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Where to watch The Polar Express: stream online from anywhere this Christmas

Discover who's streaming the modern Christmas classic

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Looking to stream The Polar Express this Christmas? Then you've come to the right place to find out where you can do so. We'll tell which streaming services have the rights to show The Polar Express and how to watch the film - even if it isn't streaming where you live.

The Polar Express - fact file

Year: 2004
Run time: 100 mins
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, Eddie Deezen
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 56%

It seems to be harder and harder for new films to get the tag as a "Christmas classic". More and more come out every year, and so it takes something special to stand out from the crowd. With its 3D computer-animated splendour, magical themes and (let's face it) Tom Hanks, the 2004 movie has rightfully joined the canon of must-watch Christmas cinema.

Based on the popular children's novel, it follows Billy and his friends as they voyage on the eponymous engine towards the North Pole to see Santa Claus. Cue train-based hijinx, encounters with larger-than-life characters and - of course - the discovery of the true magic of Christmas. Despite some critics finding the animation a little bit, well...creepy, The Polar Express has become a firm favorite with children at this time of year.

So where can you watch it? Below we've rounded up the streaming services that are showing the film in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Nobody showing the film where you are? Well we've got a natty little trick to help you there, too.

Can I watch The Polar Express on Netflix?

Unfortunately, unlike last year The Polar Express is no longer on Australian or New Zealand Netflix. But don't be too disheartened, there are still plenty of other options where you can stream the movie.

Can I watch Polar Express on Amazon Prime Video?

Yes you can, but as far as we can see this is only available to the UK Amazon Prime and you'd still have to pay £4.99 to rent it (so it doesn't come with your subscription). Not in the U.K? Don't panic you've got plenty of other options on where you can stream The Polar Express, just keep reading to find out where.

Where to stream The Polar Express in the US

If you have a subscription to fuboTV or DIRECTV you're in luck as they have The Polar Express in stock. If not, these are the following popular platforms from which you can rent the movie: 

  • PlayStation - $2.99
  • Amazon - $3.99
  • YouTube - $3.99
  • Apple TV - $3.99
  • Google Play - $3.99
  • Vudu - $3.99
  • Microsoft - $3.99
  • Redbox - $3.99
  • AMC on demand - $3.99
  • DIRECTV - $3.99

Where to stream The Polar Express in the UK

Sky has got into the Christmas spirit by making the film available there. That means you're in luck if you already subscribe to Sky Cinema, or get all the films you can handle with a Now TV pass:

  • Sky Cinema (subscribers only, or £3.49)
  • Now TV - £11.99 for one month
  • PlayStation - £2.49
  • Chili Cinema - £2.49
  • Rakuten TV - £2.99
  • Amazon - £3.49
  • YouTube - £3.49
  • Apple TV - £3.49
  • Google Play - £3.49

Where to stream The Polar Express in Canada

Unfortunately, no providers have stocked up this year on The Polar Express, but if you don't mind a one-off payment you can rent the movie on these platforms:

  • Cineplex - $3.99
  • PlayStation - $4.99
  • YouTube - $4.99
  • Apple TV - $4.99
  • Google Play - $4.99
  • Microsoft - $4.99

Where to stream The Polar Express in Australia

Great news! Netflix has you sorted. So fantastic if you're already a subscriber, or it may be the incentive you need if you've been teetering on the edge of signing up - it even has a FREE trial you can go for. 

If you don't fancy a monthly set up, then these other places will rent it to you:

  • Apple TV - $2.99
  • PlayStation - $3.99
  • YouTube - $4.99
  • Google Play - $4.99
  • Microsoft - $4.99

How to stream The Polar Express from anywhere in the world

If you've hunted high and low where you live and just can't find anybody streaming the film, then we have a nifty trick up our sleeve that should be able to help.

The best way to watch it in your country is to download and install a VPN. We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express.

Streaming with a VPN is really easy to do, as well. Just follow the three steps below...

Step one: Download and install one of our top rated VPNs

1. ExpressVPN  the best all-round VPN for streaming, comes with 30-day trial and 3 months free when you sign up
2. IPVanish supports up to 10 devices, so great for the family
3. NordVPN SmartPlay tech makes Nord a great choice for streaming

Step two: Connect to a server where the film is streaming

Simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location. It's super easy to do.

Step three: Head to the streaming service you want to watch on

If you're already subscribed to the service (e.g. Netflix), then you're good to go. Otherwise you'll need to sign up - and don't miss out on any free trials.

Main image courtesy of Warner Bros