Burner Express Air: 2018 Flights on Sale Now

Burner Express Air flights are on sale now, and there’s new info for 2018, so read on!

Burner Express Air offers transportation between Reno, the Bay Area and Southern California to Black Rock City with flights from Wednesday, August 22 through Monday, September 3.

For 2018, Burner Express Air will be operated by Dusty Charter Inc. (DCI), a Burner owned and operated charter company based in Reno, NV.  All bookings will be made through Dusty Charter, Inc.

You must have a valid Burning Man ticket, Will Call confirmation number, or other valid entry credential to fly into BRC. A Burner Express Air booking alone will not allow you to enter Black Rock City.

Work Access Pass Are Necessary for Early Arrivals, Except for Aug. 25!

If you fly Burner Express Air before August 25, you must have a Work Access Pass (WAP) issued to you by your theme camp or other provider, or you will not be admitted to Black Rock City. If you’re flying on Saturday, August 25, your Burner Express Air booking allows you early entry —  no WAP is required! (The event doesn’t officially start until 6 pm Sunday, so use the extra time to set up your camp or volunteer).


Luggage is limited to the weight and size restrictions of the aircraft, as well as FAA regulations. One piece of luggage, not to exceed 25 pounds, is included at no extra charge. Each passenger is allowed his/her own weight plus one piece of luggage. That baggage cannot exceed the size of a commercial airline carry-on with the maximum dimensions of 24 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches. Soft-sided and/or duffel bags are strongly recommended. Luggage may not contain prohibited items and may be subject to inspection.

Getting To and From the BRC Municipal Airport

Burning Man will operate a shuttle service from the airport into BRC during the event with pickups every 20 to 45 minutes. These shuttles will connect passengers to routes out to the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock sides of the city. The shuttle will not make stops at specific camps or deviate from the route, so you may have to carry your luggage the rest of the way to your camp. Alternatively, you can arrange to have a licensed Mutant Vehicle to pick you up at the Airport and take you to your camp. Passenger vehicles or vehicles that do not have BRC driving permits will not be allowed to pick up or drop off passengers at the airport. They will be turned away.

Purchase Water in Advance

Burner Express Air 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 they fit 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.


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 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.

If you are interested in camping at the Airport, or volunteering for Airport or Burner Express Air, please fill out this form.

Pro Tips:

  • Take the time to read the FAQ before you make your booking. This will eliminate any questions you may have during the buying process and help your buying experience go smoothly.
  • Take your time when making your booking. Don’t rush and do read everything — this will prevent mistakes.
  • Book early. The sooner you book, the more likely you are to get better rates and travel times. Rates will continue to increase until the event.
  • Watch out for auto-fill! Especially if you are making a booking for someone else! Double check that the name on the booking is the correct name before checking out.
  • Don’t forget bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable!

Burning Man Is Better When You Get Involved

Remember, flying in to BRC is just the start! Burning Man takes place in a remote and unforgiving environment. It is your responsibility to prepare yourself, and to bring everything you need to survive and thrive. Get your Radical Self-reliance on. If you’re buying tickets for someone else, make sure all ticket holders read the Survival Guide and watch these videos.

Burning Man is a culture of doing, and there are countless ways to get involved. Everything out there is a work of Radical Self-expression and Communal Effort. Black Rock City would not be possible without the contributions of thousands of volunteers. Find out more about volunteering.

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3 Comments on “Burner Express Air: 2018 Flights on Sale Now

  • Stuck in a Rut says:

    Flying in over the playa is incredible!
    Can’t wait to see it again this year!

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  • Dustymodoc says:

    Living in Alturas and having family in Gerlach has always been a great adventure for me. BUT! Burningman is the highlight of our towns. We love seeing and meeting new people from all over the world that come to Burningman. This has been the most positive group that has hit our lives. Thank you to ALL the Burners that participate in this event. We Love ALL of You! Be safe and be HAPPY.

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  • LESLIE Green says:

    Wanting to volunteer at the airport but am unable to access the volunteer form, Help!


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