Trackside – 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Learn about the trackside experience at the Hungaroring circuit for the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The next race is scheduled for July 27-29, 2018.

All pictures © This guide will be fully updated for 2018 around 2-4 weeks before the race weekend.

The Hungaroring attracts fans from all over Europe. The weekend is generally well organised for fans and the trackside atmosphere is great. Aside from the on-track action, there is little in the way of extra entertainment put on for fans at the track. Luckily, there is cheap beer and this seems to keep the majority of fans happy. It pays to be well prepared before you head to the track. More often than not, it’s very hot on Grand Prix weekend –  wear light clothing and make sure you pack a hat and sunscreen. If you are taking the free bus or the train, wear comfortable shoes as both services terminate a long distance from the track.


  • For more information on getting to the Hungaroring, please read the Getting There & Around section of this guide.
  • A total of six gates provide access to the circuit. FREE parking is offered to fans at three large carparks outside of the circuit. Our favorite parking is behind the hill near turn 1. If you are driving,  you’ll need to be patient at peak times (especially on race day), as the roads near the circuit get easily congested.
  • Remember that you cannot bring any glass into the circuit but plastic bottles are allowed. Other prohibited items include animals, knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. If you have brought along a prohibited item that you cannot bring into the circuit, the organizers offer lockers to store such items at Gates 7 & 8.

Public Pit Lane Walk on Thursday, July 26

A Pit Lane walk for fans holding 3-day tickets is held on Thursday July 26 between 16:00-18:00. The atmosphere is lively and this a great opportunity to check out the teams at work in the garages, but there are big crowds and getting your favorite driver’s autograph is not guaranteed. Gates are open from 14:00 and entry is via Gate 8 until 17:30.

2018 Hungarian Grand Prix On-Track Schedule

As well as Formula 1, there will a full weekend program for Formula 2 and GP3 (including two races for each category), as well as Porsche Supercup action. After the race, fans are granted track access – join the hordes for the podium celebration on the main straight, a great experience to end your weekend.

Friday July 27

  • 08:00-19:00: Gates open
  • 09:30-10:15: GP3 (Practice)
  • 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 (Free Practice 1)
  • 12:55-13:40: Formula 2 (Practice)
  • 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 (Free Practice 2)
  • 16:55-17:25: Formula 2 (Qualifying)
  • 18:10-18:55: Porsche Supercup (Practice)

Saturday July 28

  • 07:30-19:30: Gates open
  • 10:45-11:15: GP3 (Qualifying)
  • 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 (Free Practice 3)
  • 13:25-13:55: Porsche Supercup (Qualifying)
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 (Qualifying)
  • 16:45-17:50 Formula 2 (Race 1 – 37 laps)
  • 18:30-19:15: GP3 (Race 1 – 22 laps)

Sunday July 29

  • 07:30-18:30: Gates open
  • 10:05-10:40: GP3 (Race 2 / 17 laps)
  • 11:20-12:10: Formula 2 (Race 2 / 28 laps)
  • 12:35-13:10: Porsche Supercup (Race – 14 laps)
  • 13:30-14:00: F1 Drivers’ Track Parade
  • 14:00-14:15: F1 Grid Presentation
  • 15:10-17:10: 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix (70 laps / 2 hours)


The F1 Fanzone behind the Super Gold grandstand on the pit straight is the hub for fan action on the weekend. Here you will find lots of  most food and drink stalls plus the F1 Village with merchandise and product displays. It’s also a good place to grab a seat and some shade. A Fan Forum with the F1 drivers is scheduled for 18:30-18:50 on Saturday.


The food on offer at the Hungaroring during our most recent visit (2014) was a big improvement from our first visit in 2007. It’s still on the pricey side and there isn’t much in the way of healthy fare, but there is more variety on offer apart from hot dogs and hamburgers, including langos (Hungarian deep-fried flatbread), gyros and pizzas. Expect to pay around €5-10 for most meals. Drinks are more reasonably priced and you can also fill up your water bottle for free at lots of points around the circuit. Local Dreher beer costs 800 forints (2.50) for half a liter, whilst Czech Pilsener is the same price for 400ml. Water and soft drinks are cheaper. Keeping hydrated is essential in the hot summer sun and you should also be careful about your alcohol consumption at the track. Check the pictures for examples of food and drink at the track, including prices.

Been to the Hungaroring? Leave a comment with your trackside tips!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of 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. Jennifer says:

    Is that mean that there ist no autographmeeting and i have no Chance to get Autograph from Drivers?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Jennifer, it’s not impossible, but you will need to try hard. I suggest arriving early so you can be one of the first to enter for the pitlane walk. And you will need to go to your favorite team/driver garage and hope for the best, good luck! Another option is to stake out some of the best 5-star hotels in the center of Budapest and look for teams/autograph hunters. You may get more lucky with that approach.

  2. Joe says:


    I am taking my son this year to celebrate his 18th birthday and would like to treat him to a few things. What are the prices of a programme and other memorabilia?


    • Editor says:

      Hi Joe, you’ll have a great time at the Hungaroring. It’s one of my favorite races and also my home race, as I am based in nearby Poland. Anyway, the program isn’t that cheap; normally costs around 15-20 EUR. Memorabilia is also expensive at the track (Tshirts and caps starting at 30-40 EUR and going up), but you can also buy some of the previous seasons memorabilia a bit cheaper. The good news is that beer is pretty cheap at the Hungaroring. It gets hot though, so don’t forget to also drink lots of water! Andy

  3. Malky says:

    Hi Joe. Is a general admin ticket a good idea with lots of public spaces to see track.

    • Editor says:

      Hi, I’m not Joe but I’ll answer anyway. The General Admission areas at the Hungaroring are excellent, there’s plenty of good vantage points to see the track. Read more in our Tickets guide.

  4. Debbie Wright says:

    Hi Andy ( not Joe ! )

    I love going on the track after the race – we are in Gold 4 , do you know if there is an entrance nearby ? Also , in Russia , they cleared us off pretty sharpish after the race . Do you know if we can stay longer . I love Ted´s notebook & seeing the winning driver infront of his garage after would be fab . Best Wishes , Debbie ( not Joe ! )

    • Editor says:

      Hi Debbie! I’m not 100% sure, but I think there will be an entry on to the track near Gold 4 after the race. (Good grandstand choice by the way!) From memory, they are not in any hurry to kick you off the track quickly at the Hungaroring. Andy

  5. Alexander says:

    Hi Andy,
    I will be at the race for the whole weekend and I would like to know if I can pay the food and drinks on track with euro’s. Or do I need to change my euro’s for Forints before coming to the track? This because the bus from Holland will drop us right at the track on Friday morning, And we stay at an highway Hotel 20km from Boedapest (so I will not see a ATM).

    • Editor says:

      Hi Alexander, you can pay for food and drinks with EUR, from memory. Maybe not with all vendors, but most of them. I think there is also an ATM inside the circuit, in the fan zone area behind the main grandstand.

  6. Tom says:

    Hi Andy,

    Do you know if English commentary is available at the track?

    I went in 2015 and I think they were selling radios, but seem to remember there was nothing being broadcast.

    Going again this year and want to know what my options are for keeping up with what’s going on.

    Thanks for the help,

    Tom :)

    • Editor says:

      Hi Tom, I think the trackside commentary is in several languages (probably Hungarian, English and German). Probably there will be some kind of radios being offered, but I am not sure. There’s also the big TV screens, some of which can be seen from the General Admission areas. And lastly, you can try your mobile device, provided the network doesn’t get jammed. Remember that European roaming charges were abolished last month, so you won’t pay more for roaming data in Hungary.

  7. Adam Littlewood says:

    Hi Andy,

    Have you got an updated schedule for 2017?

  8. Jasper van Someren says:

    Hi! Do you know if you can pay with debit or credit card for food and drink? And for caps and shirts??

    • Editor says:

      Hi Jasper, I’m not 100% sure, but you should be ok to pay for merchandise with card. Some food/drink stalls may accept cards, but I can’t guarantee it

  9. Jasper van Someren says:

    Oh and another question I have is this. Are there any other things to do around the track on Saturday or Sunday like concerts or DJ’s that are playing?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Jasper, there is lots happening around the circuit over the weekend. Nothing big, but there will be some live music/DJs. The circuit also used to be well known for ‘adult entertainment’ but I don’t know if this is still going on or not!

  10. Natasja says:


    Is it allowed to bring my dslr camera to the circuit? I read different things about what is allowed and what’s not. We’re at the Red Bull stand.


  11. Paul says:

    Hi Andy,
    I will be going the Thursday pit walk. Can you suggest the nearest parking area and the nearest gate that we should use enter the track. We will be pushed for time.

    Thank you,

    • Editor says:

      Hi Paul, I drove to the circuit for the pitwalk a couple of years ago. From memory, I think you can only enter from Gate 8. The best place to park is the large free parking nearby Gate 7 & 8. Check the map

  12. graham andrew says:

    Hi Andrew. I was wondering if outside food and drink is allowed

  13. Amanda donald says:

    Are there no scheduled autograph signings for the Hungarian Grand Prix ?

    • Editor says:

      Not on the schedule Amanda, but there’s normally autograph signings happening during the pitlane walk. Alternatively, perhaps something will be organized in the F1 village; perhaps on Saturday night when there is supposed to be a fan forum.

  14. Colleen says:

    Hi, is the no umbrella rule enforced. I do realise that you’d have to be careful using one so as not block anyone’s view. I was wanting to take one for shade thanks

  15. Eleonora says:

    Hi Andy,

    is it allowed to take bigger backpacks into the circuit area? We are leaving to the airport straight from the track on Sunday, and would have our hand luggage with us :D
    Thanks a lot! And many thanks for this awesome website :)

  16. Catalin says:

    Hi Andy,

    thank you for taking the time to answer all these questions.

    I have a Bronze 1 ticket for the weekend. Can I enter the track after the race is over? I want to attend the victory ceremony.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Catalin, there’s good access for ticketholders. Yes, you will be able to attend the podium ceremony. I suggest you head around to the final corner near the end of the race to get access after the race and make sure you have a good view!

  17. Igor says:

    Any specific advice for 1st time goer? I’m pretty much hyped for the race, but I have only GA ticket, and I’m not sure when exactly am I going to arrive at the track? Any specific places in GA to look for (good for taking pics maybe)? Is there also possibility to pick up any broken car parts at turn 1 for example?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Igor, you will have a ball! It will be hot, so most important is to take hat/sunglasses/sun cream and drink lots of fluids (water as well as beer!) Lots of good vantage points up high to take photos of the cars without the barriers. As for broken car parts, maybe you will get lucky right after the race ends when they open the track up, but more likely you will find tire marbles.

  18. Vladislav says:

    Hi, how about the folding chairs, can we bring them in? Do they expect people sitting on the grass for 3 days? At Red Bull Ring chairs are encouraged but here seats are forbidden. Also, forbidden umbrellas sounds like a nonsense in sunny or raining weather… I could get to the pit lane walk with umbrella with no problem. Please advise, as the rules are not very clear. Thanks!

  19. lukas says:

    Hi Andy,
    Tanks for the good job that you make here
    a question please

    i have a general admision tiket

    after the race i want to go to see the ceremony

    please tell me where i most position my self before the race end …

    to be to the near gate ciucuit wenn open …???

    sorry for my bad english hope you understand

    • Editor says:

      Sorry Lukas, my reply is a bit slow. I know that they open the gate only at the last corner. I heard it got pretty crazy and not everyone could get in for the podium. I hope it worked out for you!

  20. Darach says:

    Just got a birthday present for 2018 GP, at the bronze seating. How long would it take to get to the podium area after race, as I really want to see that. Can’t wait

  21. Stephen Brady says:

    I’m coming from northern ireland was wondering what currency to change to

    • Editor says:

      Hi Stephen, you will need Hungarian Forints (HUF). 1 GBP = 350 HUF. Easiest will be to withdraw cash from a local ATM after you arrive.

  22. Michel says:

    Is it possible to leave the car overnight in the free parking so I can sleep in it?

  23. RP says:

    Hi there,

    We’re planning a trip to the Hungarian GP this year. Now I see a guidebook for this year’s race:

    It says no backpacks are allowed and also no drink or food are allowed to bring to the circuit.

    I have been to several races through the years and never had any problems to bring a backpack with my own food and drinks.

    Was this the case last year too and how strict are they if you bring a backpack with some food and drinks?

    • Editor says:

      Hi, I haven’t been for a couple of years, but I find it very difficult to believe you won’t be allowed inside the circuit with a small backpack. As always, it depends on the whim of the inspectors at the gate. You may be lucky or unlucky. But I would take a backpack!

      • RP says:

        Thanks! I’ll give it a go. Can’t imagine they won’t allow it :)

        • Dee says:

          I just checked in your link and they clarify at the end that it’s just heavy backpacks that aren’t allowed: 8. No animals will be admitted to the Venue or to any car parks. The following articles must not be brought within the Venue: items, tools especially dangerous or hazard- ous to public safety, as defined in regulations, weapons, cutting or stabbing devices, authoritarian symbols, glass, drone, segway, bicycles, rollers, skateboards, electric or combustion-engine driven motorcycles, pyrotechnics, laser devices, any kind of seats, cooler bags, backpack exceeding 20kgs, non-collapsible umbrellas or parasols, or any other objects which might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. The entry of any person in possession of such items will be refused to the Venue by the Promoter. The allowed quantity of food and beverage to be taken into the Race Track: maximum 0,5 litre of liquid/person (water, soft drink, etc.) and sandwiches in not com- mercial quantity.
          Have fun :)

  24. Kirsty Robinson says:

    Is there a bridge from the fan zone/ main circuit area that takes you across to the paddock ? My husband works for one of the teams and I’m hoping My little girl and I could meet him over the weekend to say Hi (I’m aware we will need a pass) but just unsure where the paddock access point would be

  25. Chris says:


    I have a General Admission ticket for this weekend. As this will be my first Grand-Prix I will be arriving at the track first thing in the morning in order to get a good viewing position for the race.
    What I’d like to know is how I can keep my place throughout the day? If I need to buy some food or drink, use the bathroom or just have a walk and strech my legs, how do I stop someone from pinching my spot?

    Many thanks


  26. Texmex says:

    Are there any toilets? And where?

  27. Ollie says:


    For the qualifying session can you sit in any grandstand?

    Thanks for updating this website, its been so useful for us on our first time!


    • Editor says:

      Sorry for the late reply. No you cannot. On Friday, you can pay 20 EUR extra to sit in a grandstand. But on Saturday and Sunday, you need to sit in your allocated seats.

  28. Raul says:

    I want to go on Sunday to see the f1 race.
    Thickets are sold out. Can I buy the ticket from the circuit on Sunday?

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