Harry Potter fans can finally ride the Hogwarts Express, and we're ready to hop on now
If you’ve ever dreamt of going to Hogwarts, here’s your chance to catch your train. A “real-life” Hogwarts Express is running between April and October to take all Potterheads on a journey through the Scottish countryside, Travel Pirates reported.
Sadly, the train doesn’t depart from the “real” Platform 9¾ at Kings Cross Station. Instead, the train, operated by West Coast Railways, leaves from Fort William, about a two-hour drive from Glasgow, and runs to Mallaig in the Highlands of Scotland.
Even though you’re not exactly going to a wizarding school, the train is the company’s famous Jacobite Steam Train, which looks a lot like the train in the Harry Potter films. So feel free to live out your wizarding fantasies.
This isn’t the only Hogwarts Express train in the U.K. Another train, operated by the North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railway Trust, also treats passengers to a Harry Potter experience, including a stop at Goathland station, which was featured as “Hogsmeade Station” in the films. Philadelphia also had its own Hogwarts Express back in 2017, departing from Jefferson Station to a special Harry Potter-themed event.
Of course, if you’re a Potterhead in Scotland, you can always plan your own, self-guided Harry Potter tour of Edinburgh, where J.K. Rowling got most of her inspiration for locations in the books.
Tickets for the West Coast Railways Hogwarts Express are $50 for adults and $28 for children up to age 12, and there will be two services per day from May to September. Visit the West Coast Railways website for everything you need to know to live out your Hogwarts fantasy.