The Polar Express is a 2004 film starring Tom Hanks, based on the 1985 children’s book. It sees a young boy embark on an adventure to the North Pole onboard The Polar Express train, which concludes in the restoration of his faith in Santa Claus. There are several ways you can watch The Polar Express today, and on any mobile device.

Watch The Polar Express free with Now in the UK

The easiest place to watch The Polar Express in the UK on Sky's Now streaming service (previously Now TV).

To access it, you'll need to sign up for a Cinema membership, where it's one of over 1000 films available. This costs £7.99 per month, although you can cancel at any time. However, you can also currently bundle it with the Entertainment membership for £11.98 per month for the first four months. That's a 40% saving, after which it'll return to its usual £19.98 per month price.

Both these options get you 720p quality on just 1 device at a time, with stereo speakers and occasional ads. For an extra £5 per month, you can watch on up to 3 devices simultaneously at 1080p, with Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and no ads.

Check out the full range of options on the Now website, where there's a 7-day free trial available to all new customers.

If you already have a Sky TV package that includes Sky Cinema, you'll already have access. The Polar Express is available to watch via the Sky Go app, available across all your devices.

Likewise, if your Virgin TV subscription includes movies, you can watch the film on Virgin TV Go.

Watch The Polar Express free with HBO Max in the US

If you're based in the US, your best bet is HBO Max. Plans start at $9.99 per month for a subscription with adverts and no access to some high-profile Warner Bros. movies. A full, ad-free subscription costs $14.99 per month, although there's no free trial available.

You can sign up on the HBO Max website now.

Buy a digital copy of The Polar Express

If you’d like a digital copy of The Polar Express you can watch again and again, we’ve found various options.

If you’re an Android user, The Polar Express is available to buy from Google Play Movies & TV for £6.99/$9.99, which can be viewed on your phone, tablet, laptop, PC or smart TV. You can also rent it for £3.49/$3.99.

iOS, Mac or Apple TV users have a similar option via iTunes, where it has the cheapest price to buy of £5.99/$9.99 and £3.49/$3.99 to rent.

You can also rent or buy The Polar Express from Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft, YouTube and Rakuten.

Buy The Polar Express on DVD

You can still buy The Polar Express on DVD. It’s available from Amazon UK at the bargain price of £4.99 or £7.59 on Blu-ray. You can also check the marketplace if a used disc for under £1 sounds good. Via Amazon US, it's available for $7.99 on DVD or $7.63 on Blu-ray.

Rent The Polar Express on DVD

The Polar Express is also available via DVD rental subscription service Cinema Paradiso - sign up here for a free trial.

Also see: Best Christmas movies ever - the ultimate list of the best Christmas films