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 Llanberis to the mountains of Snowdonia

Llew Jones "19" and "T19"      
Llandudno--Betws-y-Coed (connetions)  
Betws-y-Coed--Pen-y-Pass--Llanberis  
Gwynfor 'all-year-round' "S2" Sherpa      
Snowdon Sherpa Bus Timetables

unofficial website



Llandudno
Llanrwst
Betws-y-Coed (for Snowdonia)
Pen-y-Pass
Beddgelert       Llanberis
Porthmadog       Caernarfon


   Gwynfor 'all-year-round "S4" Sherpa
 Pen-y-Pass--Beddgelert--Caernarfon
 Pen-y-Pass--Beddgelert--Porthmadog
   Gwynfor 'all-year-round' "S97" Sherpa


   Weekdays
sherpanetwork

  Sundays and Public Holidays
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


    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
17.15 17.12
    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"



all-year Gwynfor "S2"   

Nant Peris Car Park to Pen-y-Pass

If you are approaching Snowdon from the Llanberis direction it is "a lot quicker and easier" to immediately turn right into the Nant Peris car park rather than drive up to Pen-y-Pass, find it full and then drive back down again !


Remember it is still the same cheap fare - just £2.00 single - if you travel all the way from Llanberis, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed or Llanrwst
also Beddgelert, Rhyd Ddu or Snowdon Ranger !







Snowdon Sherpa Bus Timetables
unofficial website

The small car park at Pen-y-Pass is often full by 0900
even on fine days during the winter !!!




so either use the £2.00
single PEN-Y-PASS

PARK and RIDE
or consider travelling on a "S2" Sherpa from further afield to avoid having to pay car parking fees

  Gwynfor double-deck Sherpa
usually Llanberis-Pen-y-Pass "S1" shuttle


Penygwryd lay-byes
to Pen-y-Pass


If you are approaching Snowdon from the Betws-y-Coed or Beddgelert direction it is a lot easier to park at Penygwryd, but make sure you park in the designated areas and NOT on the road or you will end up with a hefty "yellow" parking fine !

Then use the Sherpa to and from Pen-y-Pass

Alternatively use the footpath across the fields to Pen-y-Pass   (but whatever you do, AVOID walking along the dangerous, narrow main road for your and everyone else's safety)

  Park and Ride  
Snowdon Sherpa
  Park and Ride  
The level of service up the Llanberis Pass is adjusted day-by-day
to meet weather and passenger requirements
The 'basic' "S2" service NORMALLY operates whatever the weather

but on very wet and windy days you are advised to plan to use services "S2" or "S97" journeys ONLY
(as some "S1" services may be suspended)
Mondays to Saturdays also Sundays - 9th April 2022  until further notice
NO service on Christmas Day,  Boxing Day  or  New Year's Day
see VERY important note above

Llanberis (Joe Brown) --- Interchange --- Nant Peris (car park) --- Pont Gromlech (lay-bys) --- Pen-y-Pass
(All "S1" and "S2" Sherpas call at Pen-y-Pass)

During the summer the basic level of service between Llanberis and Pen-y-Pass has again been
increased to give a half-hourly service between Llanberis and Pen-y-Pass ALL DAY

with alternate journeys starting from either Caernarfon (S1) or Bangor (S2)


However in order to cater for the increased number of passengers arrining by car to climb Snowdon.....
.....extra "S5" Park and Ride journeys operate mainly between Nant Peris Car Park and Pen-y-Pass
during busy period - providing a departure every quarter-hour from the Car Park
- although these normally only operate at the weekends,  comfirm locally when actually running
as these may vary depending on the weather -- they also operate additionally during the mid-week
if there are a large number of passengers around (usually during local school holidays)

Driving DIRECT to the Car Park at Nant Peris avoids the frustration of continuing past it up to Pen-y-Pass, finding the small car park FULL,
then having to return the same three miles back to one of the overflow car parks at the bottom of the Llanberis Pass !!!

NO extra "shuttles" are being provided in 2022 between the Lay-bys at Penygwryd and Pen-y-Pass..........

..........see the new hourly "S1" timetable from Betws-y-Coed which is augmented by more limited "S4" journeys from Beddgelert


   
Sat
                         
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
S1
S2
S1
S2
S1
S2
S1
S2
S1
S2
S1
S1
S2
S1
Caernarfon
06.35
-
07.35
-
08.35
-
09.35
-
10.35
-
11.35
-
12.35
-
Caernarfon
Bangor
|
07.00
|
07.40
|
08.40
|
09.55
|
10.40
|
11.55
|
12.40
Caernarfon
Llanberis Joe Brown 
07.02
|
08.02
08.32
09.02
09.32
10.02
10.32
11.02
11.32
12.02
12.32
13.02
13.32
Llanberis Joe Brown 
Llanberis Interchange 
07.10
07.40
08.10
08.40
09.10
09.40
10.10
10.40
11.10
11.40
12.10
12.40
13.10
13.40
Llanberis Interchange 
Nant Peris car park 
07.15
07.45
08.15
08.45
09.15
09.45
10.15
10.45
11.15
11.45
12.15
12.45
13.15
13.45
Nant Peris car park 
Pen-y-Pass
07.25
07.55
08.25
08.55
09.25
09.55
10.25
10.55
11.25
11.55
12.25
12.55
13.25
13.55
Pen-y-Pass
                               
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
S1
S2
S1
S2
S1
S2
S1
S2
S1
S2
S1
S2
S1
S1
Pen-y-Pass
12.30
13.00
13.30
14.00
14.30
15.00
15.30
16.00
16.30
17.00
17.30
18.00
18.30
19.30
Pen-y-Pass
Nant Peris car park 
13.30
14.00
13.30
14.00
14.30
15.00
15.30
16.00
16.30
17.00
17.30
18.00
18.30
19.30
Nant Peris car park 
Llanberis Maes Padarn 
13.30
14.00
13.30
14.00
14.30
15.00
15.30
16.00
16.30
17.00
17.30
18.00
18.30
19.30
Llanberis Maes Padarn 
Sat - operates on Saturdays ONLY    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  


Penygwryd (car park)## --- Pen-y-Pass
Following the opening of the new footpath so walkers can avoid having to use the dangerous narrow road there are no longer any specific "park and ride" journeys
Below is a summary timetable of ALL Sherpa journeys from Penygwryd to Pen-y-Pass and vice versa
(All "S2" "S6" and "S97" Sherpas call at Pen-y-Pass)

## - make sure you park your car in one of the designated 'pay and display' car parks and not on the "clearway" or you will end up with a hefty fine !!!!!
(Alternatively why not leave your car behind and join the Sherpa at Llanrwst,  Betws-y-Coed,  Swallow Falls,  Capel CurigSnowdon Ranger  Rhyd Ddu or Beddgelert  ?   --- it is STILL the same "flat" single fare)

Click here
      for Sherpa      
services from
Betws-y-Coed
and Capel Curig
and return

(same "£2.00 flat fare")
The level of service is normally sufficient to meet traffic requirements
BUT as there are longer gaps between services than from Llanberis - so plan ahead !!!
Click here
      for Sherpa      
services from
Caernarfon/Porthmadog
Beddgelert

and Nant Gwynant
  (Watkin car park)  
and return
  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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