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.
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.
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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.
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 …
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.
The cost of a single fare on the Snowdon Sherpa Bus Service is £2 for adults, £1 for children and over 60s can go free. A £5 day ticket is also available, enabling you to hop on and off the Sherpa as you wish throughout the day. The service operates frequently at the most popular times, with regular services at other times.
Gwynedd taxi operators also offer services along popular routes and an example of the typical MAXIMUM costs of these services are outlined below:
MAXIMUM Taxi Tariffs from Nant Peris car park to Pen y Pass (2.9 miles):
MAXIMUM Taxi Tariffs from Nant Peris car park to Llanberis High Street (2.6miles)
1 passenger £7.80
2 passengers £8.50
3 passengers £9.20
4 passengers £9.90
5 passengers £10.60
6 passengers £11.30
7 passengers £12.00
8 passengers £12.70
MAXIMUM Taxi Tariffs from Pen y Pass to Llanberis (5.5 miles):
1 passengers £14.0
2 passengers £14.75
3 passengers £15.45
4 passengers £16.15
5 passengers £16.85
6 passengers £17.55
7 passengers £18.25
8 passengers £18.95
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:
Explore Wales Pass
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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.