Snowdon is the 'headline' mountain for any walking holiday in Snowdonia. It attracts around 500,000 visitors per year - and the vast majority arrive by car or other motorised vehicle. There are a number of car parks for Snowdon, and the local authorities and Snowdonia National Park have to carefully manage those car parks to ensure that they are available for visitors year-round.
Pen-y-Pass is the home to a small car park on the A4086 between Capel Curig and Llanberis. It is the starting point for the PYG and Miners track, as well as the start and finish point for the Snowdon Horseshoe. It is also home to a small cafe and the Pen y Pass YHA Hostel which was renovated extensively in 2014.
Important information for Pen y Pass car park:
The car park is quite small and spaces fill up very quickly - normally by 8am on Spring, Summer and Autumn weekends. Unless you can confidently arrive before this time you would be wise to look for other parking places where you can start your walk or take one of the regular Sherpa buses to Pen y Pass.
The parking fee is £10 for the day and £5 for up to 4hrs. The machines accept coins.
There is no overnight camping allowed.
Grid Reference for Pen y Pass Car Park: SH 647 556
Post Code for Pen y Pass Car Park: LL55 4NU
Just east of Pen y Pass is the inn at Pen y Gwryd, with several laybys designated as parking areas. These all have pay and display machines.
Gwynedd Council run regular checks on parking here and it isn't unusual to see illegally parked cars all along the grass verge here, each with a parking ticket on the windscreen.
The Watkin Path starts on the roadside in Nant Gwynant, the long curving valley to the east of Snowdon. There is a car park on the east side of the road here for parking to access Snowdon from this side. This car is often full by 10:00 on summer weekends.
The village of Rhyd Ddu is south of Snowdon and the starting point for both the Rhyd Ddu and South Ridge paths. This is a quieter car park that rarely fills completely. There is also a toilet block here.
The Snowdon Ranger path starts adjacent to the Snowdon Ranger youth hostel, with a new extended parking area now available across the road.
There are several public and private car parks available in Llanberis that are suitable for the Llanberis path. They all require payment to park, normally between £4-£10.
There is a large car park (and toilet block) in the centre of Nant Peris where a regular Park and Ride service to Pen y Pass operates from.