B E W A R E ....................... !!!

Car Parking in Snowdonia is very limited and can be expensive if a space can be found
This is especially so at Caernarfon, Beddgelert and Porthmadog

  IMPORTANT..............

UPDATE................
    Arriva have de-registered their Sunday "S97" Sherpa service
    At this stage it is assumed these journey will be transferred to another operator - shown at this stage as ?????
- possibly with some re-timings

This DRAFT page ASSUMES the revised "S2" "S4" and "S97 timetables from 2nd January will continue unaltered and the additional "S2" Sherpa journeys which were withdrawn for the winter will be re-instated for the summer of 2018 in the same times

(based on the current 2017-18 Sherpa leaflet)
It also assumes all other connecting journeys remain unaltered
   
but at least it gives advance information as to the "sort of" service to expect


Hopefully the information shown here will help you to plan ahead for your 2018 visit to Snowdonia


Please bookmark this page and revisit nearer the time to see if there have
been any timing changes to the services since your last visit
If there have been,  the "pagedate" at the bottom of this page will be later


The alternative is to leave your car behind and use the
Arriva "5-5C" and "X5-5C" through buses
which connect from Llandudno (via the North Wales Coast road) with the
Welsh Highland Railway at Caernarfon

At the other end of the line the Ffestiniog Railway and Express Motors "1B" buses link for Blaenau Ffestiniog where
Conwy Valley trains and Express Motors "X1" buses
(Llew Jones "X19" on Sundays and Public Holidays)
connect back to Llandudno on weekdays and summer Sundays

Alternatively use the Snowdon Sherpa Bus network
which connects with the
Welsh Highland Railway at Beddgelert from the North Wales Coast
via Betws-y-Coed, Pen-y-Pass and the scenic Nant Gwynant pass

Please note the Welsh Highland Railway does not run every day
outside the main Summer period
nor does every train run on the dates the railway is open

You are strongly advised to first consult the official WHRly website to confirm
the train(s) you want are actually scheduled to run on the date of your
proposed visit then use the timetable below to find the times of the connecting
Snowdon Sherpa or other bus(es)

Connections from Llandudno via the Ffestiniog Railway from Blaenau Ffestiniog
are also shown - but please note some of these do not run every day
outside the main Summer period
You are strongly advised to first consult the official FRly website to confirm
the train(s) you want are actually scheduled to run on the date of your
proposed visit then use the timetable below to find the times of the
connecting Snowdon Sherpa bus(es)/trains


CHANGES TO THE WHRly TRAIN TIMES
There are minior re-timings in 2018 to the Welsh Highland and Festiniog Railways
Timings shown on this website have been extracted from the official Ffestiniog Railway website,  but should always be confirmed direct with the company before you set off

This website also contains composite timetables of connecting Snowdon Sherpa services on a cross-Snowdonia route basis
where a change of bus is usually necessary --- hopefully it will help you plan your days out

It also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"

  I M P O R T A N T   ! ! !

   The Welsh Highland Railway runs different timetables depending on pre-planned anticipated traffic levels  

 
  Basic service - two trains each way per day  
"yellow" dates
 
  Peak service - three trains each way per day  
"red" dates
 
  1000 - This train runs on both "yellow" and "red" dates  
 
 
Note specially - there are NO WHRly trains on some off-peak Mondays and Fridays
also regular timetabled trains cease after Sunday 5th November
(confirm locally for details of occasional winter journeys)

You are strongly advised to first consult the official WHRly website to confirm the train(s) you want to travel on
are actually scheduled to run on the date of your proposed visit

then use the Sherpa timetables to find the times of earlier, later and other connecting Snowdon Sherpa bus(es)


/
Welsh Highland Railway   and   Snowdon Sherpa

Snowdon Sherpa    
:    
Llandudno - Caernarfon --- Rhyd Ddu --- Beddgelert --- Porthmadog - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Llandudno
<..........bus..........> <..................................Welsh Highland Railway..................................> <..Ffestiniog Railway..> <..Conwy Valley Line..>
Mondays to Saturdays - 24th March 2018 until further notice
(except Public Holidays Good Friday 30th March  Easter Monday 2nd April  Monday 7th May  Monday 28th May and Monday 27th August )

P R O V I S I O N A L
see important note above
Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays from 25th March 2018 until further notice
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
         
WHR red dates
 
WHR yellow dates
 
WHR red dates
             
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Conwy
Valley
Line
Arriva
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Conwy
Valley
Line
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
 Express
Motors
 
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Ffestiniog
Railway
Arriva
Arriva
Conwy
Valley
Line
Gwynfor
Lloyds
Arriva
 
5-5C
train
train
train
5-5C
S4
S97
train
train
train
X5-5C
train
 1B 
X5-5C
train
S4
S97
train
1B
1B
train
S4
T2
1
 
   Llandudno
0755*
-
-
-
1100
-
-
-
-
-
1215
-
-
1345
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
Caernarfon WHRly station 
|
10.00
-
-
|
-
-
13.00
-
-
|
14.20
-
|
15.45
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
   Caernarfon bus station
0939
|
-
-
1239
1340
-
|
-
-
1354
|
-
1524
|
1530
-
-
until
7th
April
from
9th
April
-
1725
1745
1825
   Caernarfon bus station
Waunfawr
-
10.30
-
-
-
1350
-
13.30
-
-
-
14.50
-
-
16.15
1540
-
-
-
1735
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes
|
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes
|
Waunfawr
Rhyd Ddu
-
11.00
-
-
-
1401
-
14.00
-
-
-
15.25
-
-
16.45
1551
-
-
-
1746
Rhyd Ddu
Beddgelert
-
11.30
-
-
-
1410
1440
14.30
-
-
-
15.50
-
-
17.10
1605
1615
-
-
-
-
1755
Beddgelert
   Porthmadog parc
-
|
-
-
-
-
1405
|
-
-
-
|
-
-
|
-
1635
-
1834
1840
-
-
1833p
1910p
   Porthmadog parc
Porthmadog harbour stn
-
12.15
1335
-
-
-
-
15.15
1550
-
-
16.30
 1645p 
-
17.55
-
-
1805
|
|
-
-
-
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
  Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
1445
1457
-
-
-
-
1700
1736
-
-
 1713 
-
-
-
-
1920
1904
1913
2023
-
-
-
  Blaenau Ffestiniog
  Llandudno
-
-
-
1617
-
-
-
-
-
1853
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2144
-
-
-
   Llandudno
1340 - alternative Sherpa journey     p - buses arrive/depart from the stop outside Porthmadog Park    
 
13.00
14.15
 
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "note" above
 
1335
 
The FRly does NOT run every day, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times should be confirmed from the official FRly website
mr - stops on the main road (not the WHR station)    
* - 5 minutes later on Saturdays    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  
Welsh Highland Railway   and   Snowdon Sherpa

Llandudno - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Porthmadog --- Beddgelert --- Rhyd Ddu --- Caernarfon - Llandudno
<....Conwy Valley....> <...Ffestiniog Railway...> <.............................Welsh Highland Railway.............................> <..........bus..........>
Mondays to Saturdays - 24th March 2018 until further notice
(except Public Holidays Good Friday 30th March  Easter Monday 2nd April  Monday 7th May  Monday 28th May and Monday 27th August )

P R O V I S I O N A L
see important note above
Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays from 25th March 2018 until further notice
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
     
red dates
yellow dates
   
M-F
 
Sat
 
WHR red dates
     
WHR yellow dates
   
WHR red dates
     
Gwynfor
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
 Arriva 
Conwy
Valley
Line
Ffestiniog
Railway
Conwy
Valley
Line
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Express
Motors
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Llew Jones
Ffestiniog
Railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Conwy
Valley
Line
Arriva
Arriva
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Ffestiniog
Railway
Lloyds
Arriva
S97-S4$
train
train
 X1-1X 
train
train
train
1B
train
5C-5
S97
train
5C-5
X19
train
train
5C-5
train
1B
1B
S97
S4
train
T2
5C-5
   Llandudno
-
-
-
 0900 
1008
-
1022
-
-
-
-
-
-
1130
-
-
-
1308
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
 1015 
1130
1135 *
1136
1148
-
-
-
-
-
1245
1340
-
-
1432
1520
1526
-
-
1605
-
-
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
Porthmadog harbour stn
-
09.40
10.50
-
very *
tight
conn
-ection
1245
-
|
12.55
-
-
14.15
-
-
1450
15.40
-
-
|
|
-
-
1715
-
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
   Porthmadog parc
0900
|
|
with
-drawn
-
-
1219
|
-
1330
|
-
-
-
|
-
-
1548
1557
1715
-
-
1825
-
   Porthmadog parc
Beddgelert
0920 $
10.25
11.30
-
-
-
-
13.35
-
1353
14.55
-
-
-
16.20
-
-
-
-
1734
1755
-
|
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes
|
|
-
Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu
0926
11.00
11.55
-
-
-
-
-
14.00
-
-
15.25
-
-
-
16.45
-
-
until
7th
April
from
9th
April
-
1801
-
-
Rhyd Ddu
Waunfawr
0940 #
11.25
12.20
-
-
-
-
-
14.30
-
-
15.50
-
-
-
17.15
-
-
-
1815
-
-
Waunfawr
Caernarfon WHRly station 
|
12.10
13.00
-
-
-
-
-
15.10
-
-
16.25
-
-
-
17.50
-
-
-
|
-
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
      Caernarfon bus station
0950
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1530
-
-
1700
-
-
-
1800
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
1825
>>>>>>>>>
1908
1915
      Caernarfon bus station
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1717
-
-
1839
-
-
-
1939
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2043
   Llandudno
0900 - alternative Sherpa journey     $ - as there is less than 5 minutes at Beddgelert it is NOT recognised as a connection by the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner"  -  however in reality these journeys are normally worked by the same bus    
# - alight at Waunfawr if you want to return to Porthmadog on the morning southbound Welsh Highland Railway train    
M-F - Mondays to Fridays only    Sat - Saturdays only    
   
09.40
10.50
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "note" above
   
1135
 
The FRly does NOT run every day, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times should be confirmed from the official FRly website

* - BEWARE - the Ffestiniog Railway 1135 departure is NO LONGER advertised to connect off the Saturday morning Conwy Valley train advertised to arrive 1136 but when the Conwy Valley train arrives slightly early
it is usually just possible to connect if you are quick - otherwise catch the 1145 Arriva "1B" bus to get to Porthmadog in time to connect with the Welsh Highland Railway
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

Welsh Highland Railway   and   Snowdon Sherpa

Snowdon Sherpa    
:    
Llandudno - Caernarfon --- Rhyd Ddu --- Beddgelert --- Porthmadog - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Llandudno
<..........bus..........> <..................................Welsh Highland Railway..................................> <..Ffestiniog Railway..> <..Conwy Valley Line..>
Sundays - 25th March 2018 until further notice
(also Public Holidays Good Friday 30th March  Easter Monday 2nd April  Monday 7th May  Monday 28th May and Monday 27th August )

P R O V I S I O N A L
see important note above
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
             
WHR red dates
yellow dates
   
WHR red dates
 
 
?????
Welsh
Highland
railway
?????
Ffestiniog
Railway
Llew
Jones
?????
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffestiniog
Railway
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Johns
Llew
Jones
?????
Welsh
Highland
railway
Lloyds
 
 
S97
train
S97
train
X19
S97
5-5C
train
train
5-5C
train
1S
X19
S97
train
2
 
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
-
1110
-
-
1210
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
Caernarfon WHRly station 
-
10.00
-
-
-
-
|
13.00
-
|
14.20
-
-
-
15.45
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
   Caernarfon bus station
-
|
-
-
-
-
1237
|
-
1337
|
-
-
-
|
1650
   Caernarfon bus station
Waunfawr
-
10.30
-
-
-
-
-
13.30
-
-
14.50
-
-
-
16.15
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes
|
Waunfawr
Rhyd Ddu
-
11.00
-
-
-
-
-
14.00
-
-
15.25
-
-
-
16.45
Rhyd Ddu
Beddgelert
1010
11.30
1145
-
-
1435
-
14.30
-
-
15.50
-
-
1710
17.10
Beddgelert
   Porthmadog parc
1035
|
1205
-
-
1500
-
|
-
-
|
1640
-
1730
|
1735
   Porthmadog parc
Porthmadog harbour stn
-
12.15
-
1335
-
-
-
15.15
1550
-
16.30
|
-
-
17.55
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
1445
1500
-
-
-
1700
-
-
1708
1740
-
-
-
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
1614
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1854
-
-
-
   Llandudno
1010 - alternative Sherpa journey    
 
13.00
 
14.20
 
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "note" above
 
1335
 
The FRly does NOT run every day, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times should be confirmed from the official FRly website
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  
Welsh Highland Railway   and   Snowdon Sherpa

Llandudno - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Rhyd Ddu - Caernarfon - Llandudno

Sundays - 25th March 2018 until further notice
(also Public Holidays Good Friday 30th March  Easter Monday 2nd April  Monday 7th May  Monday 28th May and Monday 27th August )

P R O V I S I O N A L
see important note above
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
     
red dates
yellow dates
   
WHR red dates
   
WHR yellow dates
 
WHR red dates
   
 
?????
?????
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Llew
Jones
Johns
Ffestiniog
Railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
?????
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
Welsh
Highland
railway
Arriva
?????
Lloyds
Arriva
 
 
S97
S97
train
train
X19
1
train
train
5C-X5
S97
train
5C-5
train
5C-5
S97
T2
5C-X5
 
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
1005
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Llandudno
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
-
-
1122
1200
1135
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
   Blaenau Ffestiniog
Porthmadog harbour stn
-
-
09.40
10.50
-
|
1245
12.55
-
-
14.15
-
15.40
-
-
-
-
Porthmadog harbour stn
   Porthmadog parc
0900
1100
|
|
-
1228
-
|
-
1330
|
-
|
-
1600
1610
-
   Porthmadog parc
Beddgelert
0919
1119
10.25
11.30
-
-
-
13.35
-
1349
14.55
-
16.20
-
1619
|
via
Pen-y
-Groes
|
-
Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu
-
-
11.00
11.55
-
-
-
14.00
-
-
15.25
-
16.45
-
-
-
Rhyd Ddu
Waunfawr
-
-
11.25
12.20
-
-
-
14.30
-
-
15.50
-
17.15
-
-
-
Waunfawr
Caernarfon WHRly station 
-
-
12.10
13.00
-
-
-
15.10
-
-
16.25
-
17.50
-
-
-
Caernarfon WHRly station 
   Caernarfon bus station
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1542
-
-
1642
-
1842
-
1655
1712
   Caernarfon bus station
   Llandudno
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1715
-
-
1815
-
2014
-
-
1845
   Llandudno
0900 - alternative Sherpa journey    
 
09.40
10.50
 
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "note" above
 
1135
 
The FRly does NOT run every day, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times should be confirmed from the official FRly website
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

See local timetables for details of other intermediate times

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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)

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