TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS AND FLYING AT BURNING MAN

Your pilot must be approved to fly to BRCPlease be sure your pilot is flying under the rules listed for noncommercial pilots  or the commercial advisory.  For more information on flying with Burner Express Air, please see Arriving by Air.  You also have the option to hire a private chartered plane to drop you off and pick you up, once, without using Burner Express Air provided the charter obeys the rules on this website.

If you have doubts about any Air Carrier Services offering to fly to the Playa, please send an email to airportcharter@burningman.org

Check Your Tickets, Twice!  Please make sure you have a valid Burning Man entry ticket before arriving at Burning Man. See this link for more about ticket validity. There are no tickets for sale at the gate and you will be required to leave immediately if you do not possess either a valid paper ticket or one waiting at the Box Office Will Call.

  1. OPTIONS FOR ARRIVING BY GROUND
  2. OPTIONS FOR ARRIVING BY AIR
  3. PROCEDURES FOR FLYING IN/OUT
  4. PREPARATION / SURVIVAL TIPS
  5. SCENIC FLIGHTS AROUND BURNING MAN

1. OPTIONS FOR ARRIVING BY GROUND

SHUTTLE BUS Burner Express
The Burner Express runs between SF and Reno to BRC. Info:

GREEN TORTISE: Bus and Theme Camp
A unique group that offers everything in one package.  Picking-up passengers in San Francisco, El Cerrito and Reno.

RIDE SHARE:  Driving  
Join the lines of cars driving through the gate.  Waiting in line has turned into it’s own kind of party!

2. OPTIONS FOR ARRIVING BY AIR

RIDE SHARE: Flying 
Fun, adventure, spectacular scenery, and speed are all reasons to consider flying.  There is high demand for shared flights.  Camping supplies and those necessary Burner costumes may not leave much room for a passenger!  The FAA, BLM, and BRC have specific rules regarding sharing a flight to Burning Man.  The FAA states that you may not be charged more than your fair share of expenses for:  fuel, oil, and rental fees if the airplane is a rental.  Some rental fees may include the cost of gas.  This is a shared cost and your pilot cannot pay less than individual passengers or charge  for maintenance, insurance, etc.!   If you have concerns about an improper flight-sharing arrangement, please send an email to airport@burningman.org

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If you want to be certain you have a flight, consider using an approved charter services.

Burner Express Air is a Burning Man initiative to lower the cost of air travel to the event, make it simpler to book flights, and support ongoing efforts to promote alternative transportation and reduce traffic congestion on Highway 447. It is managed by Advantage Flight Solutions, LLC, a Burner-owned, Burner-operated air carrier that pioneered charter flights to Burning Man in 2005.

Watch for information regarding:  Early arrival on Burner Express Air  BxA

3.PROCEDURES FOR FLYING-IN/OUT:  

Please check with your pilot or Air Carrier on how much weight/volume they will transport.  It is likely you will have to make other arrangements for the bulk of your supplies.

ARRIVAL BY AIR

Arrival Times:  6:00 am Pacific Daylight Time to 6:00 pm PDT without explicit permission of the Airport management. Passengers must be escorted by their pilot or a representative from the charter company to the arrivals area for ticket processing and arrival through the Airport Gate.

  • Step 1: Validate your ticket at the Box Office and pay the $60 Airport Gate Use Fee. Credit cards and paper tickets are preferred and will expedite your progress, however,  Will Call is available and you should have cash as a backup.  Your hand will get a stamp.
  • Step 2:  Show your hand stamp at the Passport Office to have your name checked off the Flight Manifest. Your hand will receive a 2nd stamp.
  • Step 3: Show your two stamps in the Customs Shack where you will receive your processing by the Department of Homeland Insecurity and be greeted. Then you can officially enter the Event where you are invited to ring the bell or roll in the playa dust!

DEPARTING BY AIR

Flight information will be available at the Air Carrier Services Counter in the Departure Lounge.  Passengers with previously purchased flight tickets should check in at least 45 minutes prior to departure.  Airport staff do not have information regarding arriving/departing Air Carrier flights. The representatives  at the Air Carrier Services Counter will have this information.

Sometimes a Burner needs to leave BRC due to an emergency.  It may be possible to obtain a flight out of BRC as a stand-by-space-available passenger.  Check with the carriers at the Air Carrier Services Counter for any available seats.

4. PREPARATION…SURVIVAL TIPS

Please review the pages at http://burningman.org/event/preparation/ . There are some very entertaining as well as informative videos linked to these pages.

5. SCENIC FLIGHTS AROUND BURNING MAN

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While the desire to fly needs no explanation, how does a person fulfill that desire?

The Ride Wrangler located near the Terminal matches Burners who want to gift a sightseeing flight with Burners who want to see our wonderful city from the air!

Many pilots additionally recognize the contributions of the many volunteers who make the airport happen by gifting rides…no guarantees, of course,  that if you volunteer you will be gifted a ride.  Go to the Volunteer Tab on this website for more information about volunteering during the Event.  It is very helpful to sign-up in advance on the volunteer schedule.  You can also volunteer spontaneously during the Event by asking to speak to the Prime Minister or Squadron Leader who will know of any vacant positions.  Throughout the year there is a lot of pre-event work as well,  send an email to us at airport@burningman.org providing how you may be able to help us.  Burning Sky, the only authorized sky diving camp, offers observational flights in their jump plane.  Due to high demand there is a lottery for these scenic  flights.