13 unbelievable facts that show just how much people are willing to spend on Burning Man, from $425 tickets to $14,000 private planes

jon collier/FlickrBurning Man is free inside, but it can cost thousands to prepare for it.
  • Burning Man takes place over nine days, from August 25 to September 2, in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
  • As a community, Burning Man is commerce-free – but attending can cost up to $US20,000 depending on the experience you want, according to some estimates.
  • That includes prices for tickets, transportation, accommodation, supplies, and costumes.
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“Burning Man is not a festival. Burning Man is a community.”

So reads the official Burning Man website. At the end of every August, everyone from “hippies” to billionaires – who all call themselves Burners – gather in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert known as “the playa” to partake in a global cultural movement based on 10 principles. The temporary city of Burning Man is known as Black Rock City.

This year, Burning Man takes place from August 25 to September 2. Burning Man is a free community inside – instead of booking entertainment, it encourages participants to perform for the community free of charge. It also doesn’t sell goods.

Read more: Everything you’ve been wanting to know about Burning Man, the wild 9-day arts event in the Nevada desert frequented by celebs and tech moguls

But the cost of attending Burning Man can come to thousands of dollars between tickets, transportation, accommodations, supplies, and costumes.

See how much it really costs to attend Burning Man.


Revenue numbers for 2018 weren’t available, but Burning Man earned about $US3.7 million in revenue minus expenses in 2017.

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Source: Federal tax documents via Reno Gazette Journal


The cost of admission to Burning Man depends on when you buy tickets. Pre-sale tickets cost $US1,400, main sale tickets run for $US425, and late registration tickets cost $US550. Kids 12 and under can attend for free.

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Source: Burning Man


Burning Man also offers a low-income ticket program — approved applicants can purchase tickets for $US210 each.

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Source: Burning Man


Vehicle passes cost $US100 for each car you drive in.

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Source: Burning Man


There are also transportation costs. Bus tickets can average from $US75 to $US107, plus fees for luggage or bikes. Plane tickets can range anywhere from $US384 to $US1,195 depending on where you’re flying from. Some rich attendees fly in on private planes, which can cost upwards of $US14,000.

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Source: CNBC


Many burners fly into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Here, the cost of a rental car for the first four days of Burning Man cost anywhere from $US25 to $US58 a day at the time of this publication.

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Source: Expedia


However, some rental companies charge a $US100 to $US150 cleaning fee since the cars get dusty from festival grounds.

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Source: EDM Festival Insider


For those looking to stay in an RV, CNBC estimates a 22-foot RV to cost $US7,460 to rent for the week. One Burner said on a Quora forum an RV rental cost them $US4,000 back in 2014.

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Source: CNBC, EDM Festival Insider


There are also costumes. One Burner told CNBC she spent $US108 on costumes, which typically involve goggles, boots, and dust masks. On Etsy, attendees can grab light-up leg warmers for $US70 or tie-dye faux fur coats for $US350.

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The cost to attend Burning Man overall varies greatly. CNBC estimated the total cost of attending could range from $US1,300 to camp in a tent to $US20,000 to glamp in an RV. That also includes transportation, food, camp fees, costumes, and gifts.

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Money estimated a four-day trip to cost $US2,218. That includes $US227 for camping, $US360 for toys and camp decor, $US226 for survival supplies, $US318 for food and drinks, and $US1,087 to get there.

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Source: Money


But it’s a little different if you’re a billionaire — some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names have attended. In 2014, a Bay Area venture capitalist created a festival within Black Rock City that featured air-conditioned tents, showers, WiFi, and attendants — for $US16,500 a week.

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Source: Bloomberg


No matter who you are, once inside Burning Man, there are no prices with the exception of coffee and ice (the latter is $US3). Burning Man is based on a sharing community and is “commerce-free.”

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Source: EDM Festival Insider

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