Which F1 circuits offer guided tours?

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Visiting an F1 city on a non-race weekend and want to check out the circuit? The good news is that most current Formula 1 circuits offer reasonably-priced tours of their facilities. Here’s the lowdown!

This post was originally published in August 2017 and has now been fully updated.

Not all current circuits offer guided tours (the street circuits, primarily), but that shouldn’t stop you visiting and taking a walk around to check out the most popular sections of the track. In fact, some of the best circuits to visit for this purpose are the City Park Circuits. The good news is that in comparison to expensive race tickets, the ‘behind the scenes’ circuit tours are normally very reasonably priced.

Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit

  • Home of the Australian GP
  • Guided tours? No, Albert Park is a temporary circuit. The good news is that it is also a popular local park that’s worth visiting year-round. If you know the track well, you will be able to make out the most important sections. Hire a bike and check it out!
  • More info: Google Maps

Bahrain International Circuit

  • Home of the Bahrain Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes. Cost 6 Bahraini Dinar ($16 USD) per person. Tours run on Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am and 2pm. Tours visit the Sakhir Tower (great views!), Race Control Tower, Media Centre and include a sedate lap of the circuit.
  • More info and tickets

Shanghai International Circuit

  • Home of the Chinese Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes, year round. On the hour from 09:00-17:00. Go to the circuit shop at the back of the main grandstand, next to Costa Coffee. Cost 50 RMB (about $8 USD) for 60-90 mins, including visits to the media room and podium.
  • More info: Read our report
Driving Experiences & Hot Laps

Many of the permanent F1 circuits listed here also offer “driving experiences” and “hot laps”. With the former, you can get behind the wheel of your own car on a dedicated track day or drive a car provided by the circuit. With the latter, you’ll get driven around the track by a professional driver, at speed. Prices vary, but these kind of experiences don’t come cheap. Learn more in our new companion site GPDestinations.com.

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

  • Home of the Spanish Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes, year round and almost daily. Cost €10 for adults and €5 for children. Tours runs for 60-75 minutes and includes visits to the Briefing Room, Race Control, Paddock, Podium, Media Centre and the Pit Garages.
  • More info

Circuit de Monaco

  • Home of the Monaco Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? No, this is a street circuit. But it’s easy to visit Monaco and just walk the streets; you’ll easily find the most important most important sections of this iconic circuit. You can also visit the Musée de l’Automobile Monaco
  • More info: Google Maps

Baku City Circuit

  • Home of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? No, this is a temporary circuit. But you will easily find some of the circuits corners just by walking around. Baku is a fascinating blend of old and new. It’s definitely worth visiting the narrow section in the UNESCO-listed old town next to the Maiden Tower.
  • More info: Google Maps
Winter Testing Tours in Barcelona

Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, which hosts the pre-season tests, offers guided tours of the circuit – including the paddock and pitlane – during the testing days each year for a reasonable €50. But you will need to be quick as these tickets do sell out well in advance. Click here to learn more.

 

 

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

  • Home of the Canadian Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? No, this is a temporary circuit. However, the circuit is located on a man-made island that also serves as a city park with several points of interest, including the biosphere from Expo ’67 and the Casino de Montreal.
  • More info: Parc Jean-Drapeau

Circuit Paul Ricard

  • Home of the French Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes, various guided tours are available. The Classic Shuttle tour costs €15 per person and includes visits to the Paddock, the Pit Building, Media Center and Panoramic Restaurant. The X-Trem Park at Paul Ricard also features a zipline, bungee and other activities for daredevils.
  • More info

Red Bull Ring

  • Home of the Austrian Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes, year round from 08:00 to 18:00. The 90-minute tour (available in English, Italian or German) costs 15 for adults and 5 for children, and includes a look at the VIP lounges, Race Control, Medical Center and the Media Center.
  • More info

Silverstone

  • Home of the British Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes. Two-hour tours of Silverstone cost £30. You’ll get an introduction to the circuit, tour of race control, photo op on the winner’s podium and a sedate lap around the circuit (provided there’s no on-track action on that day).
  • More info

Hungaroring

  • Home of the Hungarian Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes, but you’ll need to contact the circuit in advance (tours are not offered most of the winter). Priced at 9 for adults and 6 for children, the tour includes the paddock including areas normally off-limits, a podium photo op and a visit to the statue park of F1 champions.
  • More info

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

  • Home of the Belgian Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes. Regular tours for individuals are available from March 15 to November 15, costing €9.50 for adults and €6.50 for children, check the link for dates. The 75-minute tour includes the 24 Hours and F1 paddocks, press room, commentators’ booths, podium and Race Control room.
  • More info
Don't forget..

Many permanent circuits hold regular motorsport events in addition to Formula 1. You won’t normally be able to take a tour if there is a race event happening at the circuit. Some circuits (especially in Europe) also close up for the winter months. If you are in any doubt, contact the circuit before you travel there or buy your tickets in advance.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

  • Home of the Italian Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes, tours are offered year-round that take in the media center, race control, paddock, pit building and podium. Priced at €10 for adults (€8 concession), or €15 (€12) including a lap of the circuit. You can also just visit Monza Park and explore; be sure to check out the old banked circuit.
  • More info

Marina Bay Street Circuit

  • Home of the Singapore Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? No, this is a temporary street circuit. However, the building housing the pits is a permanent structure and is worth a visit. It’s also right next door to the Singapore Flyer, the huge ferris wheel with amazing views of the skyline, day or night.
  • More info: Google Maps

Sochi Autodrom

  • Home of the Russian Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes, daily at 13:30, 16:00 & 18:00. Cost is 500 rubles ($8.50 USD) for adults and 300 rubles for children. You’ll visit the main grandstand, paddock, race control, pitlane and podium. For a slightly higher price, you can also take a tour of the Sochi Auto Sport Museum as well.
  • More info

Suzuka Circuit

  • Home of the Japanese Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes, the “backyard tour” is available on selected dates (check the link below for the schedule). Costing just 500 yen ($4.50 USD), the one-hour tour takes places twice or three times daily and includes the control room, media center and podium.
  • More info

Circuit of The Americas

  • Home of the United States Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes, every weekend from 10:00-16:00. The one-hour “Insiders Guided Shuttle Tour” includes a lap of the circuit with stops at the main corners and the Austin360 Amphitheater concert venue, plus the pits and paddock, race control and podium.
  • More info

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

  • Home of the Mexico Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? We can’t find specific information about tours of the circuit. However, you can walk or cycle the circuit when there are no events happening, and there’s some venues from the 1968 Olympics nearby, which are worth checking out.
  • Circuit website (Spanish only) / Google Maps

Interlagos

  • Home of the Brazilian Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes, but you will need to contact the circuit for more information. Alternatively, you can walk or cycle on the public park that goes around the circuit’s perimeter (any day from 07:00-17:00). You can also visit the famous Ayrton Senna kart track next to the circuit.
  • More info
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Yas Marina Circuit

  • Home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • Guided tours? Yes. Priced at 65 AED (approx $18 USD), the tour includes a lap around the circuit in a minivan with stops at the grandstands and drag-racing strip, plus a look behind the scenes at race control, the media centre and the paddock. Separately, you can visit the Marina itself for free.
  • More info

Have you done a guided tour of an F1 circuit? Tell us about your experience below!

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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. Mark says:

    did the Montreal Track tour and drove on the circuit fantastic

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