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Venue Physical Address: Route de l'Eau Rouge 2T, B - 4970 Stavelot Belgique
How Far is? Distance from Hotels near Spa Francorchamps.
> Spa Belgium Hotels (circuit entrance is 5 miles / 8 kilometers from Spa center - )
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Hotels in Brussels (86 miles, 2hrs + without raceday traffic)
Got Directions? How do we get to Spa Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium
Take the A37/E43 out into the woods follow signs.
Parking: Ample (not always free) .
Trains: to Liège and then onto Spa: Telephone: +32 (0) 4229 26 10
Bus/Coach Bus to Leige, then onto Spa: Call: TEC: +32 (0) 4361 94 44
Race Tickets: see my F1 Motorsport Grand Prix tickets
What's the nearest airport to Spa Francorchamps circuit?
> (BRU) Brussels-National/Zaventem, Belgium (BRU)
approx: 110KM/70MIs from Spa Francorchamps Circuit.
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> (CGN) Koln/Cologn Airport
approx: 90KM/55 Miles from SpaFrancorchamps Circuit.
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Note: Spa is only 16KMs/12MIs from the German border.
> (MST) Maastricht Airport Netherlands
approx: 1 hour drive from SpaFrancorchamps Circuit. (not in f1 weekend traffic!)
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Note: From Maastricht airport in to Maastrich downtown is only 15 minutes, then only 40 minutes more to the track by car.
Private planes can use Spa La Souveniere airport, 5KMs/3MI from the circuit.
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Hotels Accommodations nearby Spa Francorchamps Circuit?
Hotels nearby are hard to find. This place is in the woods, after all.
Radisson Sas Balmoral Hotel
Hotel Address: AVENUE LEOPOLD II 40
Spa, 4900 (6 miles from Circuit Spa Francorchamps)
Best Western Hotel Restaurant l'Auberge
Hotel Location: Place Du Monument 3 and 4
Spa, 4900 (6 miles from Circuit Spa Francorchamps)
Best Western Univers Hotel
Hotel Location: 116 Rue Des Guillemins
Liege, 4000 (22 miles from Circuit Spa Francorchamps)
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Best Viewing for General Admission at Spa Francorchamps Circuit:
Anywhere you can find a perch. Really. Old timers know their way around and get there really early, sometimes days in advance. Best advice for the Spa F1 Race, if you don't know someone or want to spend big bucks on a good grandstand or paddock club, is watch it at home on TV. Au Rouge is magnificent, but since I'll never get to see it from the seat of a Formula 1 car, I'm satisfied with a little onboard and a belgian beer. I paid my dues with this place. I've said enough over the years about this place and it's "welcome" for international travelers. For an alternate view, read a brit fan's report, published below. Heck, send your own and I'll add it here too. The more the merrier on this perch.
Camping at Spa Francorchamps Circuit:
Ample campsites for tents and Motor Homes RVs on site. Price varies by event.
Tourism Official Websites:
Try typing "Walloon Region" into google, see what you find. ??
Other area info of interest for people going to spa francorchamps circuit:
> Map of Spa-Francorchamps Area (with hotels nearby, satellite and road map
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Time Zone: GMT+1
Liquor Laws: Legal Drinking age in Belgium is 10.
Places of Worship: ???
Tipping: Expected, of course, not many tourist dollars ever go through that part of the world, but not necessary.
Enjoy/Casinos? Pack of cards & a flashlight if you're camping, or you can wander into the pretty town of Spa by the circuit main gates. The town of Maastricht in Holland often coincides festivals with Major race events at the circuit. This is the place to be!
Bring your own or be doomed to notoriously over-priced Belgian food. It's yummy but you feel ripped off. Try Fondue, it was invented in Belgium. Lunch is the main meal & can last over an hour and consist of up to 5 courses, not including the beer. Local faves include - Anguilles au vert (Eels in herb sauce), Carbonnade flamande (Beer-stewed beef), Moules marinière (Steamed mussels), or even locally caught trout which seems to appear on every menu.
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In and near Spa, Belgium take time to see
> GP Museum in Stavelot, featuring several cars & the history of Spa circuit, which has been raced on since 1896, all in a beautiful Abbey. Address: Ancienne Abbaye. Tel: +32 (0) 80 88 08 78
> Usually in August, Brussels held their famous Autoworld Dispaly in the Main park. Call: : +32 (0) 2736 4165 for details.
> Visit Nurburg, (100KMS/60MIs) & take a ring taxi ride!
Other times of the year in Spa?
> Theatre Festival of Spa
> Endurance Racing
Did you know this about Belgium?
> Belgian people are nuts about food, beer, bicycle racing, and motorsport! (not always in that order, depends!) Zolder Belgium, also in Belgium, has already hosted the World Cycling Cup twice.
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SPA FRANCORCHAMPS BELGIUM F1 GRAND PRIX TRAVEL REPORTS
Venue: SPA FRANCORCHAMPS GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT BELGIUM EUROPE
Dawn & Danny O'Rourke's Review of their trip to Spa-Francorchamps, August 29, 2004
Thanks for your advice regarding the GP @ Spa.
As promised here is a summary of our experiences:
We were lucky enought to get tickets for the GP. We set
off from Blackburn (Lancashire ) UK and travelled by coach to Dover, On the
ferry to Calais and back onto the coach through to Liege. (Sounds
horrendous, it was!) We got the train to Verviers and through to Spa. There
was a bus to ferry people from the train station to and from the circuit.
Then a 45 minute walk to the circuit, although we could have made it faster
but the stalls and bars on the way there was a great atmosphere the
torrential rain did not dampen our spirits. We arrived at the muddy circuit
around 11.00am and did not take long before we were knee deep in mud. The
facilities were appauling for Bronze ticket holders, the portable toilets
were the worst I have ever seen no wonder everywhere you looked there was
somebody taking a leak on trees,in the tunnels, anywhere in fact!
The Belgians tossed their rubbish were they stood and it was not long before
the whole of the
circuit looked like a rubbish tip, (And stunk like one too.) This attracted
the wasps in droves. The track action on Saturday was awesome and purely
because we were such fans of F1 we could turn a blind eye to the lack of
We stayed in Brussels on Saturday night which meant a few hours on a train
but they were very reliable. The Stop trains would wait for connecting
trains if they were late and this made our journey easy and trouble free.
On Sunday (Race day) we made our way back to Spa and could not believe it
when it was shut - Yes Spa appeared to be ghost town, no taxi's, no buses,
no shops open, no sign of life. As the circuit was about 8 KM from Spa we
were concened about how to get to the circuit, we met a few people who were
all in the same boat we were. They rang a couple of taxi's but these did
not turn up, We ended up getting a bus because the driver assured us he
could drop us near the circuit and just a 5 Minute walk away - What he
actually meant was a 6 KM walk. The time was ticking away and we had
already missed the start at this time, we were desperate by now and even
started to hitchike, lucky for us a taxi pulled up and took us to the
circuit as near as he could, we then ran the rest of the way and finally
arrived at the circuit at around 3.00pm, needless to say we had missed most
of the action. If anyone is planning to go the Belgian GP my advice is DONT
- Unless you have Gold or at the very least Silver tickets don't bother, we
were sheparded like peasants through the mud and rubbish, with thousands of
people leaving the circuit at the same time through small tunnells was a
frightening experience, Somebody in their wisdom had build a scaffold
spectators stand on the exit of the tunnel this was an accident waiting to
happen, no lighting in the tunnel, thousands of people trying to get
through. There were children who were terrified as well as the adults,
added to the stench of people using it as a toilet was all in all a
disgusting, disorganised mess, not what I would expect when coming to a F1
circiut the pinnacle of motorsport (What a joke!) - That said, we're both still huge F1 fans and thouroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, the noise,
the cars, the race and better still, the outcome!!!!
Dawn & Danny O'Rourke (UK).
Venue: SPA FRANCORCHAMPS GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT BELGIUM EUROPE
Eric Alchowiak's Review of things he learned at Spa-Francorchamps, 2007
Spa. When I bought my Spa ticket, Belgian rail had a promotion giving you a free train ticket. When my ticket package arrived, there was no train ticket, coupon, flyer, nothing. We were staying in Brussels, so I went to the train station and asked about the formula one promotion. The only thing they knew about was a $15 round trip train-bus-tram ticket to the track - I bought one. Again, while in Brussels there is no indication that there is a grand prix going on although they were having some kind of festival involving beer, wine, food, music and strange costumes that was nice.
Race day I arrived at Brussels Nord rail station at 5:30am. I couldn’t tell from the train schedule which train to take but from my research I knew I had to get to the town of Verviers (the closest big town to Spa and Francorchamps). There was a direct Brussels-Verviers train leaving at 6:03am. Eventually other F1 fans showed up and they all congregated at the 6:03 train platform. The train ride is 1.5 hours to Verviers. In Verviers, there were people guiding you to motor coaches that would take you to the track. You got on a bus based on your type of race ticket. The bus waited an hour to become 100% full before it left. The bus took the back roads to the track (about 45 minutes) and dropped me off about 200 yards from the track entrance. By now it was almost 9:30am. After that, the bus went to the bus parking lot - more about this later. Security at the track was professional. I had to show my ticket three times at various checkpoints before I even got to the actual entrance. There were no scalpers buying or selling tickets. Once at the track, I headed over to F1 village. I must say this is the best F1 village I’ve ever been to. Not that the F1 stuff being sold was any different but you could buy vast varieties of Belgian waffles, crepes, pancakes, draft or canned beer, wine, bratwurst, sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, and get coffee in “brew your own cups”. Some of the food stands looked like little alpine chalets and the prices were reasonable by F1 standards. You can sit down at a nearby table and actually get an excellent view of the cars going up the hill thru Eau Rouge. My take is that you could buy a general admission ticket, go the F1 village, sit down and get a respectable view of the race from there. They had toilet facilities with attendants that cost $0.75 (but they were spotless) or you could just use a free port-a-potty. On the other hand, if you’re buying tickets, I highly recommend grandstand 8 - La Source. It’s covered to protect you from rain and sun (don’t laugh it WAS sunny when I was there). It’s got a good view of the start-finish line and the pits. You can watch the cars from the start, though La Source and all the way up through Eau Rouge. To sit on, it has got actual seats with backs. My only complaint is the height of the safety fencing. You need a seat in row 25 or higher. Otherwise, you’re looking thru chain link fence at the track (like I was).
After the race, I went back to where the bus dropped me off but I couldn’t find it. I couldn’t find it in the bus parking lot either. I ended up walking a few hundred yards into the town of Francorchamps and taking a city-type bus (that was marked) back to Verviers. The bus was packed. I talked to some Brits on the bur who told me that, on Friday and Saturday, they had to take a tram from Verviers to Spa and then a bus to Francorchamps. Apparently there were no shuttle busses from Verviers like there were on Sunday.
Hope this helps if you ever have a chance to attend.
See Eric's Pics at my Spa Francorchamps F1 GP Pics Travel Info at my hotels near big ticket venues blog + Eric's report on his trip to Monza on my Monza Autodromo Milan Italy Guide Page
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