Tickets – 2018 Belgian Grand Prix, Spa Francorchamps

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Your detailed guide to buying tickets and where to watch the action at Spa Francorchamps for the 2018 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix on August 24-26.

The Editor last attended the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps in 2015. All images © F1Destinations.com.

The Spa Francorchamps circuit in the picturesque Ardennes region of Belgium remains one of F1’s few remaining classic circuits. If you don’t mind braving the elements and doing a lot of walking, the Bronze (General Admission) tickets at the circuit are excellent value. There’s also eleven grandstands to choose from at Spa (eight Gold and three Silver), the majority of which are located close to each other near the start-finish straight and Eau Rouge.

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2018 Belgian Grand Prix Tickets

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(Price in brackets) = SOLD OUT
Ticket TypeEarly-Bird Price* Regular Price €EUR
Gold 1 (Pit)€520€580
Gold 2 (GP2)€455€505
Gold 3 (Eau Rouge)€455€505
Gold 4 (Eau Rouge)€400€445
Gold 6 (Chicane)€455€505
Gold 7 (Source)(€455)(€505)
Gold 8 (Source-Start)(€455)(€505)
Gold 9 (Pole Position)€455€505
Gold 10 (Ancienne Douane) €455€505
Silver 1 (Francorchamps)€335€370
Silver 2 (Spa)€335€370
Silver 3 (Pouhon)€335€370
Silver 4 (Bruxelles)€345€385
Bronze (General Admission)€130€145
Area 17-27 (Blanchimont)N/A€125
2018 Belgian Grand Prix grandstands map. Click to open large version in a new window.

Best grandstands at Spa Francorchamps?

On a budget? The Bronze (General Admission tickets) offer excellent value if you don’t mind “roughing it” and covering plenty of ground on foot. If you can afford a grandstand ticket, then it pays to go for one of the covered ones. The weather at Spa is unpredictable at the best of times. The best grandstand is Gold 8 on the outside of the opening La Source hairpin, with views down the main straight; but you need to get in quick as it sells out early every year. Other good grandstand choices include Gold 3 and Silver 2 near Eau Rouge and Gold 6 on the final Bus Stop chicane.

Belgium Grand Prix tickets: need to know

  • Sunday-only tickets are available for all grandstands (tribunes) and General Admission, but the discount of approximately 10% over 3-day tickets doesn’t make them a particularly attractive option.
  • Children’s Tickets (aged from 6-15) cost €25 for three days in Bronze (General Admission). Grandstand tickets for children are discounted by approximately 50-60% on regular 3-day ticket prices.
  • Grandstand seats are numbered for all three days (there is no ‘Free Friday’ roaming option at Spa).
  • A special podium for disabled fans is located next to the Gold 7 grandstand at La Source.
  • All Gold and Silver grandstands have a big screen TV opposite. There are a handful of big screen TVs in the Bronze areas (General Admission), specifically on the Kemmel straight and at Pouchon.
  • The following grandstands are covered and offer protection from the rain which so often strikes at Spa: Gold 1, Gold 2, Gold 3, Gold 6, Gold 7, Gold 8, Gold 9, Silver 4
  • The following grandstands are uncovered: Gold 4, Gold 10, Silver 1-4 (all Bronze areas are also uncovered)

GOLD GRANDSTANDS AT SPA FRANCORCHAMPS

Gold 1 is the main, permanent grandstand opposite the pits on the start-finish straight. A good choice for the start/finish and action in the pits. Choose another grandstand if you are after on-track action.

Gold 2 is a large, elevated permanent grandstand situated on the straight section between La Source and Eau Rouge, with direct views of the old pits area, which is still used by the support races (GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup) on Grand Prix weekend. You do get distant views of Eau Rouge, but there are better Gold grandstands for this price.

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Gold 3 is the best grandstand overlooking Eau Rouge/Raidillion, offering excellent elevated views of the famous corner plus the section of track preceding it. Note that you will need a certain level of physical fitness to get to this grandstand from La Source, as it is situated at the top of a steep hill. Recommended.

Gold 4 is an uncovered Gold grandstand next to Eau Rouge. It is set back from the track at a strange angle with fairly limited views. Check out our panorama or watch our Youtube video. Pay a bit more for Gold 3 instead.

Gold 6 is a small covered grandstand on the Bus Stop chicane, close to the pit entry. It’s one of the most expensive grandstands, but you can always expect some action at this point on the circuit over the course of the weekend. Avoid seats in the front rows if possible, as views can be restricted.

Gold 7 is located on the exit of the La Source (turn 1) hairpin and doesn’t have views to compare with Gold 8. Better to choose one of the Eau Rouge grandstands if Gold 8 is already sold out.

Gold 8 is situated on the La Source (turn 1) hairpin with views down the start-finish straight. The popularity of this grandstand is evidenced by the fact that it sells out almost one year in advance! If you get the choice in this grandstand, go for block B over block A.

Gold 9 is a smaller, temporary grandstand closer to the opening La Source hairpin on the main start-finish straight. Located in front of the ‘slower’ teams’ pits and with a distant view of La Source for the inevitable action on the first lap.

OTHER GRANDSTANDS AT SPA FRANCORCHAMPS

Silver 1 is located on the stretch between La Source and Eau Rouge. You still get an individually numbered seat in the bleacher-style Silver 1 & 2 grandstands, but they don’t come with a back for you to lean on. In both grandstands, go for seats in the high rows, otherwise your views will be obscured by the catch fencing.

Silver 2 is located closer to Eau Rouge, making it a better choice than the identically priced Silver 1. An excellent mid-range choice at Spa with good access to the best food and drink stalls, merchandise and atmosphere of the F1 fanzone, right behind the grandstand.

Silver 4 is located at the top of the circuit, a long way from all the others (plus a long way from the fan zone). It overlooks the slow Bruxelles corner, but there’s much better views from the General Admission area on the inside of the corner. Silver 4 has individual seats with backs (like in Gold). Go for the higher row seats so your views aren’t obscured by the catch fencing.

Area 17-27 overlooks turns 15-16 at the southeasternmost point of the circuit and is restricted to fans aged 17-27. It’s a long way from the rest of the main spectator areas at Spa, but is very much self-contained and also connected with a special camping zone for young fans.

BRONZE (GENERAL ADMISSION) AT SPA FRANCORCHAMPS

Spa Francorchamps has some of the best General Admission areas of any current F1 circuit, but you’ll need a certain level of physical fitness to make the most of its stunning forest location. Many of the walkways are unpaved and there’s serious hills involved, especially around Eau Rouge. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and if rain is forecast, a pair of wellies will definitely come in handy.

EAU ROUGE

Arguably F1’s most famous corner, the elevation change as the cars go up the hill is much more dramatic in reality. With a large concentration of grandstands and excellent general admission views, plus the best merchandise, food and drink close by, Eau Rouge is a great base for the weekend. There’s also an underpass in the middle of the corner to take you to other parts of the circuit.

RAIDILLON & KEMMEL STRAIGHT

Once you have negotiated the steep path up the hill from Eau Rouge, you arrive at the area known as Raidillon. If you are lucky, there’s views of the cars emerging from Eau Rouge at high speed. The general admission area is quite limited here, and you’ll need to wait you turn (or get there very early on Sunday) to catch a glimpse of the cars through the handy ‘photographer’s gaps’ in the catch fencing. Once you get to the Kemmel straight, there’s much more room to find a vantage point on the side of the hill. There’s more fans closer to the Les Combes chicane, where many famous overtakes have happened over the years. Check out our photos and Youtube videos below.

BRUXELLES & RIVAGE

This area at the top of the circuit is a great spot to watch the action. You can get really close to the cars as they take turn 10 at low-speed and it’s an excellent spot for amateur photographers. It’s a small area however and you’ll need to compete for a spot with the regulars who come every year; get there at the crack of dawn if you want to see the race from this area. The panoramic views from the top of the hill at turn 11 down to Pouchon are also not to be missed. Check out our video of the Bruxelles view.

POUHON

This is arguably the most popular general admission area at the circuit. There’s plenty of room on the hillside for several thousand fans to watch the cars approach the tricky Pouchon corner. The food and drink stalls at Pouchon are extensive, and the atmosphere is great. You can walk back to Eau Rouge via a flat, direct forest path in around 15-20 minutes. Please note that a new grandstand (Silver 3) was added on Pouhon corner in 2016.

BUS STOP & BLANCHIMONT

The Bus Stop chicane is another decent general admission vantage point, but there’s limited space to get great views, unless you fancy climbing a steep embankment. The views are also partially blocked by the Gold 6 covered grandstand. There are no grandstands on the high speed Blanchimont section of the circuit, and the views in general admission are limited to those from the path, which eventually leads below the circuit and emerges near the Les Fagnes area of the circuit, close to Pouchon. The 17-27 area for young fans is located here, but there’s limited track views for everyone else.

Been to Spa Francorchamps? Leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite place to watch the action.

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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. Christine Denise says:

    We are planning a trip to spa and monza. Our children are coming with us and they’re going to be 2 1/2 and 1 by that time. Are they allowed to go? Do we need to get tickets for them? I know they’re not necessarily going to watch but our hotel isn’t that far and my husband will most likely watch the races. Thanks for your input!

  2. Elli Tetriati says:

    Hi Andrew, i want to ask, how about the track walk or f1 drivers fan meeting? What day they will have it?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Elli! We mention the pitlane walk in our Trackside section. This normally takes place on Thursday from 16:00-18:00. You can enter via La Source. Don’t forget you also need a 3-day ticket to take part. We did it last year, which you can read about here.

  3. Brian Fukutomi says:

    I will be attending the 2017 Belgian GP and plan to buy tickets in one of the Gold grandstands. I’ve gone through the ticket buying process up to the point of making payment and I don’t see anywhere to choose which seats you would like to buy. Are seats in the grandstands reserved, or is it first come first served?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Brian, seats are reserved in the grandstands, but you cannot normally choose your exact seat in the grandstand (depends on the race and where you buy your tickets from). With our supplier Gootickets, you can make a request when booking for a particular seat/section, which they will try and accommodate based on their ticket allocation.

  4. Christian says:

    Hi, thanks for the great article. You said that “there is no ‘Free Friday’ roaming option at Spa. As I am planning to buy a cheap Bronze ticket, I have noted that there are some public walk ways behind the gold grandstands at the start/finish area. Is it possible to catch a glimpse on the track / on la source from there? Or are there some fences / walls etc. to prevent this? Thanks in advance. Best regards, Christian

    • Editor says:

      There is no Free Friday, so you can’t sit in the grandstands. But you can still go through all the Bronze (General Admission) areas. Some areas are restricted to Gold ticket holders only (including the area near the start-finish), but you can get some limited views of La Source on the way down to Eau Rouge. There is also an underpass from Eau Rouge to the inside of the track from where you can walk around to the final Bus Stop chicane (via the support race paddock) and down to Blanchimont.

  5. John Hickinbottom says:

    hi I have tickets for Spa F1 2017 and wondered if you can you tell me how to get to the disabled car park at Spa please and also how long does it take to get away from Spa at the end of the race please

    • Editor says:

      Hello John, the disabled podium is situated next to the Gold 7 grandstand on the outside of the first corner, La Source. The disabled parking area is located just behind the grandstand. I suggest you are patient when leaving the circuit at the end of the race. Stay around and soak up the atmosphere! Otherwise, you will be stuck in traffic for probably 2-3 hours leaving the circuit. The roads are narrow and there’s lots of cars!

  6. Sean Burns says:

    Hello Andrew, first time at spa this year and I have 2 adult gold 7 tickets. Now I’m regretting not getting my 6 year old son a ticket. Could I buy him a general admission ticket for the Friday only and use my gold tickets for us both to experience the Friday itenary in the general admission areas?

    Which spot would you recommend, taking a young child into consideration?

    I am thinking of booking parking near gold 7.

    Thanks for your help

    Sean

    • Editor says:

      Hi Sean, good idea! Yes, you can do this. Friday tickets for children aged 6-15 cost 20 EUR. You can probably just buy this at the gate on the day. Your best bet is to buy a Yellow parking ticket, as it’s not too far from the La Source entry where your grandstand is located. As to best areas, it depends on how far you want to walk. But definitely worth checking out Eau Rouge/Radillion and Pouchon is not to far as well if you take the short cut through the inside of the circuit. Enjoy

  7. Louis says:

    Hi,

    I have found this guide very useful but I would like some extra help if possible. I am getting the bus from verviers (Number 294?) to the circuit and would ideally like to be around the pouhon corner, is it clear which entrance to use? Or is it all in one? Basically as my girlfriend is pregnant we need to be close to toilets / food places! An help and advice for a first time attendee would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you!

    • Editor says:

      Hi Louis, the 294 bus will drop you close to the La Source entry to the circuit (I’m pretty sure on this, but not 100%). From there, you have around a 15-20 minute walk to Eau Rouge, then you can go under the circuit and walk through the forest to Pouchon, another 15-20 mins. There’s plenty of food/toilet places at Eau Rouge and also at Pouchon. Good luck!

  8. Louis says:

    Sorry also one more thing, with the free coach to the circuit does this fill up fast or will there be space for everyone?

    Cheers

  9. Charlie Stewart says:

    Hi there, I’m attending the race this year and was wondering whether bronze ticket holders are allowed access to the podium after the race or whether it’s only available to those in the gold grandstands on the start/finish straight and the bus stop

    • Editor says:

      Hi Charlie, anyone can attend, including Bronze ticketholders. If you want a good view of the podium, I suggest you get to the area at the end of the straight (La Source or Bus Stop chicane) as early as possible; i.e. around 10-20 laps before the end of the race.

  10. Jason says:

    Hi, advance planning for 2018! not been to Spa before, looking at Gold 9 stand but have seen so many different suggestions for parking! What would be our best bet? Thanks.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Jason, the Yellow zone parking is best for all the Gold grandstands near the pit straight and Eau Rouge. I estimate it’s around 20-30 minute walk from parking to grandstand.

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