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

Local rail stations:

The Conwy Valley Line crosses the park with stations at

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

National Express

08705 808080

Local buses

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

www.swissitalianpaddlestea (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

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).

Bike hire

Beics Eryri Cycle Tour - Caernarfon
01286 676637

Beics Menai - Caernarfon
01286 676804

Bird Rock Cycle Hire - Tywyn
01654 711550

Coed y Brenin Forest Park - Dolgellau
0845 6040845

Cycle Hire - Barmouth
01341 280644

01492 878771

Beics Betws - Betws y Coed
01690 710766

More information

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