Are you a little lost with how to go about booking the Nürburgring? Perhaps it’s your first time, or you’re booking for a significant other, family member of friend? Follow our guide below to help get your started.
Follow the guide below to help you with information like what track to drive, what activities to do, and what car to choose!
The first thing you’ll need to know is which circuit you want to book. At the Nürburgring there are actually two circuits:
The larger of the two circuits here, the Nordschleife is 21km (13miles) long and is what most people commonly associate with the Nürburgring. It’s the one that features most prominently in the video games / simulators (Gran Turismo, Forza, Assetto Corsa) and on Top Gear (Van Challenge, Jag Diesel Challenge etc). This is not like a normal racetrack though – more like a tarmac rally stage, or twisty mountain road!
The Nordschleife is the track most people come to the Nürburgring to drive. If you’re not sure – then this is probably it!
This circuit is open just about every day for people to drive. Mondays – Fridays for 2 hours in the evening (Around 5pm-7pm) and weekends full day (8am-7pm). Make sure to check the opening times on our calendar!
Nürburgring Grand Prix Track
The smaller of the two circuits, the Grand Prix Track (GP Track) is the one used by the Formula One, and most of the modern races, such as DTM, Superbikes, and European Le Mans series. Depending on the configuration used, it ranges from 3.6km to 5.1km long.
This circuit appeals more to people who prefer a modern, more “normal” race track, or are a big fan of Formula One.
This circuit is open less often to drive, on average maybe 2-4 times per month. You can see the opening times on our calendar!
The type of activity you choose will mainly be dictated by your budget. The average RSR customer spends around 1000€, but of course this greatly varies from customer to customer, and there are options for almost any budget! Here’s a guide for what sort of things you can do for the following levels of budget:
For under 250€, you’re a little more limited with what you can do, but there are still some good options.
Between 250€ - 500€
A budget of 250€ – 500€ is a good starting point for activities at the Nürburgring. With this sort of budget, you could do any of the following activities:
Between 500€ - 1500€
From 500€ to 1500€ is an average amount what most of our customers spend. For this there are quite a lot of possibilities!
When you’ve got a budget of over 1500€, you can combine a lot of great activities together, and do some really fun programs!
Don’t worry if you don’t understand what the different activities above are – you’ll find out more about these on the next step!
There are many different things you can do at the Nürburgring, and if you have a special request that you don’t see here then just get in contact to ask us for help!
Hire a car and drive the track
This is what the vast majority of people want to do when they visit the Nürburgring.
This is where you hire a car to drive the Nürburgring for yourself. Most people opt to have a RSR instructor join them for their first lap, to help improve their experience.
A taxi lap is where you ride along as a passenger while a professional driver takes you around the track at a high speed. Often people will do this after driving the track for themselves – to “see how the experts do it”.
Guided Road Tours
A road tour is where you get to drive the car, but follow along one of our staff in a lead car (convoy style). You drive on the public roads (not the circuit itself) and make stops around the area to talk about the circuit from different corners and see the secret manufacturer bases.
First Timer Package
A package deal where you get to see and do the main things that people want when they visit the Nürburgring. Starting with a guided road tour, you can then choose between driving the track for yourself, or taking a taxi lap!
Nürburgring Driving Academy
Do you want to learn the Nürburgring track properly? Then this is the way to go. These are individualised one-on-one packages tailored to you and your driving style. No matter your level, we can help improve your driving ability.
Drive another circuit!
Nürburgring may be the centre of the motorsport universe, but don’t miss the other great circuits that are very close by! For example, the F1 track of Spa-Francorchamps or Hockenheim are both not too far, along with Zolder, Zandvoort, Dijon and more.
Most of the time, people have a good idea of what type of car they want to book! Generally the type of car is dictated by your budget, but if you’re unsure of what car to drive for your first visit here then find a few suggestions below. If you’re trying to book for someone else, then you may already have an idea of what type of car they like! Otherwise here is what we recommend. We’re always happy to change the car booked on the day also if it’s really not suitable, as long as the type of car you want is available!
The Most Popular All-Rounders - A good choice for most situations.
Our most popular cars also are generally the best all-rounders, They are good for any weather condition, have enough power to be entertaining without being over the top, and sit in the low to middle price range, giving a great bang-for-buck. You’ll notice they are generally front wheel drive, as this is in most cases preferable for your first laps at the track, and doesn’t have too much impact on the driving feel when it comes to the Nürburgring!
These are all great choices if you’re not sure which car to pick and will give an excellent driving experience!
Something for an experienced track driver
If you’ve got a bit more experience driving on a race track before, then we have a few good options with cars that have been modified for the circuit. They can corner harder and have more grip, but are generally less forgiving for first timers or inexperienced drivers. These are great options for someone who does a lot of trackdays or have raced in the past!
We spend a lot of time fine tuning these cars to perform well in the hands of someone with a bit of track experience!
There's no such thing as a wrong choice!
For the most part, the choice of car is secondary to the fun of driving the Nürburgring. And while there is no such thing as a wrong choice, it can enhance the experience when chosen correctly!
At the end of the day, we’ll do the best to make sure you have a great experience, and will do our best to help match you with the best car for the day!
If you have more questions about driving the track, what you need and an explanation of the types of days you can drive, like the difference between Touristenfahrten (Tourist Drives) vs. Trackdays, then you can find out more information on our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page at the link below:
If you want to get an idea of what dates and times the track is open, and what options we have for cars (and their prices), then you can head to our online booking system at the link below:
If you’re still feeling really lost, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact! You can find all our contact details at the link below:
We hope you found this short guide helpful, and wish you all the best and hope to see you at the Nürburgring soon!