2020 Hungarian Grand Prix Travel Guide

Posted by Andrew Balfour on 11 February, 2020

Combine your trip to the Hungaroring with a city break in Budapest, one of Europe’s finest cities. Here’s your travel guide to the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, which takes place from 30 July to 2 August.

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Practical Information 

  • Visas: Hungary is a member of the Schengen area, a block of 26 European countries that provides visa-free entry and borderless travel for up to 90 days for most Western visitors.
  • Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF), though the Euro is also accepted at the circuit and in many places in Budapest. ATM’s are widely available and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
  • Language: Hungarian. English is widely spoken in hotels and restaurants, and at the circuit.
  • Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)
  • In an Emergency: Dial 112
  • Power Sockets: Hungary uses Type F power sockets, as with the rest of continental Europe. Bring an adaptor if you are travelling from the UK, USA or Australia.
  • Weather: The race falls during the height of the summer in Hungary, which is generally dry and hot. Temperatures average a high of 27°C (80°F) and low of 15°C (59°F). Thunderstorms are not uncommon.

Arrival & Getting Around in Budapest

With plenty of scheduled flights to Europe and beyond, not to mention good train and road connections to all parts of Europe, it’s easy to get yourself to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Hungarian circuit is located on the northwestern outskirts of the Hungarian capital – the best ways to get from the city to the circuit are to take one of the free buses organized by the circuit or a taxi – fares are controlled for the recognized taxi company, which can also take a special lane to beat the traffic. More information: Hungarian Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide

Where to Stay for the Hungarian Grand Prix

Trackside camping is very popular at the Hungaroring – we recommend the permanent Zengö campsite behind the final turn, which is also quieter than the temporary campgrounds and better for families. Learn more about Hungaroring camping here. If you prefer more creature comforts, then central Budapest has everything from hostels to apartments and five-star chain hotels. The best selection of accommodation, not to mention restaurants and nightlife, can be found in the flat Pest side of the city. F1 Experiences offers a 4-night stay at select city centre hotels, including the Mercure Budapest City Center, InterContinental Budapest and Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest. Daily coach transfers to and from the Hungaroring are available. Add accommodation to your Official Ticket Package today!

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Things to See & Do in Budapest

From admiring the city’s impressive architecture to swimming in thermal baths and boat trips on the Danube, there’s no shortage of things to do in beautiful Budapest. To make the most out of your time, we recommend purchasing a Budapest Card (available for 24, 48 or 72 hours), which gives you unlimited rides on public transport, plus free entry to many museums and places of interest in the city. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

  • Hop on hop off: if you’ve only got a day or two, one of the best ways to see the best of Budapest is on a hop on, hop off tourist bus. Big Bus Budapest has several routes covering the best sights, including Heroes’ Square, the vast Parliament building and the Opera House. Prices start at just over €20 per day for adults.
  • Thermal Baths: Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, which date back to when the city was part of the Ottoman Empire. Széchenyi is the largest and best known (open 06:00-22:00 every day, admission costs from 5000 HUF/€15), though Gellért is also worth a look for a slightly more upmarket ambience. In addition to the thermal baths, you can also make use of saunas, steam rooms and a variety of health treatments and massages.
  • Danube cruises: from daytime sightseeing to dinner cruises by night, plenty of boats ply their trade on Europe’s second-longest river, which flows majestically through the heart of Budapest. The largest concentration of boats can be found either side of the Danube near the famous Chain bridge.
  • Buda Castle: walk across the Chain bridge from Pest to Buda and you’ll come across a funicular railway that takes you up the hill to Buda Castle, which is home to the National Gallery and Budapest History Museum. Even if you don’t visit any museums, the views of the city from the top still make the trip worthwhile.

Eat & Drink in Budapest

With the race taking place at the height of the European summer, eating and drinking al fresco is the way to go in Budapest on race weekend.

  • Erzsébet Square: head to this popular square in Pest for some of city’s best clubs, outdoor bars and restaurants, plus a large Ferris wheel. Or you can just sit on the grass and watch the world go by!
  • District VII: the Jewish district of Budapest is home to some of the city’s best nightlife and restaurants. Gozsdu Court is lined with quirky restaurants and bars, including Spíler gastro pub. Popular places to eat in District VII include Mazel Tov and Vakvarju E’tterem.
  • Ruin Bars: a quirky feature of Budapest’s nightlife scene is the so-called “kert” (ruin) bars, which are housed in run-down buildings in the city centre. The biggest and best known is Szimpla, a cavernous space full of mismatched furniture and hidden corners that gets very busy in the summer (bonus points for the food truck courtyard a few doors down.)

Summer 2020: What’s happening in Budapest?

Summer is the season of festivals in Budapest. Sziget Festival (5-11 August), the largest annual music festival in Budapest, begins just three days after the Hungarian Grand Prix. Taking place on an island in the Danube near the city centre, Sziget draws some big-name acts and revelers from all over Europe. The Budapest Summer Festival (6 June to 5 September) also features concerts, musicals and theatre performances at various venues throughout the city, including concerts every Wednesday at Budapest Zoo & Botanical Gardens and an open-air theatre on Margaret Island.

Get an Official Ticket Packages for the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix and benefit from a weekend grandstand seat or access to trackside hospitality (Champions Club, Formula 1 Paddock Club) plus exclusive activities that will get you closer than ever before to the world of Formula 1.


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