from the Menai Straits to the mountains of Snowdonia
SUMMER WEEKDAY TRIPS from CAERNARFON

all year round      
Gwynfor Coaches "S2" Sherpa    
approaching Betws-y-Coed      


by



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

Suggested timings are shown below and all the trips featured can all be done for just 6.80 using a "Red Rover"
which is valid all day on any bus in Gwynedd - this gives you the flexibility to change your mind
if you suddenly decide to go elsewhere or stop off en-route !
(Purchase from the driver of your first bus)


(Some suggested trips can be for considerably less if you stick to the suggested itinerary
- check the start of the individual itineries to see which ticket to purchase)


LATEST..........
..... "S2" will again be doubled in frequency for the summer
..... there are major changes to the "S4" and "S97" services on weekday afternoons and Sundays
..... the additional "S1" 'Park and Ride' journeys will start again for the summer
..... the summer weekend only "S6" via the Ogwen Valley is reinstated and in future starts from Bangor

    All other local connecting bus journeys remain unalterd

Thinking of visiting Betws-y-Coed for the day ?
    Why not use the more scenic "S4" Sherpa connections to Pen-y-Pass (for Betws-y-Coed) which operate via Beddgelert and the Nant Gwynant Pass ?
    Short of time ?   Try going out one route and back the other - that way you can also circumnavigate Snowdon in one day !


REMEMBER - at this time of the year there is a later Sherpa from Betws-y-Coed (depart 1840) which operates all the way back to Caerenarfon !

Please bookmark and re-visit this page nearer the time for confirmation
and to check if there have been any further changes

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 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 - 13th April 2019 until further notice
except Public Holidays Good Friday 19th April  Easter Monday 22nd April  Monday 6th May  Monday 27th May and Monday 26th August

  Click here for suggested Sunday and Public Holiday itineries from Caernarfon
"Trips around Snowdonia - without your car"
from Caernarfon

Summer is an ideal time for a longer day out to visit Snowdonia
with a much later 'through' "S2" Sherpa back from Betws-y-Coed via Llanberis
Please note specially - at this time of the year the last return weekday buses to Caernarfon are as follows......

Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon (S2-S4-S4) - connection departs 1548  (change at Pen-y-Pass and beddgelert)
Capel Curig to Caernarfon (S2-S4-S4) - connection departs 1600  (change at Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert)
Pen-y-Pass* to Caernarfon (S4-S4) - connection departs 1635  (change at Beddgelert)
Nant Gwynant* to Caernarfon (S4-S4) -connection departs 1442  (change at Beddgelert)
Beddgelert to Caernarfon (S4) - depart 1805
Porthmadog to Caernarfon (S97-S4) - connection departs 1720  (change at Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu* to Caernarfon (S4) - depart 18.13
Snowdon Ranger*  to Caernarfon (S4) - depart 18.15

Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon (S2) - depart 18.40
Capel Curig to Caernarfon (S2) - depart 18.52
Llyn Ogwen to Caernarfon (6B-S2) - connection departs 1820 (change at Capel Curig)
Pen-y-Pass*  to Caernarfon (S2) - depart 19.05
Porthmadog to Caernarfon (S4-S2) - connection departs 1720  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Beddgelert to Caernarfon (S4-S2) - connection departs 1745  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Nant Gwynant* to Caernarfon (S4-S2) - connection departs 1750  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Llanberis*  to Caernarfon (S2) - depart 19.20

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


* - start of path up Snowdon - click here for more details


  OPTION ONE   spend the day in Betws-y-Coed with the option of time for a tea or coffee at Beddgelert and/or Betws-y-Coed
   Click here for alternative Sherpa trips to Betws-y-Coed/Llanrwst via Llanberis
   Click here for alternative Sherpa trips to Beddgelert and/or Porthmadog

     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..........



               
BEDDGELERT   and   BETWS-Y-COED
(via Llyn Cwellyn and the Nant Gwynant pass)
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
 
Outward
   
Return
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S4
S4
S2
S4
S2
S4
S4
S2
S2
S4
S2
S4
S4
S2
S4
S4
Caernarfon
07.40
09.05 *
-
11.15 *
-
12.30
13.30 *
-
Betws-y-Coed
11.10
-
13.40
-
-
15.48
-
-
Beddgelert
08.13
09.40
-
11.50
-
13.13
14.05
-
Pen-y-Pass
11.35
12.20 #
14.05
14.35 #
-
16.10
16.35 #
-
Pen-y-Pass
-
10.05
10.25
12.15
12.25
-
14.30
14.55
Beddgelert
-
12.45
-
14.55
16.00
-
17.00
18.05
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
10.47
-
12.47
-
-
15.17
Caernarfon
-
13.15
-
-
16.30
-
-
18.35
09.05 - Sherpa journey    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this direct "S4" Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Beddgelert" or "Pen-y-Pass" (sometimes changing en-route)    
# - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog" or "Caernarfon" (sometimes changing en-route)    
- but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
BETWS-Y-COED via Llanberis and the Llanberis pass
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
 
Outward
   
Return
LSch
S+LSH
                       
S2
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88-5C
S2
Caernarfon
07.05 *
07.35 *
0800
-
0900
-
1000
-
1100
-
1300
-
1400
-
Betws-y-Coed
13.40
-
14.40
-
15.48
-
16.40
-
17.30
-
18.40 #
Llanberis
Joe Brown
07.30
08.00
0825
09.00
0925
10.00
1025
11.00
1125
12.00
1325
13.30
1425
14.30
Pen-y-Pass
14.05
-
15.05
-
16.10
-
17.05
-
17.55
-
19.05 #
Llanberis
Maes Peris
14.20
1430
15.20
1530
16.25
1630
17.20
1740
18.10
NO    ##
DIRECT
"88"
journey
19.20 #
Pen-y-Pass
07.55
08.25
-
09.25
-
10.25
-
11.25
-
12.25
-
13.55
-
14.55
Betws-y-Coed
08.17
08.47
-
09.47
-
10.47
-
11.47
-
12.47
-
14.17
-
15.17
Caernarfon
-
1455
-
1555
-
1655
-
1805
-
19.42
10.00 - Sherpa journey     # - the destination indicator on the front of this direct "S2" Sherpa from Betws-y-Coed may display "Llanberis" or "Caernarfon" and the route number "S2" or "88")    
(sometimes changing en-route but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
  LSch - local (Llanrwst) School Days only       S+LSH - Saturdays also Mondays to Fridays during local (Llanrwst) School Holidays       M-F - Mondays to Fridays only    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this direct "S2" Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Llanberis" or "Betws-y-Coed" or "Llanrwst" and the route number "88" or "S2"    
(sometimes changing en-route) - but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
## - click here for details of a later alternative "85-5C" 1840 connecting journey via Y Felinheli Faenol    
  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   and   PORTHMADOG
via Llyn Cwellyn and the Aberglaslyn pass

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
 
 
Outward
   
Return
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alternative
later journeys
S4-S97
S4
S97
S4
S4-S97
S97
S4
S97-S4
S97-S4
S97-S4
S97
S4
T2
1
T2
1
Caernarfon
07.40 #
09.05 *
-
11.15 *
12.30 #
13.30 *
-
Porthmadog
11.30 +
13.45 +
15.20
17.20
-
1825
1940
2025
2230
Beddgelert
08.15
09.40
10.35
11.50
13.15
14.05
14.55
Beddgelert
11.50
14.15
16.00
17.44
18.05
via  Pen-y-Groes
Porthmadog
08.50
pyp
11.00
pyp
13.40
pyp
15.15
Caernarfon
12.20
14.45
16.30
-
18.35
1908
2030
2108
2312
09.05 - Sherpa journey     pyp - this "S4" Sherpa journey continues to Pen-y-Pass    
% - on Schooldays operates via Porthmadog school then runs 16 minutes later to Beddgelert arrive 1559    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Beddgelert" or "Pen-y-Pass" (sometimes changing en-route)    
# - the destination indicator on the front of this direct Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog" and the route number "S4" or "S97"    
(sometimes changing en-route)    
+ - the destination indicator on the front of this direct Sherpa from Porthmadog may display "Beddgelert" or "Caernarfon " and the route number "S97" or "S4"    
(sometimes changing en-route) - but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
  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  Llanberis,   Pen-y-Pass  and   Beddgelert
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop 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 circuit
 
LSch
S+LSH
                       
S2
S2
88
S2
S4-S97#
S4
88
S2
88
S2
S4
S4
88
S2
88
S2
S4-S97#
S4
88
S2
88
S2
S4-S97#
S4
Caernarfon dep
07.05 *
07.35 *
0800
-
-
-
0900
-
1000
-
-
-
1100
-
1300
-
-
-
1400
-
1500
-
-
-
Llanberis Joe Brown
07.30
08.00
0825
09.00
-
-
0925
10.00
1025
11.00
-
-
1125
12.00
1325
13.30
-
-
1325
14.30
1525
15.30
-
-
Pen-y-Pass  
07.55
08.25
-
09.25
 
10.10
 
-
 
-
10.25
-
11.25
 
12.20
 
-
 
-
12.25
-
13.55
 
14.30
 
-
 
-
14.55
-
15.55
 
16.35
 
-
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Beddgelert  
-
-
-
-
10.35
11.50
-
-
-
-
12.45
14.15
-
-
-
-
14.55
16.00
-
-
-
-
17.00
18.05
Caernarfon arr
-
-
-
-
-
12.20
-
-
-
-
13.15
14.45
-
-
-
-
-
16.30
-
-
-
-
-
18.35




  LSch - local (Llanrwst) School Days only       S+LSH - Saturdays also Mondays to Fridays during local (Llanrwst) School Holidays    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this direct Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Llanberis" or "Betws-y-Coed" or "Llanrwst"    
and the route number "S2" or "88" (sometimes changing en-route)    
# - the destination indicator on the front of this direct Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog" and the route number "S4" or "S97"    
(sometimes changing en-route)    
- but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
0810 - non-Sherpa connecting services - "5 Snowdon Sherpa Day Ticket" 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
anticlockwise  -  via Beddgelert,  Pen-y-Pass  and  Llanberis
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop 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
 
                               
 
S4
S4
S2
88
S2
88
S4
S2
S2
88
S4
S4
S2
88
S2
88
S4
S2
88
S2
85-5C
S4
S2
Caernarfon dep
07.40
09.05 *
-
-
-
-
11.15 *
-
-
-
12.30 #
13.30 *
-
-
-
-
15.30 *
-
-
-
-
-
-
Beddgelert  
08.15
09.40
-
-
-
-
11.50
-
-
-
13.15
14.05
-
-
-
-
16.10
-
-
-
-
17.45
-
Pen-y-Pass  
-
10.02
10.35
-
11.35
-
12.12
12.35
13.35
-
-
14.27
15.05
-
16.10
-
16.32
17.05
-
17.55
-
18.07
19.05 $
Llanberis Maes Peris
-
-
10.45
1130
11.45
1230
-
12.45
13.50
1430
-
-
15.20
1530
16.25
1630
-
17.20
1740
18.10
NO    ##
DIRECT
"88" journey
-
19.20 $
Caernarfon arr
-
-
-
1155
-
1255
-
-
-
1455
-
-
-
1555
-
1655
-
-
1805
-
-
19.42




09.05 - Sherpa journey    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this direct "S4" Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Beddgelert" or "Pen-y-Pass" (sometimes changing en-route)    
# - 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 direct Sherpa may display "Llanberis" or "Caernarfon" and the route number "S2" or "88" (sometimes changing en-route)    
but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
## - click here for details of a later alternative "85-5C" 1830 connecting journey via "Y Felinheli Faenol"    
1130 - non-Sherpa connecting services - "5 Snowdon Sherpa Day Ticket" 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  

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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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