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Snowdon Sherpa Bus Timetables
This is an unofficial website
To contact the WEBMASTER please e-mail here
please do so if you spot any error, so it can be quickly corrected for the benefit of other visitors !
Whilst this website is kept fully up-to-date with all alterations advised to the webmaster
latest times should always be confirmed from official council sources, such as.......

(click on any logo to go to that website)
on the official

    Their website has been updated to show the revised winter "S2" "S4" and "S97" Sherpa timetables which commenced on 5th November --- the "S1" and "S6" services do not operate in the winter
    There is the usual "halving" of the "S2" service for the winter but the timetables for both the "S4" and "S97 routes are completely re-cast on both weekdays and Sundays
    It also shows the reduced level of connecting journeys on the "X19" from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llandudno (to Betws-y-Coed for the Sherpa) with "just three journeys per day in the Gwynedd CC area"
    Unfotunately Gwynedd CC  still insist on specifying a 'zero' minute call at Beddgelert when some Sherpa journeys continue to Caernarfon, Pen-y-Pass or Porthmadog even when the route number changes en-route
    Although following the November changes some journeys now stand five minutes at Beddgelert so they are picked up by the 'automatic' minimum five minutes required by the Traveline Cymru "Journey Planner,"  several others don't,   so you end up being advised to travel on an earlier journey and to hang around in the cold - sometimes for hours - for the next one !!!

This website is the ONLY one which clearly shows the throughout journey - look for a "double" route number (eg "S4-S97" or "S97-S4")
Don't be tempted to alight from any Sherpa at Beddgelert without first confirming with the driver

I have received several reports of passengers alighting,  then by the time they realised it was the same bus they should have been on - it had gone  !

No printed copies

    Their Sherpa Page "claims" to be 'out of date'
- it actually shows as only valid until 4th November.......... !!!
    However the links do work going the correct revised WINTER timetables
    Alternatively - simply return to their ordinary bus timetables index page and use the "S.." links from there instead
    The departure board at Pen-y-Pass erroneously shows the 0935 and 1610 "S2" weekday departures to Llanberis as only operating on 'School Days'
    THIS IS INCORRECT - they both operate every weekday
    The reference to School Days - if shown at all - should read "Starts from Llanrwst (as opposed to Betws-y-Coed) on these days" !!!!!
    The last time your webmaster checked,  the departure board at Porthmadog was STILL showing INCORRECT times for Sundays
appears to be a "leave-in" from as far back as 2017

    The LAST "S97-S4" SUNDAY journey from Porthmadog to Pen-y-Pass
(via Rhyd Ddu) was leaving EARLIER than shown at 1520 in the summer.....
..... it has been advanced even earlier for the winter and now departs at 1350
    If you miss it and need to get back to Betws-y-Coed (or beyond) there is just one later non-Sherpa connecting service at 1640 via Blaenau Ffestiniog
    The alternative weekday late-evening return services from Bangor to Llandudno are completely revised.....
    The evening departures from Bangor to Llandudno now depart Bangor 1837,  1947,  2047,  2147 and 2247 - starting from Caernarfon at 1800, 1915,  2015,  2115 and 2215 respectively.....
at the Caernarfon times shown in the timetable on their website - which would result in you unnecessarily hanging aboud in the cold at Bangor for half-an-hour

on the official

   The reduced level of the "S2" Sherpa journeys from Betws-y-Coed for the winter can be found from the link half-way down the page

    BEWARE  Last year all the winter Sherpa services were also included in their printed annual timetable - but that is NOT the case this year
IGNORE the reference to the Park and Ride journeys only operating until October 2016 !!!
    Extra weekend "S1" journeys continued to operate during the summers of both 2017 and 2018  supplemented by extras "shuttle" journeys from and back to the larger car park at Nant Peris - just 2

copies are available
BUT make sure you also
pick up the replacment
winter sheets for Tables
"S2" and "X19"

    - Their website has been completely re-vamped - the bus information page has basically become an "index of links"..........
     a)  the 'plan your journey' box at the top simply
takes you to the TravelineCymru website - (see below for any ERRORS on that website)
     b)  the 'Conwy public transport guide' link takes
you to a large 'pdf' file of the 'May 2018' printed bus timetables booklet

    The printed version of the 2018 timetable booklet is
now available  but this year only contains the summer Sherpa times

     c)  the 'Snowdon Sherpa timetable and map' link takes you to a 'pdf' file of the latest Sherpa map (only)
      ........use the timetable link at the top of the page for the Sherpa timetables - scroll right down to the bottom

    The "6B" timetable
(along the Ogwen Valley) is SILL not included even though it re-started operating back in early-2015 - despite now being included in the index to places served and on  maps !!!
    (note - the latest times can be found here or confirmed by ringing
Llew Jones on 01492 640 320 but note their website is still incorrrect) !!!
    The level of the weekday "X19" weekday connecting journeys from and back to Llandudno has been halved as an economy measure !!!

   on the official 

IGNORE Table "70" as it is now well out of date (it shows the position immediately after the demise of GHA well over two and a half years ago)
    Most critical - there are no longer any Friday journeys..........
..........also the detailed times of several Tuesday and Saturday journeys have altered - a change of vehicle is now necessary when continuing to/from Llandudno
    The updated TIMES can be confirmed from the official TravelineCymru or Llew Jones websites (but note the latter fails to show "Tuesdays only" on their version !)
Not only did these errors apply to their three 2017 editions - but the same 'out-of-date' timetable has again been included in their two 2018 versions

 printed copies are available

    There have been numerous changes
to many services in the area
    Most important are the revised
"12" times - some of which provide a connection into or out of the Sherpa network via Llandudno
    If you have already saved a copy of
ANY of their tables,  make sure you
have downloaded the correct version
- if in doubt DELETE it and start again



alternatively try the  

    Their "Journey Planner" requires minimum of five minutes for a connection at any location - this also applies when there is a 'through journey' - often the case at Beddgelert where the Sherpa route number changes

    - eg ["S4"-"S97"] or ["S97"-"S4"]
    A similar situation applies on the altertnative later evening ["5C"-"5"] journeys from Caernarfon to Llandudno via Bangor
    Unfotunately in these cases they advise you to travel an earlier journey and to hang around - sometimes for hours - for the next one !!!
    This website is the only one which gives an appropriate note on the individual timetable pages to show when to remain on the Sherpa to get to your destination quicker

No printed copies

   "the" official public transport website
    All of the Winter 2018-2019 Sherpa weekday timetables are now on their website..........

    The "6B" northbound journey from Llanrwst along the Ogwen Valley has been retimed EARLIER than shown
    TravelineCymru and Llew Jones websites are both out of date - confirm latest times direct with Llew Jones on 01492 640 320
or confirm from the Gwynedd CC website
    They have corrected the weekday "X19" Timetable and "Journey Planner" for the Llew Jones drastic reduction to just four trip each way per day
  but they hav NOT included the partial re-instatement of some sections of the journeys from 19th November on their timetable page - see the Conwy CC or Gwynedd CC website to confirm the updated position
which includes departures from some locations leaving earlier

or the official 

    Their website Timetables "Page" has been up-dated for the winter,  but because they 'simply' link to the Gwynedd CC database - it shows an error message as the link is "broken" - as has been the case since the start of their Sherpa winter timetables
    They have introduced
but currently their website does not link to an excellent completely revised one bus combined "S4" and "S97" Sunday service which includes providing Waunfawr with two Sunday northbound and southbound journeys for the first time in very many years - giving a day trip option to both Beddgelert/Snowdonia and Caernarfon
    In the interim,  use this website as a guide - then confirm from the Gwynedd CC website

01248 722 694

printed copies

    This company is now reliably operating the whole of the Sherpa network following a slight easement of running times in the critical sections..........
               summer weekend "S1"
               all-year-round "S2"
               all-year-round "S4"

               summer weekend "S6"
and the   all-year-round "S97"
    They also operate also the......
  weekday "88" connecting journeys from Caernarfon
  and the Sunday "2" connecting journeys from Barmouth

    Their "S4" and "S97" timetable pages fail to show some journeys on arrival at Beddgelert immediately continue towards Porthmadog or Caernarfon respectivcely
    IGNORE the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner" advice to wait around in the cold for the following journey
when the standing time at Beddgelert is less than 5 minutes !!!!!

    This website unlike ANY official one is unique in that it gives a note on the individual timetable pages to show when to remain on the Sherpa to get to your destination earlier - so don't alight and let the bus go,  only to find you should have stayed on !!!!!
    eg ["S4"-"S97"] or ["S97"-"S4"]

    Some additional 'day-to-day' information can be found here 

or the official 


    The former Arriva Wales booklets for the North Wales and Cambrian Coasts have simply been reprinted with a new cover
    To find a "Transport for Wales" journey you must look for a train still showing AW (for Arriva Wales)
    - surprisingly this is still the case with the new winter timnetables !!!
    Most worrying summer dated services - which finished before TforW took over - are still shown !!!!
    Alternatively use their own 'journey planner' to confirm times providing you already know when and where you want to go !!!

  train website
    All local train services throughout Wales are now operated
by the KeolisAmey of behalf of "Transport for Wales"
    - this includes the connecting Conwy Valley line and
the Cambrian Coast line
    In addition,  InterCity services from North Wales
to/from London continue to be operated by Virgin
    At this stage there are no changes to the times previously operated by Arriva Wales

  or the official 

    Their website has at last been updated to shown their greatly reduced level of their weekday "X19" service along the east side of the Conwy Valleys
    Their "subsidised" Sunday service remains unaltered

 printed copies of their Conwy Valley services are usually available on the buses

    This company operates the very limited weekday "6B" service along the Ogwen Valley
    also the connecting "X19" and "19" bus journeys along both sides the Conwy Valley

    Despite operating improved evening Conwy CC subsidised services along the Conwy Valley,  they have STILL not bothered to correctly update their website to reflect the Sunday changes !!!!!
    Use the Conwy CC website or Llew Jones own printed leaflet for confirmation
    The "6B" northbound journey from Llanrwst along the Ogwen Valley has been retimed LATER than shown
    Llew Jones and TravelineCymru websites are out of date - confirm latest times from the Gwynedd website or direct with Llew Jones on 01492 640 320
  Some day-to-day information can now also be found here

or the official 

printed copies sometimes
available on the bus immediately
after any change

  bus website
    This company previously operated the Sunday "S97" Sherpas

  but now only operate some connecting journeys in Snowdonia

    They have withdrawn their former connecting "88" weekday direct service between Caernarfon and Llanberis
(after the last journey on Saturday 22nd September)
----- see new revised "88" weekday service by Gwynfor

or the official 

No printed copies

    This company operates connecting journeys only
    Despite the withdrawal of the former mid-morning bus connection from
Llandudno - which forces passengers onto the only mid-morning Conwy
Valley train - they still INSIST of their only
mid-morning "35" onward
journey to Dolgellau departing at 1130 - EXACTLY the same time as the
train arrives !!!

    On behalf of visitors to this website,  your webmaster did ask them to consider
re-timing the bus slightly later,   but a somewhat "unhelpful" reply from their
Bethan Jones completely avoided answering the point

  Some day-to-day information can now also be found here

or the official 

No printed copies 

  This company operates Sunday only connecting journeys from Blaenau Ffestiniog - note their "1S" bus timetable is not yet on their website

former website no longer
    although this company no longer operates connecting
timetabled services from Caernarfon
- it still operates private hire coaches and school buses in the area

  Some day-to-day information can now also be found here

yet another official
website giving
incorrect information !
  the links on this website are all out of date
  in addition the "S6" Sherpa no longer serves Bangor or Betws-y-Coed

.....but do check ANY of the above official websites have been fully updated,
as some are considerably old and (partially) out-of-day!!!!
Known errors in official publications are shown above
(to help avoid you being "caught out")

Please remember all official publications were only correct at the time
of going to press, so make sure you also have any relevant amendment leaflets/notices
which may appear as the season progresses

[ If I am advised of any, this website WILL be updated accordingly ]

If you come across any changes not reflected here or you spot any error (or find any broken link)
please e-mail the webmaster so it can be corrected for the benefit of other visitors to this website - thank you !

This website attempts to show what services are currently available
along with those planned for future periods as soon as the information has been announced

In particular it highlights known errors in official publications
in order the help avoid visitors being "caught out" !

It contains composite timetables of connecting services on a cross-Snowdonia route basis
including 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"
from locations within Snowdonia itself
as well as some of which commence from the North Wales Coast resorts by conecting bus or train (thus enabling you to leave the car behind and avoid car parking fees !!!)

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Suggested Sherpa Trips
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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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