Travel by Air

All Pilots Must Be Pre-Approved to Fly to BRC 

Read our Rules for noncommercial pilots. Read our commercial pilot Advisory. If you have doubts about any Air Carrier Services offering to fly to the Playa, tell us.

Check Your Tickets, Twice!

You must have a valid Burning Man ticket to enter Black Rock City. There are no tickets for sale onsite. No ticket, no entry, no exceptions. We will send you away. 

Black Rock City is literally in the middle of nowhere. Don’t come without a ticket.

Ride Sharing 

Fun, adventure, scenery, and speed are all reasons to consider flying into 88NV! Check out Burning Man Rideshare. The FAA, BLM, and BRC have specific rules about sharing a flight to Burning Man. If you have concerns about an improper flight-sharing arrangement, tell us.

If you want to be certain you get a flight, consider Burner Express Air!

Burner Express Air

Burner Express Air (BxA) is a Burning Man initiative to lower the cost of air travel to the event, make flight bookings simpler, and promote alternative transportation,  thereby reducing traffic congestion on Highway 447.

Passengers who arrive via air prior to official event opening must have a valid Work Access Pass (WAP) for entry into BRC.

Procedures for Flying In and Out of BRC

How much does that thing weigh?

You will not be able to fit everything you need for a week at Burning Man in a plane. Make other arrangements for the delivery of your gear. Prepare carefully and remember: Radical self-reliance! Pack it in, pack it out, Leave no Trace!

Arrival By Air

Passengers must be escorted at all times by their pilot or a representative from the charter company until they are processed through Airport Gate. GA Pilots must “check in” to their designated space on GA Ramp prior to entering the event. Once you arrive, you will enter Black Rock City in stages! 

  • Box Office: Tickets and Will Call
    • Validate your Burning Man ticket or pick yours up from Will Call 
    • Pay a $60 Gate use fee; credit card preferred, cash accepted
    •  Airport Volunteers – show us your Shiftboard shifts or your Volunteer Dog Tag and we waive fees!
  • Customs Cabin: Info & Acculturation
    • Critical cultural information & advice for Surviving Winning Burning Man
    • Got existential questions or need practical direction? We got you covered.
  • Black Rock City Census: The Story of Us
    • BRC Census collects demographic data from a small percentage of randomly-selected passengers. If you’re picked, we hope you will participate!
    • Note: This is your first chance to participate in a giant project at Burning Man.
  • Gate Perimeter & Exodus: Validation at Last
    • Have your ticket scanned and get LEGIT so we can set you loose inside
  • Greeters 
    • If it’s your first time here, announce your presence at the bell
    • Welcome Home!

Departure by Air

For flight information and assistance visit Burner Express Air in the Charter departures area. Check in 60 minutes before your scheduled departure or flight. General Aviation pilots and their passengers may depart at any time but must “check out” of designated parking spaces on the GA Ramp before departure (or I’m telling mom). Seriously, don’t leave without checking out of your parking space because a MOOP-free space at checkout is your responsibility and we keep track of these things! 

In and Out Passes & Main Gate

If you leave BRC but intend to return to the event, you must purchase an In and Out Pass ($20) from Gate staff before you exit BRC. Passes available at Airport Gate and Main Gate during operational hours. You must present your ticket stub to purchase an In and Out Pass from Gate staff.