Catching the train down

The Snowdon Mountain Railway normally runs from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) between early May and the end of October. Trains may run to Clogwyn (a mile from the summit) about a month earlier than this. For much of its route the railway is fairly close to the Llanberis Path, which crosses the line in a couple of places.

People sometimes ask if it’s possible, having walked up, to catch the train down. Yes, it is possible to buy a one-way ticket down, but only if there is space on the train (it’s a single carriage) and there is no guarantee of this.

TRAINS HAVE NOW FINISHED RUNNING FOR THE SEASON. THEY WILL RETURN TO CLOGWYN IN EARLY APRIL 2023 AND HOPEFULLY TO THE SUMMIT ON 13 MAY 2023.

When trains run only as far as Clogwyn, sometimes people want to catch the train up to there, then walk the final mile to the summit. This is possible, but your ticket is a return on the same train, so you will afterwards have to walk all the way back down to Llanberis.

When trains run to the summit, passengers only have 30 minutes at the summit, then have to return on the same train. If you are walking up and plan to meet specific train passengers at the summit, this therefore calls for fairly good timing.

More detail, including booking, can be found on the Snowdon Mountain Railway website.

A train approaches the summit


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