The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad is proud to announce its partnership with Rail Events Inc. (through Warner Brothers Consumer Products, Inc.) to bring the officially licensed train ride event to Elkins, West Virginia this coming holiday season! THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train rides are based on the holiday feature film from Warner Bros. and the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama clad passengers relive the magic of the story as this nighttime train whisks families away for an unforgettable ride to the North Pole. During the journey, the Conductor will punch tickets and dancing Chefs serve hot chocolate, followed by a reading of Van Allsburg’s classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train and greet the children and offer a gift for those who truly believe – a silver sleigh bell.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad joins over thirty other officially licensed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride events nationwide this holiday season. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 2016 holiday schedule consists of train departures in November and December leading up to Christmas from the downtown Railroad Depot in Elkins, West Virginia.

All passengers will receive their own souvenir cocoa mug and bell! (Be sure to make your reservations early as these trains are expected to sell out quickly.)

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and Copyright Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s14)

2016 Reservations

ROUND TRIP (Two Trains per Date)

Adults and children 12 and older

$55 each
Departs the Elkins Depot at 5:00pm and 7:15pm.

Children under 12 years of age.

$49 each
RESERVE 5:00pm
RESERVE 7:15pm
Boarding Location:
The Elkins Depot
315 Railroad Ave.
Elkins, WV 26241
38:55 17 N 79:51 3 W
All passengers will receive their own souvenir cocoa mug!
For 5:00pm departures: RESERVE
For 7:15pm departures: RESERVE

Reserve your POLAR EXPRESS™ journey today.

Kids (and parents) are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

For 5:00pm departures: RESERVE
For 7:15pm departures: RESERVE



Reservations Required. No reservations after 1pm the day of the trip. It is highly recommended you book in blocks of four. Our trains are set up with four-top tables so we can serve you Hot Chocolate.


Choose your preferred departure time, click on the link. Choose your date, car, seats and complete the reservation. Your eTickets will be emailed to you. Should you decide to change your departure time, clear your browser cache first. Your eTickets will be emailed to you in one email. Make sure to check your SPAM box if you do not see your tickets. Just click twice to open and print your ticket.


Elkins boarding area is located at the Depot on 315 Railroad Avenue in the Downtown area. The ticket office is open 1.5 hours prior to departure and passengers should plan to arrive at least 45-60 minutes prior to departure. Don’t forget your eTickets. If you do forget your eTicket, come to our ticket window in the Railroad Depot and we can print your ticket(s) for you. It’s a good idea to go to the ticket window and pre-board. If you have a smart device and can access your email, you may present your eTicket PDF at the ticket window for pre-boarding.

Polar Express Cancellation Policy:

Tickets are non-refundable 48 hours after booking. If notice of cancellation is made within 48 hours of booking, a 10% cancellation fee will be charged for any refund.

Add RailYard Restaurant Traditional Holiday Buffet

Enjoy a family meal in combination with your ride to the North Pole at the RailYard Restaurant… only steps away from THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train.

RailYard Buffet Prices: (Do NOT include POLAR EXPRESS™ ticket)

Adults – $20
Children (Age 4-11) – $15
Children (Age 3 & Under) – FREE

For the 5:00pm POLAR EXPRESS add the 6:45pm BuffetRESERVE

For the 7:15pm POLAR EXPRESS add the 4:30pm BuffetRESERVE

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