Santa Train Ride Frequently Asked Questions

Q.   How early should I arrive?

A.   Due to the time required to park, walk to the station and locate your assigned car we strongly suggest you arrive at least 20 minutes early.

Q.   What are the ride prices?

A.   Prices vary by departure location. Choose a departure location. Prices will then be visible.

Q.   Are seats assigned?

A.   Tickets are assigned by railroad car. Seating within that car is open and groups wishing to sit together should arrive early to ensure they are at the head of the boarding line for their car. If you wish to be certain that your group will all be in the SAME CAR, please purchase all tickets for your group at the same time.

Q.   Do you return to the same station where you left from?

A.   Yes, the rides return to their departure location.

Q.   How long is the ride?

A.   It varies by departure location. Whippany: ~45 minutes, Glen Rock/Wayne: ~90 minutes, Westfield & Somerville: ~90 minutes.

Q.   Are there restrooms on the train?

A.   Rides run on NJ Transit are modern passenger cars that most are restroom equipped. At Museums not every car may have a restroom.

Q.   Is the event handicapped accessible?

A.   Some stations are equipped with either high level platforms or a short wheelchair ramp at one end of the platform. These stations are marked with the ADA standard wheelchair icon (on the previous page) Please arrive no less that 45 minutes prior to departure to ensure easy check in.

Q.   Are strollers permitted?

A.   Strollers are welcome at the event, but are not permitted in the aisles. This is a NJ public safety law. Stroller stowage can be on the overhead racks or behind fixed seats.

Q.   Are the cars heated?

A.   NJ Transit provided cars are fully heated. Some historical era museum cars may have full heat to lesser heat.

Q.   Is there a charge for babies riding the train with their older siblings?

A.   The age requirement varies between the four groups running these trains. Choose a departure location. Ticketing requirements details will then be visible.

Q.   Are all of the rail cars historic?

A.   Most of NJ's Santa Trains are run on NJ Transit rail lines using NJ Transit modern (1990's-present) equipment. Museums may have some to many historic cars in their consists.

Q.   Are trips cancelled due to weather?

A.   Train rides will run rain, snow, sleet or shine. Trains will not run if the Governor of NJ declares a weather state of emergency or the host railroad determines it cannot safely operate the trains.

Page created October, 2011
updated on October 21, 2014