Although it was initially expected to go ahead as planned on April 5th, 2020, the much anticipated Vietnamese Formula One Grand Prix has now been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
With the first-ever Vietnamese Formula 1 Grand Prix was due to first take place on April 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city.
Given that visitor numbers in Hanoi around the date of the 2020 F1 Grand Prix are expected to be high, tourists are advised to plan travel and accommodation well in advance.
Moreover, those traveling to Vietnam for the Hanoi F1 Grand Prix should ensure they have all the required documentation to enter the country, including a valid visa.
Fortunately, obtaining an eVisa for Vietnam can be done quickly and online for stays of up to 30 days.
More practical information about visiting Hanoi for the F1 Vietnam Grand Prix can be found below.
When is the Formula Vietnam 1 Grand Prix in Hanoi?
The F1 Vietnam Grand Prix was first taking place in Hanoi from 3rd to 5th April 2020, but was then postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The race itself was on 5th April 2020 at 14:10. More details below.
|3rd April||Practice 1||11:00 to 12:30|
|3rd April||Practice 2||15:00 to 16:30|
|4th April||Practice 3||12:00 to 13:00|
|4th April||Qualifying||15:00 to 16:00|
|5th April||Race||14:10 to 16:10|
The F1 Grand Prix Circuit in Hanoi
Hanoi Street Circuit has been built to host the Vietnamese F1 Grand Prix. It is a part temporary, part permanent street circuit around Vietnam’s Nam Từ Liêm district.
Designed by Formula 1 architect Hermann Tilke, the circuit incorporates 23 turns along a track of 3.434 miles (5.607 km) and offers one of the longest straights on the F1 calendar, at 0.9 miles (1.5 km).
Tilke’s design combines existing roads with newly-built sections to create a circuit fully integrated into its urban surroundings.
Travel to Hanoi for the F1 Grand Prix 2020
Foreign visitors can fly into any of Vietnam’s 3 international airports.
- Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)
- Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang)
- Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi)
On arrival at the airport, foreigners are required to pass through the immigration check before reclaiming baggage and going through customs inspection.
To save time at the airport, visitors can apply online for the eVisa to enter to Vietnam which just needs to be printed and presented on arrival.
Traveling to Noi Bai International Airport
Noi Bai International, located 18 miles (30 km) from the center of Hanoi, is the most convenient option for international tourists visiting Hanoi for the Vietnamese Formula 1.
It is the second-largest airport in Vietnam. International flights arrive and depart from Terminal 2.
Over 20 airlines currently operate from T2, including:
- Lao Airlines
- Pacific Airlines
- Hong Kong Airlines
- Tiger Airlines
- Vietnam Airlines
How to get from Noi Bai Airport to the Hanoi City Centre
There are 3 alternatives for getting from Noi Bai Airport to Hanoi city center.
- Public bus: 1 hour 30 minutes, around 10,000 VND (0.43 USD)
- Shuttle bus: 1 hour and 15 minutes, around 40,000 VND (1.73 USD)
- Taxi: 1 hour, around 320 VND (13 USD)
Where to Stay in Hanoi for the Formula 1 Vietnam Grand Prix
Visitors in Hanoi for the F1 Grand Prix can select from a range of accommodation types located within a few kilometers of the race track.
From self-catering apartments to 5-star hotels, and prices from 20 USD per night, F1-goers can find accommodation to suit their requirements and budget.
Finding tourist accomodation in Hanoi
Online portals are a useful tool for booking accommodation in Vietnam and allow visitors to compare prices and find good deals.
Do hotels in Hanoi have Wi-Fi?
Most hotels in Hanoi have a decent internet connection. Despite this, travelers for whom a good internet connection is a priority should check online reviews prior to booking.
Do staff at hotels in Vietnam speak English?
Hotels and hostels in the center of Hanoi generally have staff able to communicate in English. However, travelers should be aware that smaller hotels and those located out of the downtown area may not have English speaking members of staff.
How to Get to the Hanoi Formula 1 Circuit
The F1 Vietnam Grand Prix circuit is close to My Dinh National Stadium, located in the western area of Hanoi. It is possible to reach the circuit by bus, My Dinh Bus Station is a 30-minute walk from Hanoi Street Circuit and is serviced by regional and metropolitan buses.
The Tìm Buýt public transportation application can be downloaded to a mobile device which will help tourists to select the best route depending on the departure point. With average tickets priced at around 7,000 VND (0,30 USD) this is an economical way to move around the city.
Private transport is also available in the city in the form of taxis and chauffeurs. The Grab application is widely used in the city for ride-sharing.
What to See and Do Whilst in Hanoi for the F1 Grand Prix
When not at the Formula 1 circuit, visitors can explore the Vietnamese city of Hanoi. There are many great activities and sights in Hanoi, including:
- Exploring The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
- Visiting Hanoi Train Street
- Watching a water puppet theatre show
- Visiting the Temple of Literature
Tourists can also take the opportunity to sample some typical Vietnamese cuisine, in particular, the Pho. This broth-based soup with Banh pho noodles and thinly sliced meat is a favored dish across the country and easy to find in Hanoi.
How and When to Apply for the Vietnam eVisa
Foreign nationals traveling to Hanoi for the Formula 1 Grand Prix should check the Vietnam visa requirements for their country. Citizens from most countries require a visa to gain access to the country.
How to apply for the Vietnam eVisa
The easiest way to obtain the permit is to apply online for the Vietnam visa for tourism purposes. The application form takes just a few minutes to fill in and travelers are not required to go to the embassy in person.
On approval, a copy of the eVisa is emailed to the applicant, this should then be printed and presented at the airport on arrival.
When to apply for the eVisa for the Vietnamese F1 Grand Prix 2020
The eVisa is valid for 30 days from the arrival date supplied during the application process. This date is specified on the PDF document emailed to the applicant on approval.
To ensure the eVisa is valid for F1 Hanoi 2020, travelers should supply the correct arrival date when making the request.
It takes approximately 3 business days for eVisa applications to be processed, however, to ensure that the eVisa is received in time for the Hanoi F1 Grand Prix, it is highly recommended that travelers apply at least 7 days prior to travel.