The world’s most famous and oldest endurance motorsport race, the 24 hours of Le Mans has been held annually at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France since 1923. The 2020 race was won by the No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing driven by Brendon Hartley, Kazuki Nakajima, and Sébastien Buemi.
When is the 24 Hours of Le Mans?
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is held annually in the month of June and since 2009 the race starts at 15:00 local time, and as the name suggests runs for 24 hours.
Where is the 24 Hours of Le Mans?
The race is held near the town of Le Mans in France, on the Circuit de la Sarthe.
How do I get there?
The Circuit de le Sarthe is located about 7km to the south of the town of Le Mans, which is located in the west of France.
Air: The closest international airport can be found at Tours Val de Loire Airport which is approximately an hour from Le Mans and has direct flights to London Stansted, Dublin, Porto and Marrakech.
A little further afield, the larger international airports of Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly) have a larger selection of destinations which are approximately 2 and a half hours away by car.
Bus – Lines 3, 7, 12 and 17 all run from Le Mans to within a 15 minute walk of the circuit.
Driving/Parking – Le Mans is easy to access via road, with the ferry ports of Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre and St Malo all lying within 3 hours drive, whilst Calais is a 5 hour drive. Paris is approximately a 2 and a hour half drive away from Le Mans, with other towns and routes including:
- From Paris – 205 km – 2 h 00 (A11)
- From Rouen – 210 km – 2 h 15 (A 28)
- From Nantes – 183 km – 1 h 40 (A11)
- From Rennes – 161 km – 1 h 35 (A81, E50)
- From Caen – 160 km – 2 h (A88, A28)
- From Tours – 102 km – 1 h 30 (A28)
- From Alençon – 53 km – 40 min
- From Bordeaux – 425 km – 4 h 20 (A28, A10)
There are 6 complimentary car parks available at Actisud, M1, Bleu, Fresne, Raineries (free shuttle included) and Héronnière.
Further information is available here.
Train – The Gare du Mans is the major railway station in Le Mans, with TGV services to Lille (2 hours 30 mins), Marseille (4 hours 45 mins), Nantes (1 hour 15 mins), Rennes (1 hours 15 mins), Paris Montparnasse (54 mins), Charles de Gaulle Airport (1 hour 40 mins) and Orly Airport (1 hour 30 mins).
Tram – The east entrance of the circuit (Garage Vert) is close to the tram stop, with regular trams travelling from Le Mans between 5:30am and 1am.
How do I get tickets to the 24 Hours of Le Mans?
There are a variety of different ticket packages available for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Grandstand tickets starting at €55.
For further information, consult the official website here.