Cost to Get to EDC Music Festival in Vegas May be Even Higher than Some Attendees

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If you found it hard to pay the $649 that Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) organizers are charging for general admission passes to this year’s electronic music festival, yet took the plunge anyway, we’ve got some bad news about getting to and from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on May 17, 18, and 19.

DJs performing at EDC 2024 include Martin Garrix, Zedd, Alison Wonderland, Kaskade, John Summit, Dom Dolla, and deadmau5. (Image: EDC)

Taxis plan to charge a $40 per person surcharge for drop-offs at the venue, and $60 per person for pickups. That’s in addition to however much the fares will cost you to sit in 17 miles of traffic to and from the mid-Strip to North Las Vegas.

Taxis plan to charge $40 per person to drive to this year’s EDC, and $60 per person back — in addition to the regular fare for sittingi n 17 miles of traffic. (Image:

Last month, the Nevada Taxicab Authority approved of the surcharges, which are activated automatically on the meter whenever taxis enter or leaves the venue. They stay they’re necessary to “financially incentivize taxi drivers to work during the EDC.”

An estimated 520,000 people are expected to attend all or part of this year’s festival.

Expensive Driving Carnival

According to an EDC subreddit, Uber charged one commenter $180, each way to and from the Strip, during peak/surge arrival and exiting hours last year. (The festival runs from dusk until dawn Friday through Sunday. )

But, the commenter posted, he was grateful to pay it after two canceled on him during a dust storm the year before. He said it was easier “to get run over by an Uber driver and taken in an ambulance then try to get picked up by them.”

Even EDC’s own website states that rideshare availability “has been extremely limited in the region” and recommends “taxis, a friend, and/or carpooling.”

How did this guy get to park so close? And does he have any room to take anyone back to the Strip? (Image: EDC)

As always, there is also a shuttle bus. However, EDC has already sold out of its $169 (plus taxes and fees) standard shuttles and only has $279 peak shuttles left. These depart at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. from the Strip and return at 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Driving appears to be the only economical option, since general parking at the concert is free. However, the walks to and from the free lots were apparently long enough for the Premiere Parking Lot, right next to the venue, to almost immediately sell out of $165 parking spaces.

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