So, F1 is ramping up and there are tons of races to attend all over the world. China, Malaysia, Spain, Monaco, India, Abu Dhabi, the US—you could really spend a lot of dough getting to any one of these, much less all of them. Naturally there are tickets that have to be bought and other incidentals, but the logistics of traveling abroad and seeing races like these are a little more involved than one may think at first.
The first step is actually seeing which race you want to attend. F1 is a worldwide series, and because of the prohibitively expensive nature of international travel for most people, it’s likely that you will only be going to see one race. If you can afford to see more than that, then power to you, you probably don’t need this guide!
Once you know where you want to go there is the matter of buying tickets for the event. They can be expensive, and a lot of the more popular venues go fast, so it’s important to buy as early as possible. Prices vary based on how popular various events are. Monaco, for example, is a part of the Triple Crown, and tends to be more expensive than the Circuit of the Americas. From there it’s finding airfare and accommodations.
Flying to different countries, especially across an ocean or two, costs a lot, so it’s important to shop around. Airfare to Europe from the US is usually around $1,000 round trip per person, though you can get to East Asia for less. The pricing is great if you don’t care to see Le Mans, but do want to visit the Suzuka Circuit.
Accommodations are a great way to take an expensive trip and make it cost even more. This is definitely something which’s price depends entirely on location; the Circuit of the Americas is in Texas, which isn’t exactly known for tremendous property prices, meaning that you won’t break the bank for a decent to nice hotel. However, staying overnight at Monaco, especially in a room that overlooks the track, can cost a princely sum.
Traveling to see Grand Prix events is definitely the experience of a lifetime, but it is something that requires a lot of planning and a little means to do right. Whether you’re going to Texas, France, Brazil, or Japan, the excitement is palpable, and the party is fantastic. With a little shopping around and foresight, you can visit the race of your dreams and save a little money without sacrificing comfort or good seats.
For those of you who cannot make it here is a video of the some of the highlights from the 2013 Malaysia race.
Contribution from James Ryan author, travel writer and Scott Tucker ALMs sports commentator