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 WEEKDAY TRIPS from CAERNARFON

all year round      
Gwynfor Coaches "S2" Sherpa    
approaching Betws-y-Coed      


by



      "S4" Pen-y-Pass - Beddgelert
    Gwynfor Coaches 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

It is possible to make a day trip round Snowdonia from Caernarfon
every day throughout the year

(except Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day)


Suggested timings are shown below and all the trips featured can all be done for just £5.70
using a "1 bws"
(one bus) Day Rover which is valid all day on any bus in the area
- 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)


(alternatively a slightly cheaper "Snowdon Sherpa day ticket" - just £5..........
.......... BUT THAT IS ONLY VALID ON GWYNFOR SHERPA JOURNEYS
)


    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
Mondays to Saturdays - 9th April to 24th September 2022
except 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 and Late Summer Weekend Monday 29th August

see VERY important note above
  Click here for suggested Sunday and Public Holiday itineries 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 1804  (change at Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert)
Capel Curig to Caernarfon (S1-S4-S3) - connection departs 1816  (change at Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert)
Pen-y-Pass (S) to Caernarfon (S4-S3 - connection departs 1835  (change at Beddgelert)
Nant Gwynant (S) to Caernarfon (S4-S3) -connection departs 1846  (change at Beddgelert)
Beddgelert to Caernarfon (S3) - depart 19.02
Porthmadog to Caernarfon (S4-S3) -connection departs 1730  (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
S1*
S4 #
S3
S1*
S4 #
S3
S1*
S4 #
S3
Caernarfon
08.18
-
-
10.18
-
-
12.18
-
-
Betws-y-Coed
13.04
-
-
15.04
-
-
18.04
-
-
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
08.39
-
-
10.39
-
-
12.39
-
-
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
13.25
13.35
-
15.25
15.35
-
18.25
18.45
-
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
08.41
-
-
10.41
-
-
12.41
-
-
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
-
13.46
-
-
15.46
-
-
18.46
-
Beddgelert
08.53
08.58
-
10.53
10.58
-
12.53
12.58
-
Beddgelert
-
13.57
14.02
-
15.57
16.02 $
-
18.57
19.02
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
-
09.03
-
-
11.03
-
-
13.03
-
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
-
-
14.10
-
-
16.10 $
-
-
19.10
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
-
09.20
09.30
-
11.20
11.30
-
13.20
13.30
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
-
-
14.13
-
-
16.13 $
-
-
19.13
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
09.54
-
-
11.54
-
-
13.54
Caernarfon
-
-
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    
16.02 $ - on local (Caernarfon) School Days departs 1617 and runs 15 minutes later throughout    
(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 Llanberis and the Llanberis 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
 
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  

               
BEDDGELERT   and   PORTHMADOG
via Llyn Cwellyn and the Aberglaslyn 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
                               
Alternative
later non-Sherpa journeys
S3
S4
S3
S4
S3
S4
S3
S4
S4*
S3
S4*
S3
S4
S3
S4*
S3
S3
T2
1
T2
1
Caernarfon
07.18
-
09.18
-
11.18
-
13.18
-
Porthmadog
12.30
-
14.30
-
16.30
-
17.30
-
-
1825
1940
2025
 2230 
Beddgelert
07.53
08.00
09.53
10.00
11.53
12.00
13.53
14.00
Beddgelert
12.55
13.02
14.55
15.02
16.55
17.02
17.55
18.02
19.02
via  Pen-y-Groes
Porthmadog
-
08.25
-
10.25
-
12.25
-
14.25
Caernarfon
-
13.37
-
15.37
-
17.37
-
18.37
19.37
1910
2030
2115
 2312 
7.18 - 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    

  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,   Pen-y-Pass,  Beddgelert  and   Rhyd Ddu or Porthmadog
Summary Timetable

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

* * * STILL TO BE FULLY UPDATED
                                       
S2 *
88
S2
S4-S97 #
S4
88
S2
88
S2
S4-S97 #
S4
88
S2
88
S2
S4-S97 #
S4
88
S2 *
88
S2
S4-S97 #
S4
T2
88
S2
88
S2
S4 ##
1
Caernarfon
07.15
0830
-
-
-
connect
-ion

suspen
-ded
-
0935
-
-
-
1110
-
1215
-
-
-
1400
-
connect
-ion

suspen
-ded
-
-
-
-
 1505 
-
 1640 
-
-
-
Caernarfon
Llanberis Joe Brown
07.38
|
no
0900
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
10.00
|
no
1100
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
|
12.00
|
no
1330
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
|
14.30
no
1530
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
-
|
 16.30 
|
no
1750
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
Llanberis Joe Brown
Llanberis Interchange
07.40
0852
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
10.05
1002
-
-
1134
12.05
1242
-
-
1424
14.35
-
-
-
 1532 
 16.35 
 1707 
-
-
Llanberis Interchange
Pen-y-Pass  
07.55
-
 
10.05
-
 
-
 
10.25
-
 
12.25
-
 
-
 
12.25
-
no
1430
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
 
-
 
14.50
-
 
16.35
-
 
-
 
-
 
 16.50 
-
 
no
1810
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
 
Pen-y-Pass  
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Beddgelert  
-
-
-
10.25
11.55
-
-
-
-
12.45
14.15
-
-
-
-
16.15
-
-
-
-
16.55
17.50
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
-
Beddgelert  
Porthmadog
-
-
-
10.50
|
-
-
-
-
13.10
|
-
-
-
-
|
-
-
-
-
17.15
>>>|>>>
1825
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
1940
Porthmadog
Caernarfon
-
-
-
-
12.25
-
-
-
-
-
14.45
-
-
-
-
-
16.30
-
-
-
-
-
18.20
1910
-
-
-
-
2030
Caernarfon
07.20 - Sherpa journey    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Llanberis" or "Betws-y-Coed" or "Llanrwst" and the route number "88" or "S2" (sometimes changing en-route)    
# - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog" and the route number "S4" or sometimes changing en-route)    
## - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Beddgelert" or "Caernarfon" (sometimes changing en-route)    
but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
 
0930 - non-Sherpa connecting service - "£5 Snowdon Sherpa Day Ticket" NOT valid on these journeys    


Pen-y-Pass --- time for a short walk on the foothills of Snowdon     along the Miners Path towards     Llyn Glaslyn (and Snowdon)    
Beddgelert --- time for a short stroll along the side of the River Glaslyn past Gelert's Grave to the Aberslaslyn pass        
  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 Beddgelert,  Pen-y-Pass  and  Llanberis
Summary Timetable

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

Furing the winter it is necessary to always change Sherpas in bith directions at Beddgelert as no journeys "work through" as is often the case on the summer<.FONT>
* * * STILL TO BE FULLY UPDATED
                                   
S4
S4
S2
88
S2
88
S4
S4
S2
S2
88
S4
S4 ##
S2
88
S2
88
S4 ##
S2
88
S2
S97
S2 $
Caernarfon
09.00
-
-
-
-
-
11.15
-
-
-
-
no 1230
Sherpa in
the winter
 13.30 
-
-
-
-
 15.30+ 
-
-
-
-
-
Caernarfon
Beddgelert  
09.35
09.40
-
-
-
-
11.45
12,00
-
-
-
 14.05 
-
-
-
-
 16.10 
-
-
-
no 1745
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
Beddgelert  
Pen-y-Pass  
-
10.00
no 1035
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
11.35
-
-
12.20
no 1235
Sherpa
in the
winter
14.05
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
terminates at Beddgelert in the winter
no 1505
Sherpa
in the
winter
>>>>>
16.10
>>>>>
 16.30 
no 1705
Sherpa
in the
winter
>>>>>
 17.55 
no
1905
Sherpa
in the
winter
Pen-y-Pass  
Llanberis Maes Peris
-
-
1140
11.45
1245
-
-
14.20
1430
-
1535
16.25
1710
-
1810
 18.10 
-
Llanberis Maes Peris
Caernarfon
-
-
-
1209
-
1314
-
-
-
-
1459
-
-
1604
-
1739
-
-
1835
====
-
Caernarfon
09.05 - Sherpa journey    
 ## - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Beddgelert" or "Pen-y-Pass"  (sometimes changing en-route)    
 $ - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Llanberis" or "Caernarfon" and the route number "S2" or "88" (sometimes changing en-route)    
but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
+ - on School Days operates via Caernarfon school - on non-School Days starts 1535 and runs direct to Waunfawr    
 
1130 - non-Sherpa connecting services - "£5 Snowdon Sherpa Day Ticket" NOT valid on these journeys    

Beddgelert --- time for a short stroll along the side of the River Glaslyn past Gelert's Grave to the Aberslaslyn pass        
Pen-y-Pass --- time for a short walk on the foothills of Snowdon     along the Miners Path towards     Llyn Glaslyn (and 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  

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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
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