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Special Event Rates

Mother's Day Express
Adult: $40.00 ($35 for Designated Driver Adults)
Child (ages 3-20): $24.00
Under 2 ride free
Mother's Day Standard
Adult: $28.00
Child (ages 3-12): $12.00
Under 2 ride free
Rails & Ales
$52.00 ($47 for Designated Driver Adults)
Wine Express
$52.00 ($47 for Designated Driver Adults)
$52.00 ($47 for Designated Driver Adults)
Holiday Express
Adult: $28.00
Child (ages 3-12): $12.00
Under 2 ride free

Shuttle Schedule


Available after the 5:00 Keystone Departure on the following dates ONLY:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 24-26
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

Pick up outside of Hill City Depot at 6:15 pm.

2016 Train Schedule


#1 Click on a month name to view the train schedule for that month.

#2 Note your preferred trip date.

#3 Enter your trip date in the Tickets panel on the right side of the page, then select other reservation details.









As with any railroad, motive power, schedules and fares are subject to change without prior notice.

 2016 Schedule

#1: Choose Date

View Shuttle Schedule

2016 Rates
  Round Trip One Way
Adult: $28.00 $23.00
(ages 3-12)
$12.00 $10.00
Under 2 ride free
View Special Event Rates

#2: Choose Tickets

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Holiday Express – November & December

Holiday Express

Experience the magic as you take a journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting to get on board the train.

New this year: Holiday Express – Spiked! We are excited to offer an adult only option on very limited departures. Enjoy a keepsake Holiday Express mug filled with spiked hot cocoa while in route to the North Pole. Don’t worry, Santa will still be visiting your car! These tickets are on sale now so reserve your seats today. These tickets may not be combined with regular Holiday Express tickets.

Get your tickets early. Call 605-574-2222 to make reservations or make them online.

Dress for Success: Train cars are enclosed and slightly heated, but the boarding area is outdoors so dress appropriately.


Photos with Santa

Enjoy a keepsake photo of your Holiday Express experience by getting a professional photo with Santa! Photos are $10 each or 3 for $25 and are taken in the caboose at the North end of the train yard. Santa photos will be taken from noon - 4:00 pm each day of the Holiday Express rides.



Holiday Express
$28 Adults
$12 Children (3-12)
under 2 ride free

Holiday Express – Spiked!
$38 Adults only

Your credit card is charged at the time of purchase. Please pick up tickets 30 minutes in advance at the Hill City Depot.

Tickets Include

Holiday Express

  • Train Ride
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar Cookie
  • Candy Cane
  • Small gift for each child
  • Visit with Santa

Holiday Express – Spiked!

  • Train Ride
  • Spiked Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar Cookie
  • Candy Cane
  • Keepsake cup
  • Assigned seating in adult only car
  • Visit with Santa

This option available on the following trips only:

  • Friday, November 25: 4:15 pm
  • Thursday, December 22: 6:00 pm
  • Friday, December 23: 6:00 pm


Seating is NOT Assigned for regular ticket holders. First come, first served. In order to sit together, passengers must be under ONE reservation and ONE payment.

Cancellation Policy

Credit card is charged at time of reservation. Like any ticketed event, all sales are final and no refunds or cancellations are offered unless ticketed train does not operate.

Bad Weather: Please prepare for winter road and traffic conditions! The 1880 Train is not liable for road closures or delays. This event will run no matter the weather.


If you need lodging, follow the links below for options available during the Holiday Express:

Super 8
Palmer Gulch KOA
Cabins near Hill City

Book your tickets now!