Links to official websites
and contact details

STOP PRESS..........
    The Winter Sherpa timetables were advance to commence on Saturday 24th October - co-terminous with the "All Wales 'lock down' "
    Once again these are for "ESSENTIAL JOURNEYS ONLY" - restricted to Welsh residents living in the area

Snowdon Sherpa Bus Timetables
This is an unofficial website
To contact the WEBMASTER please e-mail here
please also do so if you spot any error - so it can be quickly corrected for the benefit of other visitors to this website !
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 Winter Sherpa timetables which was advanced to commence on Saturday 24th October

    There is now a reduced winter "S2" service between Llanberis and Betws-y-Coed on both weekdays and Sundays,  but only a weekday "S4" and "S97" Sherpa service

..........Sunday "S4" and "S97" journeys remain SUSPENDED,  as are ALL "S1" and "S6 journeys
    Many bus stop displays throughout the Gwynedd CC area have NOT been updated to reflect the latest position
    The "X19" timetable on their website is 'out of date' - please confirm the timings on this website from either Llew Jones or Conwy CC

    The LAST "S97-S4-S2" WEEKDAY journey from Porthmadog to
Betws-y-Coed via Pen-y-Pass now departs at 1535
    If you miss it and need to get back to Betws-y-Coed (or beyond) there
are alternative later Lloyds "3B" connections to Blaenau Ffestiniog for the Conwy Valley Railway Line trains

    ALL SUNDAY "S97"-S4" journeys from Porthmadog to
Pen-y-Pass have now been SUSPENDED
    Gwynfor are now operating a much reduced weekday and Sunday connecting "85" service from Bangor - the level of weekday service was increase slightly from 1st September 2020
    However there is still only a skeleton weekdays connecting "88 "servive from Caernarfon,  augmented by the first "S2" Sherpa from Llanberis starting back from Caernarfon
    Gwynfor have confirmed the last (1730) "S2" from Betws-y-Coed is continuing to proivide a later return journeys back to Caernarfon..........
    Dilwyns is now operating the much reduced "88" Sunday service
- note specially the MUCH earlier last journeys from both Caernarfon and Llanberis
on the official

copies dated July 2019 are still around

BUT make sure you also pick up ALL the replacment sheets

   Their departure sheet at Betws-y-Coed Railway Station (Platforn "2" bus lay-by) continue to show the 'out-of-date' full summer "S2" Sherpa departures..........
..........meaning several journeys show NO LONGER OPERATE
    You are STRONGLY advised to IGNORE the information on their website and confirm the latest Sherpa services from either the Gwynedd CC or TravelineCymru websites

    The majority of bus departure sheets throughout the Conwy CC area were updated in January 2019 BUT MOST ARE NOW WAY OUT OF DATE as a result of numerous subsequent changes to the services now operating

    Their website has at last been updated to show the revised 2020-2021 winter "S2" Sherpa service from Betws-y-Coed to Pen-y-Pass
(for the "S4" to Beddgelert) and Llanberis (for the "88" to Caernarfon) and return..........IN FACT THEIR SHERPA LINK HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN UPDATED SINCE SPRING 2019 !!! here for details of the journeys still operating along with notes showing those which no longer operate  (to help avoid you being "caught out")

    Their link to the Conwy Valley "19-X19" bus and the Conwy Valley connecting train services is WAY OUT OF DATE - in fact still shows the version from 9th December 2018
    Note - there were yet more changes from 9th November
 (which can be confirmed from Llew Jones own website).....
.....alternatively click here for details of the journeys which are currently operating along with the "S2" Sherpa connections from Betws-y-Coed and return

    Gwynedd CC have agreed cuts to the level of weekday "S4" journeys AS WELL AS ALL JOURNEYS ON SUNDAYS between Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert and v.v.
    These greatly restrict the opportunities for Conwy CC area passengers to visit Beddgelert or Porthmadog via Pen-y-Pass and the Nant Gwynant Pass
    The former return connecting journeys from Beddgelert at 1410 and 1745 have been WITHDRAWN leaving just one return afternoon "S4" journey at 1615 here for details of the limited outward connecting journeys and here for the even more restrictive return connecting journeys

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
The following has appeared on the TravelineCymru website.......
    " Unfortunately will not be able to update our Journey Planner and Timetables with service changes in effect during the 2 week circuit breaker lockdown (23/10/2020 until 9/11/2020)
Please check our Coronavirus page to see how services will be operating during this time

    REMEMBER - even before lock down (unlike those for South Wales)  most timetables for the greater Snowdonia area (and in consequence their "Journey Planner") were not UP-TO-DATE,  so don't rely on them for the period immediately after either !!!!!!

   Make sure you also double check their 'Coronavirus Transport Service Updates' page for their latest information

or the official 

Unlike several other
operators in the area,
they do not produce
any printed copies

    Gwynfor have removed all timetables from their website - instead it now gives a "link" to the Gwynedd CC website for their latest 'official' information

01248 722 694

   ** SUSPENDED **
     Gwynfor have just confirmed the 1730 "S2" Sherpa from Betws-y-Coed to Llanberis WIlL now continue to be extended to Caernarfon - as it was all summer
    This means there is an 1810 local journey from Llanberis - 'one hour' later than the last "88" at 1710 !!!!!

    So far,  this latest change has NOT been updated on the Gwynedd CC website

    This company has WITHDRAWN the winter "S2" "S4" and "S97" Sherpa timetable due to the latest Coronavirus Restrictions and a much reduced service is now in operation for local ESSENTIAL "S2" "S4" and "S97" JOURNEYS ONLY as defined by Welsh Law  

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 revised timetables !!!
    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 currently operated
by the KeolisAmey of behalf of "Transport for Wales"
    - this includes the connecting Conwy Valley line and
the Cambrian Coast line
    In addition,  a limited number of InterCity services between
North Wales and London continue to be operated by Avanti

    Initially There were are no major changes to the times previously advertised to commence in December 2019
    However to give the 'appearance' of "speeding up" the trains along the North Wales Coast,  several journeys have had important intermediate stops removed - much to the annoyance of the locals who previously used them
.......... an "own goal" is probably the politest way to describe what they have done !!!!!

or the official 

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

01492 640 320

    Their website has been updated to shown their REVISED weekday and Sunday timetables for their "X19" service along the east side of the Conwy Valley together with their "19" journeys along the west side
- from Monday 9th November 2020
    BEWARE - this included SEVERING the 'long standing' Llandudno connection into the first "S2" Sherpa of the day
(except on local School Days)..........
..........and as if to run salt into the wound,
their first "19" is AGAIN extended daily to Betws-y-Coed during the latest "lock down" period - JUST WHEN PEOPLE ARE "SUPPOSED" TO BE STAYING AT HOME !!!

    This company operates the weekday and Sunday "19" and "X19" connecting journeys along the Conwy Valley from and back to Llandudno

    They also operates the very limited NORTHBOUND ONLY "6B" service along the Ogwen Valley between Capel Curig and Ogwen Cottage (for Tryfan)..........
.........together with the Sunday "lihk" between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog - the 'alternatrive' to the now SUSPENDED Sherpa Sunday S4" and S97" journeys

    Unlike most other local bus operators in the North Wales area,  with just 24 hours to go, they reduced both their "19" and "X19" services along the Conwy Valley during the lock down - make sure you check the latest information on their website if you need to make an "ESSENTIAL JOURNEY"

    Ironically in most cases,  BETTER connections with the "S2" Sherpa at Betws-y-Coed can NOW be made using the Conwy Valley Railway train journeys

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


 new link - with extra information

  Click on map to enlarge

    A new weekdays only Demand Response - "flexi service" operated by Alpine Travel has been introduced (from 9th November) in the 'greater' Llanrwst-Betws-y-Coed are  ( se map on the left for details)

    On Tuesdays,  Fridays and Saturdays it will also extend as far as Corwen on request

    Remember you MUST prebook through "flecsi" stating when and where you want to travel - if you plan to connect into
or out of a Sherpa (or any other bus/train) journey,  make sure you clearly say so when you "book"

    This is particularly important if you want to use it to "link" between a Conwy Valley "19" journey and a Sherpa" where Llew Jones no longer provides a timetabled journey between Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed

or the official 

printed copies sometimes
available on the bus immediately
after any change

    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

    A reduced version of these services are now operated by Dilwyns and Gwynfor respectively
    They continue to provide weekday and Sunday connections into the Sherpa network from Pwllheli.......... 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

The company has taken over the the
"3B" connecting service between
Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog

    This company operates connecting journeys from Caernarfon,  Dolgellau and Morfa Bychan
    They still INSIST on their only mid-morning "35" journey to Dolgellau from Blaenau Ffestiniog departing at 1130 - EXACTLY the same time as the ONLY 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 

01248 600 098

    Their website is currently "under construction"
    IGNORE their "timetables" link which currently
goes to an OUT OF DATE external website

which also erroneously "suggests" they operate weekday "88" journeys
    They have made major short term changes to the times of some connecting journeys as a result of the post-Coronavirus restrictions
    IN PARTICULAR BEWARE - their last Sunday "88" journeys have been ADVANCED to 1430 from Llanberis * and 1600 from Caernarfon
    * - there are later "S2" Sunday westbound (only) journeys operated by
Gwynfor from Llanberis at 1810 (also 1920 - summer only)..........
..........but NOTE SPECIALLY there are NO OTHER later "88" Sunday journeys back to Llanberis
  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 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 Caernarfon
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 Caernarfon
Llanberis area to Porthmadog area
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