All aboard the Santa Express!


Ho! Ho! Ho! The Santa Express is ready to go!  Queensland Rail customers are invited to jump onboard for a magical journey with Santa from Monday 13 December through to Friday 17 December.


Queensland Rail Head of South East Queensland Scott Riedel said the Santa Express had been operating on the South East Queensland network for more than a decade and has become a much anticipated tradition in the lead up to Christmas.


"We've had confirmation direct from the North Pole that the man in red is about to swap his sleigh for a train to spread Christmas cheer across the Queensland Rail network from 13 to 17 December," Mr Riedel said.


"The Santa Express will operate on a different line each day and stop at various stations, including Darra, Petrie, Ferny Grove and Helensvale.  Santa and his elves will be at stations and onboard to spread festive cheer and can't wait to pose for that all-important Santa photo.


"Santa will have plenty of candy canes for all the good boys and girls out there and an Instagram filter for those who want to take a s-Elfie with him.


"This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun day celebrating the festive season with Queensland Rail.


"To travel on-board the Santa Express, customers must tap on and off with a valid go card, as normal fares apply.


"Those who aren't able to experience the magic on-board can also visit their local station when Santa is scheduled to be there, where they can spend some quality time with the jolly man himself fare-free."


The Salvation Army band will also be performing at Central station each morning during 13-17 December from approximately 7am until 8.30am to add to the festive atmosphere.


Santa can be found at local stations at the following times.



Redcliffe, Caboolture, Ipswich and Springfield lines

Central between 8.40am and 9.20am

Darra between 10.00am and 10.15am

Petrie between 12.40pm and 1.25pm

Mango Hill between 1.40pm and 2.20pm

Fortitude Valley between 3.25pm and 3.50pm



Shorncliffe and Cleveland lines

Central between 8.45am and 9.00am
Sandgate between 9.50am and 10.35am
South Brisbane between 12.40pm and 12.50pm
Manly between 1.30pm and 1.50pm



Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines

Roma Street between 8.55am and 9.25am
Helensvale between 10.40am and 11.20am
Beenleigh between 12.45pm and 1.05pm



Inner-City lines

Central between 8.15am and 9.45am
South Bank between 10.15am and 10.30am*
Park Road between 10.45am and 11.05am*
Fortitude Valley between 11.30am and 11.50am*



Ferny Grove line

Ferny Grove between 9.30am and 9.45am
Mitchelton between 10.00am and 10.20am
Central between 10.50am and 11.20am
Eagle Junction between 12.45pm and 1.10pm
Roma Street between 1.30pm and 2.20pm


For more information on Santa's movements from 13-17 December, customers can visit or keep an eye on Queensland Rail's Facebook page. 

For further details contact Queensland Rail Corporate Affairs on:

Phone: 07 3072 2180