Trackside at Marina Bay – 2024 Singapore Grand Prix

Get the most out of your trackside experience at the 2024 Singapore Grand Prix, which takes place at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in downtown Singapore

  • The 2024 Singapore Grand Prix is scheduled for September 20-22. Tickets are now on sale.
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More like a rock festival than a Formula 1 race, it’s no wonder Singapore has firmly cemented itself as a fan’s favorite since joining the F1 calendar in 2008. The trackside atmosphere at Marina Bay is electric and the organizers put on an big show which goes a long way to justifying the high ticket prices, including A-list concerts and a spectacular fireworks display after the race has finished.

It’s hot and humid in Singapore. Dress in light, loose clothing (leave your jeans at home), pack an extra top if you are prone to sweating a lot, and wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast for any signs of rain, as late afternoon storms are not uncommon at this time of year in Singapore.

Access & Orientation: Marina Bay Street Circuit

  • App: Download the Singapore Grand Prix app for storing your digital tickets, checking the circuit map, on-track schedule and concert details.
  • Gate Opening Times: For the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix weekend, the circuit gates are open from 13:45 to midnight on Friday (September 15) and Saturday (September 16), and from 14:30 to midnight on Sunday (September 17). TBC for 2024.
  • Access Gates: There are ten access gates, each of which has an express lane if you are entering without a bag. If you are carrying a bag, you will need to queue to have it examined. Leave large items such as folding chairs are not permitted in the circuit. Food and drinks are also not permitted, apart from one plastic bottle of water or soft drink up to 600ml in size. See Clause 8 here for the full list of prohibited items.
  • Circuit Zones: The Marina Bay Street Circuit is divided into five zones. Some tickets provide entry to all zones, whilst other tickets only provide entry to one zone. If you are also keen to see a particular concert, ensure that your chosen ticket provides access to the zone where the concert will be held. More about the different zones at Marina Bay is in the Tickets section of our guide. For reference, Zone 1 is where the pits, Singapore flyer, Wharf Stage and many of the best grandstands are located – it’s the best zone and we recommend getting access, as it’s less crowded (the cheapest ticket with entry to all zones is Premier Walkabout)
  • Getting to the Circuit: Read our Getting Around Guide for more information on the best way to get to the circuit, including the closest metro (MRT) station and recommended entry gate for your grandstand.
  • Singapore Flyer (Ferris Wheel): If you have a ticket for Zone 1 or Zone 2, rides on the Singapore Flyer are likely to be complimentary. TBC for 2024.

2024 Singapore Grand Prix Schedule

  • On-Track & Concert Schedule: Exact times for all the racing action & main stage concert times will not be published until around 4-6 weeks before race weekend. F1 session times are confirmed for 2024 and listed below. Sunset on race weekend is at approx. 19:03
  • Support Categories: The all-female F1 Academy will be racing at the 2024 Singapore Grand Prix. Further support categories for 2024 have not yet been announced. In 2023, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and TSS The Super Series were the support races
  • Driver Appearances: At recent editions of the race, the F1 drivers have appeared on the Wharf Stage in Zone 1 for a Q&A on both Friday and Saturday afternoon between 15:30-16:30. You need to have a valid Zone 1 ticket in order to attend. TBC for 2024
  • Pit Lane Walk: Singaporean residents can take part in a ballot to attend a pit lane walk on Thursday. From Friday to Sunday, guests in the F1 Paddock Club can take part in daily pit lane walks.

Friday, September 20

  • 13:45: Gates Open (TBC)
  • 17:30-18:30: Formula 1 – Free Practice 1 (FP1)
  • 21:00-22:00: Formula 1 – Free Practice 2 (FP2)
  • Midnight: Gates Close

Saturday, September 21

  • 13:45: Gates Open
  • 17:30-18:30: Formula 1 (Free Practice 3)
  • 21:00-22:00: Formula 1 – Qualifying
  • Midnight: Gates Close

Sunday, September 22

  • 14:30: Gates Open
  • 17:50-18:20: Formula 1 Drivers’ Parade
  • 20:00-22:00: Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix (61 laps or 2 hours)
  • Midnight: Gates Close

Singapore Grand Prix Concerts & Entertainment

Marina Bay feels more like a music festival than a motor race at times! You’ll find multiple stages around the circuit plus roving performers from all over the world, including illusionists, theater and circus-cabaret acts. The main Padang Stage in Zone 4 hosts the biggest headline concerts which close out the program on all three days of the weekend. The smaller Wharf Stage in Zone 1 also hosts concerts from major acts over the weekend, with the exception of the biggest headliners.

  • Headline acts performing at the 2024 Singapore Grand Prix have not yet been announced.
  • In 2023, a collection of acts from record label 88rising performed on Friday, Post Malone headlined on Saturday night and Robbie Williams closed out the weekend after Sunday’s race. Kings of Leon, Culture Club, Madness and Groove Armada also performed, along with a host of local and international acts.

Food, Drink & Amenities at Marina Bay Street Circuit

Food and drink stalls are dotted around the circuit, with the biggest concentration in the Padang area of Zone 4 and near the Singapore flyer in Zone 1. Look out for the ‘hawker’ villages which sell a range of tasty Asian fare, including satays, noodles and curries. Most meals inside the circuit are priced at around $15 SGD, though more expensive options exist as well. A large beer will set you back $16 SGD, cheaper than at the majority of bars outside the circuit, whilst a bottle of water costs $3 SGD and soft drinks around $4-5 SGD.

If you are on a budget, there are plenty of cheaper outlets for food and drink just outside of the circuit if you want a quick break, some of which are air-conditioned. Just remember you can’t bring back any food or alcohol back into the circuit. There are even a few regular supermarkets where you can stock up within the circuit, including at the Esplanade Mall in Zone 4. Toilets are mostly of the portable type, but they are clean and queues are uncommon, even on race day.

Been to the Singapore GP? Tell us your trackside tips in the comments.

72 thoughts on “Trackside at Marina Bay – 2024 Singapore Grand Prix”

  1. I don’t think the Singapore Flyer will be free for Zone 1 ticket holders. I hear it is only a 10% discount off advertised prices.

  2. Kevin L Montgomery

    Hello everyone, I’m trying to decide if I should buy tickets to the Singapore Grand Prix for only Sunday which is race day or if I should get the package for all three days? I never been to a GP race before but I’m thinking is paying the extra three to $400 worth going for all three days.

    1. Hi Kevin, it’s worth going for all three days. Make a proper weekend of it, enjoy the concerts and everything else the race has to offer

      1. I’m going to the Singapore F1 next month. But I won’t be there until Saturday. Is it confirmed that The F1 drivers will be appearing on the Wharf Stage for a Q&A on both Friday and Saturday afternoon? Cause I saw that last year someone shared that there is only on Friday. I really hope they will also be there on Saturday.

        1. Yes, it has been announced that the drivers appear on both Friday and Saturday on the Wharf stage. However, I think they will probably split the teams, have the less popular teams on Friday and the more popular teams on Saturday – this is a guess, not yet confirmed.

          1. Thanks for your reply, it really helped me a lot. Will the team’s attendance list be announced in advance or will be known on the day. I’m a Ferrari fan by the way, so I really hope they will be there on Saturday as you guessed. I assume Ferrari is the more popular team , right? 😂😂

          2. Hi Andrew,
            Thanks for your reply. It really helped me a lot. I’m wondering will the team’s attendance list be announced in advance or will be known on the day. Thanks

  3. I’m after some advice if possible. My family and I are coming for the 2018 Singapore GP. My husband and Father purchased 3 day passes. I’m planning in attending on Sunday with a 1 day pass. Are you aware if children can share tickets? My kids are only young so I was going to bring one in the morning for a few hours and the other in the afternoon.

  4. I am planning to come to the Singapore F1 Night race next month. I have looked at the previous blogs and discovered that the track will be open for fans after the final track activity and the checkered flag when the race finishes. I want to go onto the track and feel the atmosphere on the racing track after the race. Therefore i have a few questions as follow. Is the track only open to zone1 ticket holders after the race finish? Or can zone 3 and zone 4 holders access the track after the final track activity on sunday? Also, i would also like to know the exact location where the track is open and where i can access the track(e.g. near turn 20) after race finish.

    1. Hi Hin, it would be better to have Zone 1 access after the race, but I think anyone can go on the track. But if you have Zone 1, you can be one of the first. They open the track up at various points, near the last corner and first corner mainly.

      1. Tim SilverHammer

        I got on to the track from Zone 1 last year and got a good view of the podium, but be warned, you will then be ushered off round the track and like me who wanted to visit that Padang Stage, missed my exit gate and ended up exiting the track near Turn 11, but I’ve noticed on one certain Webpage, that they’ve shown a walking route which would be helpful. If you are allowed on the track from other zones, I don’t think it would be at a time to catch the celebrations and if you are allowed on the track from any gate, depending on the time, you may then be caught in everyone getting ushered off and won’t be able to walk back in the opposite direction towards the pits.

  5. Hi! Do you have any idea what time should i wait at gate. 8 for autograph or photo opurtunity ? I knew you said 3-4hours before the event, I just confused as the first activity will be ferrari c

    1. As per the article advice, or you could hang around outside one of the nearby hotels like the Pan Pacific or Ritz Carlton, where many teams and drivers stay.

  6. I have tickets for the weekend (Friday till Sunday); do I have now also free Access to the autographsession from 18 till 20 houses? So yes, can you tell me where I have to go?

      1. Last year (2018) this wasn’t functioning – I’m trying to find out for 2019 to save a wasted journey for my headphones.

  7. Sophia Yearwood

    Hi, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you. I had a dream come true attending Singapore F1 2018. I’m sure it wouldn’t have been the same without your informative and excellent guides. I stayed in the Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay, which beat my expectations. Local travel by foot, trains and taxi was affordable and straight forward, even with mobility issues. I used crutches and sometimes a mobility scooter..

    I treated myself to hospitality at TwentyThree, expensive, but everything you could imagine was included.

    Time for me to research Brazil! Again, thanks.

    1. Hi Sophia,
      Just looking at tickets for this year and debating hospitality… the only thing is that I would only really want it for race day and then looking at somewhere like Turn 2 for Friday and Saturday but I can only see 3 day options available on most ticket options. Did you do TwentyThree for all 3 days or mix and match? – and if so, how?

      Also, is the track view reasonable from TwentyThree?

      Thanks in advance!

  8. Hello, beside the race I’m also very excited for the concert on the last day, may I know how long the concert usually is? Is it gonna be a proper concert or it’s more likely to be a short performance (3-4 songs) before the race? Thank you in advance

  9. Hi! My family are planning to watch the grand prix in Singapore. I am also very excited about the concert since i am a huge fan of westlife and greenday. However, this will be my first time to watch the Singapore grand prix, may i know what are the particular time of the concerts? Is it before the race? during the race? or after the race? I hope you can answer my questions since i will be coming from different country. Thank you!

  10. Thank you for GREAT information.
    I got 3days pass ticket at baystand. (Zone 3,4) Is it possible to see the drivers at the padang stage? Like a fan meet at the other circuits or they just still are at zone 1 only?

    1. I don’t think it’s possible to see the drivers on the Padang stage. Normally the only way to meet drivers is with Zone 1 access, hanging around outside the entrance to the F1 Paddock. I think there are also autograph sessions and pit lane walk on Thursday, but this is only for lucky fans who win competitions. Otherwise, you may try hanging out at the best 5-star hotels in the city.

  11. Hi Andrew , I bought the ticket already for Spore GP .. they said will send the ticket on the 16th of sept . Am I getting the E ticket and I pick up the original ticket in Spore ? Can I ask my friend to pick it up in Spore ? Thank you

  12. Hi, I wanted to ask if for the grand prix this year (2022) you can leave the circuit and re-enter within the opening hours through the same access gates. through the Will that be possible? (I have a Zone 4 Walkabout Ticket).

  13. Hi,
    Do you know if there is a storage facility for small suitcases/luggage within or near the circuit park? I am planning to bring my things with me at the race and rush to the airport right after. Thanks!

    1. Within the circuit park, there won’t be. You won’t get into the circuit with small suitcases/luggage. I’m sure it’s possible to store somewhere else in the city, but I don’t have any suggestions for you. A quick google search throws up plenty of luggage storage facilities in the centre of Singapore, some of them in or near MRT stations

  14. Hi, im about to bring my son 2 years old to singapore gp. is it possible to bring stroller which can fold it to the zone 4? or better not bring it?

    And do you recommend the free viewing at esplanade drive near Fullerton hotel? is it to crowded?

    1. I believe you are ok bringing in a stroller, and I think it would be a good idea for a 2 year old. Don’t forget to also bring ear protection for him. I’m not 100% familiar with the viewing area you mentioned. For sure it will get crowded for qualifying and the race. Any viewing area for Walkabout in Zone 4 will get very busy

  15. Hi guys, we have a zone 1 pass and I was wondering what the Driver Meet and Greet sessions are like. Is it like an autograph session?

    1. Not sure as hasn’t been done before in Singapore. But I think it will mainly be about the drivers appearing on the Zone 1 stage. Not sure if there will be an autograph element to it, I’m guessing not.

  16. Hi Andrew, wondering the fireworks displays is on Sunday only or every night from Friday to Sunday after the race finished?

  17. Hi! Thank you for the super helpful guide!
    Ive got a ticket for Sunday for all zones, but I’m wondering where the entrance to the paddock is exactly? Im coming from overseas and I’d really love to catch a glimpse of the drivers up close if possible! Thank you!

  18. Hi Andrew! Thank you so much for these detailed guides. I’m very excited for the 2023 gp, and I bought a 3 day premier walkabout ticket. I was wondering, will I have access to any/all concerts, or are those for grandstand tickets only?

    Also, where are your favorite spots to watch the race on Sunday? Spots either especially good for being close to the cars, or spots good to watch any overtaking. I plan on walking around the track to scout out spots on Friday and Saturday, but if you have particularly favorite spots, I would love to know.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Emily, thanks for the nice words! With Premier Walkabout, you can attend all the concerts on both the Wharf Stage (Zone 1) and Padang Stage (Zone 4).
      The last few years, I’ve watched the race from the inside of the circuit near Turn 2, where they have some raised platforms. It wasn’t hard to find a place last year, but that was probably because of the huge downpour right before the start. There’s some good platforms on the outside of the last turn, but even on Friday last year, these were full and hard to get a place.
      Basically, the best viewing for Premier Walkabout is in Zone 1, because there are less people than the other zones. But for sure, get some walking shoes on and explore different parts of the track.

  19. Hi Andrew,

    I wanted to thank you for the great article guide, as it is very helpful for me as a first-timer.

    I have a question regarding attending all concerts. Is it possible to do so with a single day access ticket or would I need to purchase a 3-day pass?

    Thank you for your time and greetings from the Philippines.

  20. Hi Andrew,
    Thanks for the guide.
    On the official website, it was mentioned that there would be a Formula 1® Drivers’ Meet & Greet sessions held on 15 and 16 September at the Zone 1 Wharf Stage. Would you happen to find out the time of this event? and I assume it would be at the F1 Village?

    Thanks in advanve, and if you are going, let’s do a meet and greet ourselves!

    1. Hi Nana, the F1 driver appearances happen on the Wharf Stage in Zone 1, behind the Turn 1-2 grandstands. The times haven’t been announced for 2023, but will probably be similar to last year, which was at around 4-5pm on both days. This is about 1-2 hours before the first F1 session of each day. Unfortunately, I’m not going this year – going to Japan instead. Have a great time in Singapore

  21. I am going to the race next week!! Is there an autograph session with the drivers that I can attend? I was at Baku 2018 and there was a session like this (with around the first 30 reached to the queue). I have tickets to the first corner grandstand so no issue with zone access.
    Any info will be very helpful
    Thanks!!

    1. No organized autograph session with the drivers. Yes, it still happens in Baku, but this is the least attended race of the year. Bigger races like Singapore, there are just too many fans to organize such a session. You can attend the fan forum with the drivers on the Wharf Stage on Friday and Saturday, but this is just interviews on the stage. The other chance to get a selfie or autograph is by hanging around at the entrance to the Paddock in Zone 1, close to the Singapore Flyer – you can go there to catch them arriving or departing the circuit, but you may be waiting around for a few hours in both cases.

    1. Now that the race is finished, many of the sections return to being regular roads. Yes, it is possible to cycle parts of the track, though you will be sharing parts with cars, buses etc.

  22. Been going to the F1 in Singapore for about 10 years now. I booked the Pit stand in 23, I missed most of the Robbie Williams concert as the walk takes a long time. Any chance in making available e Scooters to get around a bit faster?

    1. Good idea, but it’s not going to happen :) It’s always been an issue in Singapore, you either have to watch the racing or the concert at peak times. But there are strategies to get quicker from the pit area to the Padang concert stage, like taking the Metro.

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