autódromo internacional do algarve

The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão has a seating capacity of 90,000 and once again this year hosts the MotoGP World Championship, which makes its European debut at our circuit this year.

Here you can find all the information about the event, the FAQs and our contacts. On our website you can also find all the information about the whole Circuit, Karting and Racing School, be aware of the activities and buy several motorbike experiences to enjoy in our Racing School, open all year and equipped with the best and most powerful 2 and 4 wheels machines, either for the Circuit track, the Karting track or the off-road track.

 

It is not necessary to buy a pass to access and park in the Autodrome Carparks, neither for cars nor motorbikes.

Children from the age of 3 are allowed, provided they are accompanied by their father or mother and they assume full responsibility for entering an area where a motorbike race takes place.

Make your experience in MOTOGP GRANDE PRÉMIO DE PORTUGAL 2023 the best possible. Come a few hours beforehand to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, bring your ticket and identification document and… enjoy your experience, in a programme full of activities that starts (provisional information) every day at 9am and lasts until the afternoon.

 

THIS PAGE WILL BE PERIODICALLY UPDATED. PLEASE CHECK IT FREQUENTLY.

 

There will be a Fan Zone in the riverside area of Portimão, next to the Portimão Museum. Check our Social Networks for more information. There is no Fan Zone at the racetrack.

 

PLEASE NOTE: MotoGP (March 11 & 12) and Moto2 / Moto3 (March 17, 18 & 19) tests with free access for those who have a ticket for the race weekend. If you do not have a ticket for the race weekend you can buy one just for the tests in our shop at the Circuit (10 euros per ticket). Entry from the Main Grandstand, opening 09h30 and closing 17h30.

Use the QR code below to access the Official MotoGP App for smartphone and tablet, with live timing of all sessions, qualifications and races while you are at the Circuit.


FAQS

  • INDICATIVE TIMETABLES

    Doors open: 08H00 (March 24th) and 07H45 (March 25th and 26th)

    Start of track activities: 09H00 (March 24th, 25th and 26th)

    Doors close: 5:45 pm (March 24, 25th) and 4:30 pm (March 26th)

  • MOTOGP PROGRAMME: SCHEDULE AND TIMETABLE

    Everything you need to know about the detailed programme of the MOTOGP GRANDE PRÉMIO DE PORTUGAL 2023 is available here.

     

    At this link you can find the full schedule for the weekend, including details of practice and qualifying sessions, support races, press conferences and special events, plus the latest news, circuit information and MOTOGP race results (MOTOGP responsibility content).

  • STANDS AND ACCESS DOORS

    The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve has 9 different stands, each served by an access door. The colour of the access door corresponds to the colour of the stand and is the only door through which your ticket allows access.

     

    The map below shows the stands and respective doors, as well as service areas, such as toilets, food and drink outlets and the approximate location of the giant screens placed to watch the races in the various areas of the circuit.

     

    Mapa Bancadas

  • PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION

    On the days of the event, but especially on Sunday, the influx of cars and people to the Circuit will be very large. To avoid long queues, arrive at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve a few hours in advance. Also count on the time to look for the car park, to look for a place in the car park and for the journey on foot to your stand and designated seat. Don’t make it easy for yourself, so that your experience is the best possible and you can attend all the practices and races of the programme.

     

     

    The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve has prepared several unpaved and one tarmac car parks where you can park your car or motorbike.

     

    Access and parking for cars and motorcycles is free this year for almost all parks, so you don’t need to buy a pass.

     

    The car parks are between 10 and 30 minutes walk from the circuit, so we advise you to choose the car park closest to your grandstand area so that this time is not increased.

     

    Two free car parks will be available in Portimão (Praia da Rocha area and Retail Park) and Lagos (Marina area), from where free buses will depart to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. Below you can find the location of the parks. Just present your ticket to access the bus.

     

    Please note that parking spaces are not marked and are subject to availability.

  • ACCESSES

    Spectators will have two ways to reach the circuit:

     

    – Through dedicated, exclusive and free shuttles that can be used upon presentation of the pass or ticket, from Portimão (Praia da Rocha and Retail Park, at the location indicated below) and Lagos (Marina, at the location indicated below). Transports are scheduled to start at 7.30 am on the days of the event and will leave at 1 hour intervals. At the end of each day, after the day’s programme has finished, shuttles will operate to take spectators back to Portimão (Praia da Rocha e Retail Park) and Lagos (Marina). See the departure location further down in this Guide.

     

    – By own car or motorbike, parking in the car parks available around the venue as per the map above.

     

    For easier access to the Circuit, you should follow the signs and look for the park closest to your seating area.

     

    All parks in the AIA venue will have permanent security staff and staff to inform spectators of the capacity and availability of each park. Their opening hours are from 07h00 until two hours after the event ends. There are no buses for transportation from the park to the Circuit, so you should count on walking time of up to 30 minutes.

  • ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

    Alcohol will not be sold or consumed in the stands, only outside the Autódromo, namely near the Main Grandstand.

     

    At the gates of the circuit, the Security Staff will ensure social distancing in the waiting areas and will process the entries through the electronic identification of the tickets with barcode readers. The bar codes will have the information previously given to the organisation when purchasing the tickets, so spectators must have their personal identification at the circuit entrance.
    After entering the circuit, there will be signs to help spectators to get to their allocated stand and seat, as well as staff to control the flow.

     

    The use of the mask in all the enclosure is compulsory. Should the spectator not respect the Staff indications and the sanitary protocol, he/she may be asked to leave the enclosure, not being entitled to the refund of the ticket price. Similarly, if the spectator is visibly under the influence of illicit substances, alcohol or shows inappropriate behavior that puts the welfare and safety of the event and other spectators in question, may be asked to leave the enclosure, with no right to refund the value of the ticket.

     

  • CIRCUIT EXIT

    The venue will close daily at around 5.45pm (Friday and Saturday) or 4:30pm (Sunday), after the event finishes, so spectators are advised to remain calm when leaving. There is signage to help spectators leave their stand and seat, as well as Staff to control the flow and ensure social distancing.

  • WILL THERE BE A LOT OF TRAFFIC? CAN I ARRIVE CLOSE TO THE START TIME?

    On the days of the event, and especially on Sunday, the influx of cars and people to the Circuit will be very large. There are spectators with weekend tickets and spectators with Sunday tickets only, so there will be even more spectators on this day than on the other days.

     

    Plan your travel well. To avoid long traffic jams, arrive at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve a few hours in advance. Also count on the time to look for the parking lot, to look for a place in the parking lot, for the displacement on foot to your grandstand, for the ticket control at the entrance and to look for the marked place. Don’t make it easy, so that your experience is as good as possible and you can attend all the training sessions and races on the program.

     

    The program is very extensive and rich, so there are reasons to be entertained as early as 0900 in the morning and until the end of the day. In addition, there are support facilities scattered around the Circuit and near the grandstands, such as toilets and areas to buy food and drink. In addition, giant screens around the circuit will always be broadcasting, so you can watch everything that is happening on the track.

     

    Come as early as possible to the Circuit.

  • WILL THERE BE FREE PARKING?

    Yes, all cars and motorcycles will be able to enter without a badge and without paying for parking.

  • WILL THERE BE FREE TRANSPORT TO THE CIRCUIT?

    Yes, provided you hold a pass or ticket for the race. Buses will leave Portimão (Praia da Rocha e Retail Park) and Lagos (by the Marina) during the three days of the event from 7:30am and at approximately 60 minute intervals. Please note that parking at these points will be free of charge and limited. At the end of each day’s programme of activities, these shuttles will take the opposite route.

     

    The departure (and return) points are as follows:

     

     

    PORTIMÃO (Bus stops and parking area):

     

    Portimão Marina

    Coordenadas GPS -> 37.12252865242095, -8.535136563997588

     

    Retail Park

    Coordenadas GPS -> 37.160925503055964, -8.55735476549109

     

    LAGOS (Bus stops and parking area):

     

    Marina de Lagos / Marina Club

    Coordenadas GPS -> 37.111121039878874, -8.672442211127319

     

    Paragem BUS CTT PORTAS DE PORTUGAL

    Coordenadas GPS ->  37.10340187907992, -8.672384594427129

  • CAN I TAKE MY HELMET TO THE STAND? AND CAMERA? AND A BAG?

    You may bring your helmet with you to the stand. There is no official place for helmet storage and safekeeping. However, Moto Clube de Portimão offers a service of this type in the area nearby the Circuit Shop (cost and conditions are the responsibility of Moto Clube de Portimão).

     

    The MOTOGP organization does not allow professional capture of images. It is not allowed to enter with cameras/video cameras with a lens (fixed or removable) larger than 200mm or any video image and sound recorders, other than for private use and purposes, or tripods.

     

    Only containers for individual use and of small size, such as an individual bag, backpack or suitcase/wallet, are allowed.

    There is no place for storage and safekeeping of equipment, so you should not bring it with you or, if you do, it will be your responsibility to ensure its safekeeping and security.

  • HOW AND WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY TICKETS?

    You will receive your ticket at the e-mail address indicated at the time of purchase. You must present it in order to enter the Circuit. You can bring it with you on your mobile phone or printed, as long as all the elements are legible, especially the QR-Code or Bar Code, for optical reading.

  • I CAN’T GO AFTER ALL. CAN I RETURN THE TICKETS?

    You cannot return tickets. Once you have made your purchase, it is final.

  • CAN I BUY A TICKET ON THE SAME DAY? AND AT THE VENUE?

    You can buy a ticket up until race start time on Sunday on the ticket purchasing website. We cannot guarantee that a purchase on the website at short notice will get you your ticket in time to enter the Circuit.

    Tickets are also sold at the Race Shop, but there may be a queue and a delay in your purchase.

  • CAN I ENTER AND LEAVE THE PREMISES DURING THE RACES?

    Yes, with the presentation of the ticket. On each entry and exit, this movement is registered in the entry control system.

  • TO WHICH STANDS AND DOORS DOES MY TICKET GIVE ACCESS TO?

    Your ticket only gives access to the stand indicated on it and each stand has only one access door, which you can see on the map above. You will not be given access through any other door or to any other stand.

  • IS THERE A MAP OF THE CIRCUIT? AND THE SURROUNDING AREA?

    Yes, both. See above for the maps provided, which show the stands, the location of the gates, the car parks, the locations of the giant screens, etc.

  • IS THERE AN AREA FOR CARAVANS? AND FOR CAMPING?

    There is a reserved area for caravans, with paid access. You can buy your caravan parking space on our website or at the Autódromo Shop. The caravan park does not have water, electricity or any kind of support infrastructure.
    There is no place to camp and/or stay in any other way and camping and/or overnight accommodation will not be allowed in the vicinity of the Circuit.

  • ARE THERE ATM MACHINES FOR WITHDRAWING MONEY? DO THEY ACCEPT CARDS?

    On the Circuit there is only one ATM for cash withdrawal, located next to the accreditation area, near the entrance to the Main Grandstand. Payment at the Food and Beverage points of sale can be made with cards and cash.

  • ARE THERE GIANT SCREENS ON THE CIRCUIT?

    Yes, there are several giant screens around the circuit, in front of the marked grandstands, so that you can follow everything that is happening in the various areas of the circuit. Their location is marked on the Circuit map, available on this page, above.

  • WHAT DO I NEED TO ENTER THE CIRCUIT?

    To enter the Circuit you must have your ticket, a protective face mask and an official identification document with photo (CC, ID, Passport or Driving License).

  • IS THERE PUBLIC TRANSPORT?

    There is no regular public transport. However, free shuttles will be available for those who have a ticket for the Circuit, which will depart every 1 hour from Portimão (Praia da Rocha e Retail Park) and Lagos (Marina), at the places indicated in this Guide.

  • IS THERE A SUPPORT NUMBER OR EMAIL IF I HAVE ANY PROBLEMS?

    Yes, you can use any of the contacts listed at the bottom of this page.

  • IS THERE A BUS THAT RUNS AROUND THE STANDS OR DO I HAVE TO WALK THE WHOLE WAY?

    There will be a system of shuttles around the Circuit, to take you to your stand if you do not wish to walk. These shuttles will run around the perimeter of the Circuit, along the road that runs around it.

     

    There are no buses from the Parking Lots to the Circuit area.

     

    The operating hours of the internal shuttles (Grandstands, Parks and VIP Tower) are as follows:

     

    Start – 7.30am

     

    End – Friday 6.30pm / Saturday and Sunday 6pm

  • DO ALL STANDS HAVE ACCESS TO TOILETS AND FOOD AND DRINK OUTLETS?

    Yes. In all stands there will be one or more toilets (depending on the size of the stand) and at least one point of sale for food and drink.

  • ARE THE SEATS MARKED?

    Yes, all the seats are marked and there are signs to make it easier for you to get to your seat. If you have any questions, you can ask the staff at the entrances and in the stands for assistance.

  • IS THERE MERCHANDISING FOR SALE IN THE STANDS? WHERE?

    Yes, there will be merchandising for sale outside the circuit and in the stands area.

  • DO I HAVE TRANSPORT FROM THE PARK TO THE STANDS?

    There is no transportation from the Parking Lots to the grandstand areas.

     

    Expect to take at least 10 to 30 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the Circuit. There, near each Circuit entrance marked on the map, there will be a shuttle system departing and arriving that will travel around the perimeter of the Circuit at all times to take you to your grandstand.

  • IS THERE A FIRST AID STATION NEARBY?

    Yes, there is a Medical Post to help you, next to the Main Grandstand entrance, in case you need support. In serious cases, use the national emergency number 112 and ask for help to the authorities present on the Circuit.

  • WHERE CAN I CHECK THE PROGRAMME? IS THERE A PROGRAMME FOR SALE?

    The programme can be consulted exclusively here. There is no programme for sale.

  • IS IT ALLOWED TO BRING FOOD AND DRINKS? IS THERE FOOD FOR SALE AT THE STANDS?

    By imposition of the authorities and as in other types of sports and recreational events (football games and stadiums, for example), the entry of food and/or drinks into the Circuit is controlled. Only food products and drinks in quantity and type for individual consumption (a bottle, sandwich, piece of fruit, snack, for example) may be brought in. The authorities, for safety reasons, may instruct bottles to enter without caps. There are several food and drink purchase points at the stands.

     

    There are several places to buy food and drinks at the stands, both in the fixed bars and in the new food trucks that will be new this year and which will have different food concepts. For logistical reasons, it is impossible to have all the diversity of the Circuit’s food offer equally at all the stands, but there will be various alternatives at all the stands.

  • THE TICKET DIDN’T COME WITH A NAME, IS THAT NORMAL?

    Yes, the ticket may not have your name printed on it. However, the QR-Code or barcode on the ticket is associated with your data in our system, so it is possible to control your seat and, in case you need to be contacted afterwards, we can do it.

  • WILL SMOKING BE ALLOWED IN THE STANDS?

    Smoking will not be allowed in the stands. There will be designated smoking areas behind the stands.

  • I LOST MY TICKET, MY TICKET DIDN’T ARRIVE ON TIME, I LEFT MY TICKET AT HOME. AND NOW WHAT?

    As the ticket is electronic, these types of questions should not arise. However, we will have an Information Desk located next to the Race Track Shop, to solve this type of questions and other problems or doubts that may arise.

    There will be no other physical contact point or helpdesk, either near the Autódromo or in Portimão.

  • I HAVE REDUCED MOBILITY AND I HAVE A PARKING PERMIT FOR DISABLED PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS, CAN I PARK NEAR THE BENCH?

    Yes, if you have purchased a Reduced Mobility Space in the Main Stand and hold a parking permit for a space reserved for persons with reduced mobility.