Get the most out of your visit to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, home of the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix on 29 August to 1 September.
- Visas: Belgium is part of the Schengen zone, a group of 26 European countries (the UK and Ireland excepted) with a common visa policy and no internal borders. If you are travelling from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or the UK, you should be granted visa-free entry upon arrival for up to 90 days.
- Currency: Belgium uses the EURO. ATM’s are widely available and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, though it’s always a good idea to have cash on hand at the circuit.
- Language: the circuit is located in the French-speaking part of Belgium, close to the borders with Germany and the Netherlands. English is widely spoken at the circuit and in hotels and restaurants.
- Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)
- In an Emergency: dial 112
- Power Sockets: Like the rest of continental Europe, Belgium uses Type F power sockets. Bring an adaptor if you are travelling from the UK, USA or Australia.
- Weather: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is located in the Ardennes mountain range. The circuit experiences very changeable weather with a reasonable chance of hot, sunny weather and a very high chance of rainfall. Check the weather forecast and be prepared for any eventuality! September average temperatures: high 19°C (67°F) / low 12°C (53°F).
Arrival & Getting Around
The closest major international airport to the circuit is in Brussels (BRU), but there’s plenty of other airports within striking distance of Spa that’ll get you there cheaply from all over Europe. On the ground, train travel is fast, frequent and comfortable in Belgium – hiring a car is also a good option. Depending on where you have chosen to stay for the race, you may choose to get to the circuit by car, train or bus. From Brussels, a good option is to take a train to Verviers, followed by a local bus to the circuit. The organizers have also announced a new City Shuttle service this year that connects major nearby cities (including Luxembourg, Brussels and Amsterdam) with the circuit on all three racing days of the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix weekend; daily return pries are €35-45. More information: 2019 Belgian Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide
Where to Stay
Located some distance from the nearest large city, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of the few true rural circuits remaining on the Formula 1 calendar. Due to the scarcity of nearby accommodation, camping near the track is hugely popular. Click here to learn more about temporary campsites organized by the circuit on Grand Prix weekend. Cities within commuting distance of the circuit that have a reasonable selection of available accommodation include Verviers, Liège, Aachen (Germany), Maastricht (Netherlands), Luxembourg and even Brussels.
Why not add accommodation and transfers to your Official Ticket Package? F1 Experiences offers a 4-night stay at the 4-star Le Domaine des Hautes Fagnes and you can add daily coach transfers to and from the circuit to your package.
Things to See & Do Away from the Track
- Musée du Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, located in the town of Stavelot (around 5km from the circuit) is a motorsport museum housed in a stunning old building that’s dedicated to the various cars and motorbikes which have raced at the circuit over the past 100 years. Open every day from 10:00-18:00, entry tickets cost €9.50 for adults.
- A different kind of spa weekend can be had nearby. The health resort in the historic town of Spa, 12km from the circuit, has been a popular rest and relaxation destination for centuries. It’s where the word spa originated and the many thermal baths in the town still attract visitors from all over the world. The town of Spa also has a famous casino, one of the oldest in the world, where you can try your luck after a day at the track.
- No self-respecting motorsport fan should visit this part of the world without paying a visit to the Nürburgring circuit. “The Green Hell” is less than 100km from Spa and you can experience this legendary circuit in different ways, including passenger laps and track driving days.
- Depending on where you have decided to stay for the Belgian Grand Prix and how much time you have, we also recommend checking out some of the pretty medium-sized cities near the circuit like Liège and Brussels (pictured above). the capital of Belgium, is also within striking distance of the circuit. Other places worth visiting on an extended trip to the race include Luxembourg, Aachen in Germany and Maastricht and Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
Eat & Drink near Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Belgium may be famous for its chocolate, beer, waffles and fries with mayonnaise, but you can also dine at traditional pubs and restaurants serving hearty dishes like beef casserole, mussels and fish soup. Popular places to eat near the circuit include the restaurant at Hostellerie le Roannay, fine dining at L'o de source in Spa, Le Val d' Amblève in Stavelot and Antica Pizza in Jalhay for authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas. The main street of Francorchamps, near the La Source entry to the circuit, is also lined with various pop-up food & drink places on Grand Prix weekend.
Choose from select grandstands or access to trackside hospitality in the Champions Club or Formula 1 Paddock Club at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix with F1 Experiences. Official Ticket Packages also include exclusive activities such as Formula 1 driver meet-and-greets, guided tours of the track, access to the F1 Paddock and more.