Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway has been taking travellers to the summit of Snowdon since 1896. Back then, the summit was just a few huts but since 2009, visitors to top of Wales’ highest peak can find a purpose built visitors centre to relax in and take in the spectacular views.

The train runs from Llanberis station and the final destination changes depending on the time of year. Usually, in March and April the train runs as far as Clogwyn station which is approximately ¾ of the way up the mountain. From May until the end of October, passengers can enjoy the journey and views all the way to the summit.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway has various engines including one of the original steam engines. You can choose to travel to the summit of Snowdon on either diesel or traditional steam engines and from 2020, new hybrid engines have been added to the fleet. It is worth booking in advance though to ensure availability.

Snowdon Train Tracks

How much is the train up Snowdon?

The cost of tickets on the Snowdon train varies depending on whether you’re taking the traditional diesel, hybrid or heritage steam engines. The ticket prices also vary on whether you’re taking a return journey or just travelling to the summit and making your own way back down. The latest information on ticket prices can be found by visiting the Snowdon Mountain Railway website.

How long is the train ride up Snowdon?

The journey from Llanberis station to the summit and back normally takes approximately 2 and a half hours. This includes a 30 minute stopover at the summit. It is just long enough to take in the wonderful scenery along the journey.

Snowdon Railway
Snowdon Train

What time do the trains up Snowdon run?

Taking a train to the summit of Wales’ highest mountain is no easy feat and all train journeys are subject to both weather and passenger numbers. The Snowdon diesel train normally starts at 09.00 and runs every half an hour throughout the day. The service normally starts in March and finishes at the end of October.

More information

If you’re travelling by car, the postcode for the Snowdon Mountain Railway Llanberis Station is LL55 4TT. There are car parks nearby plenty of shops and café’s for refreshments.

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