|F1 Barcelona testing is going to be smoking hot|
By Paul Yates
The dates for testing are 19 - 22 February and 26 February - 01 March, but dates are subject to possible changes.
Wait for the best bit. Whether you're a F1 addict or a novice who just wants to understand what all the fuss is about, the daily entry price to the circuit is just €15.00 - €20.00 . That covers entry to the circuit and seating in the grandstands from 10:00 - 17:00 so I can't think of a better place to do my sunbathing.
Tickets are available at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya website. They do not go on sale until February.
The tickets offer access to the Main Grandstand, Grandstands E, F, J and K (East Area - Main Straight) and Grandstands G, C and H (North Area - Stadium Area). Therefore, if you cannot afford to buy a ticket for one of the expensive seats for the actual race days, this is a an opportunity to watch the cars in action at a prime position on the Circuit.
So if you're planning a visit to Barcelona this year and you fancy a low cost opportunity to understand what formula one is all about then maybe this is too good an opportunity to miss.
It is important to remember that the shuttle buses from Barcelona or from Montmelo train station do not run on test days. The circuit is not particularly easy to get to so it is worth planning in advance.
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. Montmelo station is in Zone 2 which means you will not be able to use the Zone 1 T10 card. However if you intend to see the Grand Prix for all 3 days consider buying the Bonotren ticket zone 2 ticket (see pricing details below).
|F1 Barcelona Race|
Price of Train Tickets
One Way Ticket (billete sencillo) €2.50
Train journey time: 31 minutes from Barcelona Sants to Montmelo station.
Train Timetable: Timetable Barcelona Sants to Montmelo. Montmelo (stop nearest the Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix Circuit).
When you follow the link select Barcelona Sants in the Origen and Montmelo for the Destinacio. 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.
The train map from Barcelona centre to Montmelo is not that easy to read but you can zoom in and out of the map to get more detail.
Once at Montmelo you have a few options to arrive at the formula 1 circuit. You can walk to the race circuit. It is worth noting that this is quite a difficult journey by foot. It will take 30 minutes and is along some rather large roads.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi to the Circuit from Montmelo station. This will cost around €8.00 and take 5 - 10 minutes.
The testing this year will be taking place on 19 - 22 February and 26 February - 01 March, but dates are subject to possible changes.
If you're in the area, it must be worth a visit for the F1 Barcelona race this year. Hope to see you there.