Getting Here and Travelling Around
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. Please visit traffic.wales for up to date information on what’s happening on our roads.
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Direct services (including Virgin Trains from London to Bangor) take you to the popular North Wales coastal destinations from most parts of Britain. Make inland connections via the Conwy Valley Line which runs through the Snowdonia National Park to Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Services from the Midlands through Shrewsbury and Machynlleth link up with the Cambrian Line.
Barmouth Viaduct - because of restoration work the bridge will be closed from 12 September, 2021 – 12 December, 2021 and from Sunday 11 September 2022 to Sunday 11 December 2022.
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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 Snowdonia Mountains and Coast within easy reach of the South of England.
Roads Update – The A487: Caernarfon to Bontnewydd Bypass is currently being built therefore diversions could be in place from along the route from Bontnewydd to Y Felinheli Bypass.
Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate regular and high-speed services to Holyhead from Dublin. For southern Snowdonia Mountains and Coast, ferry services into Fishguard and Pembroke Dock are a handy alternative.
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Transfers from the international gateways of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham take less than two hours.
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AND WHEN YOU ARRIVE …
Gwynedd Council Car Parks
You can now pay to park at all Gwynedd car parks using the PayByPhone app on your phone. The PayByPhone app is available to download from the App Store or Google Play Store. The app is quick and easy to install and use, giving you the option to extend your parking sessions remotely. You can also locate car parks on the app before you set off, and once you’re parked, pin you location so you can easily find your car later. You can also still pay with cash at all Gwynedd car parks.
Snowdon Paths and Sherpa Bus Service
Planning your transport and parking should form an essential part of your plan for climbing Snowdon. With over ½ a million visitors every year visiting the mountain, car parks can often be full in the warmer months by 7am! If you can we suggest coming during the week rather than on a weekend, and avoiding school holidays. Late September and early October can be a great time to visit.
Details can be found in our paths guide below on the best parking and transport options for each path. If you plan on walking up the Pyg or Miners track we highly recommend using the Sherpa bus. You can view and download the Snowdon Sherpa Timetable from the Gwynedd Council website.
How much is a ticket?
Adult single from £2
Adult return from £3
Child single from £1
Child return from £1.50
Snowdon Sherpa Day ticket £5/£2.50
Contactless payment accepted.
The Sherpa partnership wants you to enjoy your experience in this wonderful area and we welcome your feedback on bot the the Sherpa Service and taxi services that are on offer to you. Please share with us your experiences so that we can improve the services on offer:
Llŷn Fflecsi Coastal Bus
The new O Ddrws i Ddrws fflecsi bus service starts July 2021 replacing the seasonal coastal bus services on the Llŷn Peninsula.
The Llŷn fflecsi operates Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The service offers a more flexible way of getting about by picking you up and dropping you off in the defined area, enabling you to get to and from beaches, campsites, tourist spots and do other local journeys.
fflecsi is designed to provide greater mobility in rural areas and help people make local journeys in a safe, flexible managed environment.
New 1Bws Ticket for Services in North Wales
From Saturday 17th July, one ticket will be valid on every bus* in North Wales. Once passengers have bought their 1bws ticket from the bus driver on their first journey of the day, the ticket will then be valid for travel on every other bus they use that day across North Wales.
Explore Wales Pass
The Explore Wales Pass is just what it says – one ticket that gives you unlimited access to all of Wales’s mainline train services and almost every bus service.
North Wales Rover
North Wales Rover tickets allow travel for one day on buses and trains.
Traveline Cymru aim to provide you with as much information as possible to help you to make your journey any time, any way to any place.
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The Wales Way
The Wales Way is a new family of three national routes that lead you into the heart of real Wales. The Coastal Way travels the west coast around Cardigan Bay, a 180-mile (290km) road-trip between the sea and mountains. The Cambrian Way crosses the spine of Wales for 185 miles (300km) between Llandudno and Cardiff, through National Parks and big green spaces. The North Wales Way leads 75 miles (120km) past mighty castles into the island of Anglesey.