Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix Visitors Guide
This accommodation and visitors guide to the 2012 Formula 1 Barcelona provides essential information about the 2012 Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix; including information about how to buy tickets, the venue location, event dates, how to find affordable accommodation and other basic tips for Grand Prix fans.
Formula 1 Barcelona Accommodation – Affordable and Well Located
The best option for affordable Formula 1 Barcelona Accommodation during the 2012 Barcelona Grand Prix is Sant Jordi Hostels Barcelona. With 6 hostels in Barcelona as well as hostel style Barcelona vacation apartments that provide the option of booking rooms in semi-private apartments that include a full kitchen, bathroom, dining area and comfortable living room for an affordable price, Sant Jordi Hostels is a great alternative to paying the high prices that hotels charge during the weekend of the Barcelona Grand Prix.
The Sant Jordi hostels Barcelona vacation apartment option at our Sant Jordi Apt. Sagrada Familia provides comfortable apartment style living with the choice of booking an entire apartment for a group of friends/family, individual or double rooms in shared apartments or individual beds in 4 person shared dorm rooms. The location is close to the “Clot” Renfe train station that provides direct access to Montmelo, where the Barcelona Grand Prix event is held.
Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix Event Location
The 2012 Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix will be held on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of March at the Catalunya Circuit, approximately 20 km outside of Barcelona in the town, Montmelo. If you are staying in Barcelona, getting to and from the event is easy and well organized. There are regularly scheduled trains that leave from the Clot, Passeig de gracia and Barcelona Sants Renfe train stations. To accommodate the high volume of passengers during the Barcelona Grand Prix weekend, the train company adds additional trains to the schedule. That being said, expect the trains to be pretty full.
The train to catch to get to Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix event location is the Renfe, cercanias R2 (green). The first train is at 05:27 am and the last train coming back to Barcelona from Montmelo is at around 23:00 (11:00 pm). The trains run every 30 minutes and the train schedule in Barcelona is general right on (very punctual).
It takes a little over 20 minutes to get to Montmelo from Barcelona by train. However, once in Montmelo you will need to get to the Catalunya Circuit, Barcelona’s Grand Prix race track. There are regular shuttle busses for ticket-holders only or you can walk. The walk takes around 30 minutes and is along large, high-traffic roads.
Buying Tickets for the 2012 Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix
Buying tickets for the Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix is rather painless. The easiest way is to buy them online at www.grandprix-tickets.com. This is the official website for grand prix ticket sales and they accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Maestro, PayPal, and Diners Club.
A Few Tips for 2012 Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix Visitors
There are plenty of locations around the Catalunya Circuit to buy food and drinks of all types and price. However, as with most large organized events, food and drink can be quite expensive. It is recommendable to bring along your own food and drinks whenever possible – don’t forget the water. Also, as it can be quite hot and sunny, it is always helpful to wear a hat, use sunscreen and, for those with tickets for the grass area, bring an umbrella. One last essential item for a having a great Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix experience is a set of earplugs, earmuffs or large sound-blocking headphones. The race can get pretty loud.
Other Upcoming Events in Barcelona
Spring and summer are always filled with exciting events in Barcelona. If you live in the region or have discovered that flights really aren’t that expensive from most major cities in Europe, you might be interested in some of the upcoming events in Barcelona in spring and summer of 2012. The 2012 Primavera Sound Barcelona Music Festival is a 5 day music festival with more than 100 bands performing around Barcelona. One of the best music festivals in Europe, if you are a music enthusiast Primavera Sound should be at the top of your to-do list.
Another excellent music festival in Barcelona is the 2012 Barcelona Sonar. Barcelona Sonar is much more than just a music festival, it is the ultimate opportunity to encounter, interact with and appreciate the most current movements in the modern media arts and music. Scheduled for the 14th, 15th and 16th of June, 2012, the Sonar line-up is outstanding and the event is loaded with tons of interesting and enlightening exhibitions, shows and seminars.