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 train services run to the popular North Wales coastal destinations from most parts of Britain, with inland connections onto the Conwy Valley Line
which runs through the Snowdonia National Park to Betws y Coed and onwards to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Services from the Midlands via Shrewsbury and Machynlleth link up with the Cambrian Coast Line
for stations to Pwllheli T: 08457 484950. The majority of train services in North Wales are operated by Arriva Trains Wales
, with Virgin Trains
providing direct services to and from London Euston along the North Wales Coast line. Train tickets are available from Barmouth Information Centre
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 North Wales within easy reach of the South of England.
National Express services run to Llandudno, Bangor, Caernarfon, Porthmadog and Pwllheli from London, Chester and Manchester. Arriva Buses Wales operate services from South Wales to Aberystwyth. Onward connections from Aberystwyth to Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Caernarfon and Bangor are available with service T2, operated by Express Motors and Lloyds Coaches as part of the Traws Cymru Network.
If you enjoy cycling why not use pedal power to come to beautiful, bike-friendly Snowdonia Mountains and Coast by following the National Cycle Network
. Quiet, traffic-calmed and traffic-free routes create easy access from the surrounding area and further afield.
Transfers from the international gateways of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham take less than two hours. A new air route between Cardiff International Airport and Anglesey Airport takes just over an hour.
Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate regular and high-speed services to Holyhead from Dublin and Dun Laoghaire. For southern Snowdonia, ferry services into Fishguard and Pembroke Dock are a handy alternative.
Irish Ferries 08717 300400
Stena Line 08447 707070
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Local services and travelling around
The Snowdon Sherpa takes you by public transport around Snowdonia and its attractions, with some routes on open-top buses. Whether you are walking or sightseeing, take the green option and leave your car behind. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery from our buses. Some car parks even include a free Sherpa bus ticket in your parking fee (see the Green Key website for more information)
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. 0845 6061 660
Call the following numbers for information on public transport in:
Gwynedd 01286 679535
Conwy Valley 01492 575412