2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know Before Attending

2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know Before Attending

F1 returns to Jeddah Corniche Circuit for the fourth race on the sport’s fastest-ever street circuit. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend on March 7-9.

Having made its debut back in 2021, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix returns for its fourth appearance on the Formula 1 calendar in 2024. Designed by Hermann Tilke, Jeddah Corniche Circuit is the fastest street circuit on which the sport has ever raced and if the last three races at the track are anything to go by, race fans are in for an action-packed weekend in 2024!

This year’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will run on a Thursday to Saturday schedule due to the start of Ramadan, which begins the day after the race.

This year, like last, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is the second round of the season, following on one week after the Bahrain Grand Prix. Red Bull’s drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have won the last two races at the track. The reigning champions will be hoping to continue their winning streak and repeat their dominant form from last year as the 2024 season kicks into action.

Jeddah Corniche Circuit was tweaked ahead of the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with a focus on driver safety. It was recently announced that F1 will continue racing at the street circuit until at least 2027, with construction work on a new purpose-built track in Qiddiya not expected to be finished until 2028.

As the race takes place at night, you will avoid Jeddah’s warm daytime temperatures. We recommend packing warmer clothes for your visit, as temperatures drop to a cooler 20°C in the evening, and it may become breezy as darkness falls.

Visiting Saudi Arabia for the first time? Learn everything you need to know before visiting in Travel Basics.

Tickets Still Available for the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

If you’re yet to secure your tickets for the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, tickets remain available. A range of grandstand tickets and general admission passes are available to purchase via our ticket shop, with three-day General Admission access available for under €160. Choose from tickets in the Main Grandstand (overlooking the pit straight), the four Central Grandstands, or a range of single day and 3-day general admission tickets. Premium hospitality tickets are also on sale.

Ticket packages are still available via F1 Experiences, too. Get insider access at the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and enjoy gourmet food and beverages throughout the race weekend. There’ll also be the opportunity to walk on the grid, have your photo taken with the World Championship trophies and enjoy an exclusive appearance by a famous Formula 1 personality. Paddock Club hospitality is also available.

How much will I spend at the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021 had a weekend attendance of 143,000. That figure is believed to have fallen in 2022 before growing to over 150,000 in 2023, though exact attendance figures for the last two Jeddah races have not been publicly announced.

The average cost of tickets for the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is $391 – the same as it was last year – which puts the race 11th on the list of the cheapest races to attend this year, from the races for which tickets are already on sale. 3-day general admission tickets are currently the sixth cheapest of the season and tickets are relatively affordable for local fans. Tickets for last year’s race cost under 14% of the average monthly wage.

Unlike most other events on the F1 calendar, tickets prices for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix have actually decreased over the last three seasons. We’ve estimated that the average fan will spend $1,150 USD on tickets and accommodation (plus spending money) over the race weekend. Learn more about how much you can expect to spend at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in our Budget Planner.

How to Get to Jeddah Corniche Circuit

Jeddah Corniche Circuit is located in the impressive Corniche area of Jeddah. It’s around 20km north of the city centre. Jeddah is served by King Abdulaziz International Airport, which is less than a half hour drive from the track.

Taxi, car share or Uber are the most convenient ways of getting to Jeddah Corniche Circuit if your accommodation is not within walking distance of the track. Public transport routes within the city are not well developed and may be disrupted over the race weekend. Learn more about how to get to the circuit in our Getting There guide.

Trackside Entertainment at the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

In addition to six hours of Formula 1 action on track over the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, there will also be support races from three series. F1’s top-tier feeder series Formula 2 will take to the circuit for two races across its second race weekend of the year, as will Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East. Although not yet listed on the official schedule, the first round of the 2024 F1 Academy series – the all-female junior category which joins the F1 support schedule full time this year – is due to take place over the Jeddah race weekend.

You are usually able to get up close to the pit garages (and maybe even spot a driver or two!) in a pit lane walk for ticket holders, which takes place on the day before the opening practice sessions from 15:00-16:30. Derails about a pit lane walk at the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix have not yet been announced.

The full on-track schedule for the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, along with further information on venue opening times, prohibited items, parking and more can be found in our trackside guide.

As well as the on-track action, there’s a selection of concerts taking place across the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Though headline acts for Thursday and Friday are yet to be confirmed, race organisers have confirmed that Alicia Keys, Martin Garrix and Pharrell Williams will headline the post-race concert on Saturday. More acts will be announced in the weeks leading up to the race. The concerts take place on the main stage in the Fanzone. All ticket holders can attend free of charge.

Respecting Local Customs in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a conservative country where Islamic laws are observed. Though locals are generally tolerant and will not take offence if rules are not strictly observed, it is a good idea to follow social etiquette during your trip.

In terms of law, the consumption of alcohol is banned and public decency laws must be respected. Both men and women should dress modestly. Men should wear long trousers, not shorts, and long-sleeved shirts. Women should carry a headscarf for occasions where covering of the hair is appropriate.

Be aware that prayers are observed five times per day and shops and restaurants may briefly close during these times.

What to See and Do Off Track in Jeddah

Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and the country’s most popular tourist destination. Here are some ideas for what to see and do during your trip to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix:

  • Explore the Corniche area: As its name suggests, Jeddah Corniche Circuit is located in the Corniche area of the city. The Corniche has a plethora of parks and beaches. Take a walk at sunset and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many cafes on the fringes of the Red Sea. At the south end of the Corniche, you’ll find King Fahd’s Fountain; the largest water fountain anywhere in the world. Also known as the Jeddah Fountain, water reaches 260 metres in the air!
  • Shopping in Jeddah: Whether you’re looking for traditional Saudi Arabian products or a more modern shopping experience, you’ll find both in Jeddah. Prince Fahd Bin Sultan Avenue is the place to be for designer goods, as are the Park and Al Hokair malls. Red Sea Mall is also worth checking out, with amenities for the whole family. You’ll also find some of the city’s best places to eat in the malls. Outside of the city, and a few hours inland, Taif is the place to be for natural produce, from food stuffs to perfumes and oils.

Swim in the Red Sea: The welcoming warm water of the Red Sea is perfect for a leisurely swim or even a dive. Take a boat out for the day and soak up the sun out on the open water. With good visibility underwater, you might be able to find one of the shipwrecks which can be found on the seabed in the area.

  • Soak up the ancient city: Visit Al Balad for a taste of traditional life in Jeddah. The ancient crumbling buildings give Jeddah’s old quarter a lot of character – and it’s worth taking a few hours to explore the narrow old streets. Historic Jeddah is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit Mecca: Further afield, the religiously important Mecca is around 100km from Jeddah. Over six million Muslims make the pilgrimage to the holy city each year.

This is just a short summary of the many things you can experience during a trip to Jeddah. Read more ideas for your trip to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Off Track Activities.

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