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It’s around a 13-minute walk from Porthmadog station to the Welsh Highland Railway and it’s a really easy route – head out of the station and turn right onto High Street, follow the road down towards the roundabout, carry straight over and continue walking towards the harbour, you’ll cross over a bridge and the Welsh Highland Railway will be on your right. Porthmadog is served by regular Transport for Wales trains from stations including Pwllheli and Machynlleth along the Cambrian Coast line.

A ride along the Welsh Highland Railway is a great day out for families, friends and rail enthusiasts alike. The 26-mile railway runs from Porthmadog to Caernarfon through the beauty of Snowdonia National Park.

Visit the Welsh Highland Railway website for opening information.

Whilst the current government advice is to only travel if your journey is essential, we will update this page as the situation changes. We will always provide official information on how to visit this attraction safely and responsibly by train.

Station details & facilities

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Saturday Open 24 hours
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Carpark operatorArriva Trains Wales Gwynedd County Council
Car parking spaces108
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Step-free accessWhole station
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Separate access to each platform. 

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More about the Welsh Highland Railway

The Welsh Highland Railway is one of a few narrow-gauge heritage railways in Wales and one of two railways to run through Snowdonia National Park.

The entire journey from Porthmadog to Caernarfon takes around six hours in total, although you can take shorter trips along the line and back. Stations along the line include Pont Croesor, Nantmor, Plas y Nant and Dinas. If you’re visiting with a young family, why not stop off at Beddgelert (around 40 minutes from Porthmadog) where you can hear all about the legend of Gelert, the faithful hound of Llewelyn the Great.

We’d recommend setting aside at least half a day to explore the Welsh Highland Railway, or why not make a weekend of it if you plan on travelling from one end of the line to the other.

Departures and arrivals from Porthmadog

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Porthmadog station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to MachynllethTransport for Wales06:531On time
to ShrewsburyTransport for Wales07:471On time
to PwllheliTransport for Wales08:502On time
to Birmingham InternationalTransport for Wales09:571On time
to PwllheliTransport for Wales10:552On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from PwllheliTransport for Wales06:521On time
from PwllheliTransport for Wales07:471On time
from MachynllethTransport for Wales08:502On time
from PwllheliTransport for Wales09:571On time
from MachynllethTransport for Wales10:552On time
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