Built in 1969, the Circuit Paul Ricard has been hosting the Formula One French Grand Prix since 2018, having previously hosted the race intermittently throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. The circuit is 5.8km long and is one of the longest in the Formula One calendar.
The circuit is named after its chief financial backer, Paul Ricard – an industrialist who was famed for the French apertif, Pastis. The circuit has also hosted rounds for the World Touring Car Championship, MotoGP and FIA GT.
Location & Travel
The Circuit Paul Ricard is located around 8km away from the commune of Le Castellet in Var in the Southeast of France.
Air: The nearest international aiports are Marseille Provence (66 km) , Toulon Hyères (55 km) and Nice Côte d’Azur (176 km).
Park & Ride: A free park & ride is available at La Ciotat (Highway, A50 exit 9), with a journey time to the circuit of approximately 40 minutes. Outward shuttles run every 5 minutes from 7am to 2pm, with inbound shuttles running from 4pm. You must book this in advance, further information is available on the official website here.
Train: The nearest major train stations are at Aix-Provence (50 minutes by car to the circuit), Toulon (30 minutes by car) and Marseille St Charles (45 minutes by car). Shuttles are available during the Grand Prix from Toulon and Marseille stations, as well as the Aix-Provence bus station and Nice-Ville train station.
Ticket prices vary considerably for the Formula 1 and MotoGP depending on which day you attend and which kind of ticket you want – varying from VIP to Grandstand to General Admission.
For further information and to purchase tickets, visit the official website here.
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Last Updated on February 24, 2021 by Sports Tourist