Our Fabulous Trains

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.

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 Snowdon Lily is built on the original chassis and bogey from the original carriage 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.

Pushed by one of our three working steam locomotives from 1896, the Snowdon Lily is an accurate re-construction of one of our 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 the Snowdon Lily.

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.

Sir David Brailsford CBE unveils the Traditional Diesel Carriage bearing his name
Sir David Brailsford CBE unveils the Traditional Diesel Carriage bearing his name

Sir David unveils carriage that carries his name!

Sir David Brailsford attended a ceremony on the 17th June 2013 at Llanberis Station to unveil a Snowdon Mountain Railway carriage that now carries his name.

The Team Sky performance director and local personality also officially launched Snowdon Mountain Railway's brand new Heritage Steam Experience that began its first journeys to the summit of Snowdon at the beginning of the month.

Bryn Terfel receives Snowdon Mountain Railway honour!

Bryn Terfel CBE – unveils the Traditional Diesel Carriage bearing his name
A railway carriage has been named at Snowdon Mountain Railway to honour North Wales’ bass-baritone Bryn Terfel CBE.

A two times grammy award winner, Bryn is one of the most well-known opera singers in the world and in 2006 he was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music following his CBE for services to Opera three years earlier.

Last September, cycling supremo Sir David Brailsford CBE was moved to tears when he became the first person to be honoured in this way having grown up in the nearby village of Deiniolen.

Alan Kendall, General Manager at Snowdon Mountain Railway said:

“Bryn is a true son of Gwynedd and a fantastic international ambassador for North Wales. “This special ceremony is to recognise the tremendous contribution Bryn has made to the area, including hosting his own festival in Faenol for nine years.

“It’s great to be able to honour someone who’s local to the area and is at the top of his profession.”

Speaking after the ceremony, Bryn Terfel said:

“What an honour to stand on a platform looking at my own carriage and receiving the courtesy bronze medal of the iconic Snowdonia Mountain Railway.

“A smiling North Walian farmers son who just can’t wait to get to that marvellous summit again.”

Bryn Terfel is set to star at this summer’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.in a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway smash-hit Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

The Snowdon Lily Steam Service Clogwyn

Visitor Information

We're currently closed and will be open again mid-March

Our trains will start running again mid-March 2017 (weather permitting). For the early part of the season, trains will run to Clogwyn (3/4 up the mountain). Travel to the summit will commence in May 2017 (weather permitting).

Tickets can be booked in advance online or by calling our ticket office on 01286 870 223 (after 1pm).

Keep up-to-date with what we're doing, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Click here for an up-to-the-minute Snowdon Summit Met Office report.

Rates and specials

Online Ticket Prices
Adult: (16 years+)
Return From £29.00
Child: (3 - 15 years)
Return From £20.00


Please call 01286 870 223 for all enquiries.

For bookings please call after 1pm (daily) when our bookings team will be available to assist you.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm.

Email: info@snowdonrailway.co.uk
Snowdon Mountain Railway
LL55 4TT