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 Express Motors "1B" buses link for Blaenau Ffestiniog where
Conwy Valley trains and Express Motors "X1" buses
(Llew Jones "X19" on Sundays and Public Holidays)
connect back to Llandudno on weekdays and summer Sundays

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 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)


CHANGES TO THE WHRly TRAIN TIMES
There are minior re-timings in 2017 to both the Welsh Highland and Festiniog Railways
Timings shown on this website have been extracted from the official Ffestiniog Railway website,  but should always be confirmed direct with the company before you set off

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  
"yellow" dates
 
  Peak service - three trains each way per day  
"red" dates
 
  1000 - This train runs on both "yellow" and "red" dates  
 
 
Note specially - there are NO WHRly trains on some off-peak Mondays and Fridays
and a special timetable operates on Monday 11th July 2016

You are strongly advised to first consult 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 - 15th April 2017 until further notice
(except Public Holidays Good Friday 14th April  Easter Monday 17th April  Monday 1st May  Monday 29th May and Monday 28th August )

Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays from 14th April 2017 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
 
WHR yellow dates
 
WHR red dates
             
 
Express
Motors
Express
Motors
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Conwy
Valley
Line
Arriva
Express
Motors
Express
Motors
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Conwy
Valley
Line
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Express
Motors
Conwy
Valley
Line
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Express
Motors
Express
Motors
Ffestiniog
Railway
Express
Motors/
Johns
Conwy
Valley
Line
Express
Motors
Express
Motors
Express
Motors
 
 
S4
S97
5-5C
train
train
train
5-5C
S4
S97
train
train
train
X5-5C
train
1B
train
X5-5C
train
S4
S97
train
T2-1B
train
S4
S97
1
 
   Llandudno
-
-
0755*
-
-
-
1100
-
-
-
-
-
1215
-
-
-
1345
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
Caernarfon WHRly station 
-
-
|
10.00
-
-
|
-
-
13.00
-
-
|
14.15
-
-
|
15.45
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
Caernarfon bus station
0845
-
0939
|
-
-
1239
1320
-
|
-
-
1354
|
-
-
1524
|
1530
-
-
-
-
1735
-
1900
Caernarfon bus station
Waunfawr
0855
-
-
10.30
-
-
-
1330
-
13.30
-
-
-
14.45
-
-
-
16.15
1540
-
-
-
-
1745
-
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes
|
Waunfawr
Rhyd Ddu
0906
-
-
10.55
-
-
-
1341
-
14.00
-
-
-
15.15
-
-
-
16.45
1551
-
-
-
-
1756
-
Rhyd Ddu
Beddgelert
0915
1010
-
11.25
-
-
-
1350
1440
14.30
-
-
-
15.40
-
-
-
17.10
1605
1615
-
-
-
1805
1821
Beddgelert
Porthmadog parc
-
1035
-
|
-
-
-
-
1505
|
-
-
-
|
1645
-
-
|
-
1635
-
1835c
-
-
1845
1950
Porthmadog parc
Porthmadog harbour stn
-
-
-
12.10
1335
-
-
-
-
15.10
1545
-
-
16.25
|
-
-
17.55
-
-
1805
c
-
-
-
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
-
1445
1457
-
-
-
-
1700
1736
-
-
1713
1736
-
-
-
-
1925
1904c
2023
-
-
-
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
1617
-
-
-
-
-
1853
-
-
-
1853
-
-
-
-
-
-
2144
-
-
-
   Llandudno
0845 - alternative Sherpa journey    
 
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
mr - stops on the main road (not the WHR station)    
* - 5 minutes later on Saturdays     c - change buses at Maentwrog (Oakley Arms)    
  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 Line..> <..Ffestiniog Railway..> <..............................Welsh Highland Railway..............................> <..........bus..........>
Mondays to Saturdays - 15th April 2017 until further notice
(except Public Holidays Good Friday 14th April  Easter Monday 17th April  Monday 1st May  Monday 29th May and Monday 28th August )

Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays from 14th April 2017 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
   
M-F
Sat
 
WHR red dates
 
Sat
 
WHR yellow dates
 
WHR red dates
     
 
Express
Motors
Express
Motors
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Express
Motors
Conwy
Valley
Line
Conwy
Valley
Line
Ffestiniog
Railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Conwy
Valley
Line
Express
Motors
Express
Motors
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Ffestiniog
Railway
Conwy
Valley
Line
Express
Motors
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Express
Motors
Express
Motors
Express
Motors
Arriva
 
 
S97
S4
train
train
X1
train
train
train
train
5C-5
train
1B
S97
train
5C-5
train
train
1B
train
train
1B
S97
S4
5C-5
 
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
0910
1008
 1022 
-
-
-
1022
-
-
-
-
1308
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
-
1025
1130
 
 
no
longer
connects

 
1135 *
-
-
1136
1225
-
-
-
1340
1432
1445
-
1600
1630
-
-
-
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
Porthmadog harbour stn
-
-
09.40
10.45
-
very *
tight
conn
-ection
1245
12.55
-
-
|
-
14.10
-
1450
-
|
15.40
1710
|
-
-
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
Porthmadog parc
0900
-
|
|
-
-
|
-
-
1253
1330
|
-
-
-
1513
|
-
1658
1715
-
-
Porthmadog parc
Beddgelert
0917
0925
10.25
11.25
-
-
-
-
13.35
-
-
-
1353
14.50
-
-
-
-
16.20
-
-
1734
1820
-
Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu
-
0931
11.00
11.55
-
-
-
-
14.00
-
-
-
-
15.15
-
-
-
-
16.45
-
-
-
1826
-
Rhyd Ddu
Waunfawr
-
0945
11.25
12.20
-
-
-
-
14.30
-
-
-
-
15.45
-
-
-
-
17.15
-
-
-
1840
-
Waunfawr
Caernarfon WHRly station 
-
|
12.05
13.00
-
-
-
-
15.10
-
-
-
-
16.15
-
-
-
-
17.50
-
-
-
|
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
Caernarfon bus station
-
0955
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1530
-
-
-
-
1700
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1850
1845
Caernarfon bus station
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1717
-
-
-
-
1839
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2011
   Llandudno
0900 - alternative Sherpa journey    
M-F - Mondays to Fridays only    Sat - Saturdays only    
 
09.40
10.45
 
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 NO LONGER connects off the Saturday morning Conwy Valley train due 1136 - see above
  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 - 16th April 2017 until further notice
(also Public Holidays Good Friday 14th April  Easter Monday 17th April  Monday 1st May  Monday 29th May and Monday 28th August )

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
yellow dates
   
WHR red dates
 
 
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Ffestiniog
Railway
Llew
Jones
Arriva
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Johns
Llew
Jones
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Express
Motors
 
 
S97
train
S97
train
X19
S97
5-5C
train
train
5-5C
train
1S
X19
S97
train
2
 
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
-
1110
-
-
1210
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
Caernarfon WHRly station 
-
10.00
-
-
-
-
|
13.00
-
|
14.15
-
-
-
15.45
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
Caernarfon bus station
-
|
-
-
-
-
1237
|
-
1337
|
-
-
-
|
1650
Caernarfon bus station
Waunfawr
-
10.30
-
-
-
-
-
13.30
-
-
14.45
-
-
-
16.15
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes
|
Waunfawr
Rhyd Ddu
-
10.55
-
-
-
-
-
14.00
-
-
15.15
-
-
-
16.45
Rhyd Ddu
Beddgelert
1010
11.25
1145
-
-
1435
-
14.30
-
-
15.40
-
-
1710
17.10
Beddgelert
Porthmadog parc
1035
|
1205
-
-
1500
-
|
-
-
|
1640
-
1730
|
1735
Porthmadog parc
Porthmadog harbour stn
-
12.10
-
1335
-
-
-
15.10
1545
-
16.25
|
-
-
17.55
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
1445
1500
-
-
-
1700
-
-
1708
1730
-
-
-
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
1624
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1844
-
-
-
   Llandudno
1010 - alternative Sherpa journey    
 
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
  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 - 16th April 2017 until further notice
(also Public Holidays Good Friday 14th April  Easter Monday 17th April  Monday 1st May  Monday 29th May and Monday 28th August )

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
   
WHR red dates
 
SUM
   
WHR yellow dates
 
WHR red dates
   
 
Arriva
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Llew
Jones
Johns
Ffestiniog
Railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Conwy
Valley
Line
 $
Johns
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Arriva
Lloyds
 
 
S97
S97
train
train
X19
1
train
train
5C-X5
train
1
S97
train
5C-5
train
5C-5
S97
T2
 
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
1000
-
-
-
-
NO Conwy Valley train service
in the winter
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
-
1117
1200
1135
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
Porthmadog harbour stn
-
-
09.40
10.45
-
|
1245
12.55
-
-
14.10
-
15.40
-
-
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
Porthmadog parc
0900
1100
|
|
-
1228
-
|
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
1330
|
-
|
-
1600
1610
Porthmadog parc
Beddgelert
0919
1119
10.25
11.25
-
-
-
13.35
-
-
-
1349
14.50
-
16.20
-
1619
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes
|
Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu
-
-
11.00
11.55
-
-
-
14.00
-
-
-
-
15.15
-
16.45
-
-
Rhyd Ddu
Waunfawr
-
-
11.25
12.20
-
-
-
14.30
-
-
-
-
15.45
-
17.15
-
-
Waunfawr
Caernarfon WHRly station 
-
-
12.05
13.00
-
-
-
15.10
-
-
-
-
16.15
-
17.50
-
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
Caernarfon bus station
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1542
-
-
-
-
1642
-
1842
-
1655
Caernarfon bus station
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1715
-
-
-
-
1815
-
2014
-
-
   Llandudno
0900 - alternative Sherpa journey    
 
09.40
10.45
 
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
SUM - Peak-Summer Sundays only - 2016 dates to be confirmed shortly (usually mid-May to earlySeptember)    
$ - on pubic holidays a weekday train service operates - Llandudno depart 1008    
  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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