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 foothills to and round the mountains of Snowdonia
SUMMER SUNDAY TRIPS from LLANBERIS

Gwynfor "S1" Sherpa    
Caernarfon - Llanberis - Pen-y-Pass    
- Betws-y-Coed (at Caernarfon)    


    Gwynfor "S4" (formally "S97") Sherpa
    Pen-y-Pass - Nant Gwynant - Beddgelert    
    - Porthmadog (at 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 still possible to make a weekday trip from
Llanberis to Betws-y-Coed on a through "S1" Sherpa

Alternatively Beddgelert and/or Porthmadog

(by changing Sherpas at Pen-y-Pass onto the "S4")

Suggested timings are shown below and they can all be done for just £5.70 using the NEW
"1 bws" (one bus) Day Ricket" (which gives you maximum flexibility in case you want to change
your plans en-route - eg a sudden change to the weather)

    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)
18.35 18.37
    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 and Late Summer Weekend Monday 29th August

see important note above
  Click here for suggested Monday to Saturday itineraries from Llanberis
"Trips around Snowdonia - without your car"
from Llanberis
Summer is an ideal time for a longer day out to visit Snowdonia with later "S1" Sherpas
back from both Betws-y-Coed and Caernarfon
 Please note specially - at this time of the year the last return Sunday Sherpa buses to Llanberis are as follows...... 
Betws-y-Coed to Llanberis (S1) - depart 19.04
Porthmadog to Llanberis (1S-T19-S1) - connection departs 1540 (change at Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws-y-Coed)
Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llanberis (T19-S2) - connection departs-1640 (change at Betws-y-Coed)
Capel Curig to Llanberis (S1) - depart 19.16
Bangor to Llanberis (T10-S1) - connection departs 1823  (change at Capel Curig)
Bethesda to Llanberis (T10-S1) - connection departs 1845  (change at Capel Curig)
Llyn Ogwen (Tryfan) to Llanberis (T10-S1) - connection departs 1853  (change at Capel Curig)
Pen-y-Pass to Llanberis (S1) - depart 19.30
Porthmadog to Llanberis (S4-S4-S1) - connection depart 1530  (change at Beddgelert and Pen-y-Pass)
a later "2S-T19-S2" partially non-Sherpa connecting journey is available at 1540 (change at Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws-y-Coed)
Beddgelert to Llanberis (S4-S1) - connection departs -1658  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Caernarfon to Llanberis (S3-S4-S1) - connection departs 1614  (change at Beddgelert and Pen-y-Pass)
Snowdon Ranger to Llanberis (S3-S4-S1) - connection departs 1639  (change at Beddgelert and Pen-y-Pass)
Rhyd Ddu to Llanberis (S3-S4-S1) - connection departs 1641  (change at Beddgelert and Pen-y-Pass)
Nant Gwynant (Watkin) to Llanberis (S4-S1) - connection departs -1703  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Caernarfon to Llanberis direct (S1) - depart 17.35
Porthmadog to Llanberis (S4-S3-S1) - connection depart 1530  (change at Beddgelert and Caernarfon)
a later "T2-S1" partially non-Sherpa connecting journey is available at 1605 (change at Caernarfon)
Beddgelert to Llanberis (S3-S1) - connection depart 1602  (change at Caernarfon)
Rhyd Ddu to Llanberis (S3-S1) - connection depart 1610  (change at Beddgelert and Caernarfon)
Bangor to Llanberis (S2) - depart 17.40
a later "T10-S2" partially non-Sherpa connecting journey is available at 1823 (change at Capel Curig)

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


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



               
BETWS-Y-COED   or   LLANRWST
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 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**
Llanberis  Joe Brown
07.02
08.02
09.02
10.02
11.02
12.02
13.02
14.02
Betws-y-Coed
12.04
13.04
14.04
15.04
16.04
17.04
18.04
19.04
Llanberis  Interchange  (S)
07.10
08.10
09.10
10.10
11.10
12.10
13.10
14.10
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
12.30
13.30
14.30
15.30
16.30
17.30
18.30
19.30
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
07.30
08.30
09.30
10.30
11.30
12.30
13.30
14.30
Llanberis
12.50
13.50
14.50
15.50
16.50
17.50
18.50
19.50
Betws-y-Coed
07.54
08.54
09.54
10.54
11.54
12.54
13.54
14.54
 
07.02 - Sherpa journey     ** - the destination of this "S1" Sherpa is Caernarfon    
(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   or   PORTHMADOG
via the Llanberis Pass and Pen-y-Pass,  the,either the Nant Gwynant Pass Betws-y-Coed

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
       
S2*
S4 #
S3
S4
S2*
S4 #
S3
S4
S4
S3
S4
S1**
S4
S3
S4
S1**
Llanberis Joe Brown
09.02
-
-
-
13.02
-
-
-
Porthmadog
1130
-
-
-
1530
-
-
-
Llanberis Interchange
09.10
-
-
-
13.10
-
-
-
Caernarfon
|
1218
-
-
|
1618
-
-
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
09.25
09.35
-
-
13.25
13.35
-
-
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
|
1241
-
-
|
1641
-
-
Nant Gwynant  (S)
-
09.46
-
-
-
13.46
-
-
Beddgelert
1155
1253
12.58
-
1555
1653
16.58
-
Beddgelert
-
09.57
1002
1100
-
13.57
1402
1500
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
-
-
13.03
-
-
-
17.03
-
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
-
-
1010
|
-
-
1410
|
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
-
-
13.20
13.30
-
-
17.20
17.30
Caernarfon
-
-
1037
|
-
-
1437
|
Llanberis
-
-
-
13.50
-
-
-
17.50
Porthmadog
-
-
-
1125
-
-
-
1525
 
08.02 - Sherpa journey     * - Sherpa destination is Betws-y-Coed     ** - Sherpa destination is Caernarfon    
# - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog"  (sometimes changing en-route)    
## - 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  

               
LLYN OGWEN   or   BETHESDA   or   BANGOR
via Pen-y-Pass,  Capel Curig and the Ogwen Valley Pass

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

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
 
Outward
 
         
 
           
S1*
T10
S1*
T10
S1*
S6
S1*
T10
S1*
T10
S1*
T10
Llanberis Joe Brown
08.02
-
10.02
-
11.02
-
12.02
-
14.02
-
16.02
-
Llanberis Joe Brown
Llanberis Interchange
08.10
-
10.10
-
11.10
-
12.10
-
14.10
-
16.10
-
Llanberis Interchange
Pen-y-Pass (S)
08.30
-
10.30
-
11.30
1145
Sherpa
SUSPENDED
12.30
-
14.30
-
16.30
-
Pen-y-Pass (S)
Capel Curig
08.39
09.13
10.39
11.13
11.35
12.39
13.13
14.39
15.13
16.49
17.13
Capel Curig
Llyn Ogwen Car Park  (T)
-
09.21
-
11.21
-
-
13.21
-
15.21
-
17.21
Llyn Ogwen Car Park  (T)
Bethesda
-
09.29
-
11.29
-
-
13.29
-
15.29
-
17.29
Bethesda
Bangor
-
09.51
-
11.51
-
-
13.51
-
15.51
-
17.51
Bangor
 
Return
 
       
 
             
T10
S1**
T10
S1**
S6
S1**
T10
S1**
T10
S1**
T10
S1**
Bangor Railway station
10.23
-
12.23
-
1345
Sherpa
SUSPENDED
-
14.23
-
16.23
-
18.23
-
Bangor Railway station
Bangor Bus station
10.23
-
12.23
-
-
14.23
-
16.23
-
18.23
-
Bangor Bus station
Bethesda
10.45
-
12.45
-
-
14.45
-
16.45
-
18.45
-
Bethesda
Llyn Ogwen Car Park (T)
10.53
-
12.53
-
-
14.53
-
16.53
-
18.53
-
Llyn Ogwen Car Park (T)
Capel Curig
11.01
11.16
13.01
13.16
14.16
15.01
15.16
17.01
17.16
19.01
19.16
Capel Curig
Pen-y-Pass (S)
-
11.30
-
13.30
14.30
-
15.30
-
17.30
-
19.30
Pen-y-Paaa (S)
Llanberis
-
11.50
-
13.50
-
14.50
-
15.50
-
17.50
-
19.50
Llanberis
08.02 - Sherpa journey     * - Sherpa destination is Betws-y-Coed     ** - Sherpa destination is Caernarfon    
Sat - Saturdays only    
(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up Snowdon     (T) - Sherpa stop for start of path up Tryfan    
  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 Pen-y-Pass,   Beddgelert   and   Caernarfon
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop 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
                           
S1 *
S1 *
S4
S3
S1 *
S1 *
S3
S1 *
S1 *
S1 *
S1 *
S1 *
S1 *
S4
S3
S1 *
S1 *
S3
S1 *
Llanberis Joe Brown
08.02
09.02
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
10.02
11.02
12.02
13.02
-
-
-
-
-
-
Llanberis Joe Brown
Llanberis Interchange
08.10
09.10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
10.10
11.10
12.10
13.10
-
-
-
-
-
-
Llanberis Interchange
Pen-y-Pass   
08.25
09.25
09.35
-
-
-
-
-
-
10.25
11.25
12.25
13.25
13.35
-
-
-
-
-
Pen-y-Pass 
Beddgelert 
-
-
09.57
10.02
-
-
12.02
-
-
-
-
-
-
13.57
14.02
-
-
16.02
-
Beddgelert 
Caernarfon
-
-
-
10.37
11.35
12.35
12.37
13.35
14.35
-
-
-
-
-
14.37
15.35
16.35
16.37
17.35
Caernarfon
Llanberis
-
-
-
-
12.10
13.10
-
14.10
15.10
-
-
-
-
-
-
16.10
17.10
-
18.10
Llanberis
09.02 - Sherpa journey      * - the destination of this "S1" Sherpa is Betws-y-Coed    

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 Caernarfon,   Beddgelert  and   Pen-y-Pass

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
                             
S1
S3
S1
S1
S3
S4
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S3
S1
S1
S3
S4
S1
S1
S1
Llanberis
08.50
-
09.50
10.50
-
-
-
-
-
-
11.50
12.50
-
13.50
14.50
-
-
-
-
-
Llanberis
Caernarfon
09.23
10.18
10.23
11.23
12.18
-
-
-
-
-
12.23
13.23
14.18
14.23
15.23
16.18
-
-
-
-
Caernarfon
Beddgelert   
-
10.53
-
-
12.53
12.58
-
-
-
-
-
-
14.53
-
-
16.53
16.58
-
-
-
Beddgelert 
Pen-y-Pass 
-
-
-
-
-
13.20
13.30
14.30
15.30
16.30
-
-
-
-
-
-
17.20
17.30
18.30
19.30
Pen-y-Pass 
Llanberis
-
-
-
-
-
-
13.50
14.50
15.50
16.50
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
17.50
18.50
19.50
Llanberis
10.50 - Sherpa journey    

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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