstand is probably the most picturesque and least likely to be noisy, but there are more hills to climb. The Blue campsite is closest to the F1 fan zone. You can buy camping tickets from the official Austrian GP ticket supplier.
  • GPtents offers pre-erected tents in Camping Orange next to the circuit. Tents to sleep 2 cost €570 for 3 nights.
  • More information: Austrian Grand Prix travel guide / Buy race tickets / F1 Experiences

British Grand Prix @ Silverstone: July 6-8, 2018

  • Silverstone offers a wide choice of camping grounds close to the circuit and a great atmosphere for fans. The weather is unpredictable however, so keep an eye on the forecast and bring along your wellies and wet weather, just in case. The official camping site at Woodlands is a reliable choice, with weekend camping prices starting at £85 for adults and £25 for children (you’ll also need to purchase a 3-day race ticket). You can choose from Family, Lively or Disabled areas. Whittlebury Park has pre-erected camping from IntentsGP and is also home to the F1 Racing Fan Village organized by F1 Racing magazine with lots of events and giveaways.
  • More information: British Grand Prix travel guide / Buy race tickets / F1 Experiences

German Grand Prix @ Hockenheimring: July 20-22, 2018

  • The German Grand Prix at Hockenheim is a popular event for F1 camping. It offers relatively good value and campsites within walking distance of the circuit. The atmosphere is great, but can be rowdy at times, so choose other accommodation if you really want a good night’s sleep. Pitches for 2 people (up to 5 nights) cost €140 with a car or €160 with a motorhome. Learn more on the Hockenheimring website.
  • More information: German Grand Prix travel guide / Buy race tickets / F1 Experiences

Hungarian Grand Prix @ Hungaroring: July 27-29, 2018

  • The Hungarian race in Budapest offers a fantastic F1 camping experience. As well as being a cheap destination, all the camping at the Hungaroring is trackside and the weather is generally warm to hot, with much less chance of rain than at other European races. The atmosphere is also fantastic, though a little rowdy (i.e. drunken) at times. We recommend choosing “Zengo” as it’s the only dedicated campsite next to the track and so provides better facilities. The campsites all have hot and cold showers, some have shops and there are plenty of makeshift food outlets and bars. Zengo camping pitch for 2 persons / 3 nights is priced at €166. Buy in advance from the official Hungarian GP ticket agent.
  • More information: Hungarian Grand Prix travel guide / Buy race tickets / F1 Experiences

Belgian Grand Prix @ Spa Francorchamps: August 24-26, 2018

  • F1 fans from all over Europe return to Spa year after year, and many will tell you that camping is the only way to do this classic track in the Ardennes mountains. Notwithstanding the fact that rain at Spa is almost guaranteed at some point on race weekend, the camping experience at Spa is like no other. There are two camping zones at Spa organised by the circuit operator (download map here). The Green zone is located on the North East corner of the circuit, next to Les Combes and Malmedy whilst the Yellow Zone is 800m to the West of the circuit but still within easy walking distance. The camping areas are temporary, so facilities are basic and whilst there are toilets and showers, no electricity is available. A 40m2 pitch for 3 nights costs 160 and can be purchased from the circuit website.
  • There are also several permanent campsites in the vicinity of the circuit; the following are well regarded: ElephantSpa D’or and Eau Rouge.
  • Pre-erected tents: GPtents offers pre-erected tents in the Camping Auberge Francopole site around 5km from the circuit. Tents for 2 people cost €570 for 3 nights. Finally, IntentsGP has ‘glamping’ tents around 30 mins walk from the Eau Rouge entrance of the circuit. Tent for 2 people / 3 nights costs £739 including breakfast.
  • More information: Belgian Grand Prix travel guide / Buy race tickets / F1 Experiences

Italian Grand Prix @ Monza: August 31-September 2, 2018

  • Monza is an historic F1 track located within the leafy surrounds of the Royal Villa of Monza park outside Milan, which is the largest city park in Europe. The setting and generally pleasant weather in early September lends itself well to camping and there are good campsites close to the circuit. The official campsite for the race, Camping Autodromo, is a year-round site good amenities and reasonable prices. It’s located right next to the first corner. On Grand Prix weekend, adults pay €25 per night and children €5 per night, plus various fees for tents (small tent €25 per night), motorhomes (€70-80 per night) and cars (€25 per night). With a limited number of pitches available, bookings are essential.
  • More information: Italian Grand Prix travel guide / Buy race tickets / F1 Experiences

Have you camped at a Grand Prix in Europe? Leave a comment with your experience!

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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. Robert-Jan van Tuijn says:

    Dear sir/madam,

    I,am Robert from Holland.

    Together we friends we are going to the
    F1 in Monza with a 7 person motorhome. We still need a good campsite close to the track.

    Do you have some recommendations? we are
    planning to arrive one friday and leave on sunday.

    We would like to have some information and prices.

    I hope you can help us out.

    Thanks

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