Coachella 2017 is sure to be an intoxicating experience, for many reasons. It shouldn’t, however, be a stressful one.
If you’re headed to the festival this year, you’ll need to be prepared for both the enchantment and the chaos.
Whether you’re a Coachella vet or a festival novice, this guide will help you navigate and get the most out of your Coachella experience.
(Also read: Coachella 2017 Survival Guide)
From accommodation options to parking, transport to pro tips, we’ve listed out everything you need to know about Coachella this year.
Here is your complete 2017 Coachella Guide:
You likely know these things already, but I once missed an international flight because I forgot what day of the week it was. Point being, with all the excitement surrounding Coachella, you may forget some of the finer details. So, here they are:
Where is Coachella? Indio, CA
When is Coachella? Weekend I- April 14-16, 2017 – Weekend II- April 21-23, 2017
Who are Coachella Headliners? Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar
See the complete Coachella 2017 lineup here.
There are a few options of admission passes to attend Coachella. All passes are available for both weekend 1 and weekend 2.
General Admission Pass $399
This pass gets entrance to the festival, access to the camping areas and parking all three days.
General Admission + Shuttle Pass $474
This pass gets entrance to the festival, access to the camping areas and parking all three days. Plus, you get shuttle service to and from the festival from any shuttle stop in the area.
VIP Pass $899
The VIP pass gets you entrance to the festival, access to the camping areas and parking all three days. In addition, you get access to both VIP areas: one covered adjacent to the main stage and the other in a Rose Garden next to the Sahara tent. Both VIP areas have extra seating, comfortable couches, designated bathrooms and cash bars available.
*Don’t forget to grab your VIP Parking Pass ($150) if you plan to park in the VIP lot, which is located adjacent to the festival grounds.
Coachella has done its best to make getting to the festival as effortless and convenient as possible. Shuttles are provided to get guests both from the airport and from the surrounding areas to the festival. Here are your options:
Any Line, Anytime Shuttle Pass $75
Unlimited rides on the Coachella shuttle at any shuttle stop to and from the festival for all 3 days.
LAX Airport Shuttle Pass $70
Single ride from LAX to the festival campground or one of several stops along the way.
Purchase shuttle passes here.
Where to Stay
Accommodation options range from camping to hotels to Airbnbs—whatever your preference, here are your options for each.
Coachella Tent Camping $113
With the tent camping pass, you are allowed to bring as many tents, people and things that you can fit within a 10’ x 15’ grass area. This pass includes a parking pass and the option to purchase a companion parking pass for an additional fee of $60. These passes can only be purchased with a valid festival ticket.
Coachella Car Camping $113
These are similar to the tent camping spaces, except, well, you’ll be sleeping in or around your car. These passes must also be purchased with a valid festival ticket.
Campgrounds have all the amenities you need to have a comfortable experience, including wifi, mobile charging stations, a farmer’s market, water refill stations and, most importantly, showers.
Lake El Dorado Camping $2,398-$3,400
*Prices include festival passes for 2 persons
In this exclusive, serene area located 20 minutes from the festival, you can get the peace and quiet you need to rest in between days of raging and fist-pumping. Guests have an option between teepees, which are provided, or tent camping in the area. Each reservation includes 2 festival passes. Pro-tip: arrive semi-early to snag a spot along the lake.
Safari Tents $7,500
These are the most exclusive passes to enjoy the Coachella experience. Safari tents are lush, furnished tented structures that include AC. In addition, you get VIP access to the festival as well as private shuttles directly to and from your tent. You also have the option to include 2 additional people to your tent for $1750 per person.
Other Options for Every Budget
If you’re not the camping type and prefer getting a good nights rest, there are several alternative options in area. Here are some of the best non-camping and budget friendly accommodation options in the vicinity:
If you’re wondering how to get to Coachella from wherever you are in the world, there’s a guide for that too! For info on the closest airports, directions from nearby cities, or Coachella’s organized carpool system, check here.
Things to bring
These items will make your festival experience much more enjoyable (and the heat much more bearable).
Refillable water bottle
Comfortable closed toe shoes
Cross-body bag/fanny pack/backpack
Portable phone charger
- Leave behind: detachable lens cameras, drones, air horns, glow sticks, umbrellas, markers, video cameras
Have cash on hand (ATM lines and fees are too long and too high for comfort, respectively)
Cool off in the Do Lab (music + misters = marvelous heat reprieve)
Choose a meet-up spot and time with your group in the likely event that you get separated
Keep a lineup schedule on hand at all times
Bring a portable battery to charge devices
Ride the Ferris wheel (the view is absolutely worth the wait)
We wish you an amazing festival experience filled with the usual bout of Coachella surprises! Who knows, with a lineup this awesome and all of the other outrageous things that have happened this year, we might just get what we all truly want: Tupac’s return.
Want some more tips or friends to join you at Coachella? Check out this online group for Coachella travel tickets & tips!