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Catch the 9am early bird train if you can, the fare is slightly discounted. Takes one hour to get there, half hour for sightseeing (depending on weather!) and an hour back down. The half hour on the summit goes by in a flash, just enough time to climb to the summit(reasonable degree of mobility required), buy a cuppa, visit facilities and then the whistle goes for the return journey. Recommend dressing warmly, we left in glorious sunshine which lasted until 50ft from the top when we drove through a heavy mist to the top. It was misty and raining when we got off the train and when we left it had just started to snow, followed immediately by a hail storm. 5 mins later down the track and it was glorious sunshine again 🌞
Loved the experience but unfortunately I pre-booked AND paid for the steam train experience and they cancelled it due to "a coal shortage" in the middle of summer and placed us on the diesel service. However when we got to the station for our 10:30am trip the steam train had just returned from the summit with a load of passengers and when we returned from the summit at 1pm it was getting ready to head out again so clearly they were just canceling SOME of the trips. Felt ripped off by this. Other than that, the views were fantastic.
Pre book only if you know what the weather will be. We arrived with good weather forecast for the next day (early June) and managed to get the las two seats on a steam train the next morning, just walk in to the booking office. You would have to pre book in peak season as they sell out.
Adults are £22 for the trip down on the train and people who have tickets to go up and back down have priority over people going down only you will need to put your name on a list and wait for a open spot
Snowdon Mountain Railway only guarantees a return seat on the next train leaving 30 minutes after arrival. We wanted more time at the top in the café and to allow any clouds to clear so we bought single tickets and walked down.