Passage through Asia

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Passage through Asia is a large rolling paddock with no barriers between you and the animals, housing Bactrian camels, yak, and Pere David's deer amongst others.

Visitors can either drive-through this exhibit or just take the Jumbo Express!

Swamp Deer and axis deer fawns in the Passage through Asia enclosure at ZSL Whipsnade.

Passage through Asia's acres of open space give Whipsnade's animals lots of space to roam. As well as loads of grass to graze on, you can see our Pere David's deer and axis deer wading in to the large natural lake!

Père David’s deer


Book your tickets now for a really great day out that makes a real difference!

steam train whipsnade zoo

See below for Jumbo Express running dates

Take a ride on one of our two impressive steam engines, Excelsior and Superior, as they weave their way through the territories of some of the world's most inspiring animals.

Elephants, rhinos, yaks and camels are just some of the mammals you can expect to see on your journey in the Jumbo Express. With our exciting commentary, we will take you on a safari adventure you will never forget.

Asked why people love the trains so much, driver and engineer Kevin Edwins said: “It’s the sheer magic of a steam-hauled railway. People love to hear the whistle and see the smoke - very few zoos have them.”

When we are running:

4th November 2019 - 14th Febraury 2020 Closed
15th February - 23rd February 2020 Daily
29th February - 29th March 2020 Weekends Only
4th April - 4th October 2020 Daily
10th October -18 October 2020 Weekends Only
24th October -1st November 2020 Daily
2nd Novembr - February 2021 Closed



The steam train is subject to weather conditions and ticket availability. 

It gets quite busy during weekends and school holidays so we recommend that you board the train as early as possible on the day to avoid disappointment. You can buy your train tickets any time during the day to board later on in your visit.



Adult (Inc. Seniors.)


Adult School Group


Child (Under 3) FREE

Child (Aged 3-15)


Child School Group


Qualifying Carer


Adult (Inc. Seniors) Member / Fellow


Child Member


You can purchase tickets at the railway gift shop on the day. School groups are required to pre-book.


Disabled access

The Jumbo Express can accommodate two adults wheelchairs.


Maximum: 125
Minimum: 30

Book tickets online

Book Zoo tickets online and jump the queue!