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Established in 1832, the Ffestiniog Railway is the world's oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history. Its historic trains take visitors on a journey full of wonderful views from the harbour at Porthmadog to the slate quarry town of Blaenau Ffestiniog

The Ffestiniog Railway in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park is the oldest independent railway company in the world. The company was established by an act of parliament in 1832, and has undergone considerable change since King William IV put his name on that historic document.  The railway has been running passenger trains since 1865– of course, there have been many changes to locomotives and carriages, and many different liveries, over the years.

In the heart of Eryri (Snowdonia), the historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or even tunnelling through it.

Single trip 1 hour and 10 minutes, return trip 2 hours and 30 minutes. Group rates available, advanced group booking essential.

Ffestiniog Railway Food and Drink

Spooner's Cafe Bar is an ward-winning cafe and bar located at the main Harbour Station in Porthmadog.

Tearooms at Tan y Bwlch Station are open from 10am – 4pm seven days a week.

Luxury Hampers - a tempting selection of luxury hampers  and picnic boxes which may be pre-booked with your tickets and collected on arrival at the station. These are currently available for those travelling on the following services:

From Porthmadog: The Harbourmaster
From Caernarfon: Snowdonia Star / Gelert Explorer
From Blaenau Ffestiniog: The Quarryman / Mountain Spirit

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
The Aberglaslyn Full Day Return£37.00 per adult
The Quarryman Gold£66.00 per adult

The Aberglaslyn Full Day trip including approximately 4 1/2 hours layover in Beddgelert. Travelling the southern end of the Welsh Highland Railway, this service starts at Porthmadog’s Harbour Station

The Quarryman - Gold departs Blaenau Ffestiniog station, crossing the historic industrial landscape of Blaenau’s slate quarries. Approximately 2 hours 15 min layover at Porthmadog.

For all train services and fare details, please refer to website- https://www.festrail.co.uk/trains/



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for visually impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - £2 return fare
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets


  • Typical duration of route - Various journey options available - see website for full details

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Porthmadog Harbour Station (LL49 9NF) is situated on main A487 at the southern end of Porthmadog.

Public Transport Directions

Blaenau Ffestiniog Station (LL41 3ES) is situated in the centre of the town on the main A470, adjacent to the Conwy Valley Railway. Caernarfon Station (LL55 2PF) is situated on St Helen's Road, close to the castle and Cei Llechi

Accessible by Public Transport: Porthmadog, Bl.Ffestiniog station is 1 mile away.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Type:Narrow Gauge Railway

Porthmadog Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF

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