RANKED: Top 10 Formula 1 Circuits for General Admission

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Seeing F1 live doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s our ranking of the Top 10 circuits on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar for General Admission access.

What is General Admission?

Normally the cheapest way to see a race, General Admission tickets provide entrance to the circuit without a reserved grandstand seat. With General Admission access, you are free to roam around different parts of the circuit and to check different vantage points. Some circuits provide small grandstands, viewing platforms and big TV screens in General Admission, while the offer is much more basic at other circuits. In our ranking of 2019 F1 ticket prices, the average price for a 3-day General Admission ticket was $163 USD; the cheapest tickets were sold in China ($70 USD) and the most expensive in Abu Dhabi ($272 USD).

1. Hungaroring

  • Race: 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix
  • Dates: July 31 – August 2, 2020
  • General Admission: €90 for 3 days (cheaper with 15% discount till December 31, 2019)
  • Positives: Very cheap tickets. Natural amphitheatre with panoramic views over large sections of the track. Warm weather, cheap beer.
  • Negatives: Free Friday no longer offered, but you can upgrade to grandstands on Friday for €20. General Admission has got a lot busier in recent years.
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2. Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

  • Race: 2020 Spanish Grand Prix
  • Dates: May 8-10, 2020
  • General Admission (Pelouse): €147 for 3 days
  • Positives: Natural amphitheatre offering elevated viewing areas with great views and big screen TVs. Possibility to walk around the entire circuit from inside. Free Friday is also offered.
  • Negatives: No alcohol sales inside the track, quite expensive.
  • More Info / Buy Tickets

3. Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

  • Race: 2020 Belgian Grand Prix
  • Dates: August 28-30, 2020
  • General Admission: €150 for 3 days (save 10% until January 31, 2020)
  • Positives: Majestic circuit with lots of natural elevation and stunning scenery. Gaps in the catch fencing for amateur photographers.
  • Negatives: Expensive, can get very overcrowded on race day. Steep, unsealed paths and lack of facilities. No Free Friday.
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4. Circuit of The Americas

  • Race: 2019 United States Grand Prix
  • Dates: November 1-3, 2019
  • General Admission: $175/195 USD for 3 days
  • Positives: Lots of natural elevation and grassy banks to watch the action. Well organized. A-list concerts included.
  • Negatives: No Free Friday. Higher than average chance of rain. Lack of sealed internal paths.
  • More Info / Buy Tickets

5. Autodromo Nazionale Monza

  • Race: 2020 Italian Grand Prix
  • Dates: September 4-6, 2020
  • General Admission: €100 for 3 days (2020 tickets not yet on sale)
  • Positives: Historic venue with beautiful park location, viewing platforms in General Admission.
  • Negatives: Poor organization, lack of natural elevation, no big screen TVs in General Admission.
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6. Red Bull Ring

  • Race: 2020 Austrian Grand Prix
  • Dates: July 3-5, 2020
  • General Admission: €95 for 3 days (save 20% until December 31, 2019)
  • Positives: Very cheap tickets. Lots of natural elevation, particularly at the top of the circuit. Big TV screens. Good organization, modern facilities.
  • Negatives: Higher than average chance of rain (though 2019 was baking hot!). No Free Friday. Getting more popular on race day.
  • More Info / Buy Tickets

7. Silverstone

  • Race: 2020 British Grand Prix
  • Dates: July 17-19, 2020
  • General Admission: £185 for 3 days
  • Positives: Free Friday. Well organized with good vantage points. Combine with trackside camping for the best experience.
  • Negatives: Tickets & trackside food/drink are expensive. Weather a bit of a lottery.
  • More Info / Buy Tickets

8. Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit

  • Race: 2020 Australian Grand Prix
  • Dates: March 12-15, 2020
  • General Admission (AusGP Park Pass): $185 AUD (save $10 until November 21, 2019)
  • Positives: Wide selection of vantage points, including several viewing platforms. Good facilities & well organized.
  • Negatives: No natural elevation so you are always looking at the catch fencing. No Free Friday. Expensive to eat and drink at the track.
  • More Info / Buy Tickets

9. Marina Bay Street Circuit

  • Race: 2020 Singapore Grand Prix
  • Dates: September 18-20, 2020
  • General Admission (Premier Walkabout): $398-498 SGD for 3 days (2020 tickets not yet on sale)
  • Positives: Festive atmosphere, viewing platforms. Entry to post-race concerts with A-list performers. City location backdrop. Get Zone 1 access (with Premier Walkabout, for example) for the best trackside experience.
  • Negatives: Expensive. No Free Friday. Hot and humid, even at night. Few elevated viewing areas (catch fencing obscuring views)
  • More Info / Buy Tickets

10. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

  • Race: 2020 Canadian Grand Prix
  • Dates: June 12-14, 2020
  • General Admission: $170 CAD for 3 days
  • Positives: Great atmosphere and well organized. Permanent facilities in a city park setting with lots of good paths, shady areas, even a casino. Easy access with the Metro.
  • Negatives: No natural elevation. No Free Friday. Small General Admission areas on the best corners get overcrowded as the weekend progresses.
  • More Info / Buy Tickets

About this Ranking

This ranking was originally published on August 18, 2016 and has now been fully updated. The author has personally experienced General Admission at nine of the ten tracks featured in the Top 10 during the past 5 years.

To come up with our Top 10 circuits for General Admission, we took into account several factors, including ticket prices, views, circuit facilities and whether Free Friday* was offered or not. 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 from the ranking: Bahrain, China, Monaco, Azerbaijan, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Brazil & Abu Dhabi.

The following races do have a proper General Admission offer (or claim to have) but did not make the cut for the Top 10: France, Holland & Vietnam. The General Admission offer at Circuit Paul Ricard in France is decent, though you’ll end up covered in white dust and the weather is invariably really hot. Zandvoort has good General Admission views at present, but there’s a lot of new temporary grandstands going in for the 2020 Dutch Grand Prix. Finally, Vietnam is an unknown quantity; the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix will be staged on a brand new circuit that’s still under construction.

*Some circuits offer ‘free’ or roaming access to most (or all) grandstands on Friday for General Admission ticket holders. Learn more here: Which F1 races offer Free Friday in 2020?

 

Which is your favorite circuit for General Admission viewing? 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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