We booked our Formula 1, Spanish Grand Prix tickets through bookf1.com well before we arrived in Barcelona. We decided to get General Admission tickets because we generally like to walk around the circuit to see the race from different angles. Plus the kids were with us and we just knew they would not be down for sitting in the same seat for 2 hours.
TIP: Buy your Grand Prix tickets at least 6 weeks in advance. Tickets are not electronic, they are mailed directly to you which takes a few weeks.
The circuit is located about a 30 minute drive outside of the city so we booked a bus transfer with Sagales (30Euro roundtrip). The tickets are electronic so you can print at home, but if you forget don’t worry. They do accept the ticket if it’s on your phone. The Sagales booking confirmation had detailed easy-to-follow instructions on where to catch the bus and which lanes the buses are parked. We stayed in Cornella (outskirts of Barcelona city) so we took a short train ride Nord Bus Station and quickly found our bus. There were many people catching these buses so the bus station staff was ready and helpful pointing us in the right direction.
The buses are very comfortable, clean, reliable, and well ventilated. Both kids napped which meant no cranky kids once we arrived.
Tip: You can take the Renfe train to the circuit
Warning: There is a long walk from where the bus drops you off to the circuit entry. Most of the walk is paved road with some uphill portions. The last part of the walk is through a dirt road parking lot.
What We Packed
We weren’t quite sure what the terrain would be like at the circuit. The pics we saw looked like mostly grass and we also knew it would be crowded. A stroller was a no-go for us. It would be too much to haul the umbrella stroller through the train station, onto the bus, and through the circuit. Instead, we got this Chicco Backpack carrier using Facebook MarketPlace for $40 (unfortunately it’s discontinued). Our daughter walked the whole day.
We also took a cooler packed with plenty of snacks for the family. The circuit does not allow alcohol so skip that Bags are checked at the gate so don’t try to sneak it in. We did see cans of soda and water bottles confiscated but our two large bottles of water made it through the check. The cooler also doubled as a carry on bag for the plane ride.
I bought a blanket from Amazon for the grass which was clutch because it rained the day before the race and it folds up into a bag smaller than the size of my hand.
We were also prepared for the sun and took two umbrellas with us but it was chilly the day of the race and didn’t use them.
Finally, we packed ear protection for the kids. Our daughter kept it on much longer than the baby. He would just take them off and throw them on the ground. Oh well!
The Circuit & The Race
We are Team Petronas (Driver: Lewis Hamilton) — because Hubby is #TeamLH. Lewis Hamilton set new records at the Spanish GP and took a HUGE lead early on.
TIP: Arrive at the track well before the race to enjoy all the extra activities available at the circuit.
The circuit has tons of entertainment during race weekend. We only got to enjoy race day but it was dope. We saw some Human Castling groups, enjoyed some Spanish jamon bocadillos, and even participated in a Pit Crew Challenge (we lost)
TIP: The Spanish GP provides a small play space for kids!
You can sign them in and come back for them later. Throughout the circuit there are other kid-friendly activities such as coloring and trampolines.
After the race is over you can walk the track and take dope pics like these:
Overall, it was a great experience — but to be honest, we will leave the kids at home for the next Grand Prix. It wasn’t as easy to move around the track and view the race with a 3.5 yr old and 11 months old in tow. 100% do-able buuuuut eh.