Where to fly into and how to get around at this year’s Belgian Grand Prix on 27-30 August, including the best ways to get to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Which airport to fly into?
Although Spa-Francorchamps is a rural circuit and some distance from the nearest large cities, you are never far from an airport in this populated corner of Western Europe. Here’s the closest airports to Spa-Francorchamps:
- The largest international airport nearby is Brussels Airport (140km west). Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL), which serves mainly discount carriers, is also worth considering for short European hops with carriers such as Ryanair.
- Other regional airports near Spa-Francorchamps include Luxembourg Airport (110km south), Cologne Bonn Airport (140km east) and Dusseldorf Airport (155km east).
- Finally, don’t discount the following long-haul hubs: Amsterdam Schipol Airport (285 km north), Frankfurt Airport (300km east) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (400km west).
Best way to get around in Belgium?
The best way to get around Belgium is by train or car. Trains are frequent and reliable between major cities in Belgium; more information is available on the Belgian Rail website. However, for visiting smaller cities and rural locations such as the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, a car is a more flexible form of transport, provided you have a GPS or internet-enabled smartphone.
How to get to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps?
- The most hassle-free way to get to the circuit is with F1 Experiences! Transfers to and from the circuit each day are available for guests that have booked a hotel with their Official Ticket Package.
- The organisers of the Belgian Grand Prix have recently introduced a new City Shuttle service, with buses traveling to and from the circuit from major cities in the region from Friday to Sunday of Grand Prix weekend. Cities covered by the new service include Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Liège, Luxembourg and Maastricht.
- If you’ve decided to organise your own accommodation, then a hire car is the next best way to get to the circuit, provided you are patient with the inevitable traffic, which increases as the weekend progresses. Spa-Francorchamps is close to the E42 motorway and police control traffic flow on the narrow country lanes near the circuit on race weekend. You’ll need to pay for parking next to the circuit, which costs €16 per day.
- You can also take the train from nearby cities such as Liège, Aachen, Maastricht or Brussels. Buy a ticket for Verviers, the closest train station to the circuit. From there, bus 395 runs to the circuit on the hour and 40 minutes past the hour, from 7:40am on Grand Prix weekend. The journey time is normally around 45 minutes. The last bus from the circuit to Verviers train station is at 6:40pm each day.