Burner Express Bus

The Burner Express is a transportation program managed by Burning Man and a charter bus operator that moves Burners from San Francisco and Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Black Rock City and back. It started in 2013 in an effort to reduce traffic and limit the environmental impact of the Burning Man event. In addition, this service offers faster arrival, speedier entrance, reserved camping and quicker departures.

Participants board buses in Reno and San Francisco, and travel to Black Rock City where they are able to bypass Gate traffic using a dedicated lane and arrive at the Burner Express Bus Depot. From there participants are welcomed, greeted, and oriented to the city. We assist them with boarding the BRC shuttles that take participants to stops throughout the city, getting them closer to their camps as well as enabling them to LNT during their stay.

At the end of the week, we’re up bright eyed and bushy tailed during Exodus, to get folks on buses for 6AM departures toward home. We are their last hug and help in Black Rock City before they return to the default world.  On the ground in San Francisco and Reno, we’re there to get them started on their final journeys home with one final farewell.

Tell me more!

The Burner Express Bus program buses participants from San Francisco and Reno to BRC from the Saturday pre-event to Thursday during event week.  San Francisco and Reno departures can start as early as 8AM, so shifts usually start 2 hours beforehand and run through the afternoon. On Playa shifts usually start about Noon and run until the last bus arrives, usually before sunset.  Exodus shifts begin on Friday starting at 10AM with early start times on Sunday and Monday with the first buses departing BRC at 6AM (meaning shifts start at 5AM). There are opportunities on playa, in San Francisco, and Reno during all days of the BxB operations.

Helping People, Burner Style!

Burner Express Bus is a fast-paced, high-excitement team to work on. The conditions in Black Rock City can be crazy, dusty and hot (you know, like Burning Man). We aim to provide the best experience possible for those who have traveled sometimes tens of 1,000s of miles to Black Rock City. Participants ask questions, present problems, and sometimes are unhappy. Patience and enthusiasm is very helpful on this team, and is even better when partnered with a level head, and problem solving skills. If problems arise, have no fear, you are not alone; there are experienced, long-time team members nearby who can help you.

Who is on the team?

We are a close-knit, hard working crew of staff and volunteers with “event industry” experience from all over the world. Many of us camp together during the event across the street from the BxB Depot in an area of HOVerlandia, a camp reserved for BxB riders. We enjoy meals together, evening outings and fun bus related activities. Although volunteers are not required to camp with us, can you say TRAM RIDES!!

What can I sign up for?

You can choose to volunteer in three different locations:

  • Reno (Near cab/shuttle bus pickup at Reno-Tahoe Intl Airport, 655 S Rock Blvd, Reno, NV)
  • San Francisco (148 Fulton Street which is on the south side of the Asian Art Museum)
  • And, of course, on playa! (Burner Express Bus Depot, 6:15 between I & J)

Dates: Wednesday, August 28 through Monday, September 2, 2024

Shifts: Mornings or afternoons

Roles: Greeters, Wranglers, Baggage (un)Loaders

How do I volunteer?

Log into your Burner Profile, and on the Volunteer Questionnaire click Burner Express Bus. Our Volunteer Coordinators will respond to you via email and you’ll be ready for takeoff!

All Airport volunteers sign up for shifts via Shiftboard. If you sign up for a shift and cannot make it, be a rockstar and tell us beforehand. To do us a serious solid, arrange your own replacement by recruiting a neighbor or a campmate! You’ll wish you kept your shift when you hear their seriously incredible stories later on. Magic, weirdness, and amazement awaits.

Send love notes and questions to bxbv@burningman.org

Visit us at Bus Volunteers | Burner Express (burningman.org)