Welcome to the Talyllyn Railway

Thank you for booking with us and we look forward to welcoming you to the Talyllyn Railway.
Please take time to read everything in this area of the website, which will help you enjoy your forthcoming visit

Please aim to arrive in Tywyn 30 minutes before your booked departure, to allow time to park and walk to the station, collect tickets and board the train.
You are welcome to arrive as early as you wish, and make use of the café or visit the museum before your trip!

Covid 19

We want to ensure you, our volunteers and staff, are all as safe as possible during your visit.

Welsh Government Rules are that face masks are still required by Law inside, with the exception of the cafe areas.  However, we would still recommend that they are worn whilst ordering in the cafes, but obviously remove them when seated and eating.

Whilst travelling, if you are seating in a mixed area (Talyllyn Steam Explorer ticket) – then facemasks must be worn at all time.  If you have booked a private compartment then you may remove them once seated.

Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society Members – concessionary travel is within the mixed seating area.

Please remember Hands-Face-Space as a good rule to follow.

How to find us?

If you have pre-booked tickets then your journey will start and finish at Tywyn Wharf Station, the main base of the Railway.

Car parking is available across the bridge over the mainline railway.
(Please note this is a council operated car-park and the costs is £1.00 for every 4 hours – coins only.  Other charges apply for coaches).

ELECTRIC CARS may park for free and utilise one of our four charging points (3 at Wharf Station one at Abergynolwyn).

Facilities when you get here

At Wharf station, we have Kings cafe (opens 9am daily) offering breakfast, lunch, hot & cold drinks (licensed) and snacks.  Details here.
The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is on site, and is open everyday we run trains.  Make sure you put aside some time to explore and learn all about the history of narrow gauge railways.
Please note the Museum & Cafe are not open when the last train returns
Our shop offers a large range of gifts, not just railway related, for keepsakes or presents.


On your trip

If you are enjoying the full round trip, then the journey will take 2.5 hours, including a 30 minute stop at Abergynolwyn where you (and the crew) can take on refreshments.  There is also the ‘Discovery Trail’ and playground for the younger passengers to enjoy.

If you are planning to leave the train to explore the area, please check the timetable carefully to ensure you know when to get back on.  There is a rich choice of walks and sights along the line.

Download our APP to be fully prepared for your journey on the Worlds First Preserved Railway https://www.talyllyn.co.uk/app

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  • Are dogs welcome?

    Yes – we love dogs and they are welcome throughout the railway, even the cafes.  If you have forgotten to add your dog to your booking on the train, you can pay for them when you arrive (£4).

    We would request that dogs do not sit on the upholstery, and that owners clear up any mess (you will be supplied a dog goodie bag if you have bought a dog ticket).

  • Am I able to change my booking?

    Please reply to your email confirmation with the request, or email [email protected].  If the booking is less than 24hrs away please call the booking office on 01654 710472 (8.30am – 4pm)

  • Where do I collect my tickets from?

    If you have booked online then just bring a form of confirmation (electronic or printed) – we’ll sort the rest!

How can I help further?

The railway is entirely operated by volunteers, and indeed was the Worlds First Preserved Railway!  We welcome new members and new volunteers, who might be able to assist in anyway.  It’s not just driving locos and checking tickets, we have a wealth of roles that need filling every day!

We also welcome volunteers from further afield, who come and stay in our hostel and have a working holiday.

Donating to the railway, which is a charity, helps us progress our development plans and preserves the railway for future generations.  We welcome one off donations, and also welcome new members to our ‘Heart of Gold’ group who make a monthly donation.  Legacies, remembering the Railway in your will, is not only tax efficient but secures the Railways future.