The Polar Express Train Ride

🗓️ Friday 17th November – Friday 30th December 2023

Step aboard the Swanage Railway for a magical journey to the North Pole

Journey through Purbeck on The Polar ExpressTM Train Ride and experience the wonder of the much-loved festive film from the comfort of a Swanage Railway heritage carriage.

Wear your favourite winter pyjamas or Christmas cosies as you sip on a mug of hot chocolate and watch the magic unfold before your eyes – there’ll be all the characters you know and love, along with singing and dancing to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit.

We’ve heard whispers of a very special festive visitor, too – with a sack of Polar Express themed gifts to give away.


Train rides run five times a day from Swanage on selected dates between Friday 17 November – Friday 20 December, with special Christmas Eve shows now added.

The experience lasts for approximately one hour, setting off from Swanage Station (to the North Pole! and back) at the following times:

  • 11am
  • 12.45pm
  • 2.45pm
  • 4.45pm
  • 6.45pm

Christmas Eve timings

There will be three Polar Express departures on Sunday 24th December:

  • 11am
  • 12.45pm
  • 2.45pm


Bring your E-ticket to the station where it will be exchanged for a special Golden Ticket allowing you to board the Polar Express Train.

Prices start from £36.95 per seat and vary depending on which day you travel and whether you’re in the Rudolph, Comet or Blitzen carriage.

The Cupid Carriage is accessible and can accommodate two wheelchair positions and one table of four travellers.

Tickets must be purchased via See Tickets:


The closest long-stay car park is Main Beach Car Park on Victoria Avenue.

Swanage Station is a five-minute walk from here.

Postcode: BH19 1PW