snowdonia travel

Although Snowdonia is easily accessible by road, train or coach from England, as you will discover, it is a different world with its own unique character, dramatic scenery, and sense of identity.

The key road links are:

A55 - from Northern England & Scotland

A5 - from the Midlands and Southern England

A470 - from South Wales

A5 (Holyhead) - from Ireland via ferry


Public Transport into the area is also available.

The nearest International Airports are at Manchester and Birmingham.

snowdonia national park uk


Travel Distances & Times by Car

Location Machynlleth
machynlleth
miles (hours)
Betws-y-Coed
betws-y-coed
miles (hours)
London 221 (4:30) 225 (4:40)
Exeter 218 (4:35) 268 (5:10)
Southampton 219 (4:50) 250 (5:10)
Cambridge 198 (4:10) 202 (4:20)
Norwich 260 (5:30) 264 (5:40)
Cardiff 123 (2:55) 170 (4:05)
Birmingham 104 (2:20) 108 (2:35)
Manchester 113 (2:35) 91 (2:00)
York 183 (3:50) 161 (3:15)
Newcastle-upon-Tyne 258 (5:05) 237 (4:30)
Edinburgh 317 (6:20) 296 (5:45)
Inverness 476 (9:30) 455 (8:55)
Heathrow Airport 220 (4:15) 224 (4:25)
Gatwick Airport 257 (4:55) 261 (5:05)
Dover 309 (5:50) 313 (6:00)
Felixtowe 266 (5:25) 270 (5:35)
Hull 210 (4:10) 189 (3:35)
Holyhead 86 (2:15) 43 (1:10)
Fishguard 75 (1:55) 124 (3:15)
Lake District 184 (3:50) 162 (3:15)
The Cotswolds 128 (3:10) 163 (3:35)
Cornwall 280 (6:00) 330 (6:30)
Pembrokeshire 88 (2:15) 137 (3:30)
Scottish Borders 261 (5:15) 240 (4:40)
  Machynlleth Betws-y-Coed


Travelling by Train

There is access to Snowdonia by rail, along the north & west coasts, and the Conwy & Lledr valleys. There is also a rail link between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog using the Ffestiniog Railway.

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Train crossing Barmouth bridge

For more information on the rail network, the following website pages are useful:

National Rail - Click on timetable info.


Travelling by Coach

There are coach services running to the edge of Snowdonia from the major cities and towns in the UK. Local public transport is available to access the National Park. Always check that a connecting service is available to the location you require.

For more information on the coach network, the following website is useful:

National Express - Information on fares and times for coaches in the UK.


General Public Transport

For more general information on the public transport network in the UK, the following website is useful:

Public Transport Information - Information on all forms of public transport in the UK.



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