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Special Event Rates

Mother's Day
Adult: $39.00
Child (3-12): $19.00
2 and under ride FREE, must sit on a lap
Rails & Ales
Adults only: $59.00
Wine Express
Adults only: $59.00
Adults only: $59.00
Holiday Express
Adult: $35 , Child (3-12) $16
2 and under ride FREE, must sit on a lap

Holiday Express Spiked!: $45, Adult only

Group Rates

$28.00 round trip, plus tax
$23 one way, plus tax
Children (3-12)
$13.00 round trip, plus tax
$12 one way, plus tax
2 and under ride FREE

Shuttle Schedule


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

July 7-9
July 14-16
July 21-23
July 28-30

Pick up outside of Hill City Depot at 6:15 pm by Dakota Frontier Tours.

  • Cost is $6 per passenger PLUS TAX, no matter the age.
  • Car seats must be provided by guest.
  • Guests may reserve by calling the 1880 Train office at 605-574-2222 or emailing

Holiday Express Schedule




#1: When selecting your depart from/time, this is the station you will leave from. You will arrive at your first destination one hour after the time listed.

#2: When selecting your return from/time, the time listed is the time you leave that station. You will arrive at the final destination one hour after the time listed.

Please note the red colored circles designate the diesel engine in use and the black circles designate the steam engine in use. The Diesel engine is always used for our 7:30 am and 8:45 am departures and is also used when the steam engine undergoes routine maintenance.


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

Holiday Express Schedule

#1: Choose Date

Holiday Express Rates
  Regular Spiked
Adult: $35.00 $45.00
$16.00 n/a
Under 3: FREE n/a

#2: Choose Tickets

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Train Appreciation Day – October 14

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The 1880 Train appreciates our military and those who live close by and support their local communities! To show our appreciation, all active military and locals (residents of South Dakota & Wyoming) ride for FREE on the 1880 Train’s last day of the 2018 regular season! To reserve seats for this day, please contact our office at 605-574-2222. Online tickets are not available for Train Appreciation Day.  

Train Appreciation Day Schedule

Hill City Departures: 10:00 AM & 1:15 PM
Keystone Departures: 11:15 AM

Enjoy FREE admission all day to the South Dakota State Railroad Museum, next door to the Hill City Depot.

Please note: Advanced reservations are required and must be made no later than 24 hours prior to your desired departure time. Military ID or a local Driver’s License must be presented upon collecting tickets. Discount applies only to the person with valid ID and cannot be combined with another discount. Passengers must arrive 30 minutes in advance to check in with ticket agent and pick up tickets. If you are unable to attend, we appreciate you letting us know in order that someone else may enjoy the experience.

Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase in the Hill City and Keystone Depots.



Sunday, October 14
Hill City Departures: 10:00 am & 1:15 pm
Keystone Departures: 11:15 am