Jumbo Express

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:

1 April - 29 September 2019 Daily
30 September - 18 October 2019 Weekends only
19 October - 3 November 2019 Daily
4 November 2019 - February 2019 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!