Reaching the summit of Snowdon with the Snowdon Mountain Railway

snowdonLet Snowdon Mountain Railway take you on a journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of Wales. Snowdon, at 3,560ft dominates the landscape of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Claim this mountain peak, the highest in Wales, as a lifetime’s achievement. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it’s all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a fantastic service that helps you reach the summit of Snowdon without the walking. The train journey takes you on a real journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of Wales and England, which at 3,560ft dominates the landscape of Snowdon National Park in North Wales. Stunning scenery and inspiring views await you and your party, creating not only a fantastic day out, but a long living memory.

There are a number of things you should know when planning on going up the mountain on the railway, and hopefully this article will help you out – covering the most obvious and key information. For any help or feedback, drop us a post at the Snowdon Facebook Page.

Can I get a single train ticket up the mountain?

Single trip tickets up the mountain are available through the ticket office at Llanberis, or in advance by telephone with a credit or debit card with the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Can I get a single ticket down from the summit?

These tickets cannot be guaranteed and should be in no way expected to be obtained. They are available on a standby, first come – first serve basis at the destination station of the day (Summit or Clogwyn) and walkers should be prepared to walk down if they walk up. There is no guarantee of any spare seats to use on the way down if you did not book a return journey.

What time are the trains at?

The first train leaves Llanberis at 9am, with later trains running at frequent intervals – subject to customer demand. It is advisable to call the Snowdonia Mountain Railway before setting off to avoid disappointment.

How to get to the station with a satnav?

LL55 4TY is a generic postcode for the immediate area and will take you to within half a mile of the railway station. When you get to Llanberis, look out for and follow the many signs – or use LL55 4TT as the postcode for the car park.

Is there access for people with disabilities?

Snowdon Mountain Railway operates a disabled access policy and the trains used are accessible to wheelchair users. You can see Snowdon Mountain Railway’s DDA policy for more information.

How long do we get to stay at the new Summit Building, Hafod Eryri?

A return ticket on the traditional/diesel service from the Snowdon Mountain Railway allows approximately a 30 minute stop at the summit, before returning on the same train. On the Heritage Steam Experience, the stop is approximately one hour. You should return on the train you went up on – as it is the only way you are guaranteed to get a train ride back down the mountain.

Can I take my dog on the train?

You cannot take any dogs onto the train – unless they are registered s support dogs.

How do I get to the SnowdonMountain Railway?

The Snowdon Mountain Railway station is located in Llanberis on the A4086. The nearest mainline station is Bangor which is approx. 8 miles from Llanberis. There are buses from many local destinations. To find information on local buses & trains either call 0871 200 22 33 or click www.traveline.info.

When does the service to the Summit start?

Weather permitting – trains normally run to the summit from May. Between mid-March and May, the trains will normally run to Clogwyn which is ¾ distance up Snowdon. Please phone the railway to confirm, as this date is dependent on spring weather conditions on the mountain.

What happens if the weather is bad, can I get a refund?

If Snowdon Mountain Railway cancels a train you will receive a full refund. If you choose not to travel because of bad weather then you would forfeit your ticket.

What if I am late and miss my train?

All trains leave on time and cannot be delayed for late passengers.

What age do you class as a child?

Children aged 2 or under may travel free of charge (1 Child per every fare paying adult) providing they sit on an accompanying adults lap and do not occupy a seat.

Can I bring things with me?

Items such as large bags, pushchairs and bikes cannot be taken. You can leave these at Llanberis station with the staff (at your own risk). Smaller bags and rucksacks are allowed to be taken, providing they do not take up lots of space.

Will I have to queue?

In peak times of the year, queues will form. If you have already booked your tickets, you will not have to queue as you can pick it up from the dedicated window in the ticket office. If travelling in peak times or on days of great weather, it is advisable to arrive at the station as early as possible.

Is there parking at the railway?

There is a pay and display car park at the rear of the railway.

Is there anywhere to get food when at the train station?

At Llanberis station, there is the Station Buffet with seating indoors or outdoors and also the Platform Grill for those after some take away meals and snacks. At Hafod Eryri – at the summit of mount Snowon, there is the Caffi y Copa, that serves drinks and a selection of hand held savouries.

Can I buy a souvenir of my trip to Snowdon Mountain Railway?

A selection of quality souvenirs is available in our shop at Llanberis station or at Hafod Eryri on the summit of Snowdon.

If I walk up one of the other paths and catch the train down are there buses to take me back to where I left my car?

A Sherpa bus service operates throughout the season and runs a circular route around the Snowdonia area www.travelline.co.uk. Alternatively for taxi services call 07814 305510 or click www.ckcabs.co.uk

If I take the train to the summit are there maps to show me the choice of paths down the mountain?

Maps are available to purchase at Llanberis station and in Siop y Copa at Hafod Eryri on the summit. Also path information is available at www.hightrek.co.uk among others.

How long will it take to walk from Clogwyn to the summit?

An average time would be approximately an hour. It is a mile in distance and 1,000 feet increase in altitude.

Is there anywhere to get refreshments if I walk down the mountain?

On the Llanberis path there is a small cafe – Halfway House – which is not operated by Snowdon Mountain Railway and only opens during good spells of weather and during peak season.

Are there toilets on the mountain?

There are toilet facilities at the Llanberis Station and Hafod Eryri at the summit of Snowdon. Please note there are no toilets or other facilities at Clogwyn or elsewhere on the mountain.

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