Parking at Pen y Pass

Pen y Pass car park

CURRENT STATUS AT PEN Y PASS:   Pay & Display – see details below.  (Parking has now reverted from pre-booking.)


Pen y Pass car park is at the head of the Llanberis Pass; this is 5 miles up the pass from Llanberis, and 5½ miles from Capel Curig in the other direction.

The Pyg Track and the Miners Track start from this car park.

  • Grid reference: SH 647 557 (O.S. map Outdoor Leisure OL17)
  • Postcode: LL55 4NU
  • What 3 words: spud.salt.replaces
  • Location on Google maps
Brief dropping off

There is space at the entrance to Pen y Pass car park for the brief dropping-off of walkers, but this has to be kept very brief, as buses and taxis need constant access.

Parking out of season (winter)

This is the system currently in operation.

Over the winter, and until about Easter, parking is on a Pay & Display basis. Payment (by card only) costs £10 for 24 hours, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. At weekends and at holiday times it can fill up early (as early as 7a.m.), and when it’s full, it’s full.

Sometimes when it’s full you can get lucky, if you arrive just as a car is leaving (having done an early sunrise walk, for instance) but waiting around for such an occurrence isn’t possible.)

Pre-booking will return next season.

Parking during the season (from Easter to early November)
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During the season, from about Easter until early November, any driver wishing to park at Pen y Pass will need pre-book their visit at least 4 hours in advance. This is done via the JustPark website or the JustPark app. With space limited to 65 cars, tickets can sell out very quickly, especially at weekends. (Motorbikes also need to pre-book.)

Parking charges:

    • Up to 8 hours – £18
    • 8 hours to 12 hours – £25
    • 24 hours – £40

When booking, you can choose any time – day or night – to start and finish your booked period. (Don’t panic if you’re a little late returning to your car; you won’t be charged for short overstays, and anyway, whilst registration numbers are checked on entry, they’re not on departure.)


Overnight parking

If you are going up overnight, and you arrive after 6pm, you should pay for a ticket when you arrive, and this will cover you until you return the next morning. However, if you arrive before 6pm, you will need to pay for two tickets (for both days), and display them both in your vehicle.

Note that overnight camping or stays in campervans/motorhomes is not permitted at Pen y Pass.

Other options if Pen y Pass is not available

Nant Peris Park & Ride

If the car park is full (or in summer fully booked or you do not wish to pre-book), drivers are encouraged to use the much cheaper option of the Park & Ride facility at Nant Peris, 3 miles down the pass. Whilst this is served by buses every 15 minutes in the season, out of season (November – Easter) a much less regular service operates (currently two-hourly). Buses connect with both Llanberis (where there is also parking) and Pen y Pass.

You can read more about the Nant Peris Park & Ride facility here.

Local taxis also frequently run up and down the Llanberis Pass, servicing Llanberis, Nant Peris Park & Ride, and Pen y Pass.

Pen y Gwryd

Additional car parking for Pen y Pass can also be found at Pen y Gwryd, a mile in the other direction, towards Capel Curig. There are pay & display lay-bys here on both sides of the road and on both sides of the junction (£2 for 4 hours, £4 all day). Do not try and park for free on the verge here as this is a marked clearway, meaning that you will likely get a parking ticket even if you are not actually on the carriageway.

Beyond the clearway (clearly signed), particularly in the Capel Curig direction, free verge and lay-by parking is allowed.

(If you park at Pen y Gwryd, please don’t walk the mile up to Pen y Pass on the narrow road. Use the signed off-road path which starts a little downhill from the junction. It’s exactly the same distance, but much safer. It’s shown on this map.)

Lay-bys in the Llanberis Pass

There is a small number of lay-bys in the Llanberis Pass between Pen y Pass and the Park & Ride at Nant Peris, and these are often used by climbers, such as at Pont y Gromlech, or people walking elsewhere from the Pass. If there is space you can park here, as long as your car is completely off the highway, but spaces are limited.

If you do park here, we suggest that you do not walk to Pen y Pass on the narrow road (which can be dangerous) but follow the path on the mountain side of the road (part of the Snowdon circular route and shown on the map here), or wait to flag down a Sherpa bus.

Parking for Snowdon’s other paths

For information on parking for Snowdon’s other paths, see here.

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