SUMMARY OF SNOWDON SHERPA NETWORK - WINTER 2023-24
UPDATE.....
Monday 12th February 2024
    The local "3b" bus service  ("1S" on Sindays)  is WITHDRAWN and replaced by a new "T22" Traws-Cymru service between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog
NOTE SPECIALLY
    the new "T22" departures from Porthmadog with an onward train connection at Blanau Ffestiniog for Llandudno in most cases depart EARLIER than the former "3b" journeys they replace


Monday 8th January 2024
    There are minor retimings to the return alternative Arriva journeys from Caernarfon and Bangor back to Llandudno via tha A55 Coast Road

UPDATE.....
It has now been confirmed all the "T2" and "T3" TrawsCymru journeys are revised from
Sunday 5th November / Mondays to Saturdays from 6th November 2023
Still operated by Lloyds Coaches - also incorporates former evening "1" journeys

    Reductions in the level of service for the Winter Sherpa services have been announced..........

    The level of "S1" Sherpa journeys via Pen-y-Pass and Llanberis" remains basically hourly - with the first and pen-ultimate journeys suspended for the winter

    "S2" Sherpa journeys from Bangor to Pen-y-Pass via Llanberis are again cut back to only operate as far Llanberis (where passengers can change into the "S1" Sherpa)
Click here for further detrails

    The level of "S3" Sherpa journeys along the western side of Snowdon is slightly reduced with the last 1902 summer return journey from Beddgelert suspended for the winter

    The level of "S4" Sherpa journeys along the Nant Gwynant pass has again been reduced to just two journeys each way during the winter periodare again.....
.....but the service remains two-hourly between Beddgelert and Porthmadog
note - the extensions to Morfa Bychan will only operate on weekdays during the winter

    All the additional "S5" "Park and Ride" journeys are again SUSPENDED for the winter - use the hourly "S1" journeys instead

    So far,   no further changes have been anounced for the Conwy Valley "19" connections,  but in view of the new 20mph speed restrictions currently having an adverse effect on performance - watch this space for PROBABLE changes........
........these will be updated on THIS website if / when anything is announced


Snowdon Sherpa Bus Timetables
    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
17.55 17.54
    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 it also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"


Mondays to Saturdays - 12th February to 22nd March 2023
see VERY important note above
click here for alternative 'Sunday evening journeys'
  IMPORTANT --- PLEASE NOTE..............
The last Monday to Saturday "S4-S1" Sherpa journey from Porthmadog to Betws-y-Coed WITH AN ONWARD CONWY VALLEY CONNECTING BUS for Llanrwst-Conwy-Llandudno)
now departs at 0830


ALL later "S1" Sherpa journeys continue to run as advertised as far as BETWS-Y-COED ONLY,  BUT there are NO onward BUS connection to Llanrwst
- anyone for Llandudno holding a "bus only" ticket can depart Pen-y-Pass at 1630 or 1830 and change at Capel Curig to catch the 1714 or 1914 "T10" bus to Bangor

alternatively retutn direct to Caernarfon then via Bangor and the North Wales Coastt Road using the Arrivs "5C-5" bus from Caernarfon

      * * *  IGNORE the electronic display at Betws-y-Coed which is STILL (since February !) showing out of date times INCLUDING NON-EXISTENT
      LATER NORTHBOUND "19" WEEKDAY JOURNEYS !!!!!
 
last 'all-year-round'
direct return Sherpa services
 
 
 
alternative partially
train service via
Blaenau Ffestiniog
 
later Sherpa connections
via the Aberglaslyn
and Ogwen Passes
 
alternative services
via Bangor
 
later alternative
train service via
Blaenau Ffestiniog
 
last alternative service via Bangor
 





S4
S1
S1
19
S4
S1
S4
S1
T10
T2
5C-5*
T22
train
train
S4
S3
S4
S1
T10
T2
5C-5*
12
train
train
T22
train
T2
5C-5*
12
 
S+GSH
   
S+GSH
       
M-F
Sat
     
M-F
 
Morfa Bychan 
12.12
no
1312
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
14.12
-
no
1512
Sherpa
in the
winter
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-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
16.12
 17.12 
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-
-
-
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-
-
-
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-
Morfa Bychan 
Porthmadog Parc 
12.30
-
-
14.30
-
-
-
1600
-
1610
-
-
-
-
16.30
 17.30 
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-
1800
-
-
-
-
1910
-
2005
-
-
Porthmadog Parc 
  Blaenau Ffestiniog
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-
-
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1645
1735
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1738
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-
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-
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-
1945
2025
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-
-
  Blaenau Ffestiniog
Beddgelert
12.57
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-
15.00
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-
-
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16.57
1702
17.57 
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Beddgelert
  Caernarfon
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1655
1735
-
-
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1735
>>>>>>
17.41
-
1855
1945
-
-
-
-
2100
2115
-
  Caernarfon
Pen-y-Pass
====
14.30
-
15.22
15.30
16.30
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18.30
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Pen-y-Pass
Capel Curig
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-
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16.40
/|\
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1714---1714   
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-
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18.40
/|\
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1914---1914   
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-
Capel Curig
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
14.55
15.20
-
15.55
-
 16.55 
1703
via
Ogwen
Valley

>>>>>>>
1802
>>>>>
1805
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
 18.55 
1903
via
Ogwen
Valley
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
2052
-
Betws-y-Coed
Llanrwst
-
-
-
15.45
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-
-
-
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1808
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1811
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-
-
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-
-
-
-
M-F
-
2058
-
Llanrwst
  Bangor bus station
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1751
1725
1815
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terminates
Beddgelert
in the
winter
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-
1951
>>1925>>
2020
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-
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2129
2147
-
  Bangor bus station
  Bangor railway stn
-
-
-
-
-
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-
-
-
|
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-
-
-
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1954
>>>>>>>>>
>>|>>
>>>>>
2000
2018m-f
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-
|
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  Bangor railway stn
Conwy
-
-
-
16.16
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1994
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-
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2109
-
2018R
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2232
-
Conwy
Llandudno Jnc
station
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-
-
16.20
-
-
-
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-
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1907f
-
1836
1853
1840
1855
-
-
-
-
-
-
2112f
-
2023
2035m-f
-
2125
-
2235f
-
Llandudno Jnc
station
  Craig-y-Don
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1917
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2122
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2244
-
  Craig-y-Don
Llandudno
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-
-
16.35
-
-
-
-
-
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1927
-
1847
|
1851
|
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-
-
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-
-
2132
2150
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-
2144
-
2252
2310
Llandudno
  Llanrwst
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-
-
-
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-
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  Llanrwst
  Betws-y-Coed
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  Betws-y-Coed
    Colwyn Bay
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1859
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1901
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-
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2216
2029
2043m-f
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2336
    Colwyn Bay
        Chester
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1949
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1951
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Rhyl
2120
2127m-f
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-
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-
Rhyl
        Chester
- Sherpa journey operated by      
- Conwy Valley connection operated by Llew Jones     - North Wales Coast connection operated by Arriva    
  M-F - Mondays to Fridays only       Sat - Saturdays only       GSch - Gwynedd School Days only    
  S+GSH - Saturdays also Gwynedd School Holidays only     - confirm dates locally before setting out    
- Transport for Wales Conwy Valley or North Wales Coast train - "1 bws" (one bus) tickets NOT valid" - shown as an alternative when there is no suitable bus    
  M-F - Mondays to Fridays only       Sat - Saturdays only       m-f - Avanti train to Birmingham - runs Mondays to Fridays only    
* - normally worked by the same "through" bus     f - calls at the "flyover" stop - it NO LONGER serves the railway station    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website or official Conwy CC website  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 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 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
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
Porthmadog area to Llanberis
Llanberis area to Porthmadog area
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