How to get to Snowdonia National Park
Major rail stations:
Virgin Trains operates direct train services run to Llandudno Junction and Bangor from London and the West Midlands.
The Conwy Valley Line provides a link from Llandudno into Snowdonia and on to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Machynlleth and Porthmadog can be reached via Shrewsbury on the Cambrian Coast Line.
Approximate journey times
- Euston to Bangor 3.5 hrs
- Birmingham New Street to Bangor 3 hrs
- Manchester Oxford Street to Bangor 2.5 hrs
- Cardiff Central 4.5hrs
Local rail stations:
The Conwy Valley Line crosses the park with stations at
- Betws y Coed
- Pont y Pant
- Roman Bridge
- Blaenau Ffestiniog
At Blaenau Ffestiniog, take a steam train on the specatular 13-mile Ffestiniog Railway route which runs through the park with three stops before it reaches Porthmadog
More heritage railways include the Llyn Padarn Railway from Dinorwig to Llanberis, the former slate mine railway at Talyllyn, and the Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) Railway.
National Express services run to Llandudno, Bangor, Caernarfon and Porthmadog from London and Manchester.
Arriva operates a bus service from South Wales to Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Caernarfon and Bangor.
Approximate journey times
- London to Caernarfon 9 hrs
- Birmingham to Caernarfon 5 hrs 40mins
- Manchester to Caernarfon 5 hrs
- Cardiff to Caernarfon 9 hrs
The Snowdon Sherpa bus service operates between Bethesda, Llanberis, Llanrwst, Porthmadog and Caernarfon in the summer tourist season. A scaled-down service operates in winter.
For other bus information see
mers.com/snowdonsherpa (unofficial site about Sherpa Bus)
The Mawddach Trail - This is a nine-mile stretch of former railway track that follows the river from Morfa Mawddach (Barmouth railway bridge) to Dolgellau. For this and other traffic-free trails see
Snowdonia is a mountain-biker's paradise with some of the best rides in Britain at
- Coed y Brenin, Dolgellau (various trails)
- Gwydir Forest, Betws y Coed (difficult, 25km)
- Penmachno Forest (difficult, 19km/32km)
- Beddgelert Forest (forest road, 4km/9km
There are also more than 30 miles of easy to find recreational routes for walking and cycling in Gwynedd, many of them in the National Park. They are waymarked routes called Lonydd Glas (Recreational Routes).
Beics Eryri Cycle Tour - Caernarfon
Beics Menai - Caernarfon
Bird Rock Cycle Hire - Tywyn
Coed y Brenin Forest Park - Dolgellau
Cycle Hire - Barmouth
Beics Betws - Betws y Coed
More info / useful links
Walkers' taxi - this service is for people walking the Nantlle Ridge. Flat fee of £5 per person. Call Huw’s Taxis on (01286) 676767 or 07967 881903