"Boarding the Train/The Ride Home"
Recorded 2004
Released 2004
Writer(s) Alan Silvestri
Length 8:45
Track No. 3 (score album)

"Boarding the Train/The Ride Home" is a score piece that plays in the 2004 film, The Polar Express and is also featured as the third track on its score album. It is also the longest track on the album with a time of 8 minutes, 45 seconds.

The piece starts when the children are boarding the Polar Express for the return journey and getting their tickets punched for the second time. It continues onto the scenes in which Hero Boy discovers that he lost his silver bell and when the train stops at his and Billy's houses and ends when Hero Boy goes upstairs to get back to bed.

Instrumental versions of the songs, "When Christmas Comes to Town", "Believe", and "The Polar Express" are featured. The score also features music similar to "Seeing is Believing", "Believe/Do You Believe in Ghosts/Approaching Flat Top Tunnel", and "Runaway Train/On the Ice/Ticket Punch/Saved by an Angel?".

Original songs: The Polar Express When Christmas Comes to Town Rockin' on Top of the World Believe Hot Chocolate Spirit of the Season It Takes Two
Christmas carols: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town White Christmas Winter Wonderland It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Silver Bells Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Good King Wenceslas Deck the Halls Frosty the Snowman
Score: Seeing is Believing Suite from the Polar Express Believe/Do You Believe in Ghosts/Approaching Flat Top Tunnel Runaway Train/On the Ice/Ticket Punch/Saved by an Angel? Boarding the Train/The Ride Home Returning the Lost Ticket Meeting Santa Claus
Albums: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Original Motion Picture Score