2023 Italian Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide
Learn more about how to make the most of your 2023 Italian Grand Prix weekend on 31 August to 3 September, including the best ways to get to Autodromo Nazionale Monza, what to do during your visit, and where to stay.
- Visas: Italy is part of the Schengen zone in Europe, a block of 26 countries with a common visa policy and no internal borders. Most Western visitors are granted entry without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.
- Currency: Italy uses the EURO. Cash machines are widely available and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, though we do recommend carrying some cash at the circuit.
- Language: Italian, though English is widely spoken at the circuit and in the service sector.
- Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)
- In an Emergency: Dial 112
- Power Sockets: Italy uses Type F power sockets. We recommend bringing a universal adapter if you are travelling to the race from outside continental Europe.
- Weather: The Italian Grand Prix falls at the end of the European summer. The weather is generally sunny and warm, but rainfall is not uncommon. September averages high 25°C (77°F) / low 14°C (57°F).
Arrival & Getting Around
Flights to Italy
Milan's main international airport is Milan-Malpensa (MXP), located approximately 40 km from the city centre. MXP serves hundreds of international, European and Italian routes daily from numerous different airlines. Plus, there are regular trains and bus services that connect the airport to central Milan. Another airport to consider is just 8 km from the city centre, called Milano-Linate (LIN). This airport is known to serve many Italian domestic routes and short European flights. LIN is well connected to central Milan by a few train lines and bus routes. The third option for an airport is located in nearby Bergamo, approximately 50 km away from the city centre. The Bergamo Orio Al Serio Airport (BGY) is a major hub for Ryanair and is popular during the Italian Grand Prix weekend due to there being regular trains from Bergamo to Monza.
Where to stay for the Italian Grand Prix
Monza does have a limited supply of hotels, but getting a room on Italian Grand Prix weekend requires booking almost one year in advance or paying a premium. Trackside camping is also an option - Monza Camping is located right next to the circuit and advance bookings are necessary. In contrast, Milan has a good selection of accommodation to suit all budgets - without a significant "F1® surcharge." There are plenty of good international chain hotels downtown near the Central Train Station and Duomo. Alternatively, the Sesto San Giovanni district in the north of the city also offers a good selection of hotels and an easier commute to the track. You can add accommodation to your Official Ticket Package with F1® Experiences including rooms at some of Milan's best hotels and daily coach transfers to Monza are available (at an additional cost) for our hotel guests.
How to get to Autodromo Nazionale Monza
If you are staying in central Milan or a nearby city such as Bergamo, the best way to get to Monza is by train. The Monza train station is served by suburban train lines S8, S9 and S11 with the trains departing from Milano Centrale or Milano Porto Garibaldi stations. Monza train station is around 5 km from the circuit entrance, but you can take the Black Shuttle bus service to get you closer to the circuit. Trains also travel from Milano Porto Garibaldi to the Biassono-Lesmo station at the top of the circuit on all days (S7 line in the direction of Lecco). Another option for those staying in central Milan is to take the metro to Sesto1 Maggio FS, then the Z221 local bus to Monza. The advantage of this service is that buses travel closer to the circuit, meaning you don't need to take an additional shuttle bus.
Hire a Car
It’s also possible to drive to the circuit, but local traffic can become very congested, especially on the weekend (Please note that trackside parking may be available at an additional charge, subject to availability, for Champions Club and Paddock Club guests - contact your Sales Agent for more information and bookings). Check parking maps and book tickets in advance here.
Taxi and Ride Sharing
A taxi from central Milan to Monza on race weekend should cost around €40-60 each way, though you may be asked to pay more at peak times. Download appTaxi and you won’t have to deal with language barriers when calling a taxi. Uber also operates in the area. Taxis drop off/pick up locations are available near the circuit at Via Cesana e Villa in Biassono (near the petrol station) and Largo Repubblica in Vedano al Lambro (parking lot of Bper Banca).
Booked your hotel in Milan with F1® Experiences? Daily bus transfers to and from Monza are available at an additional charge for our hotel guests (Contact your Sales Agent for more information and bookings).
- Click here for a circuit map with entry gates and shuttle drop-off points marked.
- We also recommend downloading the Waze app for up-to-date information about the traffic situation and the best ways to get to Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
What to see & do during the race weekend
- Museo Storico Alfa Romeo: The official museum of the historic Italian marque, now part of the Fiat Chrysler group, is located in the northeastern Milan suburb of Arese. Housed in a former factory, the museum reopened after a significant renovation in 2015. The museum traces Alfa Romeo’s history, including road and racing cars from 1910 to the present.
- Duomo: No visit to the centre of Milan would be complete without visiting the city’s famous cathedral, which took over 600 years to complete and is one of the largest in the world. It’s free to enter provided you don’t take any photos; various guided tours are also available, the best of which includes a visit to the rooftop at dusk.
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Italy’s oldest active shopping mall is located right next door to the Duomo. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an impressive domed arcade with historic shops, restaurants and cafes, including a flagship Ferrari store.
- Parco Sempione: Take a walk in the largest green space in central Milan, home to several of the city’s best landmarks, including Castello Sforzesco, a huge medieval fortress and La Triennale di Milano, a design museum. You can also get some amazing city views from the 109-metre Torre Branco, a steel tower that was built for the 1933 Trienalle.
- San Siro: The home of Inter and AC Milan is one of the largest and most well-known football stadiums in Europe. You can visit the on-site museum and take a tour of the stadium. If you are lucky, Inter or AC Milan may also be playing a match on race weekend – the new season of Serie A normally kicks off a few weeks before the Italian Grand Prix. The full schedule will be available at the end of July.
- Other landmarks to check out in Milan include La Scala Opera (for a tour or performance), the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology and Pinacoteca di Brera, an art gallery inside a beautiful palazzo.
Extend your Italian Grand Prix trip to discover some of Europe's finest landscapes, history, and culture in this corner of Northern Italy. The hordes of summer tourists have started to disperse come September, but the weather is still frequently glorious. Hiring a car is the best way to get around, though trains are also modern and reliable. Head north to discover the pretty medieval city of Bergamo and beautiful Lake Como, both of which also make a great base for the Italian Grand Prix. The high mountains of the Dolomites and the Alps are also within easy reach, as are Verona, Venice and the resort towns of the Italian Riviera.
Maranello, the home of Ferrari, is also less than 3 hour's drive from Milan. A museum tracing the famous marque's history is open daily as well as the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Ferrari factory or the Fiorano test track. Less than 100 km further down the road past Bologna is Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari (better known as Imola), the circuit that made a surprise return to the F1® calendar in 2020. It is also home to a monument and museum where you can pay your respects to Ayrton Senna, who tragically lost his life here in 1994.