The Great Little Trains of Wales

Snowdon Mountain Railway
LL55 4TT

Telephone: 08 444 938 120
Fax: 01286 872 518

Map Link: Here

Since 1896 Snowdon Mountain Railway has been welcoming guests to the little village at the foot of Snowdon, Llanberis in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, to experience the awe inspiring journey by rack railway to the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England.

From the moment you leave the station your train will begin the journey upwards to the clouds, a journey experienced by some 12 million intrepid travellers since 1896.

If you are lucky enough to have tickets on the "Snowdon Lily" or "The Snowdon Mountain Goat" your carriage will be pushed by one of our original 1896 steam locomotives and you will immediately begin to hear the noble engine exerting its effort as you climb upwards and on towards the roof of the principality.

From the first glimpse of the waterfall in Llanberis to the point at which your train crests the mountain 60 minutes later, you will have been surrounded by the views and the experience that is Eryri , the land of the Eagles.

Mankind has always been driven to experience what it feels like to be on top of the world. First recorded ascents of Snowdon were on foot and subsequently our forebears experienced the upper mountain on horseback or mule. Our unique railway, built for intrepid tourists in 1896 has been allowing visitors the same experience uninterrupted since Victorian times.

Come with us today and see exactly why Snowdon Mountain Railway has been described as one of the most unique and wonderful railway journeys in the world.

Hafod Eryri (opened 2009) is the new Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre and our staff are there to welcome you with a range of snacks, drinks and souvenirs to make your half hour stopover a memorable one.

Snowdon Mountain Railway (established 1896 as Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Company Limited) is probably the only Heritage Railway in the United Kingdom which has operated uninterrupted since its inception as a commercial tourist railway. In addition it is almost certainly unique (quite apart from the fact that it is an ABT rack and pinion railway the only one of its kind in the UK) because all of our original Swiss steam locomotives are still in our possession!

The Snowdon Lily and the The Snowdon Mountain Goat are both built on chassis and bogies from the original carriages of 1896.

The unique original nature of our railway means that the visitor of today will experience exactly what our ancestors did back in 1896 and see for themselves how beautiful the mountain is as they journey through the clouds to Yr Wyddfa, Snowdon.Spanning three centuries our railway is acutely aware of our legacy. Recently new carriages have been built and commissioned to ensure that visitors to North Wales can continue to enjoy our unique Mountain Railway experience for many years to come.

We have two travel experiences to offer :

The Traditional Diesel Service

Pushed by one of our Hunslet Engine Company diesel locomotives (1985) our new carriages (in service 2013) seat 74 passengers, 10 per compartment. Departures leave Llanberis every day March to October on the hour and on the half hour. Journey time to the summit is one hour with a 30 minute stop over at the peak.

The Heritage Steam Experience on the "Snowdon Lily " or "The Snowdon Mountain Goat".

Pushed by one of our four working steam locomotives from 1896, our heritage carriages are an accurate re-construction of the original Snowdon Mountain Tramroad & Hotels Co Ltd 1896 observation carriages.

Seating only 34 passengers with a central aisle, in twos and fours, we urge passengers who prefer a little more room to book their trip on a steam service.

Departures leave Llanberis three times per day, May to September and pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Journey time to the summit is one hour with a 30 minute stop over at the peak.

Why not arrive a little before your scheduled departure time and see what our Station at Llanberis has to offer.

With screenings three times per hour the Snowdon Mountain Railway Film Theatre currently shows our very own production "To the Summit of Snowdon" a fifteen minute film describing the history of our Railway which includes tantalising glimpses of the stunning views of the mountain. In addition, we are proud to present a series of original "IVOR THE ENGINE" cartoons especially for our younger visitors. Voiced by Windsor Davies this quintessentially Welsh Railway complements perfectly the tradition and warmth we try always to convey.

As well as the film theatre we have a wonderful Victorian shopping experience stocking a range of Welsh souvenir products, a Station Buffet serving a range of hot and cold snacks and drinks and our Platform Grill serving Bacon Baps, Burgers, Hot Dogs and Fries.

A visit to Snowdon Mountain Railway is a great day out and a unique Majestic Mountain Top Adventure for all the family!

Operating Days 2017
Weather permitting, trains will run every day from the 20th March to the 1st November 2017. In March and April it is expected that trains will run to Clogwyn (3/4 distance up Snowdon). The usual destination between May and November is the Summit (subject to winter weather conditions).

Avoid disappointment and book tickets in advance by calling 01286 870 223 (between 1-4pm daily). Bookings can be made in advance with a credit or debit card and there is a £3.50 administration charge per booking. Please note telephone bookings cannot be made on the same day as travel and the telephone booking line opens at 1pm.
Please Note: If you are a GLTW Discount Card holder, you must disclose this at the time of booking your ticket, and show your card on arrival.
Booking Hotline: 01286 870 223 (between 1-4pm daily).

Disabled Facilities:
Accessible to wheelchair users with assistance. Advance notification essential. Please visit for full access statement.

7.5 miles from Caernarfon, 10 miles from Bangor, 17 miles from Betws-y-Coed.
Nearest Mainline Railway Station: Bangor (North Wales Coast Line) 9 miles North.

There is a pay and display car-park behind Llanberis Station.


Your GLTW Discount Card also entitles you to discounts at the following accommodation providers. Please Note: You must disclose that you are a GLTW card holder at the time of booking and show your card on arrival.


Royal Victoria Hotel
01286 870253
10% off standard room rate

Glyn Afon Guest House
01286 872528
10% off two nights or more (excluding Bank Hols)

Marianfa Guest House
St Davids Road
01286 674815
10% off two nights or more

Whilst you are in the area, why not visit some of the other nearby places of interest:-

  • National Slate MuseumLearn about the story of slate in the amazing National Slate Museum. Housed in stunning Victorian workshops, in the shadow of the slate mountains, it is not so much a museum as a pocket of history, and gives the feeling that the quarrymen and engineers have only just put down their tools and left the courtyard for home. Now, with imaginative interpretation, thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant of £1.6 million. the remarkable slate industry can be understood and enjoyed by the many thousands of visitors to this stunning countryside on the flanks of Snowdon. Features include a stunning introductory film, the original engineering workshops including foundry, smithy and mess room, daily slate splitting demonstrations, giant waterwheel and furnished quarrymen’s houses. The museum - one of the National Museums of Wales – has FREE ADMISSION and offers the visitor an un-parallelled day out in the richly wooded lakeside landscape of the Padarn Country Park.

  • Ropes and Ladders Ropes and Ladders is the new high ropes adventure centre which is also situated in a beautiful woodland setting in the Padarn Country Park. The centre provides instructor led courses around an exciting array of obstacles and challenges high up in the treetops for groups and individuals with all equipment provided. The site is conveniently situated in the Padarn Country Park with spectacular views of the adjacent lake and surrounding mountains. The course features the highest outdoor climbing and abseil tower in the UK, with internal stairwells giving access to high and intermediate circuits of tight rope walks, balance beams, swings jumps and platforms. An aerial zip line hurtles you past the tree canopy to more giant jumps swings and climbs. For a grand finale try the giant swing as you swoop down and up to glimpse the mountains above the treetops.

  • If you’re looking for a truly electrifying day out, why not visit the Electric Mountain Visitors’ Centre on the edge of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. You’ll discover the amazing powers of pumped storage hydro-electricity in a totally entertaining and educational environment. From Electric Mountain, visitors can take a fully guided tour around Dinorwig Power Station. This starts with a sound and vision spectacular at Electric Mountain, illustrating the role that pumped storage plays in ensuring the country’s electricity demands are always met. An Electric Mountain Expedition bus will then transport visitors to the power station itself. Descending deep inside the ancient Elidir mountain’s labyrinth of dark and imposing tunnels, you’ll experience one of man’s greatest engineering achievements. Housed within the Visitors'Centre is also The Den, - a soft indoor play area for children up to the age of 12 , which includes 2 slides, a large ball pool, climbing nets and tunnels. Electric Mountain (and The Den) are ideally placed, less than 100 metres from Llanberis Station.

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