The Ultimate Polar Express Experience | Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel

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The Ultimate Polar Express Experience

All Aboard for The Ultimate Polar Express Experience

Experience The Ultimate Polar Express Experience aboard your own private charter train to the North Pole! Ride in our exclusive, first-class historic train cars – it’s like a living room on the rails. The Ultimate Polar Express Experience 11Travel on your own private train with your family and friends to the North Pole and we’ll bring the classic book and movie to life. The magical ride from Williams features the Conductor personally reading the story to all the children. Plus, your private chef will lead Christmas carols and share treats like cookies and hot chocolate. Parents can enjoy refreshments from a private bar. Then, Santa Claus will board the train, present each child the signature Polar Express bell, and spend the whole journey back from the North Pole with you to ring in the season. Imagine opening presents on the train with Santa where your kids will have an extraordinary night they’ll remember forever.

The train will depart the depot at 6:00 p.m. and the journey will last approximately 2 hours. Dates are available in late 2022.

Guests receive a commemorative bell, mug, gift bag, and other special gifts from Santa. Custom catering and cash/host bar available – contact our V.I.P. Rail Concierge for details and pricing at 928-635-5700. Prices start at $7,000 for this private charter experience.

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Have a Magical Experience in a Cozy Living Room on the Rails

Ride in our classic, upgraded rail cars to the North Pole. If you’ve experienced or are looking into our standard Polar Express Train, you’re on a car that seats up to 80 people. The Ultimate Polar Express is much more intimate, with only 22 – 32 seats. However, if you have a bigger group you can simply add additional upgraded train cars.

Parlor Cars

We have two classic rail cars built in the 1950s era that feature open, couch-like seating: The Santa Fe and The Utah. The Santa Fe seats 32 guests while The Utah seats 22 guests so there’s plenty of room for your group. You can select one car or take both if you have a larger group to seat up to 44 guests. Each car has a bar on board.

Price Breakdown for The Ultimate Polar Express Experience
Car TypeNumber of PassengersPrice per PassengerTotal Price
2 CarsSeating from 22 - 44 guestsFrom $227$10,000 + tax
1 Car Seating for a maximum of 32 guestsFrom $219$7,000 + tax
Please note: you must purchase the whole car.
Contact our V.I.P. Rail Concierge for details and pricing at 928-635-5700.

More Ways to Customize Your Special Journey

Specialty Rail Cars

Another set of options are The Max Biegert and The Fred Harvey. These two cars are unique in their own right and can be added to your custom train consist. The Max Biegert car seats approximately 25 guests with comfortable sofas, a rear platform, a bar, and space for a Christmas tree! The Fred Harvey is a full-length dome car with seating up to 60 guests. Upstairs, ride high above the train on your way to the North Pole. Downstairs is a full parlor with comfortable seating and a bar. Talk to our V.I.P. Rail Concierge about riding on one of these cars.

Make Your Experience Even More Special with an Overnight Stay on the Train!

Want to make The Ultimate Polar Express Experience even more magical? Stay overnight in one of our sleeper cars! The California and Kansas cars can both be chartered to host you upon your return from your visit with Santa offering an overnight experience that is second-to-none. Includes one around-the-clock on-board Passenger Service Attendant for the entire consist and all of the amenities of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Available beginning November 2022.

Sound like the magic you’ve been looking for? Contact your Rail Concierge for details.

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The California
(Dome/Sleeper Car)

This beautiful dome car can host 22 passengers. It sleeps 16 passengers via 8 private bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. There are also 2 common restrooms with showers.

The Kansas
(Platform / Sleeper Car)

The classic rear platform car can accommodate 12 passengers. It sleeps 6 passengers in 2 master suites with a jack-and-jill shared restroom. There is also 1 standard room with a private bathroom. Additionally, there is a private dining room with seating for 6. This unique car is ideal for small, intimate groups or the car can be added to any consist.

Price Breakdown for Addition of Sleeper Cars
Car TypeNumber of GuestsPrice per GuestTotal Price per 12 Hours
2 Sleeper Cars (The California and Kansas)Maximum of 22$125$2,750 + tax
1 Sleeper Car (The California)Maximum of 16$125$2,000 + tax
1 Sleeper Car (The Kansas)Maximum of 6$125$750 + tax

Terms & Conditions

Pricing excludes food and beverage, overnight stays at GCR/GCSR Hotels or on board the RBC cars, on- and off-board entertainment, in-compartment amenity baskets, professional photography, taxes, NPS entry fee, all gratuities, and other fees. Subject to availability. All rates subject to change.

Contact our V.I.P. Rail Concierge for details and pricing at 928-635-5700

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