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 Cambrian coast to the mountains of Snowdonia

Arriva bus at Pwllheli        
"3" connections    
Caelloi bus leaving Criccieth        

Snowdon Sherpa Bus Timetables

unofficial website


Pwllheli
Criccieth
Porthmadog
Beddgelert
Snowdon

    Gwynfor "S97" from Porthmadog
        Sherpa journeys
    Gwynfor "S2" to Betws-y-Coed

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
10.35 10.37
or
07.20 17.23
    Although this website strongly adviises 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"


  llwbr CAMBRIAN route  
Snowdon Sherpa
  llwbr GLASLYN route  

                                                      Caernarfon.......Llanberis
                                        /                       /
Pwllheli - Porthmadog - Beddgelert -/- Pen-y-Pass -/- Betws-y-Coed

Mondays to Saturdays - 9th April 2022  until further notice
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 Sundays and Public Holidays
                         
Caelloi
 
Caelloi
 
Caelloi
 
Caelloi
 
Caelloi
 
3
 
3
 
3
 
3
 
3
 
Pwllheli
07.20
-
09.45
-
11.45
-
13.15
-
16.00
-
Pwllheli
Hafan-y-Môr
07.30
-
09.55
-
11.55
-
13.25
-
16.10
-
Hafan-y-Môr
Criccieth
07.45
-
10.09
-
12.09
-
13.39
-
16.24
-
Criccieth
Porthmadog
07.55
-
10.20
-
12.25 *
-
13.55
-
16.35
-
Porthmadog
 
Snowdon Sherpa
 
             
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
S4 #
S1
S1
S3
S1
S4 #
S1
S1
S3
S1
S1
S4 #
S1
S1
S3
S1
S1
S4 #
S1
S1
S3
S1
S4 #
S1
S1
S3
S1
Porthmadog parc
08.30
-
-
-
-
10.30
-
-
-
-
-
12.30
-
-
-
-
-
14.30
-
-
-
-
17.30
-
-
-
-
Porthmadog parc
Beddgelert
08.57
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
0902
-
10.57
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
1102
-
-
12.57
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
1302
-
-
14.57
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
1502
-
17.57
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
1802
-
Beddgelert
    Caernarfon
|
-
-
0937
08.35
|
-
-
1137
10.35
11.35
|
-
-
1337
12.35
13.35
|
-
-
1537
15.35
|
-
-
1837
17.35
    Caernarfon
Pen-y-Pass
09.20
0930
0930
-
|
11.20
1130
1130
-
|
|
13.20
1330
1330
-
|
|
15.20
1530
1530
-
|
18.20
1830
1830
-
|
Pen-y-Pass
Betws-y-Coed
-
0954
|
-
|
-
1154
|
-
|
|
-
1354
|
-
|
|
-
1554
|
-
|
-
1854
|
-
|
Betws-y-Coed
    Llanberis
-
-
0953
-
09.05
-
-
1153
-
11.05
12.05
-
-
1353
-
13.05
14.05
-
-
1553
-
16.05
-
-
1853
-
1805
    Llanberis
08.30 - Sherpa journey     # - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa 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 !!!    

 
07.20 - non-Sherpa connecting journey     * - if the "3" is running slightly late,  alight at Tremadog Square and join the "S4" Sherpa 'across the road' (depart 1235)    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website  and any subsequent amendments thereto  
  llwbr GLASLYN route  
Snowdon Sherpa
  llwbr CAMBRIAN route  

Llanberis........Caernarfon.............................................................................................          
       \                       \                        \                          \
Betws-y-Coed -\- Pen-y-Pass -\- Beddgelert -\- Porthmadog -\- Pwllheli

Mondays to Saturdays - 9th April 2022  until further notice
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
  BEWARE - the last weekday "S4-3" Sherpa connection from Pen-y-Pass to Porthmadog (for Pwllheli) departs at 1835 
  Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays
                                             
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
S1
S3
S1
S1
S4 #
S3
S1
S1
S4 #
S3
S1
S1
S4 #
S1
S1
S1
S4 #
S1
S3
S4
S1
S1
S1
S3
S1
S1
S4 #
Betws-y-Coed
08.04
-
-
0904
-
-
-
1104
-
-
-
1304
-
14.04
-
1504
-
15.04
-
-
16.04
17.04
18.04
-
-
1804
-
Betws-y-Coed
    Llanberis
|
-
0902
|
-
-
1102
|
-
-
1302
|
-
|
1502
|
-
|
-
-
|
|
|
-
1802
|
-
    Llanberis
Pen-y-Pass
08.30
-
0925
0925
09.35
-
1125
1135
11.35
-
1325
1335
13.35
14.30
1525
1525
15.35
15.30
-
-
16.30
17.30
18.30
-
1825
1825
18.35
Pen-y-Pass
Llanberis
08.50
-
-
-
|
-
-
-
|
-
-
-
|
14.50
-
-
|
15.50
-
-
16.50
17.50
18.50
-
-
-
|
Llanberis
    Caernarfon
|
direct

|
\|/
0918
-
-
|
1118
-
-
|
1318
-
-
|
|
direct

|
\|/
-
-
|
|
direct

|
\|/
1618
-
|
direct

|
\|/
|
direct

|
\|/
|
direct

|
\|/
1818
-
-
|
    Caernarfon
Beddgelert
0953
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
10.00
1153
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
12.00
1353
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
14.00
-
-
16.00
1653
17.00
1853
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
19.00
Beddgelert
Caernarfon
09.23
-
-
-
|
-
-
-
|
-
-
-
|
15.23
-
-
|
16.23
-
|
17.23
18.23
19.23
-
-
-
|
Caernarfon
Porthmadog
-
-
-
-
10.25 *
-
-
-
12.25
-
-
-
14.25
-
-
-
16.25
-
-
17.25
-
-
-
-
-
-
19.25
Porthmadog
 
Clynnog
& Trefor
 
Caelloi
 
Caelloi
 
Caelloi
Lloyds
 
Caelloi
Lloyds
 
Caelloi
Lloyds
Caelloi
 
Clynnog
& Trefor
 
Caelloi
 
12
 
3
 
3
 
3
T2
 
3
T2
 
3
T2
3
 
12
 
3
  Caernarfon
0940
-
-
-
-
-
-
1545
-
-
1645
-
-
1745
-
-
2030
-
-
  Caernarfon
Porthmadog Park 
|
|
via
Trefor

|
\|/
-
10.30
-
14.00
-
15.30
1633
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
16.50
1733
>>>>>>>>
17.45
1833
18.50
-
|
|
via
Trefor

|
\|/
-
20.15
Porthmadog Park 
Criccieth
-
10.44
-
14.15
-
15.46
-
-
17.05
-
17.55
-
19.05
-
-
20.25
Criccieth
Hafan-y-Môr
-
10.57
-
14.28
-
15.58
-
-
17.18
-
18.07
-
19.18
-
-
20.43
Hafan-y-Môr
Pwllheli
1025
-
12.07
-
14.38
-
16.08
-
-
17.28
-
18.17
-
19.28
-
2110
-
20.53
Pwllheli
10.05 - Sherpa journey     # - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa may display "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog" and the route number "S4" or "S97" (sometimes changing en-route)    
## - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa may display "Beddgelert" or "Caernarfon" (sometimes changing en-route)    
--- but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND !!!    
 
10.30 - non-Sherpa connecting journey     * - if the "S4" Sherpa is running slightly late,  alight at Tremadog Square and join the "3" 'across the road' (depart 1035)    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

  llwbr CAMBRIAN route  
Snowdon Sherpa
  llwbr GLASLYN route  

                                                                                  Caernarfon.........Llanberis
                                                                                   /                 \                       \
Pwllheli - Porthmadog -/---------------\- Beddgelert -\- Pen-y-Pass - Betws-y-Coed

Sundays - 10th April 2022  until further notice
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 VERY important note above
  BEWARE - the last Sunday "S4" Sherpa journey from Porthmadog to Pen-y-Pass departs at 1530
                         
  Caelloi Llew Jones Caelloi Berwyn Berwyn
      3   1S     3   12   12
Pwllheli     -  08.35     -  10.10  1200  1400 Pwllheli
Hafan-y-Môr     -  08.47     -  10.22       |
    via
  Trefor
        |
       \|/
      |
    via
  Trefor
        |
       \|/
Hafan-y-Môr
Criccieth     - 09.02     -  10.37 Criccieth
Porthmadog     - 09.18  0930  10.53 Porthmadog
Caernarfon     -
-
 1020     -  1245  1445 Caernarfon
     
Snowdon Sherpa
     
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
S4
S1
S1
S3
S1
S4
S3
S4
S1
S1
S1
S1
Porthmadog parc
08.30
-
-
-
-
11.30
-
-
-
-
-
-
Porthmadog parc
Beddgelert
08.57
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
0902
-
11.55
1202
12.58
-
-
-
-
Beddgelert
    Caernarfon
|
-
-
0937
10.35
-
1237
|
-
-
13.35
15.35
    Caernarfon
Pen-y-Pass
09.20
0930
0930
-
|
-
-
13.20
1330
1330
|
14.05
Pen-y-Pass
    Llanberis
-
|
0953
-
11.05
-
-
-
|
1353
14.05
16.05
    Llanberis
    Betws-y-Coed
-
0954
-
-
11.54
-
-
-
1354
-
14.54
16.54
    Betws-y-Coed
08.30 - Sherpa journey     0930 - Sherpa connection     # - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa 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 !!!    

 
    1010 - "3" connecting bus journey    
    0930 - alternative non-Sherpa journey    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website  and any subsequent amendments thereto  
  llwbr GLASLYN route  
Snowdon Sherpa
  llwbr CAMBRIAN route  

                                                                                         Llanberis.........Caernarfon..........................
                                                                                          /                       /                 \                          \
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass -/- Beddgelert -/---------------\- Porthmadog -\- Pwllheli

Sundays - 10th April 2022  until further notice
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
  BEWARE - the last Sunday "S4" Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass to Beddgelert (with an onward connection for Pwllheli) departs at 1335 
- the last "S1" Sherpa journey from Pen-y-Pass to Caernarfon (with an onward connection for Pwllheli ONLY) departs at 1550
  BEWARE - the last Sunday "S1" Sherpay from Llanberis to Porthmadog (with an onward connection for Pwllheli ONLY) departs at 1550 
               
Last connection to Criccieth and Hafen-y-Mor 
         
Later conection
returning partially by train
 
   
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
S1
S1
S1
S4
S3
S4
S1
S1
S1
S4
S3
S4
S1
S3
  S1  
S3
S1
S1
S4
Betws-y-Coed
08.04
09.04
-
-
-
-
12.04
1304
-
-
-
-
15.04
-
 16.04 
-
1704
-
-
Betws-y-Coed
    Llanberis
|
|
0902
-
-
-
|
|
1302
-
-
-
|
-
|
-
|
1702
-
    Llanberis
Pen-y-Pass
08.30
09.30
0925
09.35
-
-
12.30
1325
1325
13.35
-
-
15.30
-
 16.30 
-
1725
1725
17.35
Pen-y-Pass
Llanberis
08.50
09.50
-
|
-
-
12.50
-
-
|
-
-
15.50
-
 16.50 
-
-
-
|
Llanberis
    Caernarfon
|
direct

|
\|/
|
direct

|
\|/
-
|
1018
-
|
direct

|
\|/
-
-
|
1418
-
|
direct

|
\|/
-
|
direct

|
\|/
1618
-
-
|
    Caernarfon
Beddgelert
-
09.57
1053
11.00
-
-
13.57
1453
15.00
16.02
1653
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
18.00
Beddgelert
Caernarfon
09.23
10.23
-
-
-
|
13.23
-
-
-
-
|
16.23
16.37
 17.23 
-
-
-
|
Caernarfon
Porthmadog
-
-
-
-
-
11.25
-
-
-
-
-
15.25
-
-
-
-
-
-
18.25
Porthmadog
                 
Lloyds Caelloi Llew Jones Caelloi Lloyds Caelloi Caelloi Berwyn Lloyds  
TforW
T2  3    1S  3    T2  3    3    12  T2      train
Caernarfon 0930 -    1030 -    1330 -    -    1720 1825 -    -    Caernarfon
Porthmadog Parc 1020 11.00 1120 13.10 1420 15.15 16.55 |   
via  
Trefor

|   
1912
no
bus
connection
$   Porthmadog Parc
Criccieth -    11.15 -    13.25 -    15.30 17.10 -    $   Criccieth
Hafan-y-Môr -    11.30 -    13.40 -    15.45 17.25 -    $   Hafan-y-Môr
Pwllheli -    11.42 -    13.42 -    15.57 17.37 1805  -    $   Pwllheli
08.04 - direct Sherpa journey    
 
    1100 - "3" connecting bus journey    
    0930 - alternative non-Sherpa journey    
$ - if you are unable to catch the VERY EARLY last bus connection to Criccieth, Pen-y-Chain (for Hafen-y-Mor) or Pwllheli - there is a later Cambrian Coast Line train to get you back    
- click here for details - but note specially bus tickets are NOT valid
   
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

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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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