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Customer Services: 01388-661394

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Monday - Saturday 0900-1215 & 1245-1600

Santa's special festive train to


Festive Capital Express

Saturday 1st December 2018

Bishop Auckland: 06:15 / 22:25

Shildon: 06:24 / 22:15

Newton Aycliffe: 06:33 / 22:08

Darlington: 07:07 / 21:47

York: 07:48 / 21:12

London Kings Cross : 11:47 / 17:08

Christmas Shopping             Sightseeing             Meet Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves on board       

 Gift from Santa for every child              Over 5 hours free time in London                     Direct train

 On train entertainment          Vintage London Routemaster Bus Excursion (optional extra)                  

First Class (Adult or Child#) £120.00

Standard Class Adult £79.00

Standard Class Child# £49.00

Group Discount 10% (for 10 or more passengers in group)

# Children aged under 5 travel for free but must not occupy a seat, to reserve a seat for an under 5, a child ticket is required. A charge of £5 applies for children travelling for free to receive a visit and gift from Santa during the journey. Free under 5s are one free child per paying adult.

In person

At the ticket office at Bishop Auckland Railway Station (during normal opening hours).


By phone

Call the Bishop Trains Travel Centre on 01388-661394

Monday - Saturday 0900 - 1600


During our normal opening hours if we don't answer your call, please leave a message on answerphone and we will ring you back.



Book online anytime using our secure Paypal check out.  Pay with credit / debit card or your paypal account.


How to Book     Pay a deposit of only £20 per adult, £10 per child, with balance due 1st November 2018

First Class Dining Option - Limited Availabilty PLEASE RING TO CHECK AVAILABILITY 01388-661394 option 2

First Class passengers can enjoy breakfast on the outward  journey and dinner on the return for only £30 per person extra.


Typical menus (may vary on day)

Breakfast - Cornflakes or fruit segments, bacon, sausage, black pudding, hash brown, tomato & scrambled egg, roll, butter and preserve, tea or coffee

Dinner - Soup, roll & butter, traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas pudding, tea or coffee & after-dinner mint,  tea or coffee

Fares (from all stations)        

Your travel ticket and exact times will be issued approximately 7 days in advance of the excursion.  


The “Festive Capital Express” Rail Excursion is organised by Bishop Trains, Bishop Auckland. The train is operated by a railtour operator on behalf of Bishop Trains.


1.All seats are fully reserved and must be booked and paid for in advance. Bishop Trains endeavour to fulfil specific seating requests subject to availability.

2.While the train operator/Bishop Trains will make every reasonable effort to ensure that the train runs as planned, the train operator and Bishop Trains do not accept responsibility for delays, mishaps or alterations or curtailment of the tour arising from situations outwith its control.

3.The train operator and Bishop Trains cannot be held liable for any missed connections or non-use of tickets.

4.Provisional times are only a guide and when booking you accept that these may differ from the final times. Final times will be provided with your ticket, normally about a week before the date of the tour.

5.Please allow plenty of time to reach your joining station and, if appropriate, sufficient time to park your car and make your way to the correct platform to join the train.

6.If an excursion is cancelled by the train operator or Bishop Trains a full refund will be made, but no other liability shall be incurred.

7.The train operator and Bishop Trains reserve the right to refuse access to, or remove from the train, any persons who are considered to be using inappropriate behaviour affecting the safety of the train and its passengers, spoiling the enjoyment for other passengers on the train, or failing to comply with any reasonable requests made by a member of the train staff.

8.If you have any issues during your journey please bring them to the attention of one of the train stewards, Bishop Trains staff or the Train Manager so that there is an opportunity to rectify the situation. It is unreasonable to take no action at the time and subsequently make a complaint. If the problem is not resolved then please put your complaint in writing to Bishop Trains, Bishop Auckland Railway Station, to arrive no later than 10 days after your date of travel.

9. The train operator and Bishop Trains cannot be held liable for any costs incurred, or any other losses resulting from a passenger missing the train. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that they are at the station in good time to board the train. Your ticket is not valid on the services of any other train company.

10.Your booking is accepted as constituting acceptance of these conditions.


Customer Cancellation or Alteration to a Booking


1.For cancellations received more than 10 days prior to the tour departure refunds will be given. To cover any non-recoverable charges or costs Bishop Trains reserve the right to reduce the value of these refunds by up to the greater of £10 or 10% of the sum paid.

2.No refund will be given for cancellations received within 10 days or less of the tour departure or for failure to board the train on the day.

3. Deposits are non-refundable.

Rail Excursion Booking Terms & Conditions    



From festive shopping and fairy lights to picturesque ice

skating, we've got Christmas in the capital all wrapped up

on our special excursion train to London.


During the journey Santa will join the train with his sack

brimming with gifts for the children on-board.

Every child will receive a gift and will have the

opportunity to meet Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves.


All of this, plus carol singers and mince pies will make

this a trip to remember.




NEW FOR 2018

Why not join us on our specially chartered vintage London

Routemaster bus for a 2 hour sightseeing tour of the city before being

dropped off at either Hyde Park for the Winter Wonderland or Oxford Street for Christmas shopping

Cost is £10 per person, limited availability, advance booking is essential

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Once your booking has been submitted our reservations team will be in touch to confirm your booking and obtain your credit/debit card details for payment.

London Routemaster Bus Tour Option - Sorry, the Bus Tour has now sold out

NEW FOR 2018

This year we are pleased to offer the option of a special city sightseeing tour on-board a traditional vintage London Routemaster bus.

The tour will take in all of the famous sights of London, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.  Tour duration is around 2 hours.

After the tour there will be the option of leaving the bus at Hyde Park for the Winter Wonderland or alternatively in Oxford Street for a bit of festive shopping. (Passengers will be required to make their own way back to Kings Cross station to join the train home).

The tour is priced at £10 per person and must be booked in advance as seats are limited in availability.

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Make your ticket selections below, once selected the ticket type will appear in the secure Paypal basket where you can increase the number of tickets required and also select "continue shopping" to return to this page and add addtional ticket types.


Special note concerning First Class dining passengers with special dietry needs - please email with details of your requirements.  Minimum 14 days notice required.


credit card 2 credit card 1 First Class Dining ADULT £150 First Class Dining CHILD £150 First Class Non-Dining ADULT £120 First Class Non-Dining CHILD £120 Standard Class ADULT £79 Standard Class CHILD £49

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Please ensure you select the correct boarding point.   For group discount tickets please ring us on 01388-661394


If children are travelling please email name, age and gender to so that Santa can arrange the best possible gift.




To add the optional Routemaster Sightseeing tour, use this button



For children under 5 travelling free - use this button to arrange a gift

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First Class Dining ADULT £150 First Class Dining CHILD £150 First Class Non-Dining ADULT £120 First Class Non-Dining CHILD £120 Standard Class ADULT £79 Standard Class CHILD £49

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Optional Bus Tour SORRY SOLD OUT
Gift for free child under 5 years £5