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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















































IMPORTANT
    Despite Arriva giving the required 56 days statutory notice to withdraw their "88" weekday direct service between Caernarfon and Llanberis WITH ONLY JUST THREE DAYS TO GO,  they have not yet bothered to update the Council website to reflect the latest position..........
--- it STILL erroneously shows the current Arriva service carrying on ufn

  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!
BEWARE
    Unfotunately Gwynedd CC  insist on specifying a 'zero' minute call at Beddgelert when the Sherpa continues to Caernarfon,  Rhyd Ddu (Sundays) or Porthmadog after its route number changes en-route
    As this is less than the 'automatic' minimum five minutes required by the Traveline Cymru "Journey Planner,"  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 !!!

some cross-Beddgelert journeys were manually corrected earlier in the year to show the "quicker" journeys......
but most have now reverted to the automatic "must have a minimum of 5 minutes for a connection"
    This website is the only one which gives a "$" note on the individual timetable pages to show when to remain on the Sherpa to get to your destination earlier


No printed copies


  website
IMPORTANT
    The departure board at Porthmadog shows INCORRECT times for Sundays
appears to be a "leave-in" from 2017

    The LAST "S97-S4" SUNDAY journey from Porthmadog to Pen-y-Pass
(via Rhyd Ddu) now leaves EARLIER than shown at 1520
    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 Blanau Ffestiniog
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!
UPDATES
    Their "Sherpa Page" now links to individual "pdf" versions of the revised summer 2018 timetables "S1" "S2 "S4" "S6" and "S97"

    Separate timetables can also be found from links on their "Individual Timetables Page" including all the Sherpas
PLEASE NOTE
    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.....
    ....NOT
at the Caernarfon times shown in the timetable on their website
BEWARE
    The revised April weekday "X19"
from Llandudno is now on their website
..........but they do not show the subsequent partial withdrawals to certain "X19" School Day journeys


on the official


























IGNORE the reference to the Park and Ride journeys only operating until October 2016 !!!
    Extra weekend "S1" journeys ARE operating during Summer 2018  supplemented by extras "shuttle" journeys from and back to the larger car park at Nant Peris - just 2
DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT
AND END UP PAYING FAR MORE FOR A TAXI !!!

 printed
copies are available

   website
    - 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
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

     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 the 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) !!!





   on the official 



































IGNORE Table "70" as it is now well out of date (it shows the position immediately after the demise of GHA two 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 always 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 !)
UNBELIEVABLE !!!!!
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
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!

 printed copies are available


  website
UPDATE
    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

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    DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT !





















alternatively try the  

































IMPORTANT
    Despite there being changes to the connecting "88" weekday direct service between Caernarfon and Llanberis WITH LESS THAN A WEEK TO GO,  they STILL erroneously shows the current Arriva service carrying on ufn

  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!
IMPORTANT
    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
    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 a "$" note on the individual timetable pages to show when to remain on the Sherpa to get to your destination quicker
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!

No printed copies

   "the" official public transport website
UPDATE
    All of the Summer 2018 Sherpa timetables are now on their website..........

PLEASE NOTE
    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
BEWARE
    The revised April weekday "X19"
from Llandudno is now on their website
..........but they do not show the subsequent partial withdrawals to certain "X19" School Day journeys















or the official 








































IMPORTANT
    Unfotunately Gwynfor have gone along with the Gwynedd CC specifying a 'zero' minute call at Beddgelert when the Sherpa continues to Caernarfon,  Rhyd Ddu (Sundays) or Porthmadog after its route number changes en-route
    As this is less than the 'automatic' minimum five minutes required by the Traveline Cymru "Journey Planner,"  you end up being advised to travel on an earlier journey and to hang around - sometimes for hours - for the next one !!!

At the end of the day it is sole responsibility of the operator
(whether it is subsidised or not)
to formally "register" any service he wishes to operate
Any problems "down-stream" it causes can only be solved by the operator "re-registering" such services so they fully comply with natonally accepted rules such as a minumum of 5 minutes for a conection to properly appear on other official systems (eg -the TravelineCymru and other Journey Planners) or use the same route number for the entiire journey - as was done by previous operators in this area
phone:
01248 722 694

No
printed copies
 


website
    This company is now operating all the Sherpa
network - ie the summer "S1,"  all-year-round "S2,"
all-year-round "S4,"  summer weekend "S6" and the all-year-round "S97"
......
    ...... also the Sunday "2" connecting journeys from Barmouth

BEWARE........
    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 !!!!!

    This website is the only one which 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 !!!!!
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!
NOTE........
    their revised connecting Sunday "2" service from Barmouth
- which they took over last year - is still not shown despite them making changes to that timetable since they took over !!!
....nor have they bothered to include several other weekday local bus services they now operate in the Caernarfon area
PLEASE NOTE
  Some day-to-day information can be found here








or the official 









printed copies sometimes
available on the bus




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

  but now only operate some connecting journeys in Snowdonia

PLEASE NOTE
    They have given the required 56 days statutory notice to withdraw their connecting "88" weekday direct service between Caernarfon and Llanberis after the last journey on Saturday 22nd September

or the official 







printed copies are available

  train website
  This company operates the connecting Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast lines
on both weekdays and Sundays




or the official 








  train website
  This company has been awarded the contract
to operate the connecting Conwy Valley and
Cambrian Coast lines on both weekdays and Sundays
from Autumn 2018


  or the official 

































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























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

    BEWARE - their 1510 "X19" journey from Betws-y-Coed leaves just before the arrival of the 'all-year-round' afternoon "S2" Sherpa from Llanberis - YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF "FAILED" INTEGRATERD TIMETABLE PLANNING !!!

IMPORTANT
    Despite operating improved evening Conwy CC subsidised services along the Conwy Valley,  they have STILL not bothered to correctly update their website to relect the Sunday changes !!!!!
    Use the Conwy CC website or Llew Jones own printed leaflet for confirmation
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!
BEWARE
    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 direct with Llew Jones on 01492 640 320
PLEASE NOTE
  Some day-to-day information can now also be found here


or the official 














No printed copies









  website
    This company operates connecting journeys only
    There have been numerous changes to many of their services as a consequence of Express Motors no longer operating..........
..........Their revised services are now on their website,
 including part replacement of the former direct service "39" between Barmouth and Porthmadog - alternatively use their "38" "T3" and "T2" services via Dolgellau and/or Oakley Arms

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


or the official 







No printed copies 


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

PLEASE NOTE
  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


















IGNORE the official "Express Motors" website as it has not been updated since April 2016 following a change of management at that time  
    However this company ceased operation of all its services (which included most of the Sherpa network) at the end of December 2017

  UNFORTUNATELY THEIR WEBSITE IS STILL "LIVE" AND INCORRECTLY SHOWS THEIR FORMER SERVICES AS "OPERATING"
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!

.....but do check ANY of the above officil 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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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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