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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
Mother's Day Standard
Adult: $28.00
Child (ages 3-12): $12.00
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

Shuttle Schedule


Shuttle service available for passengers riding the one-way departure from Keystone at 5:00 pm on the following dates:

June 26-29
July 6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27

Shuttle is $6 per child or adult. Call 605-574-2222 or email to reserve a seat on the shuttle.

2015 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 (at right) and select other reservation details.

Nov - Dec

  Holiday Express
Adults: $28.00
Children (3-12):


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

 2015 Schedule

#1: Choose Date

View Shuttle Schedule

2015 Rates
  Round Trip One Way
Adult: $28.00 $23.00
(ages 3-12)
$12.00 $10.00
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#2: Check for Seats

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Holiday Express – November 27, 28 & December 12, 19, 20, 23

Holiday Express

Experience the magic as you take a journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting to board the train. Each child will get the chance to meet Santa and receive a small Christmas gift. Our depot and train will be festooned with holiday cheer so make sure to bring your camera to capture memories that will last a lifetime. This holiday ride is perfect for the whole family!

Professional Photos with Santa

Take home a special memory of the 2015 Holiday Express! Get a picture with Santa in Santa's Caboose located at the Hill City Station. Professional 5x7 photos are $10 each or 3 for $25. Only cash or check will be accepted for photos. For your convenience, an ATM is available at the Hill City Depot. Santa's Caboose is open during the following times:

Holiday Express Photo Contest

Passengers are invited to submit their favorite photo of the 2015 Holiday Express. The 1880 Train will select one winner who will receive two complimentary tickets to ride the 1880 Train during the regular 2016 season. Passengers may submit their photos via email to, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter. Use hashtag #holidayexpress. Photos will be made available though a link from this page, so check back later!

While planning your Holiday Express ride, take time to visit the South Dakota State Railroad Museum's Annual Trees & Trains exhibit, open weekends through the month of December and located next to the Hill City depot. Times vary and are available at Admission is $5/adult and kids 12 and under are free. Ticket holders will see Christmas trees decorated by area businesses, scale model trains and historic exhibits.

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

Please Note: Seating is NOT assigned. Credit card is necessary to make reservation. Passengers must arrive 30 minutes in advance to check in with ticket agent and pick up tickets. Although we only run enclosed cars with heat for the Holiday Express, dress for the weather as you will be waiting outside to board the train and we want everyone to be comfortable. Like any ticketed event, all sales are final and no refunds or exchanges are offered unless ticketed train does not operate.


$28 Adults
$12 Children (3-12)


November 27: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:15 pm
November 28: 12:45 pm & 2:30 pm
December 12: 11:00am, 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:15 pm
December 19: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:15 pm
December 20: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:15 pm
December 23: 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:15 pm & 6:00 pm

This ride departs from Hill City and lasts approximately one hour.

If you need lodging, the following hotel is located in Hill City and open during our Holiday Express season:

Super 8
Best Western Golden Spike - 605-574-2577

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