• How can I buy tickets?

    All tickets are sold online. You cannot order tickets via phone or in person at the railway. We accept all major credit and debit cards as payment and we use Stripe as our payment processor.

  • When will I get my tickets?

    Your E-tickets will be sent out to you two weeks before you’re due to visit us.

    If you have selected to receive your Golden Tickets via post, available during checkout, these will be posted to you in November. In the unfortunate event that they don’t arrive you will be able to collect them from Customer Services on the day.

  • Seating Arrangements

    Our carriages have seating arranged in 4’s around a table or in pairs. When booking you will be given the option to choose your own seating arrangements. We reserve the right to change carriage configuration and your seating arrangements at any time and without notice.

    Please note all of our carriages are from heritage stock therefore they may differ in style, age and seating including wear and tear.

  • Parking

    There are many public car parks near the station

  • How long does the experience last?

    We ask guests to arrive at the check-in time shown on your e-ticket

    You are on board the train for approximately 1 hour.

    Once your experience is over you can spend as much time in our gift shop as you wish but we tend to find guests spend around 15min – 30min here before you head back on the shuttle to the car park.

    Therefore we find guests are with us around 1:30-2 hours.

  • Protect Your Tickets

    Ticket Protection allows you to re-coup 100% of the paid ticket price if you are unable to make it to your event for any number of covered reasons, including illness, travel delay, adverse weather conditions and more.

    Full details of the Ticket Protection coverage can be found here: Please ensure the policy meets your needs before purchase.

    Ticket Protection is provided by a third party company Secure My Booking and their Terms and Conditions are final. The Ticket Protection is non-refundable in any circumstance.

    Ticket Protection can only be purchased when making a booking. It cannot be added retrospectively.


  • Refund and Cancellation Policy

    Unfortunately due to the popularity of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride event we are unable to offer any cancellations, refunds, or reschedules less than 60 days prior to your event starting, therefore please be sure you can attend on the dates/times selected when you book. In the unfortunate event the train is unable to operate, you will be notified as soon as possible and given a refund or the opportunity to reschedule.

    We are happy to cancel / refund / reschedule where possible your tickets, as long as you contact us more than 60 days prior to your event date, subject to an admin fee of £15 for all changes made.

    Changes less than 60 days prior to your event are at our discretion only and subject to an admin fee of 25% of your entire ticket value.

    You are only liable for a refund should we fail to to run the event. There will be NO refunds for guests missing the train or arriving late or who miss the train due to but not limited to, illness, poor weather, vehicle breakdowns, public transport, acts of God and anything covered in the Events Outside Our Control.

    There will be NO changes to any tickets later than 30 days prior to your event date.


    What if the weather is bad and travel will be difficult?

    As the event takes place in winter please do prepare for the road conditions. No refunds will be given if you can’t get to us and the experience runs.

    PNP Events LTD are not responsible for the winter weather or your transport arrangements to us or any road closures or delays or cancellations on your journey to us. Please leave plenty of time to travel safely to us. 

  • Allergy/Dietary Information

    We will offer an alternative hot chocolate and snack free from many allergens, but unfortunately we may not be able to accommodate all possible allergies or dietary requirements. Please see below and if unsure please speak to a chef onboard.

    You are welcome to bring an alternative with you for members of your party who have allergies if you prefer.

    Nestle Alegria hot chocolate:
    Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder (13.9%), Glucose Syrup, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (10.4%), Coconut Oil, Thickener (E415), Flavouring, Anti-Caking Agent (E551), Acidity Regulator (E340), Stabilisers (E331, E452), Salt [Sodium Chloride, Anti-Caking Agent (E535)].
    For allergens: see ingredients in bold.
    Options Vegan Hot Chocolate:
    Fat reduced cocoa powder 23%, glucose syrup, maltodextrin, Belgian Chocolate 10% (sugar, cocoa mass, fat-reduced cocoa powder, flavouring), sugar, fully hydrogenated coconut oil, gluten-free oat flour, refined coconut oil, thickener (guar gum), salt, emulsifiers (E322, E47), modified starch, hydrolysed pea protein, sweetener (aspartame), stabilisers (E340, E340(i)), anti-caking agents (E551, E341 (ii)), flavouring (vanillin), colour (E160a).
    Gluten free. Contains a source of phenylalanine
    Vegan/Gluten/Nut free biscuit:
    Ingredients; Flour Blend (Rice, Potato, Tapioca, Maize, Buckwheat), margarine (palm oil, rapeseed oil), sugar, Chocolate chips [sugar 58.5%; cocoa mass 33.0%; cocoa butter 8.0%; emulsifier: SOYA lecithin <1%; natural vanilla flavouring <1%], cornflour, rice flour, water. Allergens in BOLD. May contain wheat.
    Milk chocolate cookie:
    WHEAT flour (with calcium, iron, niacin & Thiamine). Sugar, salted butter (12%) (butter(MILK) Salt); Vegetable margarine (palm oil, rapeseed oil, water, emulsifier, mono- &di-glycerides of fatty acid); OATS, milk chocolate chunk (6%) (sugar, whole MILK powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, Whey powder (MILK), emulsifier; SOYA lecithin, vanilla extract; Brown sugar (sugar, Cane molasses), golden syrup, rapeseed oil, baking powder (raising agents: sodium acid pyrophosphate and sodium bicarbonate)

  • What train will be used?

    As we operate out of Waverley Station in Edinburgh, we will be using a Diesel engine. But don’t let this put you off, the magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride, takes place on board the train and we recommend reading our Experience page to find out more.

  • Does the train move or is it stationary?

    Yes, the train does move. You will be on-board for approximately 1 hour. There may need to be movements backwards and forwards due to caribou or frozen lakes.

    Whilst we attempt to run the event as close to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride experience as possible we may need to, at short notice and due to technical or mechanical problems, make operational changes to enable the event to continue to run. This may include substituting a diesel locomotive or running the show on a static train.


  • What happens if I arrive late?

    Unfortunately timings are extremely strict due to us running on the main line. If you are heading to the event and likely to be late, just keep coming and we will do everything we can to help you, however, even if the train hasn’t left the platform we have strict cut-offs where the doors are locked and cannot be unlocked to allow for late arrivals, just like a normal train


  • Do you offer any discounts?

    If you are in receipt of the highest rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), SDP, or enhanced rate Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit or you have an access card with a +1 shown, we offer a 50% discount on the carer’s ticket. Please reply to our Customer Service elves with your booking number and proof of entitlement. Our elves will then refund you 50% of 1 ticket minus the compulsory £3.95 booking fee.

    We currently do not offer blue light, military or any other form of discount.

  • Are pushchairs/car seats allowed on board?

    Unfortunately, due to the limited space on our heritage carriages, neither pushchairs or the car seat sections are allowed on board. Please leave them on the platform where our marshalls will look after them until you return.

  • Are animals allowed on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™?

    Unfortunately, dogs and other animals are not allowed on board. Service dogs are welcome to join us but will need to sit under the table for the duration of the journey.

    We do not allow Therapy Dogs/Emotional Support Dogs on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.

    An assistance dog is legally permitted to accompany its client, owner, or partner, at all times and in all places, within the United Kingdom. A therapy dog/emotional support dog is not legally recognised in the UK. Emotional support dogs in the UK are not considered to be assistance dogs – this is because an assistance dog is trained to perform specific tasks (such as a Guide Dog or Hearing Dog) to help a disabled person and are usually qualified by one of the charitable organisations registered as members of Assistance Dogs UK. These dogs are trained to be in an environments that are busy and loud. An emotional support dog does not have this training and as such is considered a pet under UK law. We do not allow any animals other than registered assistance dogs on board and reserve the right to refuse admittance to the event.

  • What should I wear for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

    We encourage our guests, young and young at heart to wear pyjamas just as in the book with a dressing gown for good measure also. Immerse youirself in THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, children love it and why not Mums, Dads, Granny and Grandpa too? The atmosphere in the train comes alive for a truly magical experience!

    For the safety of our guests we ask that they wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and not slippers, open toed shoes, flip-flops etc. The British winter weather is not kind to fluffy slippers.

  • Gift Shop

    Our THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride shop is available before and after the Train Ride and is for ticket holders only.

    Online Gift Shop

    We also operate our online shop North Pole Trading where you are able to purchase a range of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride items throughout the year.

    Returns / refunds / faulty items

    We are sorry you wish to return your items / your item is faulty. Please contact our customer services who can assist with this. We will require your receipt number in order to process this.

  • I have a pending payment and no order confirmation.

    When making your booking with us, if you did not reach the “Thanks for your Order” page at the end of your booking and did not recieve an email confirmation from us then unfortunately it is likely your booking has failed. You may however, see a pending payment with your bank. This can be due to a number of reasons, but is likely because our payment provider declined the transaction often based on a security check, usually a CVC or Address mis-match with your bank. The pending payment will be released from your bank usually within a few hours / days and varies bank to bank.

    If you did however reach the “Thanks for your Order” Page, then it is likely your booking has been confirmed and your lack of email confirmation is often due to it being sent to spam / junk mail. If you are unable to find your confirmation please contact us at customer services.

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