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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

No printed copies

    Their website has been updated to show the revised summer "S2" "S4" and "S97" Sherpa timetables which commenced on 13th April --- the weekend "S1" and "S6" services have been reinstated for the summer
    There is the usual "doubling" of the "S2" service for the summer and the timetables for the "S4" and "S97 routes are re-cast on both weekday afternoons and Sundays
    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  !
    The LAST "S97-S4-S2" SUNDAY journey from Porthmadog to Betws-y-Coed via Pen-y-Pass now departs VERY early at 1355

    If you miss it and need to get back to Betws-y-Coed (or beyond) there is just one alternative later "1S-X19" non-Sherpa connecting service at 1640 via Blaenau Ffestiniog
    BEWARE - the level of the weekday "88" connecting journeys from and back to Llanberis was shown as reduced to hourly throughout the day including the peak-periods as an economy measure from 1st April 2019
    However their former timetable dated 10/12/18 has now reinstated on their website..........
..........together with these extra "SX" journeys withdrawn again from 11/05/19  !!!
    Gwynfor have taken over the "85" weekday and Sunday service from Arriva from 31st March 2019
    BEWARE - The level of weekday "85" connecting journeys from and back to Bangor has been reduced with all evening journeys withdrawn as an economy measure
    The level of the weekday "X19" weekday connecting journeys from and back to Llandudno has been halved as an economy measure with "just three journeys per day in the Gwynedd CC area" !!!
    Arriva have cesaed to operate the Gwynedd CC tendered bus services 1E, 1NS, 67C, 67L 82, 83, 85, X85, 86, 88, 91 which they took over from Express Motors when they ceased operating - many of these connect with the Sherpa journeys
    Full marks to Gwynedd CC for finding alternative operators to provide "similar" but in some cases a reduced level of service and for being the ONLY official website to get virtually all the information "on-line" before the changes actually started - even if "only just !"

on the official

copies are still available
BUT make sure you also pick up the replacment sheets for
Tables "5-5C" "13" "S1" "S4" "S6" "S97" and "X19"

   The departure sheet at Betws-y-Coed Railway Station (Platforn "2" bus lay-by) now shows the full summer Sherpa departures..........
    ..........but unfortunately,  the connecting "19" service back to Llandudno off the last return Sherpa at 1840 on weekdays is missing and the Sunday journey is erroneously shown as 1835
(as was the case in 2017 !)
    - click for the correct weekday and Sunday times which Llew Jones has been operating since Spring 2018 !!!!! (confirm direct with the operator or see the Conwy CC timetable booklet)

    - 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 

printed copies 
are available 

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
Not only did these errors apply to their three 2017 editions and again to their two 2018 editions - but the same 'out-of-date' timetable has yet again been included in their February 2019 version

    There have been numerous changes to many services in the area
    Most important are the revised "12" and "13" times - some of which provide a connection into and out of the Sherpa network via Llandudno or Llandudno Junction (station)
    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

    ..........and confirm from the Arriva bus website ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


alternatively try 

No printed copies 

    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 automatically advise you to travel an earlier journey and to hang around - sometimes for hours - for the next one !!! (althouigh "some" - but not all - options have since been manually updated)
    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

   "the" official public transport website
    All of the Summer Sherpa timetables are at last on their website..........BUT

    ..........there have some typing errors on the first early eastbound "S2" journey
..........and they have "dreamed up" some extra Sunday "S97" journeys - ONLY those services shown on this website
(confirm from Gwynedd CC) actually run !!!
    There is a reduction in the level of "88" Monday to Friday connecting journeys after this Friday (19th May) which, so far, they do not show
    They have corrected the weekday "X19" Timetable and "Journey Planner" for the Llew Jones drastic reduction to just four trip each way per day

or the official 

printed copies 

     Their website Timetables "Page" has at last been updated to show their revised summer 2019 Sherpa services together with their connecting "85" service from Bangor - after having been displaying "
Roedd gwall wrth prosesu eich cais/There was an error while processing your request " since the start of November 2018 !!!!!
- see also this website for composite times and confirm from the Gwynedd CC website

01248 722 694

    There have reduced the level of their "88" weekday journeys from/to Llanberis to hourly all day - but BEWARE their website still shows the former additional peak-hour journeys

    This company is now 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 and Sunday "85" connecting journeys from Bangor
      weekday "88" connecting journeys from Caernarfon
      and the Sunday "2" connecting journeys from Barmouth

    Even now,  their "S4" and "S97" timetable pages fail to show many journeys on arrival at Beddgelert immediately continue onto Porthmadog or Caernarfon respectivcely after changhing their route number
    IGNORE the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner" advice to wait around in the cold for the following journey
- generated automatiocally when the standing time at Beddgelert is less than 5 minutes,  even it is the same bus !!!!!

    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 '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 major changes to the times previously operated by Arriva Wales

or the official 

printed copies of their Conwy Valley services are usually available on the buses
(during the summer)

    Their website has 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

    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 as well as the Sunday "1S" connecting service from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Caernarfon

    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 now withdrawn their former connecting
"88" Sunday service between Caernarfon and Llanberis also their "85" weekday and Sunday services between Bangor and Llanberis

    They continue to provide weekday and Sunday connections into the Sherpa network from Pwllheli as well as from Blaenau Ffestiniog on weekdays
    They also provide useful an alternative evening service from Caernarfon back to Llandudno (via Bangor) for anyone returning after the last Sherpa via Betws-y-Coed
    You can check the "real time" position of any Arriva connecting bus here
- remember to "zoom in" to the North Wales area first !

or the official 

No printed copies

    This company operates connecting journeys only
    They still INSIST on their only mid-morning "35" journey to Dolgellau from Blaenau Ffestiniog departing at 1130 - EXACTLY the same time as the mid-morning Conwy Valley Line 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 

  although this company no longer operates Sunday connecting timetabled services from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Caernarfon - it still operates the weekday local service in Blaenau Ffestiniog


their former website is 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 (at least partially) out-of-date !!!!
Known errors in official publications are included above
(these 'warning' are there to try 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 details of some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
including the ability to stop-off en-route - sometimes at more than one location
- then join a later service to continue your trip out
These are shown from both locations within Snowdonia itself
as well as some of which commence on the North Wales and Cambrian Coast resorts
using connecting buses or trains (thus enabling you to leave the car behind and avoid paying any 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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