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    My boyfriend and I are coming to Coachella for the first time. We have 3 day passes and are planning on camping. The tricky part though is that we live in Austin, TX and are flying in for the festival. We were planning on getting a cab from the airport to the campgrounds, but are skeptical because we worry that maybe we should get a rental car for the weekend. We aren't planning on roaming around the city or anything, but we would hate to have to go run some errands or get some small groceries and have no way of getting anywhere (or end up paying lots in unnecessary cab fare). I'm sure there are plenty of people who would be willing to offer up rides occasionally if it was convenient, but we'd hate to rely on/burden someone. Any suggestions on what would work best, or what someone else has done in the past when in this same situation?

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    do not get a cab. check out the carpool forum. catch a ride with someone or get together with some people to pitch in for a rental. do not get a cab.
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    yup, the nearest airport (palm springs) is 30+ miles away. Either look for carpool or rent a car.

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    A dissenting opinion - this will be my fourth Coachella and I have always flown into San Diego and rented a car. Fares have been significantly cheaper than Ontario or Palm Springs and about the same as LAX. I'm not keen on driving west to east through LA, and if I want to add a day on either side I would prefer to be in San Diego. As far as renting a car - I kinda like being in control of that part of it. The car just sits while I'm at the festival. Somewhat wasteful, but I've given rides in the past too so ...

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    There's a lot of cool stuff to check out in the Coachella Valley rather than just the polo field in Indio. For that reason alone I'd say renting a car would be worth it. Even if you don't "plan to" you should. I have a car booked from Thursday to Sunday for $130 which includes tax/fees/insurance.

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    Good point flowbee. Last year I picked up a hitchhiker w/large backpack about 10 miles west of Indio - figured he HAD to be going to Coachella. Nope - just a student from some former soviet socialist republic passing through. (Said he had just gotten a ride from Mexico to Palm Springs in some woman's private plane?!) Anyhooo - he didn't know about Coachella and had zero interest after I explained it. He wanted to get into the desert and camp a few days. Very much a nature boy, seemed to know what he was doing. We consulted maps and I suggested Joshua Tree Natl Park after realizing how close it was. I had plenty of time to kill so I drove him there and left him at a campsite after we explored by car a little. Might do a loop through there Monday this year if I wake up in time and can move (and the a/c in the car is working ...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stickjohn View Post
    Good point flowbee. Last year I picked up a hitchhiker w/large backpack about 10 miles west of Indio - figured he HAD to be going to Coachella. Nope - just a student from some former soviet socialist republic passing through. (Said he had just gotten a ride from Mexico to Palm Springs in some woman's private plane?!) Anyhooo - he didn't know about Coachella and had zero interest after I explained it. He wanted to get into the desert and camp a few days. Very much a nature boy, seemed to know what he was doing. We consulted maps and I suggested Joshua Tree Natl Park after realizing how close it was. I had plenty of time to kill so I drove him there and left him at a campsite after we explored by car a little. Might do a loop through there Monday this year if I wake up in time and can move (and the a/c in the car is working ...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stickjohn View Post
    I have always flown into San Diego and rented a car.
    Do you (or anybody else) suggest taking 15 and 215 all the way up to 10 and over, or do you usually go the thru-the-mountains way- 15 to 79/371 to 74 into Palm Desert?

    It'll be me and my husband's first Coachella, coming from Chicago, flying into SD on Monday to spend the week before driving up on Thursday. Thanks for your advice. I can't wait for the drive, personally.

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    I'd fly into Ontario-it's closer than LAX but cheaper than flying into Palm Springs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jef-free View Post
    Do you (or anybody else) suggest taking 15 and 215 all the way up to 10 and over, or do you usually go the thru-the-mountains way- 15 to 79/371 to 74 into Palm Desert?

    It'll be me and my husband's first Coachella, coming from Chicago, flying into SD on Monday to spend the week before driving up on Thursday. Thanks for your advice. I can't wait for the drive, personally.

    And can. Not. Wait. for Ghostland, Rahzel, Presets.
    I do 15 to 79 -- going up to the 10 tacks a bunch of extra miles onto the drive, no reason to go way up into Riverside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravingmad View Post
    I do 15 to 79 -- going up to the 10 tacks a bunch of extra miles onto the drive, no reason to go way up into Riverside.
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    if i were you, and i had the funds, i would rent a car. i would also DEFINITELY get the insurance.
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    Hi there,
    So you know I pricelined a compact car for 15 dollars a day. I got it last week so you may still be able to get a deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captncrzy View Post
    I'd fly into Ontario-it's closer than LAX but cheaper than flying into Palm Springs.
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    Do you (or anybody else) suggest taking 15 and 215 all the way up to 10 and over, or do you usually go the thru-the-mountains way- 15 to 79/371 to 74 into Palm Desert?

    It'll be me and my husband's first Coachella, coming from Chicago, flying into SD on Monday to spend the week before driving up on Thursday. Thanks for your advice. I can't wait for the drive, personally.
    I did the 15-79-371-74 route my first time and swore never again. Then I did it one other time. There is a roller-coaster like stretch that is fun to drive IF you like to drive - there's some cool scenery. Lots of 30 mph curves and hills. Lots. If you're not in traffic I think going up to Riverside is faster time-wise but longer distance-wise. All depends on how adventuresome you are, but trust me the road is definitely curvier than it appears on a CA highway map.

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    Word, thx. Think I'll try the roller coaster, baked off my ass with the Presets blasting. That should be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stickjohn View Post
    I did the 15-79-371-74 route my first time and swore never again. Then I did it one other time. There is a roller-coaster like stretch that is fun to drive IF you like to drive - there's some cool scenery. Lots of 30 mph curves and hills. Lots. If you're not in traffic I think going up to Riverside is faster time-wise but longer distance-wise. All depends on how adventuresome you are, but trust me the road is definitely curvier than it appears on a CA highway map.
    I drove that way to SD after Coach'08 and it was great fun, but I am from the UK, so know how to drive on a proper road with bends and all..... :-)

    The viewpoints going up into the hills looking down onto the Coachella valley are great, and the journey didn't take too long, and was far more interesting than the Interstate all the way.

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    I'm having the same dilemma right now.
    I've always roadtripped down for the festival the past 3 years but this year we're flying.
    One key point is you can keep your booze in the car and not have to worry about trying to sneak it into the campground, the parking lot is a party late at night. And the campground is incredibly hot and there is almost no shade, so in the past we've headed out to the car during the mornings to hide from the sun and blast the air conditioning. Also it is reaaally nice to have the option of going to pick up groceries, ice, water, and cold beer during the day before the festival. If you keep a cooler in your car filled with ice, it will stay cold for about a day before you need to go get more ice. Plus you can maybe go to a restaurant, wash your face and brush your teeth in the bathroom, get some coffee and drink it in an air-conditioned space.

    Keep in mind that if you're under 25, the car rental company will charge you a surcharge that they don't inform you of until you are at the desk and they ask to see your ID. I've looked into it and the four most affordable rental agencies I could find in Palm Springs charge an additional $25/day for under 25-years-old.

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    That's Dollar, Alamo, Thrifty, and National that all have a $25/day additional charge if your under 25.

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    But if you rent from someone else, make sure you call or email them with the date and place asking what the surcharge will be, a friend of mine got aced last year because she didn't check and the surcharge was like $50/day.

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    is the coachella train happening again this year? that would be a great option for you heading out of los angeles. and it's free.


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    I believe Dani said no train.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stickjohn View Post
    Good point flowbee. Last year I picked up a hitchhiker w/large backpack about 10 miles west of Indio - figured he HAD to be going to Coachella. Nope - just a student from some former soviet socialist republic passing through. (Said he had just gotten a ride from Mexico to Palm Springs in some woman's private plane?!) Anyhooo - he didn't know about Coachella and had zero interest after I explained it. He wanted to get into the desert and camp a few days. Very much a nature boy, seemed to know what he was doing. We consulted maps and I suggested Joshua Tree Natl Park after realizing how close it was. I had plenty of time to kill so I drove him there and left him at a campsite after we explored by car a little. Might do a loop through there Monday this year if I wake up in time and can move (and the a/c in the car is working ...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjridge View Post
    My boyfriend and I are coming to Coachella for the first time. We have 3 day passes and are planning on camping. The tricky part though is that we live in Austin, TX and are flying in for the festival. We were planning on getting a cab from the airport to the campgrounds, but are skeptical because we worry that maybe we should get a rental car for the weekend. We aren't planning on roaming around the city or anything, but we would hate to have to go run some errands or get some small groceries and have no way of getting anywhere (or end up paying lots in unnecessary cab fare). I'm sure there are plenty of people who would be willing to offer up rides occasionally if it was convenient, but we'd hate to rely on/burden someone. Any suggestions on what would work best, or what someone else has done in the past when in this same situation?


    You can manage without a rental car, the question is 'is it worth it?' Personally, Coachella isn't that friendly for folks without a car-that isn't a criticism it is just a fact!
    I know it seems like a waste of money getting a rental car for three days when you don't drive very far. I always appreciate getting in my car and turning on the air-conditioning when its 100F at 10am. Plus it is damn nice to drive out of the campgrounds and find some nice reasonably priced eats! You can technically buy everything at the campgrounds you might need, but its gonna cost you.
    The other thing is you know the taxi fare is going to be at least $40 from Palm Springs airport to Polo Fields. So doing without a rental car seems to be more expensive when you start adding all these little expenses on.
    If I were your situation I would definitely choose the rental car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigermilkboy View Post
    Personally, Coachella isn't that friendly for folks without a car-that isn't a criticism it is just a fact!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmontonian View Post
    That's Dollar, Alamo, Thrifty, and National that all have a $25/day additional charge if your under 25.
    Enterprise ask your age when getting a quote on the website so will give you a rate inclusive of the surcharge IIRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeHereNOW View Post
    in to the wilde-esque story
    That's what I was thinking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeHereNOW View Post
    wha?????
    So you think getting to coachella without a car is easy? Are busses run to ferry coachella attendees from rail and greyhound station? Not saying it can't be done, but it involves a lot of sweating....yes, you can feasibly manage without a car but would you want to?

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