The Polar Express Train Ride

All Aboard The Polar Express™ Train Ride

Polar Express Train RideABOUT The Polar Express™ Train Ride at the Mt. Rainier Railroad

The magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life in Elbe, Washington. This story of a child’s Christmas Eve journey comes alive on-board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.  All ages can enjoy the warmth and fun of the Christmas season as you depart for a trip to the North Pole.

Passengers will be entertained by Chefs, enjoy Hot Chocolate and Cookies, and listen to a reading of THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will board the train and give each child the first gift of Christmas (a silver bell).   This event will surely become an annual tradition for the whole family. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas! And make sure to check out these special offers on lodging near the train station.

SCHEDULE for The Polar Express™ Train Ride

The Polar Express™ Train Ride

Popular dates and times sell out quickly.

FARES for The Polar Express™ Train Ride

The Polar Express™ Train Ride

All tickets are for reserved seats, allowing your party to select their configuration of seats together. All of our coaches are heated. Restrooms are available at the train depot, with limited restrooms available on the train. Standard Class train coaches are Tacoma Rail cars representative of the 1950’s era Amtrak passengers cars with comfortable front-facing upholstered seats in paired rows. First Class vintage Olympian Hiawatha cars feature table-and-chair configuration, which allows for parties of 4 to sit facing each other. In Standard Class, hot chocolate is served with a cookie, the cocoa is in a disposable mug. First Class includes a collector’s edition souvenir mug with your hot chocolate and cookie. The mug is exclusively available to First Class passengers and cannot be found in stores. Please note THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is a licensed event. All ticket sales are final and are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other Mt Rainier Railroad trips/excursions.

RESERVATIONS for The Polar Express™ Train Ride

To reserve your tickets call (888)-783-2611 phone lines are staffed daily, except for holidays. If you happen to get voicemail when you call please leave a message. The railroad’s reservation office will call you back and offer personal assistance in finding available dates. To reserve your tickets online visit

LODGING near The Polar Express™ Train Ride

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Package at the Copper Creek Inn
Copper Creek Inn
Mounthaven Resort
Mounthaven Resort








The Polar Express Train Ride Special at Wilderness Edge Cabin
Wilderness Edge
Whittaker's Bunkhouse
Whittaker’s Bunkhouse








The Polar Express Special at National Park Inn
National Park Inn








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Mt. Rainier Railroad & Museum

PHONE:1-888-STEAM11 (1-888-783-2611)
ADDRESS: 54124 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA 98330