View Full Version : How much does the whole Coachella experience cost? *from a New Yorker*

05-02-2007, 01:50 PM
Hey. So, guys. I'm planning on going to Coachella 2008 and I'm already savin' up some cash, the problem is I need to know some specifics before getting to a certain point of saving. The ticket cost ain't a problem, it's quite reasonable for a 3-day festival. Being from NYC, I need to know how much the airfare/hotel/car is gonna cost...not to mention, food, beer, refreshments and merchandise at the festival itself. I hope it's not $4 for water.

I mean, I heard there are carpools for Coachella fans, but do they apply for people staying in hotels..?

So, yeah. Thanks in advance.

05-02-2007, 02:09 PM
Festival ticket $285
HOtel if you book super early $150 a night or Camp on site $45 total.
For the fest itself budget about $100/day I did that and came home with $50

Airfare from NY to California probably about $375

Rental car $20 a day

05-02-2007, 02:16 PM
The hotel fare is the only thing that's...insane. Like I checked around a month ago and I saw crazy discounts for the event stay.

Like, I'm looking to pay $80-100 a night.

Also, is parking free @ Coachella?

05-02-2007, 03:39 PM
Also, is parking free @ Coachella?


05-02-2007, 04:08 PM
Words of advice.....get your tickets right away don't procrastinate I ended up getting mine off ebay after they sold out because I was an idiot and didnt think they would sell out as soon as they did. I ended up paying $540 for a three day pass not to mention probally like $100 in food and bevreges for the three days. And flight was About $300... If your under 25 yrs old they'll charge you 25 extra dollars a day for a rental vehicle if you get one.But It is free parking at the concert .All in all my trip ended up costing me probaly like a little over a grand I beleive....but the whole coachella experience is totally worth the money spent dude just being at the festival rensured me why i spent all the money I did, it's an experience you'll never forget thats forsure! but like you said you also need to take into consideration camping or hotels ,alcohol, gas and suveniers and all that fun shit so not gonna lie it's a lot of money....start saving!!!

05-02-2007, 04:32 PM
I spent somewhere around $1000-1100, between the tickets, airfare, rental car, NPS campsite fee (I stayed at Joshua Tree), food, gas, water and booze. But I wasn't trying to hold the cost down at all... I could probably have shaved off $300 had I tried.

In terms of what you actually spend on stuff inside the gates, it all depends on whether you're consuming alcohol or not. Water was essentially free, if you worked a tiny bit at the 10-to-1 recycle, or waited in the line for the faucets. The food was a bit pricey (though not by NYC standards), but not a serious gouge... except for the Italian place on the first day, before they figured their prices were stupid and cut them in half. ;)

05-02-2007, 04:34 PM
It depends on how your use to living. You can save money by eating corn on the cob all 3 days and sleeping in a tent. Here is my estimate.

249-Coachella Tickets-3 Days
475-Airfare-JFK to Ontario,CA
200-Car Rental-5 days
2081-Total Cost

05-02-2007, 07:49 PM

3 day pass with 4 day camping pass = $335

Food/water/vodka/snacks/cliff bars/etc... for camping = $150 (for 2 people and 2 moochers)

Tent/cooler/2chairs = $120 (bigger tent 10x17, cooler w/ wheels, better chairs)

gas = $60 (5+ hr drive each way)

$400 spending cash on hand (mine, but used for 2 people)

Left with $180, and bought Shoes at the Adidas outlet


2 day pass with 3 day camping pass = around $250

food/water/vodka/tea/snacks/etc... = $150 (for 2 people and 2 moochers)

used small tent we had (7x9 = to small) and cooler (no wheels) = free

Brought around $300 or so


Shade = something to make it

dry ice

You can go as cheap or as expensive as you want. Most hotels are $250+ a night, on the other side camping is $45 for 4 days. Some people drink beer after beer and spend $300 on alcohol, others spend that on merch. It is really up to you and your style. I have only camped and I love it, to me, it is part of the coachella experience.

05-02-2007, 07:56 PM
It cost way too much (coming from Canada) but it was worth every penny.

05-02-2007, 08:25 PM
It cost way too much (coming from Canada) but it was worth every penny.

What part? fly? drive? train/bus?

05-03-2007, 10:28 AM
Probably a grand for me.

$250 ticket
$230 plane ticket
$130 rental car
$75 camping

$8 x3 for bbq sandwiches and ~$10 x3 for water/gatorade inside. I used the faucets mostly as there was no lines. I bought one tshirt. I ate at the casino mostly before going in each day and filled up. Probably another $50 on misc crap.

05-03-2007, 11:27 AM
We stayed at a hotel for 3 nights, $180 per night, which is insane but they hike up their rates for the festival. The nice thing about that hotel was the free breakfast which was more than just your run of the mill continental breakfast; this one included an omelette or belgian waffle mmmm. But you had to get up by 10am to get that HAH right.

As far as food inside the festival went.... we took in our own snacks - cliff bars, trail mix, banana chips, and our own water. We did the 10 for 1 recycling all 3 days which saved us about $100 (we drink a lot of water). We didn't spend a dime inside the festival on Friday, except for the 4 shirts we bought (our $100 on water we saved). We did buy some pizza, garlic fries, and frozen lemonade (at $5 per lemonade it was a decent deal considering how hot it was, how long it lasted, and how much it cooled me down).

Not sure what you are talking about with the carpool... parking is free. I suggest to look around the forum for tips on parking (they helped save a tremendous amount of time for us each night). It's not $4 for water, it's $2. Food runs from $6 for a decent slice of pizza to $10+ for a plate of food. T-Shirts inside the fest average $25; the shirts in the parking lot are $5-$10.

05-03-2007, 09:32 PM
Augustine Casino = $4.50 Steak, Eggs, Potatoes, Fruit and drink (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water). It was 3.99 in 06, and its money well spent. I would say its a 4-6oz cut of meat. It is at the special price midnight until 9 am, after that $8-9.

ps If you plan to go back many times in the weekend, tip well, your plate will get bigger. Two of the specials with drinks came to $9, left $20, next day (same server) steak was around 10oz with more potatoes and fruit.

05-04-2007, 12:16 AM
RV rental: $716.00
extra insurance: $150.00
$866 total (I had budgeted for $1500)

my tix and passes were free.
someone else bought food and gas and water (they stayed in RV)
and I came back with more weed than I went there with!

05-04-2007, 04:13 AM
I was coming from Michigan

$280 plane ticket to LAX
$280 coachella ticket after ticketmaster charges
Friend drove, but to gave him $50 for gas
I think I took $200 in cash and got another $100 while there

so, it was just about a grand for me as well

Sik Bug
05-04-2007, 07:05 AM
I came from NYC this year. Flew out from JFK got a really good deal on a timeshare for the week though but between my g/f and I for everything we spent $600 on food, water gas and Black jack. Plus 250 for car rental, another 80 or so for gas. We booked our airline tickets a few months in advance and decided to fly from JFK to LAX and just drive to Palm Springs (a little cheaper) I forget how much but it was normal for a cross country flight for coach. I'd say we spent around $1500 or more total. Well worth it imo.

05-04-2007, 07:30 AM
ps If you plan to go back many times in the weekend, tip well, your plate will get bigger. Two of the specials with drinks came to $9, left $20, next day (same server) steak was around 10oz with more potatoes and fruit.

You tipped $11 on a $9 meal? wtf? Not that there's anything wrong with tipping well, but that seems a little excessive.

05-04-2007, 02:37 PM
You tipped $11 on a $9 meal? wtf? Not that there's anything wrong with tipping well, but that seems a little excessive.

Enter the coachella mindeset... and figure all weekend you will spend over $20 for any mediocre food+drink meal inside the venue ... so leaving a $20 bill for a good sit down meal where someone servers you, in an air conditioned building. Why not? :)

05-04-2007, 02:42 PM
Just save lots of money man. its expensive but some is reasonable. Trader Jos helps with munchies so pack up food. Bring a canopy if you camp !

05-04-2007, 03:00 PM
I'm bringing a canopy next year for sure (if I camp).

05-04-2007, 03:45 PM
You tipped $11 on a $9 meal? wtf? Not that there's anything wrong with tipping well, but that seems a little excessive.

Good service is good service, and $11 wasn't bad. The next day we got a huge serving, and amazing service. I spent the same amount inside the venue/camp ground for 2 hot dogs and 2 waters. I won $24 of the slots, and my gf won $17, so why not. I didn't tip that much inside the venue, poor service, poor quality of food (old, cold, small), but for places that deserved it, I did. Brodies had amazing food, a great price and huge servings. They got tipped well, and my serving got larger. I hope they are there next year, we ate there 4 times over the weekend.