It’s that special time of year again- Polar Express is back in Durango, Colorado! This incredible train ride via the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad takes you on a scenic journey through the north corridor of Durango and to Santa’s village as you experience a live-action rendition of the famous Polar Express Christmas tale.

In order to get you prepared for your scenic train ride, here’s a quick breakdown and guide to Durango’s Polar Express:

What is the Polar Express Train Ride?

The Polar Express Train Ride is an exquisite treat for kids and adults alike as they relive the classic Christmas tale and the movie adaptation starring Tom Hanks, who plays multiple roles in the film, the least of which is the enigmatic train conductor of a vintage steam train and its magical journey to the North Pole. 

The story describes an inspiring adventure of a doubting young boy. On The Polar Express, he takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, where he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him the wonder of life that never fades for those who believe in the magic of Christmas.

The Polar Express will depart the train station in Durango. While onboard, guests will enjoy refreshments as they listen to a reading of The Polar Express by the conductor. 

Where Does the Polar Express Train Ride Go?

Departing from Durango, your Polar Express train ride will travel directly to The North Pole to pick up the one and only Santa Claus. Then, as the train pulls into the North Pole, a spectacular light show featuring holiday music will be enjoyed by all. Expect a super-sensory experience with thousands of lights. 

Once Santa arrives on the scene, wave to him and his elves as you observe the magnificent scenery of the North Pole from the comfort of your heated coach. On the return journey, Santa himself will board the train and hand out gifts to all.

How Long is the Polar Express Train Ride?

While the length of the round-trip train ride to the North Pole is 65 minutes in duration, please allow a total of 2 hours for this fantastic journey. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before departure, as there will be a performance as the train steams into the station in preparation for departure to the North Pole. While the weather may be chilly, rest assured our cabins are heated. The stop at Santa’s village will take only a few minutes, where you will be mesmerized by the light show and of course, Santa himself. 

How Much Does the Polar Express Train Ride Cost?

There are three classes to choose from aboard the Polar Express:

  • Coach – Children: $29 - $49 | Adults: $39 - $59
  • Deluxe – Children: $39 - 64 | Adults: $49 - $74
  • First Class – Children: $57 -$79 | Adults: $67 - $89

How and Where Do I Buy Tickets?

Visit Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad at 479 Main Ave., Durango, Colorado, call 1-877-872-4607 or book online for reservations. 

What Should I Wear for the Train Ride?

In The Polar Express film and story, all of the children are dressed in their pajamas, since the story takes place on Christmas Eve and they are all ready for bed. Guests are encouraged to do the same! Adults and children alike should wear festive cozy pajamas for the full Polar Express experience! As the weather can be chilly outside, be sure to dress in layers. Snow boots are recommended. 


Do not miss this special opportunity to give you and your children the gift of being immersed in The Polar Express experience – first a beloved book by Chris Van Allsburg, now a big-screen movie that has quickly turned into a classic. You and your family will make wonderful memories of your personal Polar Express journey that your kids will keep with them for a lifetime.

Chefs on board will serve fresh hot chocolate and sweet treats to everyone on board. This magical journey runs at select times from late November all the way through December. As tickets tend to sell out quickly, do not hesitate to book your seats!