from the Conwy Valley to the mountains of Snowdonia
WINTER WEEKDAY TRIPS from BETWS-Y-COED

all year round      
Gwynfor Coaches "S2" Sherpa    
mid-winter
     


by



      "S4" Pen-y-Pass - Beddgelert
    Gwynfor Coaches Sherpa
      "S97" Beddgelert - Porthmadog

These trips also depart SWALLOW FALLS approximately seven minutes later
also CAPEL CURIG approximately twelve minutes later
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  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 Betws-y-Coed
every day throughout the year

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


Suggested itineraries are shown below and all the trips featured can all be done for just 6.80 using a
"Red Rover"
(gives you maximum flexibility in case you want to change your plans en-route #)
Purchase your ticket from the driver of your first bus
# - some suggested trips can be done with a cheaper ticket if you stick to the services shown
- see individual options below


LATEST..........
Alternate "S2" journeys will be withdrawn - similar to last winter

There are changes to the times of connections from and to Beddgelert at Pen-y-Pass
and two former Sunday "S4" Rhyd Ddu journeys each way are extended to/from Caernsrfon

Please bookmark and re-visit this page nearer the time in case there have been any further changes
Thinking of visiting Caernarfon for the day ?
Why not use the more scenic "S4" Sherpa connections from Pen-y-Pass which operate via the Nant Gwynant Pass and Beddgelert ?


This "unofficial" website attempts to show what services are available
It contains composite timetables of connecting services on a cross-Snowdonia route basis
where a change of bus is sometimes necessary --- hopefully it will help you plan your days out
It also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
You can click on any underlined location to go direct to the appropriate timetable



Snowdon Sherpa
Mondays to Saturdays 5th November 2018 until further notice
NO service on Christmas Day,  Boxing Day  or  New Year's Day
  Click here for suggested Sunday and Public Holiday itineraries from Betws-y-Coed
"Trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
from Betws-y-Coed

Winter is an ideal time to see the views (below) from inside a mini-bus
and you may be lucky to see snow on the hills !
 Please note specially - at this time of the year the last return weekday Sherpa buses to Betws-y-Coed are as follows...... 
Llanberis Joe Brown to Betws-y-Coed (S2) - depart 16.30
Llanberis Interchange to Betws-y-Coed (S2) - depart 16.35
Caernarfon to Betws-y-Coed (88-S2) - connection departs 1600  (change at Llanberis)
Beddgelert to Betws-y-Coed (S4-88-S2) - connection departs 1415  (change at Caernarfon and Llanberis)
Pen-y-Pass to Betws-y-Coed (S2) - depart 16.50
Porthmadog to Betws-y-Coed (S97-S4-S2) - connection departs 1520  (change at Beddgelert and Pen-y-Pass)
Caernarfon to Betws-y-Coed (S4-S2) - connection departs 1530  (via Beddgelert and change at Pen-y-Pass)
Snowdon Ranger to Betws-y-Coed (S4-S2) - connection departs 1559  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Rhyd Ddu to Betws-y-Coed (S4-S2) - connection departs 1601  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Beddgelert to Betws-y-Coed (S4-S2) - connection departs 1610  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Nant Gwynant (Watkin) to Betws-y-Coed (S4-S2) - connection departs 1615  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Capel Curig to Betws-y-Coed (S2) - depart 17.00

Bangor to Betws-y-Coed (6B) - depart 17.35
Bethesda to Betws-y-Coed (6B) - depart 18.11
Llyn Ogwen to Betws-y-Coed (6B) - depart 18.20
Llandudno to Betws-y-Coed (19) - depart 20.20,  22.50
Conwy to Betws-y-Coed (19) - depart 20.35,  23.05
Beddgelert to Betws-y-Coed (S4-5C-5-19) - connection departs 1740  (change at Caernarfon and Conwy)
Porthmadog to Betws-y-Coed (T2-5-19) - connection departs 1825 and 2025  (change at Caernarfon and Conwy)
Llanrwst to Betws-y-Coed (19) - depart 21.10,  23.35

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


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


      Click here for a morning trip to Beddgelert (depart 0910)
      Click here for a day trip to Beddgelert/Porthmadog or Caernarfon (depart 0910 or 1110) with the option of breaking your journey at Pen-y-Pass and/or Beddgelert
      Click here for a day trip to Caernarfon (depart 0910,  1110 or 1340 via the Llanberis Pass,  with the option of breaking your journey at Pen-y-Pass and/or Llanberis
      Click here for an afternoon trip to Beddgelert (depart 1340)
      Click here for a day trip to the Ogwen Valley, Bethesda or Bangor


Suggested itinerary
latest times should be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website

               
BEDDGELERT (connection for PORTHMADOG)   or   CAERNARFON
via Swallow Falls,  the Twin Lakes,  Nant Gwynant pass
and the Aberglaslyn pass
stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
 
Purchase a "Snowdon Sherpa day ticket" - just 5 from the driver of your first "S2 Sherpa to cover the trip to Beddgelert or Porthmadog
 
Outward
   
Return
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S2*
S4-S97
S2*
S4
S97
S4
S2*
S4
 
S4 #
S2
S97
S4
S2
S97
S97
S4
S2
S97
Betws-y-Coed *
09.10
-
11.10
-
-
-
13.40
-
Porthmadog
-
-
1130
-
-
1345
1520
-
-
no late
Sherpa
in
2018
Pen-y-Pass
09.35
10.10
11.35
12.20
-
-
14.05
14.30
Caernarfon
11.15
-
|
13.40 #
-
|
|
15.30 #
-
Beddgelert
-
10.35
-
12.45
1315
14.15
-
14.55
Beddgelert
11.50
-
1150
14.05
-
1410
1544 %
16.10
-
Caernarfon
-
|
-
13.15
|
14.45
-
|
Pen-y-Pass
12.15
12.25
-
14.27
14.55
-
-
16.35
16.50
Porthmadog
-
11.00
-
-
1340
-
-
15.15
Betws-y-Coed
-
12.47
-
-
15.17
-
-
-
17.12
09.10 - Sherpa journey     * - the "S2" Sherpa starts from "platform 2" which is outside Betws-y-Coed railway station    
and also picks up on the main road at the church,  the bridge and the pottery --- Sherpa destination is Llanberis
   
# - the destination indicator on the front of this direct "S4" Sherpa from Caernarfon 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    
% - the "S97" Sherpa arrives Beddgelert at 1600 on local (Porthmadog) School Days    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
LLANBERIS   and   CAERNARFON
via Swallow Falls,  the Twin Lakes and either the Nant Gwynant or the the Llanberis pass *

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
* if you would like to go out one route and return the other (ie go right round Snolwdon) - click here for clockwise or here for anti-clockwise

 
Purchase a "Snowdon Sherpa day ticket" - just 5 if you ONLY intend to use the Sherpas
or a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first Sherpa to cover the COMPLETE trip to Caernarfon using the Arriva "88" connection
 
Outward
   
Return
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S2*
88
S2*
88
S2*
88
S4
S2*
88
S4
S2*
88
88
S2
88
S4 #
S2
88
S2
88
S4 #
S2
88
S2
Betws-y-Coed *
09.10
-
no
1010
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
11.10
-
-
no
1210
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
13.40
-
Caernarfon
1300
-
1400
13.30
-
1500
-
1600
15.30 #
-
1710
-
Pen-y-Pass
09.35
-
-
11.35
-
12.20
-
-
14.05
-
Beddgelert
|
-
|
14.05
-
|
-
|
16.10
-
|
-
Llanberis
Maes Padarn
09.45
1030
1130
11.45
1230
$
1430
-
14.20
1430
Llanberis
Joe Brown
1325
no
1330
Sherpa
in the
winter
1425
$
14.30
1525
no
1530
Sherpa
in the
winter
1625
$
16.30
1735
no
1750
Sherpa
in the
winter
Beddgelert
-
|
-
|
-
|
12.45
-
|
14.15
-
|
Pen-y-Pass
-
-
14.27
14.55
-
-
16.35
16.50
-
Caernarfon
-
1055
-
1155
-
1255
13.15
-
1455
14.45
-
1455
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
-
15.17
-
-
-
17.12
-
09.10 - Sherpa journey     * - the "S2" Sherpa starts from "platform 2" which is outside Betws-y-Coed railway station    
and also picks up on the main road at the church,  the bridge and the pottery --- Sherpa destination is Llanberis
   
# - the destination indicator on the front of this direct "S4" Sherpa from Caernarfon 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    
$ - this "S4" Sherpa operates via the scenic Nant Gwynant 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
clockwise - via Beddgelert,  Caernarfon  and  Llanberis

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

 
Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE trip
                     
S2
S4
S4
88
S2
S2
S4
88
S2
S4
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
Betws-y-Coed *
09.10
-
-
-
-
11.10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Betws-y-Coed *
Pen-y-Pass  
09.35
10.10
-
-
-
11.35
12.20
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Pen-y-Pass  
Beddgelert  
-
10.35
11.50
-
-
-
12.45
-
-
14.15
-
-
-
-
-
-
Beddgelert  
Caernarfon
-
-
12.20
1300
-
-
13.15
1400
-
14.45
1500
-
1600
-
1710
-
Caernarfon
Llanberis Joe Brown
-
-
-
1325
no 1330
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
1425
14.30
-
1525
no 1530
Sherpa
in the
winter
1625
16.30
1735
no 1750
Sherpa
in the
winter
Llanberis Joe Brown
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
15.17
-
-
-
17.12
-
Betws-y-Coed
09.10 - Sherpa journey     * - the "S2" Sherpa starts from "platform 2" which is outside Betws-y-Coed railway station    
and also picks up on the main road at the church,  the bridge and the pottery
   
1210 - non-Sherpa connecting services - special cheap Sherpa tickets 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
anti-clockwise - via Llanberis,  Caernarfon  and  Beddgelert

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

 
Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE trip
                 
S2
88
S4
S2
S2
88
S4
S2
88
S4
S2
S2
88
S2
88
S4
S2
Betws-y-Coed *
09.10
-
-
-
no 1010
Sherpa in
the winter
-
-
11.10
-
-
-
no 1210
Sherpa in
the winter
-
13.40
-
-
-
Llanberis
09.45
1030
-
-
1130
-
11.45
1230
-
-
1330
14.20
1430
-
-
Caernarfon
-
1055
11.15
-
-
1155
12.30
-
1255
13.30
-
-
1355
-
1455
15.30
-
Beddgelert  
-
-
11.50
-
-
-
13.15
-
-
14.05
-
-
-
-
-
16.10
-
Pen-y-Pass  
-
-
11.15
12.25
-
-
-
-
-
14.27
14.55
-
-
-
-
16.35
16.50
Betws-y-Coed arr
-
-
-
12.47
-
-
-
-
-
-
15.17
-
-
-
-
-
17.12
09.10 - Sherpa journey     * - the "S2" Sherpa starts from "platform 2" which is outside Betws-y-Coed railway station    
and also picks up on the main road at the church,  the bridge and the pottery
   
1030 - non-Sherpa connecting services - special cheap Sherpa tickets 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  

                               
LLYN OGWEN    BETHESDA   and   BANGOR
via Capel Curig,  Llyn Ogwen and the Ogwen pass

 
Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE trip
 
Outward
   
Return
Fri
M-Th
+S
     
 
 
 
Sat
 
 
 
Sat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6B
6B
S2
S2
S2
S6
S2
S2
S6
S2
S2
S2
S2
S2
6B
 Betws-y-Coed 
07.00c
07.10c
09.10
no
1010
Sherpa
in the
winter
11.10
-
no
1210
Sherpa
in the
winter
13.40
 Bangor bus station 
-
-
-
-
-
-
17.35
 Capel Curig
07.08
07.18
09.22
11.22
no
Ogwen
Valley
Sherpa
in the
winter
13.52
 Bethesda
no
Ogwen
Valley
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
-
-
-
18.11
 Llyn Ogwen
07.15
07.25
walk *
walk *
walk *
 Llyn Ogwen
walk *
walk *
walk *
walk *
walk *
18.20
 Bethesda
07.25
07.35
-
-
-
-
-
 Capel Curig
no
1405
Sherpa
in the
winter
15.05
no
1600
Sherpa
in the
winter
17.00
no
1820
Sherpa
in the
winter
18sd30
 Bangor
07.45
07.55
-
-
-
-
-
-
 Betws-y-Coed
-
15.17
17.12
18sd40
  09.10 - Sherpa journey    
* - There is a footpath between Capel Curig and Llyn Ogwen-Tryfan  (starts from beside the toilet block behind the cafe/shop)   
which avoids the busy, narrow A5 road - use it for your own safety when there is no Sherpa    
Fri - Fridays only     M-Th+S - Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays only     Sat - summer Saturdays only    
c - calls on the main road outside the church,  NOT the railway station    
6B - Llew Jones non-Sherpa service - special cheap Sherpa tickets NOT valid on this journeys    
sd - stops to set down passengers joining at or before Llyn Ogwen    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Conwy CC or Gwynedd 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
Betws-y-Coed - Llandudno   (connections)
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Porthmadog
Caernarfon/Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Llanberis
Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
Caernarfon (WHRly) - Beddgelert - Llandudno
Caernarfon (WHRly) - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
Corwen - Llanrwst - Llandudno
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 - Beddgelert - Caernarfon (WHRly)
Llandudno - Llanrwst - Corwen
Llandudno - Snowdonia (via Betws-y-Coed)
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon (WHRly)
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 Saturday trips from Bethesda
Suggested weekday trips from Betws-y-Coed
Suggested weekday trips from Caernarfon
Suggested weekday trips from Conwy
Suggested weekday trips from Corwen
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 Sunday trips from Pwllheli

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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