The Mexico F1 Grand Prix is a unique one. It’s home to some of the most passionate fans on the planet, a great circuit, and has been the site of a championship-deciding race.
Taking place in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, at the same time as a huge national holiday, visiting Mexico City during Grand Prix weekend is something that should be at the top of any F1 fan’s bucket list.
Want to go but not sure where to start? Our handy travel guide will help you with travel options, where you should stay, where you should sit and more.
Mexico F1 Grand Prix Travel Guide
How to get to the Mexico City F1 Grand Prix?
Both Mexico City International Airport and the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez are in the heart of the capital. The busiest airport in the country is a route with major airports across the world: London-Heathrow, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Madrid and JFK in New York among some. Flights from Europe will take around 10-12 hours direct, while flights are also available from various US airports.
Once you touch down in Mexico, it couldn’t be easier to get to the circuit. If you were to head directly to the track from the terminal, you could walk in less than an hour. Just 5km from the airport, the circuit is in a very central location, and just another 5km from the historic centre of the city.
Where to stay for the Mexico F1 Grand Prix
Mexico City is the fifth most-populous city in the entire world. As a result, there are plenty of neighbourhoods and areas to explore in Mexico.
The best for newcomers to the city is Roma. The residential area is authentic Mexican, packed with shops, bars, cafes and parks, as well as some great hotels. Check out the Brick Hotel or Hotel Hipster for some great places to stay.
For families, Juarez is the best area. While the nightlife may be vibrant, the streets are calm and pleasant during the daytime. While the Four Seasons is a classic luxury hotel, and one of the best in the city, Suites PF is an affordable middle-priced option.
Attractions around Mexico City
Mexico City is home to some stunning architecture. The Palacio de Bellas Artes is a striking white marble palace, home to an art museum and performance hall, built in the 1930s. With the Grand Prix weekend falling on Día de Muertos (‘Day of the Dead’), there will be plenty of performances and celebrations to check out.
Día de Muertos is a holiday where Mexicans get together to remember and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones. So it couldn’t be a better time to visit, as Mexicans know how to celebrate. When Mexico beat Germany at the 2016 World Cup, the celebrations triggered a ‘seismic’ event that registered on earthquake detectors. We’d recommend heading downtown to soak in the atmosphere of the parade – which was inspired by the opening scene of James Bond film Spectre. You could also head to the main square (Zocalo) to appreciate the grand ofrendas, which are altars that honour the dead.
Other great things to check out year-round and on Mexico F1 weekend are the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco. Here you can rent a boat and travel along the river, enjoying drinking traditional pulque and enjoying the music of mariachi bands floating on by.
Best grandstands for the Mexico F1 Grand Prix
Two of the most iconic grandstands in the F1 calendar, let alone at this circuit, just so happen to be two of the most affordable options. The Foro Sol North and South grandstands make up the famous stadium arena. Not only do you get a perfect view of the cars as they navigate their way between the two stands, but this is where the party gets going during the huge podium celebrations.
Elsewhere, the four Gold grandstands are situated at the end of the long straight. This makes them the perfect vantage point for first-lap chaos, which we’ve seen at Mexico before.
What is there to do trackside at the Mexico City Grand Prix?
As is customary with modern Formula 1 events, there’s plenty going on around the Mexico F1 circuit. This includes the fanzone stage, which will host appearances from drivers throughout the weekend. Fans will also get the chance to put their skills against their friends with the Esports zone.