Updated: May 19
We have pooled our considerable years of knowledge to create, what we think is the ultimate Le Mans 24 Hour Race, fan guide. All the tips and hints to make your 24h experience the best and also things to avoid, so here are the extra bits we mentioned in the podcast. (out on the 12th May)
You should be able to download all of the maps etc below.
We have a separate guide to photography which you can find here, also make sure you listen to our Podcast which you can download and listen to on the way to the big race!
For 2023 there (at the time of writing) are no tickets available for the race, there is an official ticket re-sale website being run by the ACO and you may be able to find tickets here but this is only when people want to sell tickets they may have. You may be able to buy a package from one of the many tour operators to include entrance and grandstand tickets.
There are still tickets available for the practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, which will get you to see the cars both during the day and night.
But if you are one of the lucky 265k people that do have a ticket, read on!
There are various ways to get to Le Mans, most people will drive and so you will need a parking pass (again sold out for 2023) There is Free parking away from the circuit, this can be found by following the "Gratuit" signs and can be found using this Waze link - https://ul.waze.com/ul?ll=47.95709171%2C0.19880031&navigate=yes&utm_campaign=default&utm_source=waze_website&utm_medium=lm_share_location
Approximately a dozen entrance gates are available in order to facilitate access to the circuit enclosure. These are located between the outdoor parking areas and the indoor public areas, your ticket will show you the best colour zone to follow.
North Gate - pedestrian
Museum Gate - pedestrian
Panorama Gate - pedestrian
Tertre Rouge Gate - pedestrian & vehicle
South Gate - vehicle
East Gate - pedestrian
Hunaudières Gate - vehicle
Green Garage Gate - vehicle
Château Gate - pedestrian & vehicle
Glamping Gate - pedestrian
Houx Gate - pedestrian & vehicle
CIK Gate - pedestrian & vehicle
Raccordement Gate - pedestrian
Annexe Gate - pedestrian
Karting - pedestrian & vehicle
Check out this list with GPS links to all of the car park entrances!
Once at the circuit, most people choose to walk around the circuit although you can use a bicycle (no scooters or ebikes/escooters) although you won't make too many friends on a bike!
There are free shuttles running around the circuit that will get you around the main part and out to Arnage and Mulsane, along with the campsites.
A shuttle network is available free of charge upon presentation of your Entrance pass.
The shuttles will operate starting on Wednesday 7 June and allow you to reach the north of the circuit at the Mulsanne and Arnage corners.
They are in service every day from 09:00 to 00:30 and non-stop on Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 June.
A shuttle is available from the Arnage train station and will drop you off at the PZ54 stop allowing you to walk to the South Gate.
A shuttle is available ONLY on Saturday 10 June from the Le Mans train station and will drop you off at the Oasis stop. Then it will take about 10 minutes on foot to reach the North Gate.
A shuttle is available from the Relais RIMA car park non-stop from Saturday 10 June at 07:00 to Sunday 11 June at 19:00.
A shuttle is available from the Relais Université car park. It is the Tramway Line T1 in the direction of Antarès Stade Marie Marvingt. Get off at the Terminus.
What you can and can't bring into the circuit
As we mentioned Radio Le Mans is broadcasting on 91.2FM at the circuit which is the best English coverage of the race which is free. You can also use the FIA WEC app and Eurosport - plus the various big screen around the circuit.
If you are looking for the last minute t-shirt or hoodie, take a look at out clothing store! and don't forget all our range is sold in support of Race Against Dementia.
Updates to what's going on outside the circuit during race week.
On Monday June 5, 2023 in Moncé en Belin, there will be an exhibition of old and prestigious vehicles (cars and motorcycles) at Place de la Massonnière from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a parade departure towards Val’Rhônne. In Val'Rhônne, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., t
here will be an exhibition of dioramas on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an exhibition of a Formula 3 Martini MK48 and Ukrainian sidecars. There will also be signings by the designer of the 2
4 Hours of Le Mans: Ray Toomb and on "Women in motorsport", as well as an exhibition of a car from the young drivers' criterium at the Parking du Val'Rhônne. Animations on the theme of "Riding safely on a scooter", demonstrations of radio-controlled cars, races of pedal cars decorated by primary school pupils will also be offered. Finally, there will be a concert at 9 p.m. and surprises to discover on site.
For our 5th edition of Neuville in the race, the municipality will put English cars in the spotlight, on our emblematic place in our village "La plage du Vieux Moulin". Neuville sur Sarthe is located 10 minutes from the city center of Le Mans. We will be happy to welcome you from 4:30 p.m. for a colorful program. You can enjoy a 6km musical parade in the streets with the Dj LVK at 5:30 p.m. but also entertainment with car exhibitions and an intervention by Bruno Vandestick. In the evening, a projection of the official film of the 24 hours on the big screen at 9 p.m. will be organized with a pyrotechnic show on the water in front of the old mill at 11 p.m. All day, on-site catering will be available. We are expecting many of you for the opening of the festivities of the great week of the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Twinning Committee and the Town Hall of Ruaudin are pleased to announce that, for the 2023 edition of the R'Hunaudières, year of the Centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Matra's first 100% French victory. (1973) and the end of the 50-year wait for Ferrari's return to premier class. Activities offered: MATRA plateau exhibition FERRARI plateau exhibition Exceptional GT plateau exhibition Sport and Collection plateau exhibition Collectors, enthusiasts and owners of cars or objects from 1973 and the 1970s are invited to exhibit them or testify during the event. There will also be the 6th CURATORS Trophy.
The "FORD RACING TEAM LE MANS" association is organizing a major exhibition of racing cars to celebrate the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, on Wednesday June 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Place du Jet d'Eau in front of the cathedral. An exhibition featuring around 80 iconic racing cars that have competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the past century, as well as sports cars from renowned brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and McLaren, with around 120 vehicles on display. The exhibit also includes a selection of large American GTs such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, AC Cobra and Mercury Cougar. The event will feature a village of automotive stalls including paintings, sculptures, miniatures and comics. There will also be signings from comic and automotive book authors, interviews with former drivers, supercar rides and on-site catering.
On Friday June 9, 2023 from 3:00 p.m., the Teloch’EVENTS association will be happy to welcome you to its car rally, the Garage des Légendes. We will pay tribute to a figure from our village, Jude ROBIN, who raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1923 with the ROLLAND-PILAIN brand. We will recall the story of the birth of the PORSCHE legend at the 24 hours by recreating the atmosphere and the popular fervor surrounding the preparations for the race at Teloché. Our gathering will consist of several events with the association of friends of ROLLAND-PILAIN which will exhibit several vehicles from the 1920s. We will also welcome a young motorsport hopeful from Sarthe who will come and drive in the footsteps of Jude Robin. The Porsche Club Le Mans and various partners will be present with exceptional vehicles on display. You will also find a photo exhibition that will remind us of Teloché's links with the 24-hour race. In the evening, a concert will animate with the evening the groups Mister Darkside, Sourleaf and Paul&Did.