Thousands of Burning Man participants from all corners of the earth migrate their way to and from Black Rock City every year via the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA), making this period the airport’s most popular travel time of the year. We’ve compiled information and a list of resources that will help make your travel through RTIA as smooth as possible.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport
2001 East Plumb Lane – 775-328-6400 – map
- Flights information here.
- Airport information here.
- Airport Frequently Asked Questions here.
- Lost items at the airport info here. Items lost at a Travel Security Administration checkpoint info here. If you believe you lost an item on an airplane, please contact the airline you flew with.
- No showers or storage facilities. If you do not stay at a hotel, go here for showers locations. Highly recommend you clean up and be fully dressed before getting to the airport as many people on the plane with you are from other walks of life and probably would really appreciate it.
- Important: The airport and rental car agencies are NOT the place to bring your trash back to! Go here for info on where to take your trash and recyclables.
- Wifi is freely available.
- There are Prohibited Items that cannot be taken on-board an airplane due to safety requirements. Propane, nitrous oxide canisters (aka “whippits”), lighters, knives, tools, fireworks, and various other liquids and gels are the most common prohibited items. Additionally, many people are unclear on the various regulations regarding what is allowed in baggage vs. carry-on. Take a careful look at the Transportation Security Administration’s listings of prohibited items here. And be sure to properly dispose of them before arrival at the airport.
- Finally, you will be treated to a showcase of material culture from the Burning Man event and examples of how Burning Man’s 10 Principles have permeated culture worldwide. “Burning Man: Thriving in the Desert, Flourishing in the World” will be on display in the airport from early August through mid-October in the recently renovated gallery space between the arrival / departure gates and the security gates. Be sure to check it out!
Air Playa Info
Through the coordinated efforts of the Burning Man Project, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and local and international resources, Air Playa Info was established in 2008 to provide information and resources for travelers on their way from the airport to Burning Man.
Located next to Baggage Claim inside the airport, volunteers at the Air Playa Info table help answer your questions, provide directions and maps, and share information about Black Rock City, means of transportation, and all kinds of Reno resources.
Air Playa Info will be available starting the Friday before the event through the Thursday of the event week, from 9am-10pm daily.
Finally, please Leave No Trace at Air Playa Info and the airport!
Transportation to the Playa
The various means available to get to Black Rock City from the airport include air, bus, rideshare, and rental car. However you get to the playa, it really is best to have your means of transportation arranged before you begin your departure for Reno. After landing in Reno, check in at Air Playa Info, as aside from information on other resources, some of these options are coordinated with the help of its volunteers.
- BUS TRAVEL TO BLACK ROCK CITY
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. This service offers early speedier entrance, ticket pick up, reserved camping and quicker departures. Buses will depart twice daily from the airport to BRC from August 24-31. Return buses will also be available from August 30-September 2. One has the option of taking an express bus straight to Black Rock City, or one has the option of taking a bus that will make a pit-stop at the Save Mart Supermarket to get supplies. Go here for more info and here to reserve your seat.
- AIR TRAVEL TO BLACK ROCK CITY
There are various air charters that offer flights daily between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Black Rock City Municipal Airport before, during, and after Burning Man. Go here for the listing of approved air charters and other BRC flight information.
- RENTAL CAR
There are several rental car agencies that operate at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Check out the listings in the yellow pages here.
In case you are unable to arrange means of transportation to the playa before landing in Reno, you also have a few Rideshare possibilities. First, experience proves that for many participants, a ride to the playa is possible directly from the airport. Many fellow participants fly in just like you, and many of them rent cars and are generous when it comes to sharing a seat on their way to Burning Man. You may also be able to get some supplies with them, as most everyone flying into Reno has to obtain supplies in the region before heading out to BRC.
A few helpful tips for possibly landing a ride to the playa from the airport:
- Check in at Air Playa Info inside the airport. Most Burning Man participants will stop by here and the Air Playa Info volunteers can be of help in figuring out your options.
- Offering to chip in for gas is a plus!
- Everyone in the vehicle must be wearing a seatbelt — it’s the law.
- Be comfortable with those with whom you may share a ride.
The second location to go to in Reno for ridesharing:
- RIDESHARE BASE
There is also a Rideshare Base in the Reno area. This location is a 10 minute drive from the Reno Airport, and is next to Interstate 80, the primary highway along which most of the migration of Burners to the playa occurs. It is also the busiest spot in Reno during Burning Man. In case you do not have means of transportation to the playa, are unable to negotiate a ride from the airport to the playa, or want to get some supplies, this is your next best option, as the experience of previous years proves that you should be able to negotiate a ride here without too long of a wait. The Rideshare Base, where you shall please Leave No Trace, is:
If you need to get to the Rideshare Base, you have several options:
- Rideshare – Check in at Air Playa Info. You may be able to negotiate a ride from the airport to the Rideshare Base (if not to the playa).
- Taxi – A taxi should cost you around $10 to the Rideshare Base. MAKE SURE YOU TELL THE TAXI DRIVER TO USE THE FREEWAY – not using the freeway could cost you lots more money and time. You can check in at Air Playa Info to find others with whom to possibly share a taxi.
- Regional Transportation – No direct bus routes from the airport to the Rideshare Base. If you don’t mind taking one bus and transferring to a second bus, with total travel time from the airport to the rideshare base being about one hour, check out the RTC website for bus schedules here.
Directions to Black Rock City, NV
Here’s how to get to Burning Man from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Travel time is approximately 3 hours.
- Upon leaving the airport you will find yourself westwards onto Plumb Lane. US-395 is about 1/4 mile ahead.
- On Plumb Lane, get in right lane, take US-395 NORTH
- About 2 1/2 miles north, you will see signs for I-80
- Get in right lane, take I-80 EAST
- 30 miles east of Reno on I-80, take Exit #43 at Wadsworth
- At exit stop-sign, turn LEFT onto Main Street/NV-427. You are entering Wadsworth, NV.
- 1 1/2 miles down Main Street/NV-427, turn left onto NV-447.
- Stay on NV-447. 78 miles ahead to Gerlach
- Driving into and through Gerlach, continue on Highway 447 for one mile to the fork in the road.
- Take the right-hand fork, Hwy 34, and continue 8 miles to the Burning Man entrance. Welcome to Black Rock City, Nevada!
Reno-Sparks Resources and Storage
We recommend checking out the thorough listing of Reno-Sparks resources found in the Reno Pages for what you may need before making the journey to the playa. Most everyone flying or driving through the region needs to get supplies and these pages are intended for you. Also, if you are interested in storing some of your camping or other supplies for next year (rather than parting with them), check out the storage facilities near the airport here.