|Grand Prix Barcelona|
The Barcelona GP will be staged at the Catalunya Circuit which is 12 miles (20km) North East of Barcelona city centre. It is situated in a small town called Montmelo.
Practice and qualifying sessions will take place on the Friday 09 May 2014 - Saturday 10 May 2014 before the big race on Sunday 11 May 2014. You can therefore make a weekend of the event and buy a 3 day pass.
Circuit de Catalunya Address
Circuit de Catalunya
Mas "La Moreneta"
Tel: +34 93 571 9700
Fax: +34 93 572 2772
Official website: Circuit de Catalunya
You have 2 main public transport options.
Train to the Catalunya Circuit
You can catch the train from either Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gràcia or Clot rail stations in Barcelona centre. You will then need to get off at Montmelo station which is the nearest stop to the Catalunya F1 race circuit.
Train Tickets. May be purchased from any of the rail stations mentioned above.
|F1 Barcelona Race|
Price of Train Tickets
One Way Ticket (billete sencillo) €2.20
Train journey time: 31 minutes from Barcelona Sants to Montmelo station.
Train Timetable: Barcelona Sants to Montmelo use the link below to look up the train timetable.
When you follow the link below select Barcelona Sants in the Origen and Montmelo for the destination. Then click Horarios (timetable). The other 2 stations are not shown in this menu but the train also stops at Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona clot.
Once at Montmelo you have a few options to arrive at the F1 circuit. You can walk to the race circuit. It is worth noting that this is quite a difficult journey by foot. It will take around 30 minutes and is along some rather large roads.
Alternatively there is a small shuttle bus / train that operates between the Rail station and the Catalunya circuit. This operates throughout the day on the weekend of the event. It is free of charge for people with tickets for the Circuit. Important note - the shuttle buses only run on the Grand Prix days and not throughout the year.
Last year over 47,000 people used this regional train service over the three day period. The RENFE train company puts on extra trains for this period to compensate. However, it is still worth remembering that the trains are likely to be very busy.
Bus Transfer from Barcelona centre to the GP race course
There will be a special bus service operating to transfer for spectators of the GP from Barcelona centre to the race venue at Circuit de Catalunya. This is organized by the coach company Sagalés.
The exact details regarding Sagalés timetable and prices have not yet been organised so it will not be possible to reserve tickets yet. However Circuit de Catalunya have confirmed that the service will be available.
When coach tickets go on sale you will be able to book the tickets from the Sagalés phone line: +34 90 213 0014.
There are 32,000 parking spaces at Circuit de Catalunya. The Circuit pride themselves on being one of the international circuits with parking within close proximity of the racetrack. Despite this, it is worth bearing in mind that the track is over 4 km long. Therefore, it is essential that you park your car as close to your seating as possible.
Around the edges of the track there are more than 120 points where food and drink are available. These include sandwiches, pizzas and other fast foods.
Prior to attending the Circuit it is also possible to organize various food options for your arrival.
It is possible to purchase 'Tickets'. These allow you to order a picnic box, for a minimum order of €20.00. These comprise beverages, meals and snacks.
There are also three points around the circuit where a three-course meal is available - the 'Menu'. There are two points called 'Gourmet Grille' and one point called 'Mediterranean' where they can be purchased. Picnic style seating is available. The menu includes first course (with options of various salads, noodles or paella), second course (a selection of meats with garnish), dessert (ice cream or fruit salad), a drink (soft drinks, mineral water, energy drink or beer), bread and coffee. The price of the whole meal is €45.00.
Both 'menus' and 'tickets' can be purchased by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formula 1 organisers suggest that it is worth bringing the following with you to the Circuit:
- Sun Cream
- A Hat
- Comfortable Shoes
- Ear plugs or ear muffs
The Circuit de Catalunya is a very large and very exposed area. The races will be taking place under the Spanish sun at the height of the summer. Bear this in mind when preparing for your day and bring everything that you can to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
People with tickets for the non-seated grass Pelouse area often bring umbrellas. Not only will this protect you from the strong Spanish sun, it will also help you to hold on to your space if you have a prime position for watching the race!
Many people also bring ear muffs or earplugs or headphones to the event as the noise produced by the cars can be extremely loud. True Formula 1 aficionados have headphones with special built-in radios. This allows them to listen to the race commentary whilst blocking out external noise.
The Circuit de Catalunya has various facilities for disabled customers.
Disabled parking is located in front of Gate 1 (North Area) in PA2.
Disabled seating is available on the top section of Grandstand G (Stadium Area) and in the main Grandstand (Main Straight, in front of the pits).
The main grandstand has lifts and adapted toilets. Grandstand G also has a adapted toilets.
A general admission ticket will ensure access to all of these areas.
There are 23 screens places around the circuit. These have been designed to assure that all seats at any point in the Circuit can view the whole race.
On Friday 9 May 2014 the GP Circuit will be open from 09:00. On Saturday 10 May 2014 the Circuit will be open from 08:00 and Sunday 11 May 2014 the Circuit will be open from 07:00.
For those with tickets for the Pelouse area there is even more reason to get to the Circuit as early as possible. As there is no seating in this section, the early birds can secure the prime spots for the race and spread out with their umbrellas and picnic blankets.
Circuit de Catalunya Director, Ramón Praderas, advised that it is worth being patient on leaving the Circuit at the end of the day. To avoid large crowds and queues of traffic you should simply take a walk around the circuit or go for a drink until the crowds have subsided.