Transportation & Traffic


As important as figuring how you are getting to Burning Man is how you are planning to leave, and when. Exodus becomes more interesting every year as the population of Black Rock City grows, and we expect this to be the busiest year yet. It’s important that you know what to expect and plan accordingly. To state it simply, the highway that leads away from BRC is at maximum carrying capacity for most of the time that Exodus is running. Due to many factors, we simply cannot get vehicles off of the playa any faster than we already are during the peak of Exodus, which is normally Sunday and Monday.

Plan on a 3-4 hour wait, on average, from BRC to the paved highway, Hwy 34. Plan for another 3+ hours or more from the start of the highway to Reno during these peak times. Either of these times could increase to as high as six hours or more if there are accidents or other traffic issues, including too many people trying to leave BRC at once.

The more participants spread out their departures over multiple days, the shorter the wait times will be. Above all, keep that playa vibe with you! No sense getting road rage, cutting in front of your fellow community members, or trying to dangerously pass cars on the highway to save a few minutes. Be extra courteous of local traffic. Take your time, have fun, and remember: Leave No Trace and the community spirit do not stop once you leave Black Rock City.

When Is Best To Leave BRC?

This changes from year-to-year, but any night from 2:00 a.m. to dawn, Monday night after dark, or even the days leading up to the Man burn traditionally have less congestion and are the best times to leave. However this does not mean that there will not be a line. You should plan on the same wait times mentioned previously just to be safe.

Exodus Questions

For a full list of frequently asked questions about Exodus, go here.

Help Out With Exodus

We’re recruiting dozens of volunteers to help direct traffic on Sunday and Monday and to bid a friendly goodbye to everyone. Come to Playa Info in Center Camp during the event for information on how to help. Off the playa, you can reach us at exodusatburningmandotcom.

Pulsing: Exodus Peak Times

We will implement Pulsing again on Sunday and Monday, from about 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. (or until there is not a need). Pulsing is a system of moving vehicles at regular intervals toward the highway on Gate Road to avoid the long slow creep forward that challenges the sanity of even the most patient among us. With Pulsing, vehicles stop and turn off their engines. Then, every hour, vehicles are pulsed a mile forward all at once. Pulsing does NOT get you out of the city more quickly, it just lets you take a break from driving, while being more environmentally friendly. During Pulsing operations, expect to be stopped along Gate Road for long periods of time. Potties will be available. Listen to Gate Area Radio 95.1FM for Exodus and Pulsing info.

Want more info on how Pulsing works? Check it out here.