In an effort to reduce traffic and limit the environmental impact of the event, Burning Man has contracted with The BusBank to offer the Burner Express bus service with pickups in San Francisco and the Reno airport to Black Rock City and back. The new service offers early arrival, speedier entrance, ticket pick up, reserved camping and quicker departures.
The Burner Express is ideal for participants flying in for the the event or for Burners involved in art projects and theme camps having their gear hauled in by campmates.
We cannot believe Burning Man is finally here!!! We are very excited to offer the Burner Express for the first time, and thank all of you for riding in what we believe is the beginning of a great long lasting alternative of how to get to Burning Man.
The following information is very important to the Burner Express, we recommend printing and taking this with you
In an effort to prepare everyone for the shuttle, we are attempting to address any and all concerns to make the process as simple as possible. Following are some details we believe everyone has been waiting for. If you still have some questions, please feel free to reach out to BurningMan@busbank.com
Getting to the Playa/ Checking in
>We encourage everyone to do their best to arrive at least 60 minutes prior to their schedules departure. Please be considerate to the group, and understand that several other Burners may be negatively affected by a late arrival. We will do our best to accommodate special circumstances, but ultimately will lead by majority. If you are not there by your scheduled departure time, we will have to send the bus without you. In this event, we will put you on the next available charter. Please be aware that could be the next day, and you will be on your own for accommodations.
Let’s all do our best to avoid these types of situations, as it is less than ideal for everyone.
Gerlach – The Transfer Point!
All buses will be stopping in Gerlach to hop off the motor coaches and jump into school buses for the last part of the trip in. The motor coaches have air conditioning units that suck the air for the rear bottom of the vehicle. The fine particle sand from the Playa will literally, clog up the motor coaches, thus the need to transfer.
In Gerlach, there will be water available, and luggage trucks to move the San Francisco cargo into the Playa. These shuttles will be taking you to the main bus depot located at 6 O’ Clock and G to gather your luggage. The buses will enter in through the public entrance "Main Gate" but will have a dedicated lane on the outside that bypasses all of the traffic. The only vehicles that have access to that lane are the Burner Express Buses. Woo hoo!!!!
From there, when available, the shuttles will continue in each direction, to attempt to get you closer to your camp. These shuttles will need to get back to Gerlach for the next groups coming in as soon as possible, so efficiency is appreciated.
During exodus (Sunday and Monday),the buses will get to exit from Point One to avoid ALL public traffic until 447. This is a great time saver, and a key element to this shuttle. Nothing is better than a quick way out after a long week on the Playa.Note on Monday or Later signs are torn down after the temple burn and there is no "man" or "temple to orient to. Therefore be aware of this and perhaps do a practice trip to 6 and G earlier in the week, especially if they are camping elsewhere not near 6 and G, noting natural landmarks like hills.
Please make your best effort to get to Gerlach Transfer point, no later than 60 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. BusBank Staff will be at the Bus Depot at 6 O’Clock and G beginning at 4 am on both Sunday and Monday to check in for exodus. We will follow the same protocol as check in. Bring ID, check off the list, tag your luggage, bag your garbage (and put in a dedicated truck, $5 per bag cash only), load the luggage trucks, hop on the shuttle.
This is a key element of Burning Man, and we expect everyone to abide to the “leave no trace” philosophy. We will have a dedicated TBA garbage stop, and will attempt to seperate the luggage and garbage in seperate vehicles.
The luggage vehicle will be trailing the motor coaches to Reno Airport. On arrival, the luggage will be placed on the curb at departures. It is the riders’ responsibility to gather their luggage immediately, or it will be ceased and or destroyed. This is directive from Airport Authority, and a very strict rule. As in every airport in the U.S, luggage must always be attended to, or it will be confiscated. There are no storage facilities at RNO, so please stay with your belongings.
We will have the school bus shuttles running beginning at 4 am, but it is imperative that we send everyone together (early shift only), to make sure the departure is not delayed. The shuttles will then be running continuously after the 6 am shift from until 4 pm.
If you are San Francisco bound, we will need to do a luggage transfer to your motor coach in Gerlach. Please make sure you allow ample time to get to Gerlach and locate your luggage to be loaded to the motor coach for the rest of the ride. Due to the closure of Bay Bridge 8-28 thru 9-3, we anticipate longer travel times. We will also be making an additional stop in the East Bay at a BART location to avoid back tracking for those riders. If the San Francisco riders choose to hop on BART at that location, we certainly will accommodate. Regardless, the bus will be heading back to San Francisco as that is where its home is.
Please see any BusBank staff with any additional questions on site. We will not be allowing for onsite sales
Our goal is to make everyone utilize the Burner Express in future years. While we have put a great amount of effort into planning, we do know we will have room for improvement. We welcome any and all constructive criticism, and honestly value your feedback.