Jumbo Express

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:

  • The Jumbo Express runs daily during February half term, and then weekends only until the 25th March. The Jumbo Express then resumes a daily service until September 30th. From 1 October until February half term, the Jumbo Express operates on weekends only. Please check train times on the day of your visit.

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!