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F1 Hungarian Grand Prix Budapest – Hungaroring

July 27, 2018 - July 29, 2018

If you are a Formula one fan and happen to be in Budapest in the middle of the summer, you shouldn’t miss the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix between 27 – 29. July 2018.

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The main race takes place on 29. July, Sunday but qualifying runs will be held on the two previous days.

You can also take a Public Pit Walk with a valid F1 race ticket on 27. July, Friday between 16.00 and 19.00.

a red formula1 race carThe F1 Grand Prix is held at Mogyoród town, 20 km northeast of Budapest.

The racetrack is in a valley, surrounded by a beautiful hillside, so you can enjoy much of the race from any point.

You can also follow the race on several well-positioned giant TV screens.

This season has been quite interesting so far, and the Hungarian circuit surely won’t be boring either.

Though drivers often criticize the track, because it’s narrow and there are few points where they can overtake each other.

After Monaco, the Hungarian F1 race has the slowest average speed.

But you can never foretell who’s going to win the Hungarian Grand Prix, that’s why F1 fans like this circuit.

Who wants to get first in the home stretch at the end of the race, has to have very good driving skills and a bit of luck.

The race is held in the hottest part of summer, which makes concentrating on the track for 2 hours rather demanding for the drivers.

If you are a first time visitor you may find the following information helpful:

Tickets for the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

Here are the main ticket categories:

  • Three Corner – lets you see the race from three different Grandstand spots during the weekend (costs 130- 260 EUR, ).
  • VIP Tribune: Sunday only: 395 EUR, weekend: 450 EUR, VIP weekend child: 225 EUR
  • Super Gold: Sunday only: 360 EUR,weekend: 450 EUR, 395 EUR, weekend child: 198 EUR
  • Gold 1, Gold 2, Gold 3, Gold 4: between 148 – 295 EUR
  •  Silver 1-5: between: 98 – 250 EUR
  •  General admission: whole weekend: adult 90 EUR, junior: 45 EUR, Sunday only: adult: 80 EUR, junior: 40 EUR.

Buying Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online until 29. July then only at the ticket office on the spot.

Opening hours of the cashiers at the race track:

  • Mon-Thurs: 10.00 – 17.00
  • Fri-Sat: 07.00 – 17.00
  • Sunday: 07.00 – 14.00

The General Admission for Sunday is 90 EUR/adult/45 EUR junior. Weekend tickets are valid for all 3 race days.

With a weekend ticket you can visit the boxes on Thursday between 4 pm and 7 pm. If you’re lucky you might even bump into one of your favourite drivers.

All tickets include free parking in the Hungaroring’s parking lots.

Prices vary within these categories from 45 EUR to 450 EUR.

The new Three Corner, Super Gold, Gold, and Silver tickets are for the grandstands.

The most expensive ticket (VIP Tribune-Weekend) costs 450 EUR (for this price you get the best view of the start and the finish, there are also giant LED TV walls opposite the grandstands where you can follow the race).

Best Places to Watch the Race on the Hungaroring

map of the F1 Hungaroring race track
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All Gold tickets are for the grandstand, opposite which is a giant TV screen to follow the race on.

Super Gold – the best view can be enjoyed from any of the 7 600 seats, it is the only grand stand with cover (comes good on sunny July days).

Gold 1, – you can perfectly see the top pits as well as the start and the finish of the race.

Gold 4 – it is located at the home stretch, right across the first turn, and you can see the start, the finish, and several turns.

Gold 5 ticket – located between the Super Gold grandstand and Gold 4 grandstand: you can see the pit exit and the first turn, the most popular spot at overtaking on the Mogyoród race track.

Silver 3 – at the last bend just before the home stretch, you can see the start/finish and the previous two turns.

Silver 4 – on a hill above the Gold 3 and Silver 5, – a great view of the whole race.

Necessary things to bring with you

In case it’s hot (and it usually is at the end of July in Hungary), bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, and a baseball hat. Don’t forget your umbrella either; summer showers are not unusual during summer.

You’d better bring some refreshments (mineral water, sandwiches) and snacks as well, unless you don’t mind buying them at a much higher price from vendors on the spot.

TIP: There is an Auchan supermarket nearby Hungaroring, you can get these things there much cheaper than inside.

How to get to the Formula 1 Race in Mogyoród?

By the Suburban railway (HÉV in Hungarian)

If you don’t want to rent a car and drive, you can take the suburban railway from Örs vezér Square. Get off at Szilasliget stop (it takes about 30 minutes to get there).

Although there is also a Hungaroring stop, but from there you have to walk on dusty dirt road, while from Szilasliget there is a pavement to the racecourse.

You can get ticket for the HÉV at the ticket office on Örs vezér Square.

See schedule for the Suburban Railway H8 line.

By Bus

The organizer of the Hungarian Grand Prix provides buses for free for those who have valid GP tickets. Buses depart from the Pest end of the Árpád Bridge (Volánbusz coach station, close to the M3 metro stop) , and take visitors to the centre of Mogyoród (Templom tér).

From there the race track is about a 40-minute walk.

Bus schedule: 

  • Friday, Jul 27., 2018. – Buses depart every 15-20 minutes between 7:30 and 11:00 to Mogyoród, every 30 minutes between 11:00 and 16:00 both directions and every 15-20 minutes between 16:00 and 19:00 from Mogyoród.
  • Saturday, Jul 28., 2018. – Buses depart every 6-8 minutes between 7:30 and 11:00 to Mogyoród, every 30 minutes between 11:00 and 16:00 both directions and every 6-7 minutes between 16:00 and 19.00 from Mogyoród.
  • Sunday, Jul 29., 2018. – Buses depart every 6-8 minutes between 7:30 and 12:00 to Mogyoród, every 30 minutes between 12:00 and 16:00 both directions and every 6-7 minutes between 15:30 and 17:30 from Mogyoród.

By Car

You can get to Mogyoród in 20 minutes on the M3 motorway, Hungaroring is well signposted. You have to buy a pass (vignette) before driving onto the motorway.

The weekly vignette costs 2 975 HUF, about 10 EUR. You can get it at petrol stations. Nevertheless, count on traffic jams before and after the race.

GPS coordinates for the main gate:
N 47° 35′ 0.5″  E 19° 14′ 33.45″

By Taxi

If you don’t like driving, or waiting in the traffic jam that will surely occur before and after the race, use one of the official taxi companies that will drive you to Hungaroring for a flat rate of: 9.900 HUF (39 EUR).

Official taxi companies:

  • 6 x 6 Taxi: +36-1-6-666-666
  • Mobil Taxi: +36-1-3-332-222
  • Taxi 2000: +36-1-2-000-000
  • Taxi 4:  +36-1-4-444-444

Accommodation for the Formula 1 Hungarian Race

Find the lowest rates for Budapest hotels using the search tool on the right. The results will appear in a new window allowing you to compare hotel prices provided by 30+ booking sites.

You can also read hotel reviews provided by travelers. Book your hotel room well in advance for the F1 Grand Prix because August is tourist peak season and apart from the race many visitors come to Budapest for holiday.

See our guide to Budapest Hotels.

If you want to be pampered when you’re not at the race track in Mogyoród, a Luxury Budapest Hotel or a Spa and Wellness Hotel is the best choice.

Consider renting an apartment if you find that all hotels are booked up, though many holiday lettings in the popular downtown districts of Budapest are rented out for July-August.

 See also our pages about Budapest Apartment Rental, guide to Cheap Apartments, and luxury apartments for rent.

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Details

Start:
July 27, 2018
End:
July 29, 2018
Website:
http://hungaroring.hu/en/events/formula-1