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jayce
02-09-2007, 09:19 AM
Best way?

Should we fly, drive, or take the train?

My friend has figured out that it would cost about $400 in gas money to get down to california. If you add the cost of the car rental (crazy milage charges, i'm sure) it would be cheaper to fly.

Can someone break this down for me?

Would we fly into LA? Or is there a closer airport?

Any help would be very much appreciated.

=)

Tylerdurden31
02-09-2007, 09:21 AM
Best way?

Should we fly, drive, or take the train?

My friend has figured out that it would cost about $700 in gas money to get down to california. If you add the cost of the car rental (crazy milage charges, i'm sure) it would be cheaper to fly.

Can someone break this down for me?

Would we fly into LA? Or is there a closer airport?

Any help would be very much appreciated.

=)

palm springs airport is closest

cellophane_star
02-09-2007, 09:43 AM
Hey, we're flying from Calgary to LA with Air Canada. Airfare was $315 return, all included! We're rented a car with Alamo for a week and the total charge was $190 (split between 3 people). We found the best car rental price through Expedia.ca.

Through Air Canada, you can fly right to Palm Springs and it was only $50 or so more. LAX is only a two hour drive to Palm Springs.

mwoodlee
02-09-2007, 11:10 AM
Dude, that is way too much. I have family that lives in the San Juans and they are doing it for much less.

Courtney
02-09-2007, 11:11 AM
Just fly to Palm Springs, and then rent a car there. You don't want to have to deal with driving through Los Angeles traffic.

Courtney
02-09-2007, 11:14 AM
LAX is only a two hour drive to Palm Springs.

Hahahaha. Who told you that?

A((wake))
02-09-2007, 11:22 AM
It's a little over 1,000 miles from Portland, Oregon to Indio. We are driving (which is insanity but part of the fun).

Gas prices look like:

34 mpg - roughly 250 miles to tank (acura, and for sake of argument)
$30 to fill up each time

So it would be $120 bux a way for gas roughly. I am expecting to spend more than that, but around $250 for gas expenses isn't half bad I guess.

Courtney
02-09-2007, 11:26 AM
It's a little over 1,000 miles from Portland, Oregon to Indio. We are driving (which is insanity but part of the fun).

Gas prices look like:

34 mpg - roughly 250 miles to tank (acura, and for sake of argument)
$30 to fill up each time

So it would be $120 bux a way for gas roughly. I am expecting to spend more than that, but around $250 for gas expenses isn't half bad I guess.

I wonder how accurate this website is at calculating that sort of thing. I like that it takes into consideration that different parts of the country have different fuel prices.
http://www.fuelcostcalculator.com/

jayce
02-09-2007, 11:28 AM
It's a little over 1,000 miles from Portland, Oregon to Indio. We are driving (which is insanity but part of the fun).

Gas prices look like:

34 mpg - roughly 250 miles to tank (acura, and for sake of argument)
$30 to fill up each time

So it would be $120 bux a way for gas roughly. I am expecting to spend more than that, but around $250 for gas expenses isn't half bad I guess.

My parents live in portland. A tank of gas will get you there from Vancouver. Well a tank and a bit. It's' a five hour drive.

A((wake))
02-09-2007, 12:18 PM
My parents live in portland. A tank of gas will get you there from Vancouver. Well a tank and a bit. It's' a five hour drive.

Nice, so my estimate is pretty close hopefully.

Robocop
02-09-2007, 12:30 PM
Take Amtrak, I've said it before and I'll say it again.

A((wake))
02-09-2007, 12:38 PM
Take Amtrak, I've said it before and I'll say it again.

That's not a bad idea. Might have to consider that.

EDIT: Nevermind. It takes 15 hours to get from Portland to Sacramento. ROFL.

jayce
02-09-2007, 12:45 PM
^ that's the problem with amtrack. it's too slow. it will take more than 30 hours to get to our final destination. 60 hours travelling time? just work two extra days (that i'd be taking off) and use that money to fly.

Robocop
02-09-2007, 01:24 PM
^ that's the problem with amtrack. it's too slow. it will take more than 30 hours to get to our final destination. 60 hours travelling time? just work two extra days (that i'd be taking off) and use that money to fly.

Well sure if you want to look at it that way.

captain hi top
02-09-2007, 02:47 PM
me and a couple friends are coming from vancouver too, and we decided its really no cheaper to drive than it is to fly. especially cuz you would have to get a hotel on the way down cuz there is no way youd make it in one day. there are some decently priced flights though out of YVR, and on the goes through Denver for 103$ if you dont mind a 7 hour flight

jayce
02-09-2007, 02:49 PM
^ is that return?

paulb
02-09-2007, 03:34 PM
i got a plane ticket from Vancouver to LAX, for 300 US off Orbitz.com...

ichabod
02-09-2007, 05:57 PM
Dude, that is way too much. I have family that lives in the San Juans and they are doing it for much less.

Domestic American flights are alot cheaper than coming from Canada, even if its the difference between Seattle/Vancouver expect to see maybe 150-200 dollars in difference.

jayce
02-09-2007, 06:09 PM
^ actually a friend checked into leaving from seatac airport. apparently they've jacked up the prices to california for that weekend because they know about the festival. leaving from vancouver is cheaper than leaving from seattle now.

fsm10
02-09-2007, 07:35 PM
I'm in a group of 6 or 7 renting an RV and driving down.

captain hi top
02-09-2007, 11:59 PM
^ is that return?

i think thats the one way price, but its about $280 for a direct flight one way. i think the cheapest direct one i found was on the 25th for $430 roundtrip. and also i checked out flying out of bellingham and seattle and both are more expensive so dont bother with that

indiesooz
02-10-2007, 01:06 AM
Amtrak is $205 USD roundtrip, it's a bitch though to have to get down to seattle first. And it's 30 hours to go down to palm spring.

Flying round trip to Palm Spring...is around $450 canadian...we will definitely fly. It's actually cheaper, since we are not taking 2 extra days off work. We will also camp to save money.

Dave_2006
02-10-2007, 04:38 PM
u can greyhound and go from here to Seattle to Sacramento then to L.A then u finally get to Indio all for less than $200!roundtrip

downside is ur over a day on the way

wmgaretjax
02-10-2007, 05:08 PM
we make the drive from indio to seattle in less than a day. It's only an extra two or so do vancouver. Driving is fun and cheap. Between four people you can cycle drivers pretty easy. Gives you a chance to listen to all the bands as well.

captain hi top
02-12-2007, 02:33 AM
you would have to not run into any troubles to make it from indio to seattle in 1 day, and that just wont happen. i drove home from san francisco to vancouver a couple years ago and that was about 18 hours straight. indio is at least another 6 or 7 hours from san francisco, so good luck i guess

mollach
02-12-2007, 10:18 AM
from bellingham to ontario from thursday to tuesday it's $325 return.
ontario is an hour and 15 from indio. cheaper than flying into palm springs but closer than lax.

lastbicycle
02-12-2007, 04:29 PM
we make the drive from indio to seattle in less than a day. It's only an extra two or so do vancouver. Driving is fun and cheap. Between four people you can cycle drivers pretty easy. Gives you a chance to listen to all the bands as well.

An extra two days to Vancouver? No way does it take 2 days to get from seatle to Vancouver. It would take about 20 hours driving time to get from here (vancouver island) to Indio, plus ferry time... so thats about a full day... no way would it take more than a day and a bit unless you take a train...

Leckie
02-12-2007, 04:50 PM
An extra two days to Vancouver? No way does it take 2 days to get from seatle to Vancouver. It would take about 20 hours driving time to get from here (vancouver island) to Indio, plus ferry time... so thats about a full day... no way would it take more than a day and a bit unless you take a train...

no shit. google maps gives the estimated driving time at 21 hours and thats at the speed limit. go above the speed limit and factor in some gas/food stops and you're looking at 20 hours tops

http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&hl=en&saddr=vancouver,+bc,+canada&daddr=Indio,+CA,+USA&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=25.326713,137.8125&ie=UTF8&z=3&ll=52.696361,-89.824219&spn=50.668009,137.8125&om=1&z=3&pw=2

Adam2uBer
02-12-2007, 10:59 PM
Best way?

Should we fly, drive, or take the train?

My friend has figured out that it would cost about $400 in gas money to get down to california. If you add the cost of the car rental (crazy milage charges, i'm sure) it would be cheaper to fly.

Can someone break this down for me?

Would we fly into LA? Or is there a closer airport?

Any help would be very much appreciated.

=)
Fly into Palm Springs.


Driving would take too long. Gas is $$$ in California.


Trains don't come through here..only freight rubbish.

jayce
02-14-2007, 02:31 AM
Oh dear. Looks like i'll be joining the solo camper's club. Heh

JWBIII
02-14-2007, 07:57 AM
My buddy and I are flying to LAX from Vancouver and driving to Indio.

Round-trip flight from Vancouver to LAX came to $340 CDN (as opposed to $639.76 into Palm Springs)
Renting a car will cost $87.99 USD (Enterprise Economy Model - split between 2 people).

So roughly estimating gas, it sure seems cheaper to fly into LAX and drive to Indio. I'd guess about $200 cheaper for both of us.

aimes_k
02-14-2007, 10:49 AM
hahahah it takes lik 2-3 hrs driving from vancouver to seattle

offyerhead
02-14-2007, 12:32 PM
My buddy and I are flying to LAX from Vancouver and driving to Indio.

Round-trip flight from Vancouver to LAX came to $340 CDN (as opposed to $639.76 into Palm Springs)
Renting a car will cost $87.99 USD (Enterprise Economy Model - split between 2 people).

So roughly estimating gas, it sure seems cheaper to fly into LAX and drive to Indio. I'd guess about $200 cheaper for both of us.

That's sounds exactly like what we're doing. Air Canada had flights from YVR>LAX for $114 each way. Taxes all in was around $330. Only problem is this time we're arriving just in time for LA rush hour traffic. Last time we got in at night. I'm guessing the drive could be brutal.

Treeman
02-14-2007, 01:00 PM
Fly out of Bellingham to vegas and drive down....Allegiant Air...79USD each way......drive from vegas...181 miles...you do the math....good luck? Or you can scrap your plans and sell me your ticket ..s:)...enjoy!

JWBIII
02-14-2007, 02:20 PM
That's sounds exactly like what we're doing. Air Canada had flights from YVR>LAX for $114 each way. Taxes all in was around $330. Only problem is this time we're arriving just in time for LA rush hour traffic. Last time we got in at night. I'm guessing the drive could be brutal.

Yeah, our flight leaves YVR at 7am so we get into LAX around 10am on April 27th. I figure we don't get to Coachella until at least 3pm.

But I'm not too stressed about missing some of the first day. I'll be cool as long as I get to see Stephen and Damien Marley and Arctic Monkeys. If I miss Brother Ali or El-P, I'll be a little dissappointed but I'll live.

JWBIII
02-14-2007, 02:20 PM
Fly out of Bellingham to vegas and drive down....Allegiant Air...79USD each way......drive from vegas...181 miles...you do the math....good luck? Or you can scrap your plans and sell me your ticket ..s:)...enjoy!

Cool. But according to Google maps Las Vegas to Indio is 254 miles, while LAX to Indio is 143 miles.