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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













































SUMMER
    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
BEWARE
    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  !
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!

  website
BEWARE
    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
UPDATE
    Gwynfor has taken over the "85" weekday and Sunday service from Arriva
    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- The level of weekday "85" connecting journeys from and back to Bangor has been reduced with all evening journeys withdrawn as an economy measure
UPDATE
    Dilwyns has taken over the "88" Sunday service and made major mid-season changes to the times of some journeys from 14th July 2019
BEWARE
..........the last journeys have been ADVANCED to 1645 from Llanberis* and 1820 from Caernarfon
    * - there is a later Sunday "S2" journey from Llanberis at 1920 but this is NOT shown on their Table "88"
UPDATE
    The weekday "X19" weekday timetable has been revised from the 22nd July
BEWARE
..........the last return journey from Blaenau Ffestiniog now leaves at 1620 and Betws-y-Coed at 1645 - this is EARLIER than show on their website














on the official


 printed
copies dated 2019 are still available
BUT make sure you also pick up the replacment sheets dated September for
Tables "19" "X19" and "70" for the latest connections into/out of the Sherp network














BEWARE
   The departure sheet at Betws-y-Coed Railway Station (Platforn "2" bus lay-by) now shows the correct full summer Sherpa departures..........
    ..........but unfortunately,  the departures for most other journeys are now completely out of date

BEWARE
    The departure boards at most bus stops throughout the County were re-issued back in January 2019
but there have been numerous changes since then











   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 any ERRORS on that website)
     b)  the 'Conwy public transport guide' link takes
you to a large 'pdf' file of the 'July 2019' printed bus timetables booklet

    The printed version of the 2019 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 "S2" summer Sherpa (only)
      ........use the timetable link at the top of the page for the "Conwy Public Transport Guide 2019" which includes all Sherpa timetables and the associated map - then scroll right down to the bottom

    The now Northbound only "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) !!!
BEWARE
    The links to the WEEKDAY Conwy Valley "19-X19" bus also the Conwy Valley train services are now well out of date.....
    Again,  use the timetable link at the top of the page for the "Conwy Public Transport Guide 2019" which includes these - then scroll down roughly halfway

   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 Llandudno
    The updated TIMES can be confirmed from the official TravelineCymru or Llew Jones websites
UNBELIEVABLE !!!!!
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
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!


  website
UPDATE
    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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT !


















alternatively try 


No printed copies 



























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

    - 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
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!


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

    ..........the additional Sunday "ghost" journeys have now been removed !!!

PLEASE NOTE
    There was a reduction in the level of "88" Monday to Friday connecting journeys after this Friday (19th May) which has now been updated
UPDATE
    Dilwyns have made major mid-season changes to the times of some Sunday journeys from 14th July 2019
    BEWARE - The last journeys have been ADVANCED to
1645 from Llanberis* and 1820 from Caernarfon

    * - there is a later Sunday "S2" journey from Llanberis at 1920 but this is NOT shown on their Table "88"
UPDATE
    Llew Jones has made major mid-season changes to the times of both their "19" and "X19" journeys from 22nd July 2019
    BEWARE - The some journeys have been ADVANCED

    Unfortunately these weekday changes were not initially updated on either their "Timetable" or "Journey Planner" pages



or the official 



No
printed copies 






























SUMMER
    Their website Timetables "Pages" were updated to show their revised early-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 !!!!!
    There have been further changes since to some services
- see also this website for composite times and confirm from the Gwynedd CC website

phone:
01248 722 694



PLEASE NOTE
    They 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
- DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT !

    Further information about this and some other subsequent service changes in the area can be found on their "Facebook" page

website
    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

BEWARE........
    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"]

  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!
PLEASE NOTE
Some 'day-to-day' information can be found here 

or the official 


































BEWARE

    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,  a limited number of InterCity services between
North Wales and London continue to be operated by Virgin
UPDATE
    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)

phone:
01492 640 320













WINTER
    Their website has been updated to shown the revised level of their weekday "X19" service along the east side of the Conwy Valley
together with some changes to their "19" journeys from September

    Their "subsidised" Sunday service remains unaltered














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

    it also operates the very limited NORTHBOUND ONLY "6B" service along the Ogwen Valley between Capel Curig and Ogwen Cottage

LATEST
    Their former 0745 Saturdays and School Holidays "19" journey from Llandudno to Llanrwst has been extended to Betws-y-Coed
(destination Cwm Penmamcno) and now connects into the first westbound "S2" Sherpa service at 0910 to Pen-y-Pass (connection for Beddgelert) and Llanberis

BEWARE
    Their "stand alone" weekday service "6-6A" which included a very useful late northbound "6B" journey along the Ogwen Valley has been WITHDRAWN despite still being shown on their website !
    A new "76-76A" service has been introduced showing journeys from Bethesda via an alternative route to Bangor,  but that unfortunately NO LONGER includes the former 1820 "6B" journey from Llyn Ogwen (extended to Betws-y-Coed or Llanrwst by request)

PLEASE NOTE
Some 'day-to-day' information can be found here 


or the official 






















printed copies sometimes
available on the bus immediately
after any change
















  website
    This company previously operated the Sunday "S97" Sherpas

  but now only operate some connecting journeys in Snowdonia

PLEASE NOTE
    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..........
..........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



















  website
    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 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

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

or the official 







No printed copies 


  website
  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

  DILWYNS

UNFORTUNATELY NO WEBSITE

phone:
01248 600 098




UPDATE
    They have made major mid-season changes to the times of some journeys from 14th July 2019
    BEWARE - The last journeys have been ADVANCED to
1645 from Llanberis* and 1820 from Caernarfon
    * - there is a later Sunday "S2" Gwynfor journey from Llanberis at 1920 but this is NOT shown on any official Table "88"
 

their former website is 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


.....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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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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