Top Ten F1 circuits for General Admission tickets

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A trip to a Formula 1 race doesn’t have to break the bank, with most circuits offering reasonably priced General Admission tickets for budget-conscious fans. We’ve analyzed the current calendar to come up with our ‘top ten’ circuits for General Admission tickets.

What are General Admission F1 tickets?

These are the cheapest tickets offered to each race. They provide you with ‘roaming’ entrance to the circuit and to various viewing points, but without a reserved seat. In our annual F1 ticket prices ranking for 2016, the average price for the cheapest 3-day tickets to each race (General Admission or equivalent) was $133 USD, or approximately $44 USD per day.

Our ranking

To come up with our ‘top ten’ circuits for General Admission, we took into account several factors, including ticket prices, elevation/views, facilities/amenities, and whether Free Friday* is offered or not. This is a subjective list, but I have personally experienced General Admission at six of the ten tracks featured here in the past 3 years, including the entire top 5.

We have eliminated around half of the current F1 circuits from the list, because they don’t offer ‘traditional’ General Admission tickets. To be considered for inclusion in our ranking, the General Admission ticket must offer access to all spectator areas of the circuit (apart from the grandstands), rather than a specific zone or zones. For that reason, we’ve eliminated the following races with restricted General Admission or seated tickets only: Bahrain (Sakhir), China (Shanghai), Russia (Sochi), Monaco, Azerbaijan (Baku), Germany (Hockenheim), Malaysia (Sepang), Japan (Suzuka), Mexico (Mexico City), Brazil (Interlagos) and Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina).

*Some circuits offer ‘free’ or roaming access to all (or most) grandstands on Friday for General Admission ticketholders. Of our top ten, only three venues (Spain, Italy and Great Britain) currently offer Free Friday.

1. Spanish Grand Prix

  • Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona

  • Price: $132 USD for 3 days

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  • Elevated viewing areas with great views & big screen TVs
  • Free Friday

  • Poor food offer
  • No trackside alcohol sales

2. Italian Grand Prix

  • Location: Monza, outside Milan

  • Price: $107 USD for 3 days

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  • Beautiful park location
  • Viewing platforms & big screen TVs
  • Free Friday

  • No natural elevation

3. Hungarian Grand Prix

  • Location: Hungaroring circuit, outside Budapest

  • Price: $101 USD for 3 days

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  • Lots of elevated viewing areas
  • Warm, sunny weather and cheap beer

  • No Free Friday (it was discontinued in 2015)
  • No dedicated big screen TVs

4. Belgian Grand Prix

  • Location: Spa Francorchamps circuit

  • Price: $152 USD for 3 days

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  • Lots of elevated viewing areas and stunning scenery
  • Gaps in the catch fencing for amateur photographers

  • Lots of steep paths to negotiate
  • Higher than average chance of rain
  • No Free Friday

5. Austrian Grand Prix

  • Location: Red Bull Ring, near Spielberg (Graz)

  • Price: $107 USD for 3 days

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  • Lots of elevated viewing areas & big screen TVs
  • No problem finding a good vantage point
  • Good organization and amenities

  • Higher than average chance of rain
  • Fewer spectators impacts atmosphere
  • No Free Friday

6. US Grand Prix

  • Location: Circuit of the Americas, outside Austin (Texas)

  • Price: $169 USD for 3 days

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  • Some elevated viewing areas
  • Big screen TVs
  • Entry to after-race concerts included

  • No Free Friday
  • More expensive ($56 USD per day)

7. Australian Grand Prix

  • Location: Albert Park, Melbourne

  • Price: $131 USD for 3 days

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  • Wide selection of vantage points, including several raised areas
  • Good facilities/amenities and organization

  • No Free Friday
  • No panoramic views

8. British Grand Prix

  • Location: Silverstone

  • Price: $224 USD for 3 days

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  • Plenty of decent vantage points
  • Free Friday

  • Very expensive ($75 USD per day)
  • Crowded for qualifying and race
  • Better than average chance of rain

9. Canadian Grand Prix

  • Location: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal

  • Price: $91 USD for 3 days

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  • Good atmosphere and well organized
  • Affordable ($30 USD per day)

  • No elevated viewing areas
  • Small, cramped GA areas on the best corners

10. Singapore Grand Prix

  • Location: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore

  • Price: $371 USD for 3-day Premier Walkabout tickets (all zones)

  • Click here to learn more

  • Festive atmosphere
  • Entry to post-race concerts with A-list performers
  • City location backdrop

  • No Free Friday
  • Hot and humid, even at night
  • No elevated viewing areas (catch fencing obscuring views)
  • Very expensive ($123 USD per day)

What’s your opinion? 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. charlie white says:

    I’m surprised not to see some of the Persian Gulf races listed here. Since they are promoted by their host national government, attendance should be inexpensive. I guess it boils down to currency exchange rate.

    • Editor says:

      Hi charlie, it was more about how I calculated this ranking. Decided to only include the circuits that have ‘old school’ General Admission, which the Gulf state races don’t have. Bahrain is a pretty cheap race to attend, but Abu Dhabi is really expensive, even for the cheapest ‘Hill’ or General Admission tickets (and they are not very good – I had Hill tickets for Abu Dhabi last year and was disappointed).

  2. Heidi says:

    Hi. Great info, thank you. I have general admission tickets for F1 France next week and wondering what the facilities are like there. Seems to be lots for campers but due to a shuttle bus arrive quite early on Sunday and not sure which area to stand for best views, facilities and screens. Do you have and current info at all please. Thanks

    • Editor says:

      Hi Heidi, information is quite limited at this stage and the official website doesn’t help very much. However, this map does show the best General Admission viewing areas. You may also just walk around and see what you like. I also recommend joining our group for fans going to the race.

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