How to get Tomorrowland tickets
Each year hundred thousands of people try to join the Tomorrowland music festival experience but only a small percentage have the luck to get a ticket. Most sites and newspapers will tell you that the tickets are sold out in hours or minutes on the day of the global sale. The truth is it is even worth than that. The Tomorrowland tickets are actually reserved in a matter of seconds once global sale starts. It then takes some time before everyone has finished the purchasing process but the decision if you have one of the first cookies and get into the shop or not is already taken in the first seconds.
Today we want to share all our knowledge with you. If you read through all of our tips this will highly improve your chance to get your Tomorrowland Ticket 2017.
There are multiple ways to get a ticket and we cover all of them in the first part of this article. We present you all the info and knowledge we have from the previous years and most important technical tips in the last part of the article.
01. Tomorrowland Pre-Registration
The first step for buying a Tomorrowland ticket is to pre-register at the official Tomorrowland website. The first people of each country get a dedicated link to buy 4 tickets upfront before the official ticket sale starts. Think about in which smaller countries you have friends, working colleagues or family. Maybe you have a friend with two passports. In best case that person wants to join you and you are one of his 3 friends.
In 2016 the pre-registration did start on the 11th of January. The first 10 people from each country got guaranteed tickets.
In 2017 the pre-registration did start on the 10th of January and will run until the 4th of February. The first 20 people from each country got guarantee tickets.
register.tomorrowland.com – Step1 done!
02. the different types of Tomorrowland ticket sales
Boom and Roost local area Sale
The "Boom and Roost local area" sale is for people only that live close to the Festival to have a higher acceptance from the locals.
Unless you know someone over there it won't be of any use for you.
In 2017 they will sell 1500 tickets per weekend. Registration starts 20 January.
Tomorrowland wants to give the Belgians a fair chance to receive their tickets. Therefore a dedicated sale for Belgium citizens takes place. You need to be registered with a Belgium address to get a link for the Belgium ticket sale. Basically the same trick as mentioned above does work here. Just find someone with an address in Belgium who is willing to give you one of his 4 Tomorrowland tickets.
In 2017 the Belgium sale will take place on the 28th of January.
Global Journey packages
The official Global Journey sale starts several days before the official ticket sale takes place. If you do not care about money, this is probably the best chance to get your Tomorrowland tickets. In 2016 it took several days until all packages were sold out. That said you still need to be quick if you want to have a specific package.
You do not need to register for the official global journey sale.
Travel packages contain hotel, flight, train rides and of course a ticket to Tomorrowland. You can even buy tickets for themed flights or hotels which bring you in the Tomorrowland mood already before the festival has started. The packages are relatively expensive compared to what you would have to pay if you buy your flight or accommodation separately.
You might miss your chance to get a Tomorrowland travel package if you start searching through the packages on the day of the official sale. Many of the travel packages sell out within minutes so you should come prepared and check the different option upfront.
In the Simulator you can already check what packages are available and how much you have to pay.
In 2016 the Global Journey package sale did start on the 23rd of January.
The cheapest package was a bus trip from Eindhoven for 689EUR which was 340EUR more than the regular Weekend ticket in that year.
The global ticket sale
This is the day everyone is waiting for. The majority of tickets will be sold during the global ticket sale within seconds. It's like a battle if you do not come prepared you will leave the battlefield without a Tomorrowland ticket. Be sure to read our technical tips and general tips further below if you want to try your luck on that day. The regular festival ticket without camping is called Full Madness pass while the festival ticket + Tomorrowland camping + camping pre-party on Thursday is called Dreamville Magnificent Greens. We definitely recommend to get a camping ticket as the pre-party on Thursday is already a small festival with about 40.000 people itself.
Even if you are lucky and get into the online ticket shop some of the ticket options might already be sold out. So come prepared! If you first choice is already sold out you might only have seconds to buy your second or third option. You should check out all ticket options upfront and already plan ahead which options would work for you and your friends. Check what everyone is willing to spend and if a day pass is an option. In general the camping tickets sell out quicker than the regular tickets and the Saturday tickets before the Friday and Sunday tickets.
If you have some more friends (and who will not be your friend if you can offer a Tomorrowland ticket) you should definitely check out the Friendship Gardens for 10 people which goes for 3350 EUR in the pre-sale what is 110 EUR more per person than a regular camping ticket but gives you a reserved camping spot for you and your 10 friends.
In 2016 the global sale was on the 6th of February exactly 17:00 CET
Full Madness pass did go for 272,50 EUR + fees (around 50 EUR) and the Dreamville Magnificent Greens did cost 347,50 EUR + fees.
In 2017 the global sale has been splitted into two sale days. Important: You have to be registered to take part in the pr-sale and the official sale.
The difference between the pre-sale that takes place on the 28th of January 17:00 CET and the regular ticket sale that takes place on the 4th of February 17:00 CET is the 10-30% higher price in the regular sale.
Here is an overview of the prices of the most important Tomorrowland tickets in 2017.
Incredible Saturday Pass - Pre-Sale: 94 EUR / Regular Sale: 101 EUR
Full Madness Pass - Pre-Sale: 225 EUR / Regular Sale: 281 EUR
Magnificent Greens Package - Pre-Sale: 290 EUR / Regular Sale: 365 EUR
Friendship Garden Package - Pre-Sale: 3350 EUR / Regular Sale: 4009 EUR
You can check all the ticket prices upfront: https://www.tomorrowland.com/en/festival/tickets/ticket-prices
Which weekend should you choose in 2017?
The last time that Tomorrowland took place on two weekends was in 2014 and the first weekend was sold out first. We guess that is simply because most people will click on the first weekend to see if tickets are still available. This could be the seconds that can make the difference therefore our suggestion is to try your luck with the second weekend if you can fit it into your summer schedule.
Source: Flickr // Steve Snodgrass // CC BY 2.0
Packages from the travel partners of Tomorrowland
Travel Packages by the official partner of Tomorrowland are another great chance to get your Tomorrowland ticket. Many of the travel partners require registration on the site upfront as well. We recommend to check all sites upfront and check all of their travel packages. In many cases, the travel packages of the travel partner are significantly cheaper than the official global Journey packages.
If you come from the US, South America, Australia or Asia it might be cheaper to get a travel package from on of the partners and fly to that location than to buy a flight package in the Global Journey sale.
A complete list of travel partners can be found at https://www.tomorrowland.com/en/festival/tickets/travel-partners
To give you an idea what you can expect we did check all the pages for you.
Many of these sites are in the local language, therefore you should use google translation if you want to book a ticket.
Last Updated 21.01.2017
Has announced Bus travel packages from Brussel starting at 444 EUR. Even compared to the regular ticket sale this package is unbelievable cheap. You need to pick up the ticket in one of their offices in Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong or South Korea. Lucky you have you have a holiday or business trip planned to Asia.
Has not announced very cheap bus packages from Germany starting at 470 EUR (Bus Trip from Dortmund).
Has announced Bus travel packages from Netherlands starting at 520 EUR.
Which is cheaper than any of the Travel packages in the official global Journey sale.
Has announced Bus travel packages from Slovakia / Croatia starting at 549 EUR.
Which is cheaper than any of the Travel packages in the official global Journey sale.
Has announced Bus travel packages from Slovakia starting at 640 EUR.
Has announced Bus travel packages from Germany starting at around 650 EUR. This price includes Jägermeister at the Bus and a place at the DreamVille Friendship Garden which is much closer to the Festival ground than the regular camping area.
Has announced Bus travel packages from Paris starting at 649 EUR.
Has announced bus travel packages from Liechtenstein starting at 690 EUR.
Has announced Bus travel packages from Austria starting at 755 EUR.
Has announced Hotel packages starting at 782 EUR.
Has announced Bus travel packages from Switzerland starting at 840 EUR.
Has announced Flight packages from Italy starting at 895 EUR.
Has announced Flight packages from Moscow for 995 EUR.
Has announced Flight packages from Zurich for 1400 EUR.
Has announced Flight packages from Brazil for 1500 EUR.
Has announced Hotel Packages including the Hilton in Antwerp starting at 1500 EUR.
Has opened their Pre-Registration for travel packages to Tomorrowland but has not announced prices yet.
Festicket usually has the biggest number of travel options available and offer flight, bus and hotel packages.
Double your chances, register now.
Has announced bus travel packages from Danmark and Sweden but do not show prices yet. In 2016 the package did cost 833 EUR.
Has not announced anything for 2017 yet.
Has not announced anything for 2017 yet.
Has announced bus travel packages from Sweden but has not announced prices yet.
Has not announced anything for 2017 yet.
Has not announced anything for 2017 yet.
Will offer bus packages from Sweden but has not announced anything for 2017 yet.
Will offer packages from Spain but has not announced anything for 2017 yet.
Offers flight packages from Israel. Registration is open. Prices have not been announced yet.
The official Tomorrowland Ticket Swap
Although there are no details yet we are pretty sure there will be an official Tomorrowland ticket swap as in the last years. Many people don't believe they have a chance to get a ticket in the ticket swap and therefore don't even register for it. Also we don't have any solid numbers we can say we used the ticket swap in 2014 and were lucky to get our Tomorrowland festival and camping tickets just some weeks before the festival weekend.
For the ticket swap the same rules as for the ticket sale take place. First come first serve. Which means you should be right on time to register for the ticket swap.
Important Once you have registered for the ticket swap you should check your e-mail account on a daily basis. If you are lucky and get tickets through the Tomorrowland ticket swap you only have 24 hours to enter your order details and finish the payment.
Secondary Online Market
Officialy Tomorroland warns from the secondary online market. The mother company of Tomorrowland however had signed a contract with viagogo in 2014. We are not sure about the current status but in the past viagogo had access to the official ticket codes and was able to check the tickets if the are legimit. www.viagogo.com
The internet is full of people who got there ticket from viagogo and had no issues at all. In 2014 we considered to buy our tickets there and noticed that the ticket prices where declining the closer we got to the festival weekend. Right after the official ticket sale you had to pay more than 1000 EUR for a festival ticket which declined to somewhat around 500 EUR per ticket a month before the festival.
Tomorrowland Tickets on the street
There is no official market on the street. Tomorrowland warns on their website of purchasing tickets from any non official source. However in 2014 we met people inside the festival venue who bought there tickets on the street and we saw people selling Tomorrowland tickets upfront the entrance. We can't give any advice other than it is always dangerous to buy from the second hand market and it sure is expensive as hell.
03. General tips for the official Tomorrowland ticket sales
If you use any of the official Tomorrowland ticket sale channels whether it is a travel package or stand alone ticket you should consider our general tips.
Once the ticket sale started you a probably in the queue looking on the waiting page where nothing is happening for minutes and minutes. Do not hit the reload button as this will put you to the end of the row. Do not leave your PC out of sight as you might only have seconds to buy your choice once you are in the shop. Even if you already did wait for 45 minutes stay put and wait and look at your screen! Some tickets become available at a later point of time as some payments might be canceled or credit card payments are denied.
Don't forget the fees
Many people do not think about the fees when they check their credit card limit. This is an example from 2016 which shows you how much fees you can expect during the official ticket sales.
- Service Fee
- 8,00 EUR per camping ticket
- 4,75 EUR per festival ticket
- Treasure Fee (Shipping)
- 9,50 EUR with address in Belgium
- 16,50 EUR with address in Europe
- 25 EUR for an address anywhere else in the world
- Payment Fee
- 2% - 3,5% depending on your payment method
Let's pretend you order 4 tickets with camping to a country in Europe and you pay with Paypal.
347 EUR Ticket * 4 = 1388 EUR
8 EUR Service Fee * 4 = 32 EUR
16,50 EUR Treasure Fee * 4 = 66 EUR
Total = 1486 EUR + Payment Fee of 3,5% * 1486 EUR = 52 EUR Grand Total = 1542 EUR for 4 Tickets in 2016
All Fee information can be found at https://www.tomorrowland.com/en/festival/tickets/service-fee-treasure-case-payment-fee
Source: Flickr // Maik Maid // CC BY 2.0
Check your credit card limit
Each year thousands of people have their payments canceled because their credit card limit is not high enough. So make sure your credit card limit is high enough and no restrictions in your Paypal account. Don't forget you credit card limit counts per month. The tickets add to the sum which you already spent that month.
Don't use your credit card if you experienced trouble with it in the past
In 2014 we did pay with Paypal during the global ticket sale. We immediately got a confirmation message in our web browser and were looking forward to receive a confirmation e-mail. Instead, we got an e-mail two minutes later which told us that the payment was declined and the tickets were gone. As we found out later Paypal was not able to receive that money from our BarclayCard. A nice lady at BarclayCard explained to us that a payment of more than 1500 Eur to a billing address in Belgium was considered as unusual and our credit card was therefore blocked for security reasons.
Load money to your Paypal account upfront if you want to use it
To make sure that payment with Paypal does work we recommend to transfer money to your Paypal account upfront.
Don't use your Paypal account several times
In the past, there were often reports that people tried to use the same Paypal account for several payments of different persons. Those payments were often blocked by Tomorrowland for security reasons.
Have more than one payment option
Have as many payment options as possible. Lent the credit card of your parents or friends. You only have a certain time to finish your payment so you won't have the time to search for a second credit card if you have any issues with your first credit card.
04. Technical tips and tricks
If you want to be successful in the battle for Tomorrowland tickets it's time to geek yourself up. Without these tips, we would never have made it to Tomorrowland. Read through our technical tips and if you do not understand what we are talking about don't hesitate to leave a comment.
It's all about your internet connection
If you are an online gamer you might already know that a stable internet connection can give you the milliseconds advantage you need to be successful. Basically it's the same for the Tomorrowland ticket sale with the difference that you only get one chance to make it right.
Let's start with the basic: the better your ping the better your chance to be first in line A so-called "Ping" is the time that is needed to send a signal from your PC to a server and back.
Let's keep it simple even if it is not 100% correct: the lower your Ping the faster your signal gets to the Tomorrowland server which means you are in line earlier. You can use websites like https://www.speedtest.net/ to test your Ping.
In the user settings, you can even select a server in Antwerp or Brussels which are both in Belgium like the Tomorrowland server. https://www.speedtest.net/user-settings.php
How to improve your Ping
You do have access to the internet at different places? At home, at work, university or a friend's house? Try them all and check where you get the best Ping signal! You do have different devices? Desktop computer, notebook, tablet or smartphone?
Try them all and check where you get the best Ping signal! Turn off all unnecessary programs with internet traffic like Skype, Steam and so on.
Use a network cable instead of a wireless connection.
Throw everybody out of the network during the ticket sale (you don't want your brother playing online while you are stuck in the online shop).
Turn off the wireless connection for the time of the ticket sale.
If you are a real geek check the settings of your firewall. (Only for experts! Don't switch it off if you don't know what you are doing.)
When to press Re-fresh during the Global Tomorrowland Ticket sale
In 2016 we had no luck with the analyzation of the response time. We thought we figured out but we got stuck in the line anyway. On the web you can find several discussions about this topic and many say that Tomorrowland has changed the system into a two step process.
According to that info you will be the first in the waiting pool if you have an optimal timing but from there the system will pick randomly who is getting access to the ticket shop. You can also find post by people who did get tickets even so they logged in some minutes after the sale in 2016.
On the other hand, we had one user who contacted us via Facebook who says it did work for him for the registration in 2017.
It definitely can not hurt to use the here described methods but the are not guaranteed to work anymore.
We will update this section once the https://globaljourney.tomorrowland.com/ is online.
We checked the HTTP calls for the global journey sale. In general system still seems to be the same. We found a call for http://gj.scale.tomorrowland.com/ which contains the information for entering the web shop.
It is loaded every 60 seconds. If the system stays the same for the global pre-sale you should be able to time your re-fresh on that.
Update 28.01.2017 16:30CET
We will start analyzing the HTTP calls right now.
We got info from a Facebook user that he was able to get 12 exclusiv pre-sale tickets with the descriped method.
He also did send us a picture of the shop. First packages are already sold out.
Here is a step by step guide from 2016 on how to analyze HTTP callbacks.
If you go to https://register.tomorrowland.com/ you find the information: DO NOT REFRESH THIS PAGE! A button to the Pre-Registration form will load automatically on this page.
This is basically the same for the registration as well as each of the ticket sales. It means the website will reload itself and once the time is reached you see a button to access the shop. The information is right about one thing, never hit refresh after the official sale has started! But you might want to optimize your position up front of the registration phase and the official sale.
The website automatically reloads every couple of seconds. Let's pretend it is a 90 seconds interval. Let's say the first time you load the page you hit 16:58:00. The website will reload at 16:59:30 but still too early and no button for accessing the shop. Then it will reload at 17:01:00 and you will enter the shop queue one minute after the ticket sale has started. Result: You most likely will get no ticket! So if the 90 seconds would be true then it would be much better to access the site at 16:55:31 or 16:57:01 or 16:58:31 which would give you a re-load at 17:00:01 and you would enter the queue just one second after the ticket sale starts.
We hope you understand this simple example.
Unfortunately, it is not simple as that. The 90 seconds are only an example and the methods Tomorrowland is using changes each year a bit and sometimes just hours before the official sale starts.
To find the actual time interval you need a tool that can track HTTP callbacks. For example, you could use HTTPFOX for the Firefox browser.
Once it is installed you need to restart the firefox browser and hit CTRL+SHIFT+F2. In the lower half of your Firefox browser, you will now have a screen to track HTTP callbacks.
https://register.tomorrowland.com/ page. (You should close all other browser windows to avoid any mix up of your results)
Once the page is loaded you will see a lot of HTTP callbacks coming in. Wait some seconds and you will see that some of them are happening again and again.
Up to this point it is always the same. From this point onwards procedures might change until offical ticket sale starts.
On the current https://register.tomorrowland.com/ page there are two callbacks which will catch your eye.
1. URL: nodejs-testtml.elasticbalkenstat.com in our case loaded all 60 seconds (this might change in the future)
2. URL: https://fallback.tomorrowland.com/ - in our case loaded all 90 seconds (this might change in the future)
If you look in the fallback.tomorrowland.com you also find a exact time stamp which shows you the tomorrowland server time. We are not sure which one is the important one. But one thing is for sure: One of these callbacks will load the entry button. So what we would like to see is having this callbacks at 17:00:01. Which means we should load the page at exactly 16:54:01 or 16:57:01 to be in a 180 seconds loop which would be good for both of these callbacks.
To have an exact callback you might have to practice a little bit with the refresh button as it depends on your ping. The good thing is you can start practicing right now. Simply measure the seconds between you hit the refresh button and the first callback you get. Now deduct the seconds from the time you would like to hit.
Lets do this in an example: When we hit refresh the first time we see the "nodejs HTTP callback" after 32 seconds and the first " fallback. tomorrowland.com HTTP callback" after 92 seconds. These times might be different for you depending on your Internet connection. Therefore we would have to hit the refresh 92 seconds before the time we want get the HTTP callback. Let's pretend we want the call back at exactly 16:18:30. We hit the refresh button at 16:16:58.
In my example I was a little bit to early and hit 16:18:29 which would be the worst case scenario for the real ticket deal. You want to be one or two seconds late but not 1 second to early. The more often you practice the better you will get and in the end you should be able to catch the exact time by 1–2 seconds! Which gives you a big chance to be one of the first in line for your ticket.
The Global Journey Tomorrowland ticket shop is online: https://globaljourney.tomorrowland.com/.
We analyzed the webpage as explained above at 18:00 today and found a cookie that is re-freshing all 6.8 seconds. We analyzed it again at 19:00 and found a cookie that is re-freshing all 20.1 seconds. This means Tomorrowland is activily changing the behaviour. Propaply because of the sale for people from Boom which start today. We assume they will do the same tomorrow when the global journey sale starts. So you should check the current cookie beaviour just shortly before the sale starts!
22.01.2016 - 18:00 Screenshot:
22.01.2016 19:00 Screenshot
Update 06.02.2016 14:45 CET
The global ticket shop is online. tickets.tomorrowland.com
We analyzed the web page at 14:45 CET with the methods descriped above.
We found a json call for queue-api.paylogic.com.
We then had a look at the program code of queue.js.
There is a line which shows the method the refresh is triggered:
This means the automatic re-fresh takes place all 31 to 90 seconds.
Which gives you next to no chance to get a ticket if you wait for the automatic re-fresh.
Therefore the method described above does not work anymore!
You should analyze how long it takes from hitting the re-fresh button to get the first json call for the queue. Write down the times and find the shortest time between hitting the re-fresh button and the first json call you retrieve. The better your ping the lower the time should be. With our Internet connection we get the first json call back between 3.5–6 seconds after hitting the re-fresh button. Which means we will re-fresh at exactly 16:59:56.5 to get into the queue 0–2.5 seconds after the sale does start.
Good luck for the Global Tomorrowland Ticket sale today.
Use more than one browser
Now that you know at which time to press the re-fresh button why not get a better chance to get into the Tomorrowland Ticket shop by using three different browsers and hitting the re-fresh button 1 second apart from each other. You can only use your link once to purchase tickets but you can try to get into the Tomorrowland shop multiple times.
Will reading through this article guarantee you a Tomorrowland ticket? Not if you only try it in the regular sale but if you make use of all the given information and you are willing to pay 100-250 EUR on top you should be able to take part in the Tomorrowland experience!
If you are successful in the ticket sale let us know. If not, let us know as well. If you have more tips or tricks or any other URL which provides info about the Tomorrowland ticket sale leave a comment. If you are an Internet geek and you find failures in our explanation or have more background knowledge about those topics please share it with us. We are learning constantly and want this to be the best article on this topic!