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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

    ALL replacement timetables,  including the Sherpa Network,  for those previously operaterd by Express Motors are now shown on their website

    In some cases the frequency of service has been considerably reduced - make sure you check the latest version before travelling

No printed copies

    Their "Sherpa Page" now links to individual "pdf" versions of the revised late-winter 2018 timetables "S2 "S4" and "S97"
 - note Tables "S1" and "S6" are withdrawn for the winter
    Separate timetables can also be found from links on their "Individual Timetables Page" including Sherpa "S4" and "S97"
    There is insufficient running time given for the council subsidised "1715 "S97" journey from Porthmadog making the last arrival at Beddgelert UNRELIABLE
    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 revised timetable on their website

on the official

copies are available

    - 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
'pdf' file of the 'May 2017' printed bus timetables booklet

   BEWARE - there have been chages to some non-Sherpa local Llandudno area services from the start of October and further changes to connecting tables "5," "12," "13" "X1" and "X19" as well as minor alterations to the "S2" commenced at the start of January - these can be found from separate links on the same page
     c)  the 'Snowdon Sherpa timetable and map' link takes you
to a 'pdf' file of the full Summer 2017 and Winter 2017-18 leaflet,  BUT note there has subsequently been changes to the "S2" "S4" and "S97" and the other tables are withdrawn for the winter
    Use the link to the revised"S2" (further up their page) and use the revised Timetables on the Gwynedd CC website for confirmation of the latest "S4" and the "S97" services 

    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 by ringing Llew Jones on 01492 640 320 but NOT ANY OFFICIAL WEBSITES)
    If you return from Snowdonia on any of the alternative later evening journeys via Bangor --- note the hourly service is now on the alternative 'half-hour' to that shown on their website and 2017-18 timetable booklet.......

    Please click here for services back from Porthmadog
or here for services from Beddgelert and Nant Gwynant
or here for services from Pen-y-Pass and Llanberis
or here for services from Betws-y-Coed
- as confirmed by the link to service "5" (further up their webpage)

   on the official 

IGNORE Table "70" as it is now out of date (it shows the position immediately after the demise of GHA last year)
    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 !)
This applies to both the original (January) printed timetable booklet/supplement
AND unfortunately the latest (July) 'on-line' version

 printed copies are available

  website - major updates from both July and October 2017
    There have been numerous versions of
their on-line timetable since the start of
2017 - due to late changes - some of which
still stem from rectifying the effects of the
demise of GHA last year
    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

    There is also a coloured printed version
dated "From 9th January,"  and make sure
you also pick up the "grey supplement"
dated "from 26th March"  -  but note the
connecting "70" journeys from Corwen
have since been further revised
(see this website or confirm from the
TravelineCymru one

alternatively try the  

    All the revised Sherpa Timetables (operared by Gwynfor) are at last shown on their "timetable" pages !!
    Unfortunately their "Journey Planner" advises "S4" and "S97" passengers between Caernarfon and Porthmadog via Beddgelert (and vv) to wait around for a later journey despite the fact the Sherpa works through - see "here" for further information

No printed copies

   the official public transport website
    Some of the Spring 2018 revised connecting timetables have begun to appear on their website..........

    but so far none of the Sherpa tables have been updated
    The "6B" northbound journey from Llanrwst along the Ogwen Valley has been retimed EARLIER than shown
    TravelineCymru, Gwynedd CC and Llew Jones websites are all out of date - confirm latest times direct with Llew Jones on 01492 640 320

or the official 

No printed copies 

    This company is now operating the summer "S1,"  all-year "S2,"  weekday "S4," summer weekend "S6" and the weekday "S97" Sherpas......
    ...... also some connecting journeys

    Their "S4" and "S97" timetable pages fail to show some journeys on arrival at Beddgelert immediately continue to Porthmadog or Caernarfon respectivcely
    IGNORE the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner" advice to wait around in the cold for the following journey !!!!!
    There is insufficient running time given for the 1715 "S97" journey from Porthmadog making the last arrival at Beddgelert UNRELIABLE
    their revised connecting Sunday "2" service from Barmouth
- which they took over last year - is still not shown despite them making changes to the timetable since they took over !!!
  Some day-to-day information can be found here

or the official 

printed copies sometimes
available on the bus

  bus website
    This company currently (until 18th March 2018) operates the
Sunday "S97" Sherpas

  also some connecting journeys

    The alternative weekday late-evening return services from Bangor to Llandudno are completely revised to depart Bangor 1837,  1947,  2047,  2147 and 2247 - all strarting from Caernarfon as a "5C" journey 32 minutes earlier.....
as confirmed on "their" Journey Planner
    ....these provide useful later connections back to Llandudno from various parts of Snowdonia - as confirmed by their updated 'journey planner'
    The additional weekday "X1" journeys along the east side of the Conwy Valley
which only commenced at the start of January are to be withdrawn again from the end of March !!!

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 

No printed copies

    This company operates the very limited weekday "6B" service along the Ogwen Valley
    also some connecting journeys along the Conwy Valley

   They are also operating additional weekday "X19" journeys along the east side of the Conwy Valley as partial compensation for the complete withdrawal of the Express Motors services - these have now been added to their website
    BEWARE - their new 1510 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 !!!

    Their website has at last been updated to include their revised "70" connecting services from and back to Corwen following the collapse of GHA last summer

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

or the official 

No printed copies

    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,
 but note there is no replacement for the former direct service "39" between Barmouth and Porthmadog - use their alternative "38" "T3" and "T2" services via Dolgellau and/or Oakley Arms

  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

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

or the official  

IGNORE the official "Express Motors" website as it has not been updated since April 2016 - following
a change of management

No printed copies
    This company has ceased operation of all its services
  Some day-to-day information can be found here

.....but do check any of the above have been fully updated, as some are considerably old !!!!
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)

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