B E W A R E ....................... !!!

Car Parking in Snowdonia is very limited and can be expensive if a space can be found
This is especially so at Caernarfon, Beddgelert and Porthmadog

The alternative is to leave your car behind and use the
Arriva "5-5C" and "X5-5C" through buses
which connect from Llandudno (via the North Wales Coast road) with the
Welsh Highland Railway at Caernarfon

At the other end of the line the Ffestiniog Railway and Arriva "3B" buses link for Blaenau Ffestiniog where
Conwy Valley trains and Llew Jones "X19" buses
connect back to Llandudno on both weekdays and Sundays

UPDATE..........
LATEST......
The Conwy Valley Line summer service is now 'theotetically' in opertion,  BUT.....
.....owing to major flooding in the Conway Valley area on Saturday 16th March
part of the Conwy Valley Railway Line has been flooded leaving some sections of track suspended in the air

In consequence all train services on this line are suspended until further notice
(expected to be for several months
)
A bus replacement service * operates instead
Alternative "X19" and "19" local bus services are operating as scheduled
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The latest information from TfW (Transport for Wales) can be found here,
but so far,  information about the much slower replacement buses can only
be found on their "Journey Planner"
* important - broken 'clockwise' connections are highlighted in the tables below
if you want to do the "round trip" you are advised to go 'anti-clockwise'

as the Rail Replacement bus service still connects for Llandudno

Alternatively use the Snowdon Sherpa Bus network
which connects with the
Welsh Highland Railway at Beddgelert from the North Wales Coast
via Betws-y-Coed, Pen-y-Pass and the scenic Nant Gwynant pass

Please note the Welsh Highland Railway does not run every day
outside the main Summer period
nor does every train run on the dates the railway is open

You are strongly advised to first consult the official WHRly website to confirm
the train(s) you want are actually scheduled to run on the date of your
proposed visit then use the timetable below to find the times of the connecting
Snowdon Sherpa or other bus(es)

Connections from Llandudno via the Ffestiniog Railway from Blaenau Ffestiniog
are also shown - but please note some of these do not run every day
outside the main Summer period
You are strongly advised to first consult the official FRly website to confirm
the train(s) you want are actually scheduled to run on the date of your
proposed visit then use the timetable below to find the times of the
connecting Snowdon Sherpa bus(es)/trains


This website also contains composite timetables of connecting Snowdon Sherpa services on a cross-Snowdonia route basis
where a change of bus is usually necessary --- hopefully it will help you plan your days out

It also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"

  I M P O R T A N T   ! ! !

   The Welsh Highland Railway runs different timetables depending on pre-planned anticipated traffic levels  

 
  Basic service - two trains each way per day  
"blue" dates
 
  Basic service - two trains each way per day but an earlier start from Porthmadog  
"yellow" dates
 
  Peak service - three trains each way per day  
"red" dates
 
  1000 - This train from Caernarvon runs on "blue" "yellow" and "red" dates  
"most" dates
 
Note specially - there are NO WHRly trains on some off-peak Mondays and Fridays
and a special timetable operates on "odd" dates
also regular timetabled trains cease after Sunday 2nd November
(confirm locally for details of occasional winter journeys)

REMEMBER to check the official WHRly website to confirm the train(s) you want to travel on
are actually scheduled to run on the date of your proposed visit

then use the Sherpa timetables to find the times of earlier, later and other connecting Snowdon Sherpa bus(es)


Welsh Highland Railway   and   Snowdon Sherpa

Snowdon Sherpa    
:    
Llandudno - Caernarfon --- Rhyd Ddu --- Beddgelert --- Porthmadog - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Llandudno
<..........bus..........> <..................................Welsh Highland Railway..................................> <..Ffestiniog Railway..> <..Conwy Valley Line..>
Mondays to Saturdays - 13th April to 23rd July 2019
except Public Holidays Good Friday 19th April  Easter Monday 22nd April  Monday 6th Mayand Monday 27th May

see important note above
Click here for Mondays to Saturdays from Wednesday 24th July 2017 until further notice
Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays from 19th May to 21st July 2019
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
         
WHR red dates
 
WHR blue dates
       
WHR red dates
             
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Conwy
Valley
Line
Arriva
Gwynfor
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Conwy
Valley
Line
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Gwynfor
Lloyds
Dilwyns
Arriva
Conwy
Valley
Line
5-5C
train
train
train
X5-5C
S4-S97
5-5C
train
train
X5-5C
train
3B
train
S4
S97
X5-5C
train
train
S4-S97
T2
1
3B
train
   Llandudno
0800
-
-
-
1045
-
1100
-
-
1215
-
-
-
-
1345
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
   Caernarfon bus station
0938
-
-
-
1222
1230
1238
-
-
1352
-
-
-
1530
-
1522
-
-
1710
1745
1840
-
-
   Caernarfon bus station
Caernarfon WHRly station 
-
10.00
-
-
-
|
-
13.00
-
-
14.20
-
-
|
-
-
15.45
-
|
|
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes

|
|
\|/
|
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes

|
|
\|/
-
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
Waunfawr
-
10.30
-
-
-
1255
-
13.30
-
-
14.50
-
-
1550
-
-
16.15
-
1725
-
-
Waunfawr
Rhyd Ddu
-
11.00
-
-
-
1306
-
14.00
-
-
15.25
-
-
1601
-
-
16.45
-
1736
-
-
Rhyd Ddu
Beddgelert
-
11.30
-
-
-
1315
-
14.30
-
-
15.55
-
-
1610
1700
-
17.15
-
1743
-
-
Beddgelert
Porthmadog harbour stn
-
12.15
1335
-
-
|
-
15.15
1550
-
16.30
-
-
-
|
-
18.00
1805
|
-
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
   Porthmadog parc
-
-
|
-
-
1340
-
-
|
-
-
1649
-
-
1718
-
-
|
1900c
1833
1925
1936
-
   Porthmadog parc
  Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
1445
1457
-
-
-
-
1700
-
-
1718
1736
-
-
-
-
1920
-
-
-
2005
2023
  Blaenau Ffestiniog
  Llandudno
-
-
-
1617
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1853
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2144
   Llandudno
   
13.00
14.15
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "note" above
   
1335
The FRly does NOT run every day, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times should be confirmed from the official FRly website
1230 - alternative Sherpa journey     c - change Sherpas at Beddgelert - "S97" depart 1835    
mr - stops on the main road (not the WHR station)    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  
Welsh Highland Railway   and   Snowdon Sherpa

Llandudno - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Porthmadog --- Beddgelert --- Rhyd Ddu --- Caernarfon - Llandudno
<....Conwy Valley....> <...Ffestiniog Railway...> <.............................Welsh Highland Railway.............................> <..........bus..........>
Mondays to Saturdays - except Public Holidays Good Friday 19th April  Easter Monday 22nd April  Monday 6th Mayand Monday 27th May
see important note above
Click here for Mondays to Saturdays from Wednesday 24th July 2017 until further notice
Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays from 19th May to 21st July 2019
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
     
red dates
yellow dates
blue dates
   
 M-F 
 
*MON
-SAT*
 
WHR
red dates
     
WHR blue dates
   
WHR red dates
     
Gwynfor
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Llew
Jones
Conwy
Valley
Line
Ffestiniog
Railway
Conwy
Valley
Line
 $
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Gwynfor
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Ffestiniog
Railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Conwy
Valley
Line
Arriva
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Ffestiniog
Railway
Lloyds
Arriva
S97-S4
train
train
train
X19
train
train
train
3B
train
S97-S4
5C-5
train
5C-5
train
train
train
3B
S97
S4
train
T2
5C-5
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
0900
====
-
1008b
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1308
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
-
1020
====
1135
1138b
1218
-
-
-
-
-
1340
-
1432
1526
-
-
1605
-
-
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
   Porthmadog parc
0905
-
-
-
-
no
longer
runs or
connects
|
$ or b
- bus
repalace
-ment
1248
-
1345
-
-
-
|
-
-
1556
1720
-
|
1825
-
   Porthmadog parc
Porthmadog harbour stn
|
09.40
09.40
10.50
-
1245
-
12.55
|
-
14.15
-
1450
15.40
-
-
|
-
1715
|
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes

|
|
\|/
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
Beddgelert
0925
10.25
10.25
11.30
-
-
-
13.35
1415
-
14.55
-
-
16.20
-
-
1744
1805
-
-
Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu
0933
11.00
11.00
12.00
-
-
-
-
-
14.00
1423
-
15.25
-
-
16.45
-
-
-
1813
-
-
Rhyd Ddu
Waunfawr
0945
11.25
11.25
12.30
-
-
-
-
-
14.30
1435
-
15.50
-
-
17.20
-
-
-
1825
-
-
Waunfawr
Caernarfon WHRly station 
|
12.05
12.05
13.10
-
-
-
-
-
15.10
|
-
16.30
-
-
17.55
-
-
-
|
-
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
   Caernarfon bus station
1010
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
>>>>>>>>>
1445
1530
-
1700
-
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
1835
>>>>>>>>>
1908
1915
   Caernarfon bus station
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1718
-
1844
-
-
 
-
-
-
-
-
-
2047
   Llandudno
   
09.40
09.40
10.50
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "note" above
   
1135
The FRly does NOT run every day, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times should be confirmed from the official FRly website

* - BEWARE - the Ffestiniog Railway 1135 departure is NO LONGER advertised to connect off the Saturday morning Conwy Valley train shown to arrive 1136 but when the Conwy Valley train arrives slightly early
it is usually just possible to connect if you are very quick - otherwise catch the 1218 Arriva "3B" bus to get to Porthmadog in time to connect with the Welsh Highland Railway
0905 - alternative Sherpa journey    
 
M-F - Mondays to Fridays only    Sat - Saturdays only    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

Welsh Highland Railway   and   Snowdon Sherpa

Snowdon Sherpa    
:    
Llandudno - Caernarfon --- Rhyd Ddu --- Beddgelert --- Porthmadog - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Llandudno
<..........bus..........> <..................................Welsh Highland Railway..................................> <..Ffestiniog Railway..> <..Conwy Valley Line..>
Sundays - 19th May to 21st July 2019
also Public Holiday Monday 27th May

see important note above
Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays from 28th July 2019 until further notice
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
         
WHR red dates
blue dates
   
WHR red dates
     
Gwynfor
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Llew Jones
Gwynfor
Ffestiniog
Railway
Llew
Jones
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Llew
Jones
Llew
Jones
Welsh
Highland
railway
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
S97
5-5C
train
1S
S97
train
X19
5D-5C
train
train
5-5C
train
1S
X19
train
S97
2S
   Llandudno
-
0755*
-
-
-
-
-
1045
-
-
1215
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
   Caernarfon bus station
-
0949*
-
1030
-
-
-
1219
-
-
1349
-
-
-
-
-
1650
   Caernarfon bus station
Caernarfon WHRly station 
-
-
10.00
|
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes

|
|
\|/
-
-
-
-
13.00
-
-
14.20
-
-
15.45
-
|
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes

|
|
\|/
Caernarfon WHRly station 
Waunfawr
-
-
10.30
-
-
-
-
13.30
-
-
14.50
-
-
16.15
-
Waunfawr
Rhyd Ddu
-
-
11.00
-
-
-
-
14.00
-
-
15.25
-
-
16.45
-
Rhyd Ddu
Beddgelert
====
-
11.30
1245
-
-
-
14.30
-
-
15.55
-
-
17.15
1835
Beddgelert
Porthmadog harbour stn
|
-
12.15
|
1335
-
-
15.15
1550
-
16.30
-
-
18.00
|
Porthmadog harbour stn
   Porthmadog parc
====
-
-
1120
1310
|
-
-
-
|
-
-
1640
-
-
1900
1735
   Porthmadog parc
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
1150
-
1445
1500
-
-
1700
-
-
1708
1740
-
no later cconnections
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
-
1614
-
-
-
-
-
-
1854
-
   Llandudno
     
13.00
14.20
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "note" above
       
1335
The FRly does NOT run every day, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times should be confirmed from the official FRly website
1035 - alternative Sherpa journey    
0949* - this is NOT considered a reliable connection,  but is shown "for information" as this "new" earlier journey is the ONLY Sunday bus from Llandudno to arrive Caernarfon    
before the morning WHR train departs  (an alternative slightly later direct bus is also shown to enable anyone to still catch the onward Ffetiniog Railway 1335 train at Porthmadog)    

  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  
Welsh Highland Railway   and   Snowdon Sherpa

Llandudno - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Rhyd Ddu - Caernarfon - Llandudno

Sundays - 19th May to 21st July 2019
also Public Holiday Monday 27th May

see important note above
Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays from 28th July 2019 until further notice
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
     
red dates
yellow dates
blue dates
       
WHR red dates
   
WHR blue dates
 
WHR red dates
     
Gwynfor
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Gwynfor
Llew
Jones
Ffestiniog
Railway
Conwy
Valley
Line
 $
Llew
Jones
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Lloyds
Arriva
S97
train
train
train
S97
X19
train
train
1S
train
5C-5
S97
S4
train
5C-5
train
5C-5
T2
5
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
1005
-
1022b
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
-
-
1122
1135
1147b
1200
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
   Porthmadog parc
0910
-
-
-
====
-
|
$ or b
- bus
repalace
-ment
1228
-
-
1355
-
-
-
-
-
1605
-
   Porthmadog parc
Porthmadog harbour stn
|
09.40
09.40
10.50
|
-
1245
-
12.55
-
|
-
14.15
-
15.40
-
|
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes
|
|

\|/
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
Beddgelert
0934
10.25
10.25
11.30
====
-
-
-
13.35
-
1420
1515
14.55
-
16.20
-
-
Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu
-
11.00
11.00
12.00
-
-
-
-
-
14.00
-
-
1523
15.25
-
16.45
-
-
Rhyd Ddu
Waunfawr
-
11.25
11.25
12.30
-
-
-
-
-
14.30
-
-
1535
15.50
-
17.20
-
-
Waunfawr
Caernarfon WHRly station 
-
12.05
12.05
13.10
-
-
-
-
-
15.10
-
-
|
16.30
-
17.55
-
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
   Caernarfon bus station
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1555
<<<<<<<
1545
-
1655
-
1855
1650
-
   Caernarfon bus station
   Bangor bus station
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
|
-
-
-
|
-
|
1715
1730
   Bangor bus station
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1737
-
-
-
1837
-
2030
-
1837
   Llandudno
     
09.40
09.40
10.50
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "note" above
       
1135
The FRly does NOT run every day, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times should be confirmed from the official FRly website
0800 - alternative Sherpa journey    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

See local timetables for details of other intermediate times

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Bangor - Snowdonia   (via Llanberis)
Barmouth - Snowdonia   (via Porthmadog)
Bethesda - Capel Curig - Betws-y-Coed
Bethesda - Capel Curig - Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed - Capel Curig - Bethesda
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed - Llandudno   (connections)
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Porthmadog
Caernarfon/Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Llanberis
Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
Caernarfon (WHRly) - Beddgelert - Llandudno
Caernarfon (WHRly) - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
Corwen - Llanrwst - Llandudno
Llanberis Pass   (Park and Ride)
Llanberis - Capel Curig - Bethesda
Llanberis - Pen-y-Pass - Betws-y-Coed
Llanberis - Beddgelert - Caernarfon/Porthmadog
Llandudno/Colwyn Bay - Betws-y-Coed   (connections)
Llandudno - Beddgelert - Caernarfon (WHRly)
Llandudno - Llanrwst - Corwen
Llandudno - Snowdonia (via Betws-y-Coed)
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon (WHRly)
Porthmadog/Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Llanberis
Porthmadog - Pen-y-Pass - Betws-y-Coed
Pwllheli - Snowdonia   (via Porthmadog)
Snowdonia - Bangor (via Llanberis) 
Snowdonia - Barmouth   (via Porthmadog)
 Snowdonia - Llandudno (via Betws-y-Coed or Caernarfon) 
Snowdonia - Pwllheli   (via Porthmadog)
Climb Snowdon - with the Sherpas   (summary)
Ride Round Snowdon - with the Sherpas   (summary)

Suggested weekday trips from Barmouth
Suggested weekday trips from Beddgelert
Suggested Saturday trips from Bethesda
Suggested weekday trips from Betws-y-Coed
Suggested weekday trips from Caernarfon
Suggested weekday trips from Conwy
Suggested weekday trips from Corwen
Suggested weekday trips from Llanberis
Suggested weekday trips from Llandudno
Suggested weekday trips from Llanrwst
Suggested weekday trips from Porthmadog

Suggested Sunday trips from Barmouth
Suggested Sunday trips from Beddgelert
Suggested Sunday trips from Bethesda
Suggested Sunday trips from Betws-y-Coed
Suggested Sunday trips from Caernarfon
Suggested Sunday trips from Conwy
Suggested Sunday trips from Llanberis
Suggested Sunday trips from Llandudno
Suggested Sunday trips from Llanrwst
Suggested Sunday trips from Porthmadog
Suggested Sunday trips from Pwllheli

Suggested weekday trips from
Suggested Sunday trips from
North Wales Coast Railway stations
(via Betws-y-Coed)

Later non-Sherpa weekday journeys from......
Beddgelert area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Pen-y-Pass area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Porthmadog area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Beddgelert area to Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed area to Llanberis
Porthmadog area to Llanberis
Llanberis area to Porthmadog area
Later non-Sherpa Sunday journeys from......
Beddgelert area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Pen-y-Pass area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Porthmadog area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Beddgelert area to Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed area to Llanberis
Porthmadog area to Llanberis
Llanberis area to Porthmadog area
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