Istanbul Park – spectators’ experiences

Tell us about your experiences of visiting Istanbul Park in Turkey.

You may wish to include:

  • When you visited the track
  • Where you watched from
  • How easy it was to get to
  • How much of the track you could see
  • What support races there were
  • What you liked and didn’t like
  • How much it cost and whether it was good value

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  1. Listen to Growler, his report is spot on!

    I would also recommend a seat high up on the right (southern) part of silver 8. Don´t have too high expectations regarding the big screen, the screen seem to be a little too far away from the entire Silver 8 grandstand. You can clearly see the action on the screen but you will not see the graphics as mentioned before. Problem solved with binoculars! you can see some parts of the rest of the track but it is far far away.

  2. Hi everyone,

    I was looking at the biletix website that deals with ticketing for the Turkish Grand Prix and thanks to all the advice here have decided on getting silver 8 grandstand tickets. I would prefer to sit at the very back so the fencing doesn’t get in the way and I would also like to sit at the southern part of the grandstand so that I can take in some of the action on the pit lane.

    The website however only lets me pick the block I would like to sit in and automatically selects both the seat and the row so instead of row 16 I always get placed on row 1. I emailed the circuit but got no response so I was wondering whether anyone had a workaround to this issue?


  3. We are looking to get tickets for the race this year and sit in the Silver 8. Does anyone know what Block is the SouthEast side of the seating.

  4. Bowsie, we’re in the same situation as you. Don’t want to sit in Row 1.

    Can anyone help us out with the Biletix website?


  5. Had the same issue when I booked – here is the solution. Select the block that you want, order 9 seats but don’t go through to checkout. Open a new window, order another 9 and you will get the next 9 sequential seats. Keep doing this until you are close to where you want to be, then order the correct number of seats you need. You’ll need to work fairly quickly as the seats get released after around 5 minutes of not being checked out. Having a friend do the same on another PC/ laptop will help. I managed to get onto the back row using this method.

    1. Thank you for your response. Great solution to the problem! I booked my tickets a few days ago but didnt even think to do something like that. In the end I just tried my luck ringing the biletix ticket line in the hope there would be an English speaker on the other end.

      It turns out I was in luck and managed to book the back row without any trouble at all! Its a little bit more hassle when compared to booking online as you have to send a signed fax to them in order to confirm your booking but its worth it because it got me exactly where I wanted to be.

      Hope this is of some help to you too f00tsie!

      1. Hi Bowsie,

        Im wanting to book tickets using the istanbul park website too.. How long do the tickets take to arrive, Im worried I may not recieve them in time. Booking from the F1 website is significantly more expensive. Any help would be appreciated.

        1. Hi Haris,

          At the time of booking the tickets with biletix I was told I would have them around 4 weeks before the race. I got an email from UPS yesterday telling me they had left Istanbul so they were quite accurate with the timing. I will let you know when they arrive but I assume I wont be waiting too long now. If I can help you with anything else just let me know.

  6. last year i got my tickets from – no problems at all. tickets arrived around 6 weeks b4 event with ups.

  7. delivery icket delivery was fine (they use DHL if i recall correctly), but my only word of warning would be to get the full price before concluding that they are much cheaper. I forget how much, but I remember there being quite a few additional charges on top of the base price of the ticket.

  8. Is thr a pit walk on the Thursday I found a time table online saying 10-12.30 and 4-7 but no reference to what

  9. Is thr a pit walk on the Thursday I found a time table online saying 10-12.30 and 4-7 but no reference to what year

  10. What year sorry

  11. If I buy tickets at the circuit do they accept cards or only cash? I am too late to order online as I catch my flight on Tuesday at 06.30.

    Also does anyone know how long the bus takes from Istanbul to the circuit and how much it costs. The timetable says the cost is 3 tickets but that doesn’t help much

  12. @jon

    the bus goes from several points in Istanbul, one of them being Taksim square. The busses departs all the time all weekend and cost 5 turkish lira one way. You will be approached by taxidrivers offering to take you there for everything between 20-100 USD – don´t fall for it!! The bus takes about an hour and a half to two hours depending on traffic. There are busses with a/c. Also, as you stand in line try to position yourself so you dont have to stand all the way. they fill up the buss totally and the last ones on wont get any seats. Its a good idea to be the first one on the bus.

    Dunno anything about buying tickets at the race though. Have a nice racing weekend!

  13. there are some! busses with a/c – not all of them!!

  14. Thanks for the info about the buses. Does anyone know about the tickets?

  15. Tickets are available at trackside from 70 turkish lira upwards depending on where u wanna sit…

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