2024 Spanish Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know Before Attending

2023 Spanish Grand Prix - Everything You Need to Know Before Attending

Round 10 of the 2024 Formula 1 season takes place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix on June 21-23.

  • The 2024 Spanish Grand Prix is set to take place on June 21-23
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Formula 1 has been visiting Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya since 1991, with the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix event set to be the 34th Spanish Grand Prix held at the venue. In November 2021, the Catalunya track secured a new deal with Formula 1 which will see it remain on the calendar until at least 2026 – though next year will be the last Spanish Grand Prix to be held at the track, as a new venue in Madrid is set to take over as host of the event from 2026.

With its status as one of the most visited cities in Europe, it’s no surprise that Barcelona, the closest city to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, has a wealth of cultural draws. From beaches to a buzzing nightlife and the iconic Sagrada Familia, there’s plenty to see and do away from the track during your visit to the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix. More details about the best places to visit on your trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Catalunya for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

2024 Spanish Grand Prix Tickets Still Available

With two highly rated Spanish drivers on the grid – Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso – it’s no surprise that tickets for the Spanish Grand Prix have been in high demand in recent years. Ticket sales have been strong once again for the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix, with only a handful of grandstand seats still available in our ticket shop.

Over 275,000 fans attended the track over the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix – an increase of 30,000 from the previous fully-attended race at the track in 2019. That number rose higher in 2023, to 284,000. With almost 125,000 fans packing into the circuit on race day, it was the best attended Spanish Grand Prix since 2008. It was the 12th best attended race of the 2023 season.

How to Get to the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix

After the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix was blighted by organizational issues amidst a heatwave, things were much better last year – though fans did still note lengthy queues on public transport. It pays to plan your journey well in advance of the race weekend. There’s plenty of advice on accessing the circuit via public transport – including train and bus – over in our guide to getting to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. If you’re driving yourself to the race, don’t forget you’ll need a parking pass which must be purchased prior to the weekend.

How Much Does it Cost to Attend the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix?

Having had the sixth cheapest average tickets in 2023, the Spanish Grand Prix has fallen to ninth in the list of cheapest race weekends in the 2024 Formula 1 season. It is one of the more affordable European races to attend on the calendar. General Admission passes are the 12th cheapest of the year, while grandstand seats opposite the pit lane are the eighth cheapest of their kind in 2024. Tickets are relatively affordable for local fans, costing 16% of the average monthly wage.

With cheap flights from all over Europe and plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets in Barcelona and surrounds, the race remains popular with traveling fans. We estimate that the average fan will spend just over €1,000 on a visit to the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix. That includes 3-day grandstand tickets, three nights in a nearby hotel and daily spending money. 

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Spanish Grand Prix!

Head to the Barcelona Fan Festival

Barcelona’s Fan Festival returns for 2024 and it’s set to be bigger than ever! With a range of activities on offer, its well worth heading to the Fan Village – located in Plaça Catalunya – ahead of the race weekend. The highlight will be the Road Show on Wednesday June 19, where a line-up of current drivers will drive their F1 cars on the streets of Barcelona from 18:00. It’ll be followed by a Fans Forum from 19:30. Further details about the Fan Festival can be found on the Formula 1 website. Access is free for all visitors but nightly attendance is capped at 2,000 fans. For the best chance of gaining entry, you need to reserve a free ticket here.

Trackside at the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix

There were major on-track changes at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix. The clumsy final chicane was removed, with the sweeping right-hand bend which made up the final corner before 2007 back in action once more. While there are no on-track changes this year, renovations have continued in the paddock area over the winter, with the whole complex having a new look ahead of the 2024 race.

Both of Formula 1’s main feeder series – Formula 2 and Formula 3 – appear on the support schedule at the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix, while the all-female F1 Academy series will also be racing. All three series will contest two races each over the weekend. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

Sadly, you can no longer take advantage of “Free Friday” at the Spanish Grand Prix, when grandstands were open to all attendees. The Thursday pit lane walk does return in 2024, but is restricted now to only 3,000 fans. Tickets went on sale May 14 and sold out within the first few hours.

Be aware of the circuit’s relatively hot and humid conditions, particularly with the event taking place a few weeks later than in previous years. Be sure to bring sun cream and drink plenty of water – especially if you are sitting in an uncovered grandstand.

Got a question about attending the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix? Leave a comment below!

42 thoughts on “2024 Spanish Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know Before Attending”

  1. Hi,
    What’s the situation with bringing water and food into the circuit? I’ve read your piece that says Barcelona has some of the worst out of all the GPs so can we bring in as much water and food as we want? Also, can we use like proper water bottles or do they have to be clear, plastic bottles?
    Thanks very much,
    Eoin

  2. Alexandra Carrier

    Do you know how to book parking for the pit Lane walk on Thursday? We have a 3 day GA ticket with parking, but there doesn’t seem to be any mention of parking on Thursday! Thanks in advance

    1. You will be allowed on the track for the podium ceremony, but normally not to walk around the whole track. Need to wait and see if it is opened up this year

  3. Do i have to pick up a bracelet that allows me to get into the circuit ? Where can I pick them ?

    1. Most races are digital now, including Spain. I think some larger races like Silverstone still decide to produce a physical programme, but I’m not sure yet about this year

  4. Hi Andrew,

    Sorry to use your platform for this type of query but by any chance can you provide me with contact details to make a complaint to Formula 1 about what went on at the Spanish GP. The queues to leave the circuit and get back to Barcelona were completely unacceptable. I took my son to his first GP and on that experience we wont ever be back! People getting carted off in Ambulances and I actually gave my sun umbrella to a girl who was hyperventilating under a tree…its, as I said, completely unacceptable.( I’m just giving you this background because I know you care about fan experience). I genuinely want to be able to contact somebody in Liberty or the relevant corporate body and let them know, in detail, how I feel about what went on at that GP. It should never be repeated. If anyone can point me in the right direction you can!!

    Many thanks,
    Mark.

    1. Hi Mark, don’t worry about it. We want to hear about the fan experience, good and bad. I’ll see if I can find an email address and send it to you privately.

    2. Yeagh, left the circuit at 5pm on the Sunday and was in a 3 hour queue for transport back to Barcelona . Got on coach at 8pm.

  5. Hi ref the fm radio for listening to the commentary, is there an app we can download to listen to it via our phones and Bluetooth earphones or do you have to specifically buy FM earbuds/headphones?

    1. Hi John, yes there are lots of apps you can download to listen to radio. For example, “Radio FM”. Another option is the premium version of the F1 app, which has live timing and live commentary.

  6. Hi Andrew,

    I have bought 6 tickets for pelouse and now one of the ticket holder has decided to bring his 5 year old son too. could you let me know if I need to buy ticket for a 5 year old? I couldn’t see any guidance in ticketing page for this?

    Thanks in advance
    Nish

    1. I think your friend is lucky. It is my understanding that children under 6 can enter the Pelouse/General Admission area for free, accompanied by an adult. But to be sure, I suggest contacting the circuit to confirm, as you still may need to get a free ticket for the child. The circuit is normally very good in replying, but please also tell them where you bought the tickets (it may be important): https://www.circuitcat.com/en/contact/

      1. Thanks Andrew,

        I emailed them and to my surprised they replied within minutes confirming the same, that he doesn’t require a ticket as long has the child and adult carry form of ID with them also soft copy of birth certificate.

        Thanks again.

  7. Hi Andrew, do you know if there are any plans for fan zones, events or similar in Barcelona city centre in the days leading up to the race?

    1. Nicky Haldenby

      Hi Steven, there is a free fan festival taking place in Port Vell which opens from Friday May 26. More information is in this post.

  8. Hi Andrew, thank you so much for helping out and answering all our questions.

    Do you know if the drivers will be appearing on stage for some fan activities during the GP weekend in Barcelona, and is that going to be in the fan zone for everyone to access? I have a ticket for Grandstand J.

    Thanks you :)

    1. Not yet confirmed, but yes. There is a stage in the fanzone behind the Main/Principal Grandstand, and the drivers will normally make an appearance at some point over the weekend – usually on Saturday. Keep an eye out on the “Circuit Cat” social media accounts, they will probably announce it there in the next day or two

  9. If I buy a Friday ticket that is just labeled “Pelouse” and not a section, will I be able to access whichever grandstands? Thanks!

  10. Conor Harley

    Hi, heading to Barcelona this weekend. Are there any audio earphones available to rent/purchase at the track to listen to the English radio feed?

    Been at races in the past and it’s quite frustrating when the loudspeakers switch languages throughout the race.

    1. There could be some ear defenders/headphones to purchase at the track for listening to the commentary, but I’m not sure. Better to buy your own headset before hand and then just tune in to 98 FM for the commentary in English/French.

  11. Hello, We’re attending GP this weekend and are in Grandstand G, zone 18.
    Would you know what way the rows are numbered.?
    Trying to figure out if we’re up the back or in front of the fence

  12. Hey! I wanted to know if they sell any sort of team merchandise at the track or should I buy a hat/t shirt before i attend?

    1. Sorry for the slow reply, bit late now. Generally, it’s cheaper to buy your merchandise online rather than at the track. But there is lots of team merchandise available for sale at the track – always better to buy on Friday if you can, as popular items do sell out as the weekend progresses

  13. Hello. I have purchased a pelouse jobe 16-30 ticket for my brother but he can no longer attend. I’m thinking of going in his place but am 34. Do they ID for ticket where the age range is stated? No worries if so-just curious. If so will sell on.

    Thanks for any help you can give.

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