Travel Information

Access couldn't be easier

Snowdonia Mountains and Coast is only a few hours away from most of the UK's main population centres, with excellent road, rail and coach links. Airport delays, red-eyed flight times and the pile-them in package mentality have well and truly taken the shine off international travel. There are no such worries here – Snowdonia's so close you'll arrive before you know it.

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By Train

Direct train services run to the popular North Wales coastal destinations from most parts of Britain, with inland connections onto the Conwy Valley Line which runs through the Snowdonia National Park to Betws y Coed and onwards to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Services from the Midlands via Shrewsbury and Machynlleth link up with the Cambrian Coast Line for stations to Pwllheli T: 08457 484950. The majority of train services in North Wales are operated byArriva Trains Wales, with Virgin Trains providing direct services from London Euston along the North Wales Coast line. Train tickets are available from Barmouth Information Centre.

By Car

There's quick, straightforward access from the North West along the M56 and A55. Motorway links with the Midlands are good too, and the same roads – the M6, M5 and M1 – also bring North Wales within easy reach of the South of England.

By Coach

National Express services run to Llandudno, Bangor, Caernarfon, Porthmadog and Pwllheli from London, Chester and Manchester. Our Information Centres at Porthmadog, Caernarfon, Barmouth, Llanberis, Pwllheli and Bala are all National Express Coach booking agents. Arriva Buses Wales operate services from South Wales to Aberystwyth. Onward connections from Aberystwyth to Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Caernarfon and Bangor are available with service T2, operated by Express Motors and Lloyds Coaches as part of the Traws Cymru Network.

Local Buses to Llanberis

85 Bangor (hourly, 2 hourly Sundays)
86 Bangor (2 hourly, no Sunday service)
88 Caernarfon (half hourly, mostly hourly Sundays)
S1 Snowdon Sherpa from Pen y Pass (hourly) - with easy connections (S97 route) to Betws y Coed, Beddgelert and Porthmadog
S2 Betws y Coed to Pen y Pass runs in summer months - check below for details.
Bus timetables subject to change. Check all bus details HERE.


Bangor (12 miles), buses 85 and 86 stop at the station
Porthmadog (22 miles), Snowdon Sherpa bus S97 stops at the station, change to S1 at Pen y Pass
Betws y Coed (15 miles), Snowdon Sherpa bus S97 starts from the station, change to S1 at Pen y Pass.

By Bike

If you enjoy cycling why not use pedal power to come to beautiful, bike-friendly Snowdonia Mountains and Coast by following the National Cycle Network. Quiet, traffic-calmed and traffic-free routes create easy access from the surrounding area and further afield.

By Air

Transfers from the international gateways of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham take less than two hours. A new air route between Cardiff International Airport and Anglesey Airport takes just over an hour.

By Sea

Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate regular and high-speed services to Holyhead from Dublin and Dun Laoghaire. For southern Snowdonia, ferry services into Fishguard and Pembroke Dock are a handy alternative.

Irish Ferries 08717 300400

Stena Line 08447 707070

A Ferry 0844 576 5503 Ability to compare all ferry companies to find the best one

Jan, Feb, March : Closed for refurbishment

April, May: Open 10am to 4.30pm - Tours daily

June, July, Aug: Open 9.30am to 5.30pm - Tours daily

Sep: Open 10am to 4.30pm - Tours daily

Oct, Nov, Dec: Closed for refurbishment

All School Holidays: Open 9.30am to 5.30pm