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Your Guide To Experiencing The Yas Marina Circuit Tour

The ear-splitting scream of a Formula Race car speeding over 300km/hr across the twists and turns of the Yas Marina Circuit gives one goosebumps and spikes their adrenaline, like no other sport! The Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island Abu Dhabi is a dream world for car enthusiasts and an exciting addition to the island’s kitty of entertainment venues.

Stop over for a Yas Marina Circuit to get an exclusive peek at the private spaces of the circuit that only race drivers and car engineer’s access. Learn all about the Yas Marina Circuit Tour, the history of Yas Marina Circuit, all that you can do there and a sneak peek of the circuit tour itinerary.

Yas Marina Circuit


Yas Marina Circuit Tour

Yas Island is one of the 200 islands of the capital city of UAE, Abu Dhabi. It has over the years turned into one of the world’s leading entertainment and tourist destinations, housing attractions like Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World, Seaworld, Ferrari World and a lot more upcoming tourist magnets.

The Yas Marina Circuit was opened in 2009 to host the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It was started off as an initiative to bring in more tourists to the capital city and elevate the status of Abu Dhabi as a world-class sporting destination. The mega-budget circuit is one of the best circuits on the F1 calendar and has emerged as a popular sporting and entertainment venue.

Yas Marina Circuit Tour Tickets

  • Enjoy a guided tour through the circuit in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, a louder and faster experience in person!
  • Explore the circuit’s high tech facilities, that includes Race Control, the unique air-conditioned Support Pit Garages, the state-of-the-art 500-seat media center and the exclusive Paddock area

Yas Marina Circuit Quick Facts


  • The Yas Marina Circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke who also designed the Sepang, Bahrain, Shanghai, Korea and Buddh (India) International Circuits. He is a race driver himself.
  • The Yas Marina Circuit covers an area of 161.9 hectare, and has a track of 5.55 km with the longest straight track at 1.14 km.
  • It took $1.3 billion, 14,000 workers and more than 35 million man hours to complete the Yas Marina Circuit.
  • The Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the second Grand Prix location after Bahrain in the Middle East and was the first one to host a twilight race in the history of F1.
  • The circuit can accommodate 50,000 spectators and are designed to protect the spectators from the harsh Middle Eastern sun. You can visit the North Grandstand on your Yas Marina Circuit Tour and see the entire circuit and the Ferrari World in the distance.
  • Race enthusiasts can stay at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel, the first luxury hotel built over a F1 circuit. The hotel forms a bridge over the 18th and 19th turns.

What All Can I Do At Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi?


So, what all can you do at Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi? Well, here's a plethora of options.

Yas Marina Circuit Tour
Drive a Super car yourself

The DriveYAS experience at Yas Marina Circuit allows you to choose from supercars like Aston Martin GT4, Ferrari 458 GT and Mercedes-AMG GTS and lap around the circuit for 20 minutes. It’s the closest experience you can have of being a race car driver!

Yas Marina Circuit Tour
Drive your own car and bike on the track

The Yas Marina Circuit allows guests to bring their own vehicle to OpenYAS days and cruise them on the track. The vehicles will be tested and on approval you can zoom the track during Drift Racing, Drag Roll Racing and Drag Night Days.

Yas Marina Circuit Tour
Train and Cycle on the track

The Yas Marina Circuit F1 track is thrown open to fitness enthusiasts on StartYAS (Sundays) and TrainYAS (Tuesday) days when you can run, walk or bike on the tarmac. The event is supervised by the health council and has expert fitness trainers if you need their assistance.

Yas Marina Circuit Tour
Walk along the track at night

The YAS Marina Circuit is the largest permanent sports venue lighting project and looks spectacular at night. Open on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Women-only), you get a chance to watch the sunset from the track and see the twinkling lights come up.

Yas Marina Circuit Tour
Run a marathon

The TriYAS is UAE’s largest amateur triathlon and is open to first timers as well. It is conducted annually in the month of February. The triathlon has 8 categories catering to first timers as well as Olympic level athletes.

Yas Marina Circuit Tour
Watch a motorsport event

Apart from the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the Yas Marina Circuit is also host to public motorsport events like Freestyle Drift Championship and TRD 86 Cup. You can buy a ticket at cheap prices and watch the drivers outrace each other!

Yas Marina Circuit Tour Deconstructed


Yas Marina Circuit Tour

Get a race driver’s perspective of the Yas Marina Circuit and explore the key spots on the circuit on this guided tour in an air conditioned vehicle.

Highlights of the tour
  • Ride the Formula One Race track at the circuit in a comfortable tour bus and look up to the grandstands and get the same view that race drivers get
  • Explore the various locations on the circuit that a race driver accesses on a race day including the Support Pit Garages, the Podium and Paddock area
  • Enjoy a spectators’ view by stopping at the North Grandstand and Shams Tower and watch the panorama of the entire Circuit and the Yas Island
  • Over the two hours, stop at other hi-tech facilities like Race Control, the 500-seat media centre and imagine the adrenaline and excitement just as seen on TV!
Duration of the Tour

The Yas Marina Circuit tours lasts for 2 hours.

Timings
  • The Yas Marina Circuit Tour runs from Tuesday to Saturday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
  • During Ramadan, the tour runs from Tuesday to Saturday at 10:00 AM.
Know Before You Go
  • The tour begins at Gate 20 and you can easily find it on the Yas Marina Circuit Map.
  • You can redeem the Yas Marina Circuit tickets at the Meeting Point at Gate 20 itself, by showing the e-ticket on your phone.

Yas Marina Circuit Tour Tickets

  • Enjoy a guided tour through the circuit in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, a louder and faster experience in person!
  • Explore the circuit’s high tech facilities, that includes Race Control, the unique air-conditioned Support Pit Garages, the state-of-the-art 500-seat media center and the exclusive Paddock area

Know Before Visiting Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi


Yas Marina Circuit Opening Hours

The public experiences on the track have the following timings –

  • StartYAS – Every Sunday – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • TrainYAS – Every Tuesday – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • GoYAS – Every Wednesday – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Getting to Yas Marina Circuit

  • By Yas Express
    The Yas Express is a free shuttle bus that is available to all Yas Island guests. The red shuttle bus route connects all hotels to the Yas Central where the Yas Marina Circuit tour is available.
  • By Bus
    If you stay in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and want to use the bus to reach the Yas Marina Circuit F1 then these are the routes to follow -
    From Abu Dhabi: Take the 190 Bus Route from the Abu Dhabi bus station to Yas Island
    From Dubai: Take the bus from Dubai Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to Abu Dhabi Bus Station and then take the 190 Bus Route to Yas Island.
  • By Bikeshare
    If you are feeling fit then you can use the ADCB Bikeshare which has kiosks to dispense bikes all over the city. The kiosk number 5 is the Yas Marina Station where you can park your bike for a visit to the Yas Marina Circuit F1.
  • By Taxi
    If you are taking the taxi then ask the driver to drop you off at Gate 20 as that is the starting point of the Yas Marina Circuit Tour.

Yas Marina Circuit Map


If you're looking to walk about the circuit, here's a Yas Marina Circuit Map that will come handy. You can download the map and keep it handy for your visit

Yas Marina Circuit Tour

Tips for Visiting Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi


  • If you are visiting Abu Dhabi in the summer then prefer to take the 10 AM tour as you can enjoy the outdoor areas before the sun gets too hot for comfort.
  • You can enjoy cycling on Tuesdays at the YAS Marina Circuit even if you don’t own a bike, as you can use one of their 400 complimentary bikes for public use. And if they are out of them, you can always rent one at 30 AED. Don’t forget to bring a valid ID!
  • It is important to maintain the rules while cycling and biking at the StartYAS and TrainYAS days. Cyclists always go in the anti-clockwise direction while runners go clockwise on the track between the blue line and the fence.
  • If you are traveling with kids then you should combine your trip with a visit to the Ferrari World or Yas Waterworld which has amazing rides and activities for the whole family.

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While you're in the vicinity, why not check out other things to do in Yas Island Abu Dhabi? Here's our comprehensive guide to experiencing Yas Island Abu Dhabi that can come handy for your visit.

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