Polar Express

315 Railroad Ave, Elkins, WV 26241, USA
from/per person $61
  • Regular Trains
  • 1.5 Hour
  • Diesel
  • Elkins Depot
  • Toy for Kids

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Reserve 5:00 PM Reserve 7:15 PM


Departs Elkins, WV Depot at 5:00 p.m and 7:15 p.m - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
(Railyard Restaurant Dinners served 4:30 PM & 6:45 PM)
Month Days Available
November 5, 8-12, 15-19, 24-26 & 28-30
December 1-3, 5-10 & 12-17


ATTENTION: Hi There! THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is fast approaching and many dates are sold out! While a few weekdays remain in November and December, including Tuesday evenings, several premium dates are at full capacity! If you’re looking for an enjoyable holiday experience with your family that involves a train ride, a visit with Santa, and Christmas cheer, we’re happy to announce that we’re also running our Elf Limited train on the Cass Scenic Railroad in Cass, West Virginia! You can learn more here: http://mountainrailwv.com/tour/the-elf-limited/

Polar Express

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™ 2017 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 golden ticket, cocoa mug, and bell! (Be sure to make your reservations early as these trains are expected to sell out quickly.)

Add Railyard Restaurant Traditional Holiday Buffet—Enjoy a family meal in combination with your ride to the North Pole at the adjacent Railyard Restaurant. Meals are served at 4:30 PM for 7:15 PM departures and at 6:45 PM for 5 PM departures. Reservations are highly recommended for both venues and you’re encouraged to book early as these events are expected to sell out quickly. Call 304-636-9477.


Important Information

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.

eTix Confirmation: Choose your date, car, seats and complete the reservation. Your eTickets will be emailed to you. Your eTickets will be emailed to you in one email. Make sure to check your SPAM box if you do not see your tickets.

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.

Trip Summary

  • Only Polar Express train in West Virginia!
  • Climate controlled
  • Visit with Santa + on-train entertainment just like the movie!
  • Take home souvenir included in price!
  • 1.5-hour round-trip excursion from Elkins to North Pole and return


Regular Rates Saturday Fall Rates
(Sept 16th, 23rd, & 30th and Oct 7th, 14th & 21st)
Age Group Cost Cost
Adults & Children over 12 $61.00 N/A
Children under 12 (infants included) $51.00 N/A

Rail Yard Holiday Buffet

Regular Rates Saturday Fall Rates
(Sept 16th, 23rd, & 30th and Oct 7th, 14th & 21st)
Age Group Cost Cost
Adults (12-65+) $20.00 N/A
Adults (4-11) $15.00 N/A

Boarding Location

315 Railroad Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241


Online Reservations Available:

Click here to reserve the 5:00 PM Train


Click here to reserve the 7:15 PM Train

To Reserve by Phone
 – 877-686-7245

Call Monday – Friday – 9AM – 5PM

Group Seating: Every effort will be made to seat groups as close together as possible on the train. Please let us know your needs prior to boarding.

Important Info: If you have a reservation, your eTicket will be scanned as you board the train. You may also purchase tickets at the ticket window. If you forget your eTicket, we can print them for you.

Cancellation Policy: If cancellations are made within 48 hours prior to boarding, there will be no refund. If notice of cancellation is made before 48 hours before departure, a 10% cancellation will be charged to any refund. You may reschedule at any time with no charges for a trip in the 2017 season. Gift certificates can be issued for the full amount of the reservation at any time.

Some dates excluded. Rates, times, dates are subject to change, including a $5 upcharge on peak Fall Saturdays.

Paid advance reservations are recommended to guarantee seating

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