The best ways to get to Spa Francorchamps for the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix on August 27-29 , including advice on trains, buses and driving to the circuit.
This post will be updated with current travel information closer to the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix. All images © F1Destinations.com. The Editor attended the 2015, 2018 & 2019 Belgian Grand Prix.
Spa Francorchamps is one of the few tracks on the current F1 calendar with a true rural location, some distance from the closest major cities. For that reason, it makes a lot of sense to camp near the circuit. Driving is probably the most convenient way to get to the circuit, but trains and buses are also available.
City Shuttle to the Belgian Grand Prix
The organizers launched a new City Shuttle service in 2018 that connects major regional cities to the circuit on all 3 days of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend. The following cities are covered and daily return fare are from €35-55, depending on the distance: Aachen (Aix-La-Chapelle), Amsterdam, Anver, Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Nord, Charleroi, Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Gand, Liège, Lille, Luxembourg, Maastricht, Mons & Namur. Be aware that some of these cities (e.g. Amsterdam) are a significant distance from the circuit and one-way travel times will be long (3-4 hours?), especially on race day when there’s additional traffic. Learn more and book here.
Getting to the Belgian Grand Prix by Train/Bus
If you choose to stay in one of the larger regional cities (Aachen, Brussels, etc) and take the train to the circuit each day, you’ll need to buy a ticket for Verviers Central station, the closest major train station to Spa Francorchamps. Shuttle buses from Verviers to Spa (bus 294 or 395) run regularly on race weekend with a journey time of 45 minutes. Trains from Luxembourg stop at the Trois Ponts station, from where you can take the 294 bus to the circuit (40 minutes travel time). Click here for more information on getting the train/shuttle bus to Spa.
Sample train travel times (not including 40-45 minute shuttle bus): Liege (BE) to Verviers : 20-30 mins / Brussels (BE) to Verviers: 75-120 mins / Charleroi (BE) to Verviers: 100-160 mins / Maastricht (NL) to Verviers: 70-75 mins / Cologne (DE) to Verviers: 80-105 mins / Luxembourg (LU) to Trois-Ponts: 90 mins.
Driving to the Belgian Grand Prix
Spa Francorchamps is close to the E42 motorway, which connects to a network of other major roads and big cities in the region. Make sure you have GPS or navigation on your smart phone. The small country roads near the circuit are well signposted and local police control the circuit access roads over the weekend. Remember that traffic gets progressively worse as the weekend progresses so take it easy and try not to drive at peak times. Don’t forget to buy a parking sticker in advance for one of three main car parks next to the circuit. We recommend the Yellow area between the Ster and La Source entrance gates for €16 per day. The closest ferry for fans driving from the UK is the Dover to Dunkirk, which costs around 90 including two adults and a car on Grand Prix weekend with DFDS. Click the images above for Spa parking map, local access road map and Belgium driving map.