Is $18 Per Ticket Too Expensive For Thomas The Train Rides?

Want to take the family out to see the tremendously popular Thomas the Tank Engine in Grapevine?  Bring your checkbook, wallet, money clip, and purse.  You are going to need all of them.

A family of four will spend $72 just for the tickets alone. 

We love train rides.  And we really look forward to the day we can take our son for a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, but we are going to start saving right now for that experience.  $18 per person seems like an awful lot for a 25 minute ride.

One thing we love about Grapevine is how family friendly it is.  In  this case, maybe it should be a little more pocketbook friendly.

We want to ask you what you think.  Is $18 a fair price for the ride on Thomas the Tank Engine?  If not, what would you recommend?  $9?  $12?

Please feel free to leave your opinion below in the comments section.


  1. $9 is better , because $18 for 3 people that is alot… so idk if we will be going. the reviews heard that its not worth it. so it is in the air.

  2. Hi Alexa,

    I agree that $9 seems a lot more reasonable. I read that they sold out last week though so I guess some people are paying the $18.

    Maybe they could have a discount day for us next year… 🙂


  3. For someone who was fixing to drive 4 hours away at $40/ adult ticket and $20/ child ticket…$18 seems VERY reasonable. Grapevine is 1 1/2 hours away. Although having fun can be expensive…it holds a lifetime of memories. Be financially aware of what you HAVE to spend against the extras you dont really need. For example: people with 2 or more children can pack a picnic lunch rather than buying the expensive refreshments the facility has to offer. Take a disposable or digital camera instead of buying one from the facility.

    • Very good points Jessica. I can understand the lifetime of memories part. And a picnic lunch actually sounds better than carnival corn dogs. 🙂

      That is priceless for any parent.


  4. WOW! I didn’t know Thomas the Train was coming to Grapevine. So thankful I found this website! It is very informative, as my husband and I are looking to move to the area from East Texas. We will continue to search your website for additional info about Grapevine! Thanks!

  5. Hi Cynthia,

    Yes, Thomas the Train was here the last two weekends, but is done for the year.

    On the bright side, if you move here, I’m sure Thomas will be back next year for more fun and you can enjoy a visit with him then! 🙂


  6. I paid $16 per person last week and it definitely was not worth it!

  7. The ticket prices is what has prevented us from taking our kids. I can afford it; I just don’t like to be taken advantage of. So, we drive by and wave at Thomas and I’m thankful we aren’t fighting the crowds.

    Much better deal to ride Grapevine Vintage Railroad into downtown Fort Worth.