Burner Express Bus Travel Information

Burner Express is back again this year to serve your bus pooling needs to Black Rock City. We have services from San Francisco and Reno. Buses will run to the Playa Saturday, Aug 25th through Thursday, Aug 30th and return trips beginning on Friday, Aug 31st through peak Exodus periods. The last Burner Express Bus departing Black Rock City is at 10AM on Tuesday, September 4th.

The Burner Express Bus is a bus service offered by Burning Man to transport Burners from San Francisco and Reno to Black Rock City and back. Riding the Burner Express offers faster arrival, speedier entrance, reserved camping, and expedited departures. You can purchase one way (to or from BRC) or round trip tickets. You may also charter a whole bus for you and your friends! 

You must have a Burning Man ticket in order to ride the Burner Express — tickets will be verified before passengers are allowed to board. All Burner Express ticket sales are non-transferrable and non-refundable, so solidify your travel plans before you purchase a Burner Express ticket. Changes to the day or time of your purchased ticket will incur a $25 change fee.

Each Burner Express bus ticket includes a standard luggage allowance of two luggage items, and one carry-on. Each luggage item may not exceed a total of 62 linear inches (length + width + depth). For travel between Reno and BRC you can buy an additional luggage allowance, which allows for two more luggage items. The additional luggage allowance costs $25 and can be added during the purchase process. You may bring one bike for an additional fee of $25 from Reno and $60 from San Francisco. Your bike must travel on the same day and departure time as you.

Buses departing from Reno at 10am (Sun-Tues only) and 12:00pm include a one-hour shopping stop at the Reno Save Mart at 525 Keystone Ave. This is ideal for those flying into Reno.

Passengers should arrive at least 1 hour prior to their scheduled departure and 90 mins prior if you have a Burning Man ticket that is at will call. If you miss your scheduled bus, we’ll do our best to find a spot for you on a later bus, but no guarantees. If the next available bus is on another day you are responsible for your own accommodations.

No Work Access Passes (WAPs) needed for Saturday, Aug. 25 arrivals.

If you take the Burner Express Bus arriving Saturday, Aug. 25, your Burner Express Bus ticket is what allows you Early Arrival. If you’re not part of a placed camp, you may only camp between G Street and L Street outside of the blue flags. Blue flags in the ground mark off reserved camping; do not camp within blue flags. You are welcome to camp in HOVerlandia at 6:15 and I, a dedicated reserved space for those arriving via the Burner Express Bus.

You are not allowed to reserve camping space for people who have not arrived yet. If you are found holding space, someone from the Placement Team will move your belongings and remove any markers or boundaries you have set up.

Burner Express Bus Plus tickets:

We will be selling 1000 Burner Express Bus Plus tickets this year! This sale provides the opportunity to buy a Burner Express Bus ticket PLUS a Burning Man event ticket. Burner Express Plus tickets will go on sale on June 13 at 12PM PDT. Only Burner Express Bus tickets that allow event access Monday, August 27 through Thursday, August 30 will be available. Here’s how it works:

  • On June 13 at 12pm (noon) PDT, log into your Burner Profile and click the button under “Sparkly Things” that says “Purchase Burner Express Bus Plus Ticket” which will direct you to the Burner Express Bus Ticket purchase page.
  • Select the bus ticket you would like to purchase. Once through the ticketing process you will receive a confirmation email for your bus ticket only.
  • By June 22, you’ll receive an email from Burning Man’s Ticketing partner containing your Burning Man event ticket payment link button. If you don’t see it be sure to check your spam! Be sure to pay for your Burning Man event ticket by the July 18 deadline at 12pm (noon) PDT. You will not be able to pay for your ticket after this deadline, and it will be released.
  • When it’s time to go to Burning Man, go to your Burner Express Bus point of embarkation (either in San Francisco, or Reno), show your photo ID and event ticket payment confirmation number to pick up your Burning Man ticket. Get on the bus and have a great time!
  • On June 14, visit the Burner Express Bus website to purchase any bikes, luggage, or water add ons, as well as return tickets.
  • Please remember that a Burner Express Bus Plus event ticket can only be used by coming in on Burner Express. Your event ticket will not be valid if you attempt to enter the event any other way.

That’s worth repeating: Burner Express Bus Plus is a Burner Express Bus ticket PLUS an opportunity to buy a $425 (plus taxes and fees) Burning Man event ticket for your use in conjunction with your bus ticket.  Burner Express Bus plus tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable. If you have additional questions about Burner Express Bus Plus tickets, please see the Ticket Support page.

Checking In (Reno & SF):

At check-in you’ll need to provide your Burning Man ticket or order number, along with a photo ID. Your will call ticket will be located in our system and distributed to you prior to departure. The will call ticket must be in your name. If you have a low income ticket, fire conclave ticket or other event ticket you need to pay for, you will be able to do so with a Visa or Mastercard. No cash will be accepted. If you don’t have a Burning Man ticket, you will not be allowed to board the Burner Express Bus.

Please print out your Burner Express email ticket confirmation and bring it with you.

When you check in you’ll receive color-coded baggage tags to attach to your belongings. No untagged items will be loaded onto the luggage vehicles or the bus. Your one carry-on item does not need a tag. You should also attach luggage tags with your name prior to embarkation. If you purchased a bike pass, you will be given a color coded tag for your bike. Bikes and luggage will be loaded onto a truck that follows the bus to the playa.

Reno (Airport)

Burner Express check-in will be set up just outside near the Rental Car counters at the Reno Airport. Air Playa Info volunteers will also be present and able to assist you. Look for Burner Express staff in orange t-shirts with a Burner Express Logo on the back.

If you have a ticket in hand, check in for the bus.  Otherwise you will need to pick up your ticket from the Will Call window and then check in for the Bus.

Check in, tag your luggage, and you’ll be escorted to the pickup curb by Burner Express staff where the luggage vehicle will be waiting to be loaded. You must personally hand your luggage to the loader and watch it get loaded on the truck. After all luggage is loaded, your bus will arrive and you will be allowed to board.

If you purchased a Save Mart stop, you will go from the airport to the store and have one hour to buy what you need (plan ahead).

San Francisco

Burner Express Bus pick up and drop off in San Francisco will be along Fulton Street, on the south side of the Asian Art Museum near Civic Center Plaza. The closest address for mapping purposes is 148 Fulton St, San Francisco. The closest BART station is Civic Center (walking distance). Link to Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/rHV6O.

The San Francisco route has no additional luggage option (only the option of adding a bike). Each passenger is limited to two luggage items and one carry-on.

The trip to Gerlach is 325 miles and takes 6-8 hours. The driver will stop at least once to allow passengers to stretch their legs (additional stops are at the discretion of the driver). Be considerate at stops and return to the bus on time so the bus isn’t delayed.

Arriving at Black Rock City

Burner Express enters Black Rock City through the front Gate and has a dedicated lane that bypasses most traffic.

Once processed at the Gate, buses continue to the BxB depot located at 6:15 and J street. At the BxB depot you can either make your own way to your camp or get a ride on a Burner Express BRC shuttle. The shuttles run from the BxB Depot and stop on E street at 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 9:00; and J street at 2:30, 3:45, 5:15, 7:15, 8:15, and 9:30.  You are responsible for making it the rest of the way to your campsite from these stops.

Purchase water in advance.

Burner Express Bus passengers can purchase water in advance and fill up on the playa. You must bring your own container (we recommend collapsible five-gallon containers so it fits in your luggage). Water must be filled upon arrival in BRC and is only available to Burner Express riders. The cost is $1.50 per gallon. You must purchase water in advance. There will be no on-site sales.

Exodus

For departures after the Man burns, allow yourself some extra time to get to the BxB Depot(6:15 and J street): there will be fewer landmarks to guide you at that point. Arrive at the depot one (1) hour before your scheduled departure to allow time to check in, load your luggage and find a seat. Buses leave on time, with or without you.

The satellite shuttles will begin running 2 hours prior to departure times from the BxB Depot and again stop on E street at 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 9:00; and J street at 2:30, 3:45, 5:15, 7:15, 8:15, and 9:30.

The depot will be staffed beginning at 5am on Sunday and Monday to check in for Exodus. The same check-in protocol applies. Bring ID, check in, tag your luggage, load the luggage trucks, hop on the bus. After you purchase your Burner Express ticket, you will be notified of the process for recycling and trash. Note: we will not have on-site ticket sales for trips back to Reno or San Francisco.

During Exodus, Burner Express uses a different exit to avoid all traffic until the highway. This is usually a big time saver for riders. Don’t forget to bring warm layers for the trip home — spending hours on an air-conditioned bus can be a shock after acclimatizing to the desert heat.


Please see Burner Express staff on site to answer any additional questions.