How Much Does Go-Karting Cost?
If you're only looking to get into Go-Karting on an occasional basis, it is fairly cheap to get involved in the sport. The Go-Karts and safety clothes that you need are provided at the circuit, so you will only need to pay for your actual Go-Karting session. However, as Go-Karting mostly takes the form of competitive races, most sessions take place in groups, which is obviously going to increase the price dramatically, even for a one-off or infrequent session.
BookingAs there are only going to be a limited number of Go-Karts available at any given circuit, booking your session in advance is advisable, and often it is the only way to guarantee that you will definitely be able to just turn up and start Go-Karting (or "Arrive 'n' Drive", as it is known at certain circuits).
Karting CostsThe cost of the average Go-Karting session varies according to the venue. For example, some venues will give discounts for group bookings, child karting and half day sessions. The price can either be per session or per rider. Expect to pay upwards of £10 for an hour on a circuit.
Equipment CostsThe general rule is that as long as you have a pair of thin-soled trainers (the thick-soled varieties can make braking and accelerating more problematic than usual because it is harder to feel how much pressure you're applying to the pedals, which will obviously make driving the Go-Kart safely a lot more difficult), you don't need to buy anything else.
If you are looking to get involved in Go-Karting on a more professional level, it is an entirely different story, and the costs can start to mount up very quickly. As soon as you move out of the casual or amateur category, you will need to buy (or build) your own Go-Kart.
Even a second-hand Go-Kart will not come cheap, and the more competitive models can set you back between £3000 and £5000, depending on how competitive you want your Go-Kart to be.
You will also be required to buy your own protective gear, such as a helmet that covers the whole of your face, and protective gloves and overalls (with a high collar).
All-weather outfits are a big plus too, especially given the erratic British weather!
It stands to reason that going Go-Karting on an occasional basis will be much cheaper than getting involved on a more regular basis, but it can still get pricey if you want more than a one-off session every so often.