IMPORTANT
    For the first time in two decades,  there is a major change to the 'structure' of the Sherpa network which is also expanded to incorporate some local services - thus providing better "cross-Snowdonia" journeys - meaning there is now less need than ever to take cars into the National Park

   The most significant changes are routes......
"S1" - Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Llanberis - Caernarfon
  (in lieu of the local "88" and the former "S2")
"S2" - Bangor - Llanberis - Pen-y-Pass  (in lieu of the local "85" also the former 'Park and Ride' from Llanberis)
"S3" - Beddgelert - Caernarfon - Deiniolen  (in lieu of the local "83" and 'part' of the former "S4")
"S4" - Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Pen-y-Pass  (in lieu of the local "S97" and 'part' of the former "S4")
"S5" - Nant Peris Car Park - Pen-y-Pass "Park and Ride"  (in lieu of the former "S1" from Llanberis)
    also the
"T10" TrawsCymru Bangor - Llyn Ogwen - Capel Curig - Betws-y-Coed - Corwen experimental service to provide daily connections into and out of the new hourly "S1" Sherpa at Capel Curig        Despite operators normally being required to give 56 days notice of any change,  the "local Councils" along with "Transport for Wales" have specified the new services and as such there was "LESS THAN THREE WEEKS NOTICE" given to the General Public making planning ahead extremely difficult for potential visitors to the area
     Following on from the ever-changing situation as a result of Covid,  this is no surprise as neither Gwynfor CC nor Conwy CC
(or indeed any of the bus operators) have recently given early notice of changes to the Sherpas OR other local connections - in fact in Snowdonia these have usually been literally just a few days before the alterations came into effect

      In view of the late public advice of the detailed changes to all of the services,  ANY PAGE on THIS website dated before "THURSDAY 24th MARCH" should be regarded as "STILL TO BE FULLY UPDATED"

      Please bookmark this page NOW and return later to see any further changes once the information has been made public..........

..........use the date at the bottom of every page as a quick way to check if it has been amended since your last visit to this page - then ALWAYS CROSS-CHECK WITH THE OFFICIAL COUNCIL AND OPERATOR WEBSITES before setting out

from the Menai Straits to the mountains of Snowdonia
SUMMER SUNDAY TRIPS

Dilwyns "88" - Caernarfon-Llanberis 
all year round      
Gwynfor "S2" - Llanbeis-Betws-y-Coed  
from
CAERNARFON

by










 "S4" Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Pen-y-Pass
      Gwynfor Sherpa
 "S97" Beddgelert - Porthmadog

sherpanetwork
  B E W A R E ....................... !!!
Car Parking in Snowdonia is very limited and can be expensive if a space can be found

The alternative is to leave your car behind and use the
Snowdon Sherpa Bus network

Suggested timings are shown below and all the trips featured can all be done for just £6.80 using a "Red Rover"
which is valid all day on any bus in Gwynedd - this gives you the flexibility to change your mind
if you suddenly decide to go elsewhere or stop off en-route !
(Purchase from the driver of your first bus)


    REMEMBER..........
    Due to so many last-minute changes to the various services in the area,  unfortunately many official websites (including the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner") continue to show journeys which have either been "CHANGED" or sometimes even "WITHDRAWN"
    Where known,  these are also included below as a warning - to help avoid you being caught out !!!


    Please bookmark and revisit nearer the time to check if there have been any further known changes since your last visit to this page

    Journeys shown on this website with a "strike through" line are still operating,  BUT it is NO LONGER possible to get a (bus) connection back to the start location of the page - eg
 1234 

    Throughout Snowdonia there are unfortunately numerous cases of "sub-standard" connections which are NOT recognised by the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner"
(as they are less than 5 minutes) - eg
12.45 12.45
    Although this website strongly advises you NOT to 'chance' them..........
..........they are included to draw your attention to the fact that if everything is 'spot on time' and you are "very quick" - it can sometimes get you to your destination considerably earlier



This "unofficial" website attempts to show what is available..... and to encourage greater use of the network
also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"



Snowdon Sherpa
Sundays - 10th April to 25th September 2022
also Public Holidays Good Friday 15th Aprill  Easter Monday 18th April  Early Spring Holiday Monday 2nd May  Late Spring Weekend Thursday 2nd June  Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday 3rd June Early Spring Weekend Monday 31st May and Late Summer Weekend Monday 29th August

see VERY important note above
  Click here for suggested Monday to Saturday itineraries from Caernarfon
"Trips around Snowdonia - without your car"
from Caernarfon

Summer is an ideal time for a longer day out to visit Snowdonia
with later 'through' "S1" Sherpas back from Betws-y-Coed via Llanberis
also more and later "S4"-"S3" connections from Pen-y-Pass via Beddgelert
Please note specially - at this time of the year the last return weekday buses to Caernarfon are as follows......

Return via Beddgelert (Sherpa throughout)
Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon (S1-S4-S3) - connection departs 1704  (change at Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert)
Capel Curig to Caernarfon (S1-S4-S3) - connection departs 1716  (change at Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert)
Pen-y-Pass (S) to Caernarfon (S4-S3 - connection departs 1735  (change at Beddgelert)
Nant Gwynant (S) to Caernarfon (S4-S3) -connection departs 1746  (change at Beddgelert)
Beddgelert to Caernarfon (S3) - depart 19.02
Porthmadog to Caernarfon (S4-S3) -connection departs 1530  (change at Beddgelert)
Rhyd Ddu (S)  to Caernarfon (S3) depart 19.10
Snowdon Ranger (S)  to Caernarfon (S3) depart 19.13

Return via Llanberis (mainly Sherpa throughout)
Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon (S1) - departs 19.04
Capel Curig to Caernarfon (S1) - departs 19.16
Bethesda to Caernarfon (T10-S1) - connection departs 1845  (change at Capel Curig)
Llyn Ogwen (T) to Caernarfon (T10-S1) - connection departs 1853  (change at Capel Curig)
Pen-y-Pass (S) to Caernarfon (S1) - depart 19.30
Llanberis (S)  to Caernarfon (S1) - depart 19.50


Green - all Sherpa journeys       Gold - partially or fully non-Sherpa services


(S)   - start of path up Snowdon       (T)   - start of path up Tryfan


     Click here if you want to climb Snowdon or here if you want to climb Tryfan
 or if you want to make a simple journey round Snowdon
     - click for the clockwise or anticlockwise summary timetables  otherwise..........



               
BEDDGELERT   and   BETWS-Y-COED
(via Llyn Cwellyn and the Nant Gwynant pass)
stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
 
Purchase a £5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) Day Ticket to cover ALL journeys - as well as other North Wales connecting journeys to/from Snowdonia
- from the driver of your first Sherpa or non-Sherpa bus
see VERY important note above
 ADDITIONAL "S3" Sherpa journeys operate between Caernarfon and Beddgelert only
 
Outward
   
Return
                       
S3
S4
S1
S3
S4
S1
S3
S4
S1
S4 #
S3
S1*
S4 #
S3
S3
S1*
S4 #
S3
Caernarfon
07.18
-
-
12.18
-
-
16.18
-
-
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
13.04
-
-
-
17.04
-
-
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
07.39
-
-
12.39
-
-
16.39
-
-
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
09.35
-
13.25
13.35
-
-
17.25
17.35
-
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
07.41
-
-
12.41
-
-
16.41
-
-
Nant Gwynant Watkin 
09.46
-
-
13.46
-
-
-
17.46
-
Beddgelert
07.53
08.58
-
12.53
12.58
-
16.53
16.58
-
Beddgelert
09.57
10.02
-
13.57
14.02
16.02
-
17.57
19.02
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
-
09.03
-
-
13.03
-
-
17.03
-
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
-
10.10
-
-
14.10
16.10
-
-
19.10
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
-
09.20
09.30
-
13.20
13.30
-
17.20
 17.30 
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
-
10.13
-
-
14.13
16.13
-
-
19.13
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
09.54
-
-
13.54
-
-
 17.54 
Caernarfon
-
10.37
-
-
14.37
16.37
-
-
19.37
08.18 - Sherpa journey    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this "S1" Sherpa is Caernarfon    
# - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Beddgelert" or or "Porthmadog" (sometimes changing en-route)    
- but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up Snowdon    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
BETWS-Y-COED
via Pen-y-Pass,  the Twin Lakes,  Capel Curig and the Swallow Falls

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
see VERY important note above
Purchase a £5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) Day Ticket to cover ALL journeys - as well as other North Wales connecting journeys to/from Snowdonia
- from the driver of your first Sherpa or non-Sherpa bus
 
Outward
   
Return
                                       
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
Caernarfon
06.35
07.35
08.35
09.35
10.35
11.35
12.35
13.35
14.35
15.35
Betws-y-Coed
10.04
11.04
12.04
13.04
14.04
15.04
16.04
17.04
18.04
19.04
Llanberis
Joe Brown
07.02
08.02
09.02
10.02
11.02
12.02
13.02
14.02
15.02
16.02
Pen-y-Pass (S)
10.30
11.30
12.30
13.30
14.30
15.30
16.30
17.30
18.30
19.30
Llanberis  (S)
Maes Peris
10.40
11.40
12.40
13.40
14.40
15.40
16.40
17.40
18.40
19.40
Llanberis  (S)
Interchange
07.10
08.10
09.10
10.10
11.10
12.10
13.10
14.10
15.10
16.10
Llanberis
Joe Brown
10.50
11.50
12.50
13.50
14.50
15.50
16.50
17.50
18.50
19.50
Pen-y-Pass (S)
07.30
08.30
09.30
10.30
11.30
12.30
13.30
14.30
15.30
16.30
Betws-y-Coed
07.54
08.54
09.54
10.54
11.54
12.54
13.54
14.54
15.54
16.54
Caernarfon
11.23
12.23
13.23
14.23
15.23
16.23
17.23
18.23
19.23
20.23
06.35 - Sherpa journey    
(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up Snowdon    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
RHYD DDU,  BEDDGELERT  or  PORTHMADOG
via Quellen Lake and the Aberglslyn Pass

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
see VERY important note above
 ADDITIONAL "S3" Sherpa journeys operate between Caernarfon and Beddgelert only
Purchase a £5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) Day Ticket to cover ALL journeys - as well as other North Wales connecting journeys to/from Snowdonia
- from the driver of your first Sherpa or non-Sherpa bus
 
Outward
   
Return
                         
later
Alternative
journey
S3
S4
S3
S4
S3
S4
S3
S4*
S3
S4*
S3
S3
T2
Caernarfon
07.18
-
10.18
-
14.18
-
16.18
Porthmadog
11.30
-
15.30
-
-
1605
Snowdon Ranger (S)
07.39
-
10.39
-
14.39
-
16.39
Beddgelert
11.55
12.02
15.55
16.02
19.02
|
via
Pen-y-Groes
|
\|/
Rhyd Ddu (S)
07.41
-
10.41
-
14.41
-
16.41
Rhyd Ddu (S)
-
12.10
-
16.10
19.10
Beddgelert
07.53
08.00
10.53
11.00
14.53
15.00
16.53
Snowdon Ranger (S)
-
12.13
-
16.13
19.13
Porthmadog
-
08.25
-
11.25
-
15.25
-
Cearnarfon
-
12.37
-
16.37
19.37
1650
10.18 - Sherpa journey    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Porthmadog may display "Beddgelert" or "Pen-y-Pass"    
(sometimes changing en-route) - but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    

(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up Snowdon    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

     
CIRCULAR   TRIP   ROUND   SNOWDON
clockwise  -  via  Llanberis,  Betws-y-Coed,  Blaenau Ffestiniog  and  Porthmadog
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

       
P R O V I S I O N A L
see important note above

Purchase a £5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) Day Ticket to cover ALL journeys - as well as other North Wales connecting journeys to/from Snowdonia
- from the driver of your first Sherpa or non-Sherpa bus
* * * STILL TO BE FULLY UPDATED
 
 
 
             
S2
S2
88
S2
X19
2S-2G
1S
1S
T2
Caernarfon
07.20
====
0925
-
-
-
-
-
-
Caernarfon
Llanberis Joe Brown
07.45
09.00
|
10.00
-
-
-
-
-
Llanberis Joe Brown
Llanberis Interchange
07.50
09.05
0949
10.05
-
-
-
-
-
Llanberis Interchange
Betws-y-Coed
08.25
09.47
-
10.47
11.00
-
-
-
-
Betws-y-Coed
Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
-
11.25
12.00
-
14.20
-
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Porthmadog
-
-
-
-
-
12.28
13.25
14.48
16.05
Porthmadog
Caernarfon
-
-
-
-
-
-
14.08
-
16.50
Caernarfon
08.35 - Gwynfor Sherpa journey    
11.00 - non-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  

     
CIRCULAR   TRIP   ROUND   SNOWDON
anticlockwise  -  via Porthmadog,  Blaenau Ffestiniog,  Betws-y-Coed  and  Llanberis
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

       
P R O V I S I O N A L
see important note above

Purchase a £5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) Day Ticket to cover ALL journeys - as well as other North Wales connecting journeys to/from Snowdonia
- from the driver of your first Sherpa or non-Sherpa bus
* * * STILL TO BE FULLY UPDATED
 
 
 
   
later summer Sherpa
T2
 
1S
X19
S2
88
 
S2
 
1S
X19
S2
 
S2
 
S2
T2
1S
X19
S2
Caernarfon
09.30
10.30
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
13.30
-
-
-
Caernarfon
Porthmadog
10.20
11.20
-
-
-
-
13.30
-
-
-
-
14.20
16.40
-
-
Porthmadog
Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
11.48
12.00
-
-
-
13.58
15.00
-
-
-
-
17.08
17.40
-
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
12.25
13.40
-
14.40
-
15.25
15.48
16.40
17.40
-
-
18.05
18.40
Betws-y-Coed
Llanberis Maes Padarn
-
-
-
14.20
14.30
15.20
-
-
16.25
17.20
18.10
-
-
-
19.20
Llanberis Maes Padarn
Caernarfon
-
-
-
-
14.53
-
-
-
-
-
====
-
-
###
19.42
Caernarfon
13.40 - Gwynfor Sherpa journey    
10.30 - non-Sherpa journey    
### - connects back to Caernarfon arrive 2004 (via Llandudno Junction and Bangor)
- click here for details    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

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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 - Caernarfon
Betws-y-Coed - Llandudno  (connections)
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Porthmadog
Caernarfon - Llanberis - Pen-y-Pass - Betws-y-Coed
Caernarfon/Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Llanberis
Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
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 - Snowdonia  (via Betws-y-Coed)
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon
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 weekday trips from Bethesda
Suggested weekday trips from Betws-y-Coed
Suggested weekday trips from Caernarfon
Suggested weekday trips from Conwy
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 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
Additional and updated pages are in the process of being prepared - please bookmark this page and keep returning for the very latest information available


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