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Tickets – 2018 Spanish Grand Prix

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Your guide to buying tickets and watching the action at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona. The 2018 Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix is scheduled for May 11-13.

All images © F1Destinations.com. The Editor attended the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

We are big fans of the Spanish Grand Prix. The Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona offers excellent panoramic views from most grandstands and the excellent General Admission areas, and ticket prices are reasonable. Spanish Grand Prix ticket prices have remained virtually unchanged for the past four years, though the organizers did simplify the ticket offer last year, introducing new ticket categories (Fan / Super Fan / Excellence) and removing two-tiered pricing in several grandstands.

Spanish GP tickets: early-bird discounts!
Three rounds of early-bird discounts apply each year for the Spanish Grand Prix. Here are this year’s dates:

  • Save 30% until September 30, 2017
  • Save 20% until November 30, 2017
  • Save 10% until February 28, 2018

 

During the event, all 3-day tickets holders (including General Admission) can also take advantage of ‘Free Friday’ and sit in any available grandstand on the first day of the weekend (with the exception of the single-day grandstands E & N). Tickets for the more popular grandstands (such as Main, J, K, F, N & H) sometimes sell out well before the race, so get in early if you want the best seats for the Spanish Grand Prix.

2018 Spanish Grand Prix 3-day Tickets

TypeGrandstandEarly-bird price*Regular price
General Admissionn/a€104€130
Fan J, B, G, K, C€192€240
Super Fan A, L, H, I€272€340
Excellence Main & F€396€495
*Current early-bird price applies to November 30, 2017

2018 Spanish Grand Prix 1-day tickets

TypeDayEarly-bird price*Regular price
General AdmissionSunday€79€99
Family Package**Sunday€158€198
Friends Package***Sunday€158€198
Grandstand N, EFriday€44€55
Grandstand N, ESaturday€80€100
Grandstand N, ESunday€160€200
*Current early-bird price applies to November 30, 2017
**Family package = 2 adults + 2 children
***Friends package = 4 adults aged 19-30
2018 Spanish Grand Prix grandstand map. Click to open a large version.

Spanish Grand Prix tickets: need to know

  • Over 65s and children aged 12-18 save 50% on 3-day grandstand tickets. Children under 6 are granted free entry to grandstands provided they don’t occupy a seat. Children under 12 get free General Admission entry.
  • The organizers offer good deals for families and young people; packages for families (2 adults + 2 children) or a group of 4 friends aged from 19-30 are priced at €198 (less with early-bird discounts)
  • Tickets in most grandstands are divided into ‘zones’ which equate to the row numbers. For the best views, we advise choosing the highest possible zone/row number in your chosen ticket category.
  • All grandstands have access to large viewing screens
  • Only the Main, I and M Grandstands are covered; the rest of the grandstands are open to the elements.

#ExperienceF1 at the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix

F1 Experiences offers exclusive ticket packages to the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix starting at $699 USD for the Starter package, which includes a 3-day ticket for grandstand B plus pit lane walk and ‘drive the track’ tour. We recommend the Trophy package for $1269 USD with grandstand L seat and awesome extras such as a guided tour of the F1 paddock and party in the F1 Paddock Club.

General Admission at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona

The unique natural amphitheater layout of the Circuit de Catalunya provides plenty of raised viewing areas and making one of the best General Admission experiences of any race on the current F1 calendar. If you have bought a General Admission (Pelouse in Spanish) ticket, you will also benefit from “Free Friday” when you are also allowed to sit in any grandstand you wish (with the exception of the two single-day grandstands, N & E).

There are six General Admission viewing areas at Circuit de Catalunya, mainly located in the Southern and Western track zones (refer to the circuit map). General Admission ticket holders in Spain also benefit from eight big screen TVs. The most popular General Admission area is the hill between turns 6-8. It gets busier as the weekend progresses; you will need to reserve your spot early for qualifying and the race.

EASTERN GRANDSTANDS

Main Grandstand view

The covered Main Grandstand seats 10 000 spectators. Tickets are no longer divided into lower and upper tiers with differnt prices. Go for higher row tickets, which offer not only a view of the start/finish straight and pits, but also panoramic views of large portions of the lap. Behind the stand is the F1 village with merchandise and lots of food and drink stalls.

Grandstand J View

Grandstands J & K are situated near the pit exit towards the end of the main straight. As well as providing a good view of the main straight and first corner, J & K are good value grandstands which also give you a view of turns 4 to 6 on the opposite side of the track.

Grandstand F view

Grandstand F is an excellent premium grandstand choice at Montmelo. Located at the end of the main pit straight, you will have a ringside view of the opening Elf corner and a more distant view of the Seat and Wurth turns on the opposite side of the track.

Grandstand I view

Grandstand I is located on the final corner, New Holland. Apart from the Main Grandstand, it is the only other covered stand at Circuit de Catalunya. Accommodating 1600 fans, this is a small and low stand without panoramic views of the circuit, but a great view of the main straight and pit entry.

SOUTHERN GRANDSTANDS

Grandstand A view

Grandstand A is a very popular, well-priced raised grandstand located on the outside of the first corner, the Elf Chicane. Fans seated in this stand get a great panoramic view of the cars coming down the main straight and taking on the opening corners, as well as a view of turns 4-6.

Grandstand L view

Grandstand L is also very well elevated and offers the best panoramic views of any grandstand at Circuit de Catalunya. It’s the only stand located on the inside of the track. It’s next to the Seat corner, but you can also see the cars coming down the main straight and taking turn 1. An excellent mid-range grandstand choice for Spain.

NORTHERN GRANDSTANDS

Grandstand G view (Zone 3)

Grandstand G, which can seat up to 10 000 fans, is one of the largest stands at the cirucit. The G seats offer a good view of the entire stadium section from the exit of the La Caixa hairpin through to the Europcar corner. Recommended! View another grandstand G video taken from Zone 22.

Grandstand C view

Grandstand C has good views of the entire stadium section and a direct view of the Europcar corner. Fans seated in Grandstand C can also see the pit entrance and the final corner of the circuit. See a view of the view from Grandstand C below.

Grandstand H view

Grandstand H is located in the stadium area in the Northern section of the circuit. It is directly in front of the RACC chicane and also offers fans a view of the final New Holland corner as well as the pit entry. H is a good mid-range grandstand option.

Grandstand B view

Grandstand B is the equal cheapest stand on offer in the stadium section at Circuit de Catalunya. It offers a view of turns 10-13. In terms of budget stands, we prefer instead Grandstand J on the Eastern side of the track.

SINGLE-DAY TICKET GRANDSTANDS

Grandstand E view

Grandstand E is located close to the first Elf corner at the end of the pit straight where the cars brake heavily and there are good overtaking opportunities. Similar to Grandstand F adjacent, E also provides a good view of turns 5 to 7 on the opposite side of the track.

Grandstand N view

Grandstand N is the only grandstand in the Western zone of the circuit, which is dominated by General Admission areas. It is located on the Campsa corner and offers a view of the cars from the Wurth corner through Campsa and then down the back straight.

Have you been to the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya? Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience!

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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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