Traveling to every race on the Formula 1 calendar in a single year is the dream of many F1 fans, but how much will it really set you back? We’ve crunched the numbers.
All figures are in $USD. Disclaimer: estimating the cost of travel is not an exact science! Images © f1destinations.com
Flying to every race on the 2018 Formula 1 calendar cost an average of $14,221.
The cheapest base is London ($11,054: 49 flights) whilst the most expensive is Melbourne ($18,231: 61 flights). Flight times from Melbourne were also significantly higher overall. The reality is that If you live a long way from a major flight hub (or the rest of the world, hello Australia) then you’ll be paying significantly more for flights and spending a lot more time in the air. The price of flights from the other hubs is closer to the overall average: Dubai ($13771: 43 flights), Singapore ($14,407: 57 flights) and New York ($14646: 51 flights).
Accommodation, race tickets & spending money
2018 F1 Race Weekend Costs
|United States GP||$535||$1010|
|Abu Dhabi GP||$580||$1140|
The average weekend cost is $412 for the Budget Fan and $936 for the Average Fan. China is the cheapest race weekend in 2018 and Monaco the most expensive.
A weekend in Shanghai with race tickets, accommodation and spending money could set you back as little as $200, though the average fan will spend $465. Other cheap destinations include Russian, Canada and Hungary. At the other end of the scale, you’ll need $595 to do a weekend
in Monaco on a budget, but the average fan will spend $1495. Abu Dhabi, USA and Belgium are among the other most expensive destinations when it comes to the cost of race tickets and accommodation.
*Tickets for the Japanese GP, United States GP, Brazilian GP & Abu Dhabi GP are not yet on sale for 2018. We have used 2017 prices for these races. Click on the race titles to read the full Budget Planner post for each destination.
Additional travel days
- The Budget Fan will pay $25,068 to travel to every race on the 2018 F1 calendar.
This is comprised of flights ($14,221), race weekend costs ($8647) and additional travel days ($100 x 20 days = $2000). If you are based in London or elsewhere in Europe where flight costs are cheaper (and you can use other transport to get to many races), it’s even possible to do the entire year for around $20,000.
- The Average Fan will pay $38,083 to travel to every race on the 2018 F1 calendar.
The average fan’s expenditure is comprised of flights ($14,221), race weekend costs ($19662) and additional travel days ($200 x 20 days = $4000). The reality is that if you are going to go to the effort and expense of traveling to every single F1 race in a calendar year, you may as well do it in style. This means you’ll probably stay longer in some destinations and spend a lot more than $38,083. You only live once, after all.