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 real day out that makes a real difference!

Jumbo Express steam train in ZSL 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.”


Where are we?

Find us on ZSL Whipsnade Zoo daily planner map. 

PDF icon Whipsnade Map (3.12 MB)

When we are running:

Until 11 February 2017 Closed
11 February - 19 February 2017 Daily
20 February - 31 March 2017 Weekends only
1 April - 30 September 2017 Daily
1 October - 20 October 2017 Weekends only
21 October - 30 October 2017 Daily
Until February 2018 Closed


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

It gets quite busy during weekends and school holidays so we recommend you purchase your tickets as early as possible on the day to avoid disappointment.



Adult (Inc. Seniors.)


Adult School Group




Child School Group


Qualifying Carer


Adult (Inc. Seniors) Member / Fellow


Child Member


You can purchase tickets at the main gate and 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!