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Concertgoers have transportation options over EDC weekend

Posted: 5:34 AM, May 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-18 00:00:34-04

The Electric Daisy Carnival or EDC begins today at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and that means there will be a lot more cars on local roads.

More than 155,000 ticket holders are expected to attend the massive rave featuring hundreds of performers over the next 3 nights.

Not only is traffic expected to be heavy on Interstate 15 but it will also increase on Las Vegas, Lamb and Nellis boulevards.

Nevada Highway Patrol is advising anyone that is driving to have plenty of water and snacks in their vehicles in case they are stuck in traffic for long periods of time.

Shuttles and ride-hailing companies will help reduce traffic and there are designated pickup and drop-off areas around town and at the speedway.

One of those ride-hauling options is Uber as its a festival sponsor carrying its own lot on the southwest entrance for pickup and drop-off.

However, with the crowds passengers are expected to pay an extra $10 surcharge to get picked up, $5 for drop-off on top of a likely pricey charge due to demand.

Plus, Lyft is offering $10 off two lux black rides during EDC with a special promotion code, but the cars do not have a specified drop-off lot.

Taxi services are also an option with rates that are metered, so passengers will not have to deal with surge charges and will have a specified lot for pick up and drop-off at the festival.

In addition to those ground transportation options, Maverick Helicopters and Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters are offering flights to EDC.

Maverick Helicopters is offering roundtrip flights. Private charter prices start at $3,500 for up to seven people for a one-way flight or $5,500 for up to seven people for a roundtrip flight. Individual seat rates start at $550 per person for a one-way flight or $850 per person for a roundtrip flight. Maverick lands at the carnival site.

Papillion Grand Canyon Helicpters is offering 12-minute one-way flights. Departure times will be 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The price is $499 per person and includes limousine pick-up from the hotel, helicopter departure from Papillon’s McCarran terminal, the flight over the Las Vegas Strip and arrival at their dedicated landing area just minutes away from the EDM festival where guests will be provided ground transportation directly to the main entrance to the event.

For anyone who visits the Las Vegas Strip or downtown Las Vegas this weekend, larger crowds and more cars can be expected.

Many hotel and casinos and other businesses are hosting special events for the EDC crowd.