How much it really costs to go to Burning Man


Burning Man is not a festival, it’s so much more than that. It is a city of free minded people that lives once a year where you can get an unforgettable experience.

But how much it costs to get there and stay till the end,  Time Magazine’s Money investigates.

In the article on DJ Mag the numbers you’re seeing below appears, and the total sum is surprising.

Getting There

$450: Ticket + fees
$427: Round-trip average airfare to Reno estimated by Hopper (or fly straight into Black Rock City for an average $1,250)
$80: Vehicle pass
$130: Car rental from Reno Airport (or book an $800 RV for a four-day trip)

Food & Drinks

$135: Covers a few fresh groceries plus a supply of dehydrated camp food packets
$3: Pop-Tarts variety pack
$18: Beef jerky
$18: Trail mix
$30: Four 5-Gallon Water Carriers (Organisers recommend bringing 1.5 gallons of water per person per day)
$10: Gatorade 12-pack
$42: Two 18-packs of Corona beers
$30: Soft-side cooler
$32: Ice (Available on site for $4 per bag)

Survival Supplies

$30: Re-usable bottle
$20: First-aid kit
$10: Sunscreen
$16: Particle/dust mask (Or alternatively you could skip this and use an old scarf)
$10: Goggles (protect your eyes during dust storms)
$5: Ear plugs
$16: Emergency toilet
$5: Hand sanitiser
$12: Garbage and recycling bags
$10: Fire extinguisher (in case you feel the urge to burn your art)
$15: All-in-one tool
$10: Duct tape
$10: Headlamp
$17: Camping lanterns
$10: Car phone charger
$30: Small gas can & extra gas (stations are few and far between)

Toys & Camp Decor

$65: Used bike (don’t spend a lot for a set of wheels, because the Playa dust will never come off)
$9: Glow sticks
$23: Cabana or shade structure
$13: Solar lights to decorate your campsite
$250: Costumes

Camping

$100: Tent & heavy-duty stakes
$80: Camp stove (you’ll need if you want hot food)
$37: Warm sleeping bag
$10: Portable shower

Total Cost: $2,218

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  1. I’d like to extend horizons of this gorgeus festival with my and my friends presence.