There are some pretty iconic and picturesque train journeys out there, including the famous Trans-Siberian, New Zealand’s TranzAlpine Railway, and Australia’s Ghan, but when it comes to UK train travel, it doesn’t get more exciting than the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Whereas other rail journeys can take days or even weeks, the Snowdon Mountain Railway in northwest Wales only spans 4.7 miles and takes two and a half hours. It begins in the village of Llanberis and embarks upon a 3,500-foot climb to the summit of Snowdon — the highest mountain in England and Wales. Twelve million people have traveled this route since 1986 when it first opened, and after 100 years of operation, it still carries over 130,000 passengers annually. Here’s what you can expect when you board the thrilling Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Note that The Snowdon Mountain Railway is closed for the winter but will reopen mid-March, 2019. Tickets for the 2019 season can be booked starting this December and can either be booked in advance or at the ticket office in Llanberis Station.