Tickets – 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix

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You guide to buying tickets for the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Where to sit and where to watch the action at the Hungaroring circuit on July 27-29, 2018.

The Editor last attended the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2014. All pictures © F1Destinations.com.

Held outside Budapest at the height of the European summer, the Hungarian Grand Prix offers excellent spectator viewing and a laid-back atmosphere with easy access to one of the continent’s finest cities. It’s also by far the cheapest European race, with three-day grandstand tickets for as little as 75 (including early-bird discount) and free entry for children under the age of 14.

Ticket prices are reduced by 20% until December 31, 2017. We recommend buying your tickets from our exclusive partner, Gootickets.

2018 Hungarian Grand Prix tickets

*All tickets in this table provide 3-day access
**Early-bird prices apply till December 31, 2017
TicketsEarly-bird price**Regular price
General Admission€70€90
Bronze 1, 2€75€95
Silver 1, 2, 3, 4€155€195
Silver 5€120€150
Red Bull€155€195
Gold 1€275€345
Gold 1 (Rows 1-12)€180€225
Gold 2€235€295
Gold 2 (Rows 1-12)€180€225
Gold 3€235€295
Gold 4€275€345
Super Gold€360€450
Super Gold (Rows 1-12)€195€250
3 Corner Super Gold€200€250
3 Corner Gold 1€180€225
3 Corner Red Bull(€155)(€195)
2018 Hungarian Grand Prix grandstands map. Click to open a large version in a new window.

Best Hungaroring grandstands?

  • Best cheap grandstand? You can’t go wrong with the Bronze 1 and 2 grandstands, which represent excellent value (the views from Bronze 2 are better).
  • Best mid-priced grandstand? All five grandstands clustered on the hill around the final turn 14 (Silver 1-4 and Red Bull) offer excellent views
  • Best higher-priced grandstand? Gold 4 on the entry to turn 1 is the best of the Gold grandstands.
Hungarian GP tickets: need to know

  • Children aged 14 or under get FREE entry to the circuit, but you need to reserve a children’s ticket if you want them to sit in the grandstand with you
  • The majority of tickets on sale for the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix are 3-day tickets. Race day (Sunday only) tickets are also available at a discount of approximately 10% to the 3-day ticket price.
  • All grandstands at the Hungaroring have numbered individual bucket seats and a large TV screen opposite. Parking at the circuit is free for ticket holders. There are also regular buses from the city center to the circuit on race weekend. Learn more in Getting Around.
  • The most expensive Super Gold grandstand (on the main straight opposite the pits) is the only covered grandstand at the Hungaroring.

GENERAL ADMISSION AT HUNGARORING

Much like the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Hungaroring is situated in a natural amphitheater. This means that the General Admission areas offer excellent viewing opportunities, especially between turns 9 and 14. Many of the grassy GA areas are located on higher ground behind the grandstands (particularly at turn 14) so whilst the view is often quite distant, you still get the opportunity to see large swathes of the track, as well as the big TV screens for the grandstands (bring binoculars so you can follow the action). At just €90 for 3-day tickets, these are some of the best value General Admission tickets on the current F1 calendar.

3 Corner Grandstand Hopping

The grandstand hopping offer is good for first-time visitors to the Hungaroring who would like to check out some different corners at the circuit. Just three grandstands are included in the three grandstand hopping ticket offers, which take their name and pricing from where you site on race day:

  • 3-Corner Super Gold (€250 regular price): Friday = Red Bull / Saturday = Gold 1 (Rows 1-12) / Sunday = Super Gold (Rows 1-12)
  • 3-Corner Gold 1 (€225 regular price): Friday = Super Gold (Rows 1-12) / Saturday = Red Bull / Sunday = Gold 1 (Rows 1-12)
  • 3-Corner Red Bull (€195 regular price): Friday = Super Gold (Rows 1-12) / Saturday = Red Bull / Sunday = Gold 1 (Rows 1-12)

BRONZE GRANDSTANDS

Bronze 1 is an excellent value grandstand. Worth it for the numbered seat and the view of turn 5, a fourth gear right hander taken at around 220km/hr.

Bronze 2 is the better of the two Bronze grandstands. You’ll have a decent view of the cars taking turn 6. The disadvantage of the Bronze seats in general is that you have a long walk to the hub of the action and F1 village behind the main straight grandstands.

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SILVER GRANDSTANDS

Silver 1 is the smallest of these grandstands, offering 1900 seats close to the exit of turn 14. As well as a ringside view of the circuit’s final turn, you’ll also get a distant view of turn 12, the pit entry, pit straight and back of the grid for the race start.

Silver 2 is a little further away from the final corner, closer to the pits. This grandstand is good value compared to the Gold grandstands further along the pit straight. On the downside, views are obscured by the advertising banner across the track.

Silver 3 wraps around the final turn 14 bend. Depending on where you sit, you will have a better view of turns 12-13 and pit entry or the exit of turn 14 and up the pit straight. As with all the Silver Grandstands (apart from Silver 5), this is a solid choice for a first time visitor to the Hungaroring.

Silver 4 is set further back from the circuit behind the Redbull grandstand. With greater elevation than the other Silver grandstands, Silver 4 provides an excellent panoramic view of turns 12-14 and the pit straight. Recommended. 

Redbull Grandstand is right in the middle of the cluster of grandstands around turn 14. Located between Silver 1 and 3, you’ll get a distant front-on view of the straight between turns 11 and 12, as well as the final two corners and along the pit straight. A good choice, not only for Redbull fans.

Silver 5, located on the short straight between turns 11 and 12, is the cheapest grandstand in this category. From the higher rows,  you will also have a distant view from turns 9-10 through to 13-14. If you can afford it, we recommend paying a little extra for any of the other Silver grandstands (or Red Bull) instead.

GOLD GRANDSTANDS

Super Gold (video above) is the only covered stand at the Hungaroring; good for keeping out of the hot summer sun!  Super Gold is located across from the start-finish line, top teams pit garages and podium. Great seats for the race build-up and start, but you won’t see much in the way of on-track action.

Please note: There are two categories of Super Gold, Gold 1 and Gold 2 tickets: seats in rows 1-12 are cheaper, because views are obscured by the catch fencing and you cannot see over the high pit wall at the Hungaroring. Buy the more expensive seats if you can!

Gold 1 is located on the pit straight, opposite the pits of the top teams and next to the start/finish line. This grandstand is good for pits action and the race start, but go for the similarly priced Silver 1-4 if you want to see more on-track action.

Gold 2 is good for pit action from the top teams, the race lead-up and start. You’ll also get a view of the cars exiting turn 14.

Gold 3 is located on the pit straight, closer to turn 1. It’s good for the race start and pit exit, but not much else. We don’t recommend Gold 3. Pay a bit more for Gold 4 on turn 1, or save some cash and buy a seat in one of the Silver grandstands on the last turn. 

Gold 4 (pictured below) is definitely the pick of the Gold Grandstands. It’s located before turn 1, the best overtaking spot on the circuit. You’ll also get a great view of the race start and be close to the F1 Village behind the main grandstands on the pit straight. Highly recommended.

What’s your favourite grandstand at the Hungaroring? Any tips for fellow fans? Leave a comment below!

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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. Jason says:

    Hi, we sat in Gold 4 in 2015 with Gootickets. We were on in Section K Row 9. This year we’d like to be left and higher.

    Can I ask fro your video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceH9hZxWVJY what your exact seat section was and who provided it as many providers get bulked in the one area.

    We’re looking for section C or D and quite high to see the action once around the turn just like the video.

    Appreciate it

    Jason

    • Editor says:

      Hi Jason, thanks for getting in touch. Honestly, I am not sure of the section. Back in 2014 when this video was taken, they still had Free Friday at the Hungaroring, which meant you could sit in any grandstand you wanted on that day (didn’t have it last year, trying to find out right now about 2016). For tickets, we bought via the official ticket agency for the event – GPTicketShop – they should have the best selection of tickets for Gold 4. Good luck and enjoy the race, maybe we will see you there!

      • Philip van Rijk says:

        Speaking of the rows Andrew! This year I will be on the first row of gold 1. Does this mean I am at the row closest or furthest from the track?

        Hope to hear from you!

        Greetings philip

  2. Rob says:

    Jason, when you say left and higher , what section would that be? As planning my first Grand Prix this year in Hungary as part of my Birthday treat..

  3. Mark Larsen says:

    Do any of you boys now if we can by tickets on sunday at the race track

    Regards

    MArk

  4. Thomas says:

    We had super gold tickets for the 2015 gp, and if you’re into the whole pit strategy part of the race, these seats are great.

    Does anybody know if you have access to the GA areas with a gold grandstand ticket in Hungary?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Thomas. Yes, you have access to all the GA areas if you have a grandstand ticket (all grandstand tickets offer GA access). I am not a huge fan of the pit straight tickets, but yes, they are good for the pit strategy (plus start/finish). I prefer the final corner grandstands personally.

  5. Ivan says:

    is there a free friday this yeaar?
    I have bronze 2 ticket and was hoping to watch FP1or2 form start finish seats :D

    • Editor says:

      Sorry Ivan, but I don’t think there will be Free Friday this year. This was discontinued in 2015 and I haven’t seen any information that it will be returning. But you never know your luck; it can be easier to get into the grandstands on Friday if you ask nicely or get lucky when the security are not looking:)

  6. Kirsty says:

    We went to Budapest last year for the GP, and had a Gold 3 corner ticket – really good value, got to see a lot of the track, and being on the start/finish on race day was excellent. Wish other tracks did it.

    • Editor says:

      Thanks Kirsty, good feedback! That’s got us inspired to do some research into an article on circuits that offer 3-corner tickets. Cheers!

  7. Dan says:

    Hi,

    Does anybody know where we can see a plan of the sector of each tribune?

    Thank you,
    Dan

  8. Paul says:

    Me and my son have got Row 20, Section 4 in Gold 4, think this is near the top which should be fab. How long is the walk from the shuttle bus? 1/2 hour?

    • Editor says:

      You’ll have a great view from those seats! I’ve never taken the shuttle bus myself, but it will probably be at least a 30 minute walk. If your legs are tired, I think you will find a taxi for that short distance as well.

  9. Chris Jansen says:

    Hello! Can’t wait for the weekend! Question: I only can see that it’s free parking with a grandstand ticket. Googled it, checked all the FAQ’s but just can’t find it. What about the general admission ticket, can i park for free or can i get a ticket somewhere? Thanks in advance!

    • Editor says:

      Hi Chris, FREE parking for all ticketholders. I cannot remember any checks whatsoever, so probably you could park without a ticket as well. just turn up and park!

  10. Ivan Tutsev says:

    Doy know if we can enter wih flags? I mean i am a little bit concern for the pipe holder of the flag. Is there any problems with the security.
    And also do you know which gates they open after the end of the race to step foot on the track?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Ivan, you should be fine with the flag, but I cannot guarantee. I think they open gates at the final corner, main straight and near turn 1 to let you on to the track after the race. Enjoy!

  11. Ellie says:

    Hi, there seems to be a huge difference in price between the Super Gold (rows 1-12) tickets and the cost of just Super Gold tickets. Is it just because you do not have a good view of the pits if you sit from row 1-12?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Ellie, that’s pretty much correct. The pitwall is quite high in Budapest, so below row 12 you can’t really see into the pits. You will also have the catch fencing getting in the way.

      • Ellie says:

        thanks for the reply. In your honest opinion do you think its worth the extra £150 (for 2 tickets) to sit in gold 4, or as you can see the screens in Super Gold its not too much difference viewing wise

  12. Gina says:

    Hello! I also have a question regarding seats. If you buy a ticket for the Bronze seats, do you also have acces to “General Acces”? This is just in case we want to take a walk and see other corners. Thank you in advance!

    • Editor says:

      Hi Gina, yes you do! It’s a good idea to buy the Bronze seats so you have somewhere to sit for the race. The rest of the time you can wander around the General Admission areas. Enjoy!

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