Expect Heavy Traffic for Coachella Music Festival This Weekend

April 12, 2019 - 8:58 am


The Coachella Music Festival is set to kick-off the first of its two weekends on Friday and Caltrans is warning fans to be prepared for massive highway jams if they plan to drive to the concert site in the Inland Empire.

It says they should be ready to deal with bumper-to-bumper traffic in many areas but especially along the 10 Freeway between Beaumont and Indio, and State Route 60 from Moreno Valley to Beaumont.

Caltrans has issued a travel advisory running Thursday through Sunday for the next three weekends.

Coachella will be followed by the Stagecoach Festival.

Terri Kasinga of Caltrans tells KNX that people should expect a lot of traffic on all routes out to the desert area around Indio.

Coachella organizers stress that festival-goers should arrive early to avoid traffic delays.

There will be a number of street closures.

Kasinga with Caltrans tells KNX she's urging concert-goers to stick with the freeways 10 or the 60 to get to the desert region.

If you're not going to the festivals but will be in the area "well there's no good way to really get around it once you're on the 10 and on your way to Indio. One thing is to avoid travel eastbound 10 on Friday and then also coming back on Sunday and Monday it's really bad on the eastbound 10 coming from Indio."

Parking at the festival grounds will be free from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. today through Sunday.

The free lots are accessible from Monroe Street.

Organizers warn any car that is left after 2 a.m. will be towed, and that everyone in the vehicle must wear a wristband to access the parking areas.

For more information on shuttle information, click here:

For Weekend 1 Any Line Shuttle Pass, it will be $80 and for Weekend 1 Any Line Shuttle Pass + Ticket Combo, includes 3-Day GA festival pass is $509.

Festival-goers can take the shuttle from various hotel locations, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily round trip between Coachella and the hotels during the first weekend April 12-14.

-KNX 1070