Welcome  to  John's  Snowdon Sherpa  website

STOP  PRESS........
THE CONNECTING "CONWY VALLEY RAILWAY LINE"
REMAINS CLOSED FOLLOWING DAMAGE CAUSED
BY STORM 'DORIS'

As well as several trees falling on the line, a section of cliff face above the line has become
unstable and work is currently being undertaken to remove the offending rock
LATEST UPDATE - the line is now expected to remain closed for most - if not all - of March

An estimated date for the line to be re-opened is still awaited
(a slower replacement bus service is currently in operation on weekdays only)

In the interim,  any passengers wishing to connect with the Sherpas
are strongly advised to use the Conwy Valley "X1" or "19"
bus services between Llandudno and Betws-y-Coed
  This is what
is understood
to be the latest
rail replacement
timetable
(click on the timetable
to enlarge)
CHECK direct with
Arriva Wales
for the latst position
BEFORE travelling



  UPDATE - CHANGES FOR SUMMER 2017......
There are some minor but important changes to the Sherpa timetables
(which all start Good Friday 14th April)

compared with last summer and/or the current winter service.................

"S2" - the service will again be increased to basically hourly - identical to summer 2016
"S1" - the extra Park and Ride journeys will again operate on Saturdays
to augment the basic "S2" service - similar to summer 2016
"S4" - last journeys retimed slightly later
"S6" - reinstated with three round trips between Bangor and Betws-y-Coed at weekends only

This year it will run the full summer but note - southbound journey times speeded up from 65 minute
to just 40 so watch out for some very late running
 following representation by your webmaster
on behalf of the many passengers who use the Sherpa network, the original published "S6" timetable
has been adjusted to make connections to Snowdon at Capel Curig

"S97" - last weekday journey from Porthmadog starts 15 minutes earlier but is extended
to Penygwryd and Pen-y-Pass
connecting to both Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis respectively
also last weekday journey from Bedgelert runs later but now starts from Pen-y-Pass at 1800
and connects off the 1735 "S2" from Llanberis and the 1640 "S2" from Betws-y-Coed
Connecting service "88" at Llanberis has minor retimings from current
Connecting service "X1" at Betws-y-Coed has more and improved journeys - identical to summer 2016
Connecting service "19"-"X19" and "70" - minor changes registered from the start of
May 2017
- detaile to follow

BEWARE some late-afternoon connections have been tightened up by Gwynedd CC to the bare minimum
This means they are no longer recognised by the official TravelineCymru "Journey Planner"
These are identified on the timetables of this website with an "%" against a 'lime' background
(if you arrive on time - look out the the earlier journey - you could get back much quicker !!!)

  for my 'summary' timetables from Llandudno
Bangor  Barmouth and Pwllheli to Snowdonia

  IMPORTANT......WINTER 2016-2017......
There are still conflictions in the various "official" on-line and printed publications
The correct up-to-date timetables can be found on this website as shown below.....

Conwy CC has updated the "pdf" timetable link on their website to include the
winter "S2" Sherpa timetable as well as the changes to the "X1" and "19" connecting services

There are also replacement sheets at Tourist Information Centres for the "S2" "X1" "5" "12" and "19" timetables
and page 66 of their udated 'on-line' timetable shows "no end date" to the winter "S2" timetable
despite the fact the rest of the timetables are to operate until the next re-issue in May 2017

Gwynedd CC has updated the timetable link on their website "public transport" page to include the
winter "S2" Sherpa timetable as well as the changes to the "X1" connecting services,
and their updated 'on-line' timetable shows "no end date
" to the winter "S2" timetable
Their Snowdon Sherpa page NOW only shows the Map and the Winter "S2" service BUT
that page erroneously includes a note saying it will continue until "Good Friday 14th April"

The other "S4" and "S97" Sherpa services can be found from links on their regular bus timetables index page)
There are no timetables nor replacement pages at Tourist Information Centres for the "S2" or "X1" timetables
(Beware - for the first couple of weeks of the new timetable they showed an incorrect version on-line
- make sure if you have saved anything from that website you have the "up-to-date" information)


TravelineCymru - "THE" official website for public transport in Wales - have at last updated
their website with the corect "S2" Sherpa timetables for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017
BUT the Autumn 2017 service is still incorrect

Express Motors own website has not been updated since a change of management
in March 2016 ! - it erroneously still shows last winter's "S2" Sherpa timetable

with their summer timetable starting "25th March 2016 !!!

Denbighshire CC have re-issued their on-line timetable and printed booklet from 8th January 2017
BUT unfortunately the Saturday "X6" timetable (from Llangollen) on page 25
and the Tuesday "70" timetable on page 64 are both way OUT OF DATE

Their 'on-line' version has subsequently been further updated from 27th January
    DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT if you plan
to connect with the Snowdon Sherpa at Betws-y-Coed !
Click here for the current "S2" winter service (and confirm from the appropriate official websites)
In the interim, this website shows the change over to the summer timetable as "mid-April 2017"

.
This is the ONLY website about the "Snowdon Sherpa" bus services showing connections and regularly updated with all the
news,  mid-timetable corrections and service changes for both the Snowdon Sherpa network and all the connecting journeys !!!


This website is produced purely as a hobby to help promote greater use of the
limited public transport to and across Snowdonia
which IS quite adequate for most journeys with some pre-planning
Comprehensive accurate official publicity for ALL services in Snowdonia
is difficult - if not impossible - to find
and unfortunately bus operators and councils often only show "their" journeys

It also attempts to warn visitors of potential "pitfalls" advised to me by others
and highlights numerous known errors in official publications
( "always far better to be 'pre-warned ' than 'caught out ' !!!! " )
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Sherpa journeys are normally shown in GREEN
with other bus journeys and connections in blue or black
Mid--timetable earlier re-timing are normally shown in BOLD BLUE (eg 0920) and
"warnings" about connections, regular overcrowding, etc. shown as "# - xxxxxxxxx"
Where available - later services via alternative non-Sherpa routes are shown
to prevent anyone being stranded - see individual tables for details
These are normally shown against a "gold" background
Sherpa tickets are not valid on these journeys but Red Rover Day Tickets are
Most Sherpa weekday journeys run every day but some operate either restricted days,
dates  and/or  LOCAL school holiday periods
(which are not always the same for Caernarfon, Conwy, Llanberis, Llanrwst or Porthmadog schools
- and very often differ from those "across the border")

These are identified by an appropriate note and usually times are shown against a
white background as an additional warning
Times at some intermediate locations vary by a few minutes in different official publications
Throughout this website, the earliest know time is used to ensure passenegers can
arrive in sufficient time to catch their Sherpa
Remember many roads in Snowdonia are very narrow and as a result of this
some Sherpa journeys can be delayed considerably by heavy traffic - so don't panic !

Throughout this website, clicking on underlined text will lead to another page or picture
--- IF this is another timetable it will be the current page and it may be necessary to follow the links on that page to a later period
To help you find your way round this website there is a timetable index at the bottom of every page with the page you are currently viewing shown in blue
Always check the page issue date in case there have been any updates since you last looked !!!

As with all websites,  errors can occasionally creep in, but your webmaster always appreciates advice
about anything, including any out of date page, links, etc. so it can be immediately corrected for the
benefit of the many other visitors to this website



this is an unofficial website and the latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables
on one of the County Council or another official website  along with any subsequent amendments thereto 

 
All Year      
Express Motors "S2" Sherpa  
(Betws-y-Coed to Llanrwst)  
Summer only      
   

  Snowdon Sherpa  
Bus Timetables

unofficial website

"S2" Sherpa    "S97" Sherpa
loads at                   en-route to
Betws-y-Coed        Pen-y-Pass







    "S97" "S4" and "S6" Sherpa journeys
      also "X1" "88" and Sunday "2"
      connecting journeys


    Sunday Arriva "S97" Sherpa journeys 
  B E W A R E ....................... !!!
Car Parking in Snowdonia is very limited and can be expensive if a space can be found
(the popular one at Pen-y-Pass is often full before 0900 on fine summer days)

The alternative is to leave your car behind and use the
Snowdon Sherpa Bus network


This "unofficial" website attempts to show what is available by all operators
It contains composite timetables of connecting services on a cross-Snowdonia route basis
where a change of bus is usually necessary --- hopefully it will help you plan your days out

It also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
The majority of Snowdon Sherpa bus services are operated by modern low-floor minibuses
but are sometimes replaced by a larger bus during busy periods
There is no specific requirement for groups to pre-book, but ANY parties
are advised in their own interests to ring the operator the day before
to ensure a sufficiently large bus or duplicate is provided

Squeezing even half-a-dozen extra passengers into a small minibus can sometimes be quite a challenge !!!!


 BEWARE....
Large wooden "Poster boards" with a network map appeared during summer 2011 at strategic locations throughout Snowdonia
but unfortunately they STILL contain some incorrect route numbers
Most important - the "S97" does NOT continue beyond Pen-y-Pass to Capel Curig

(see instead the "S2")




Far more worrying the former open-top Arriva "S2" Sherpa service north of Llanrwst (with actually
started from Llandudno, NOT the Junction
) was withdrawn at the end of the 2009 season !

(see the alternative current local bus connections)

The "S6" section of the network between Capel Curig and Bethesda
(which had been completely withdrawn for a couple of years)
was reinstated to operate ON SUMMER SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY in 2016
(and will return again on summer weekends in 2017)

The "S6" augments the very limited 'all-year-round' weekdays only " 6B" commuter service along the Ogwen Valley ---
the return "6B" evening journey will extended from Llyn Ogwen as far as Capel Curig ,
Betws-y-Coed and/or Llanrwst
on request for passengers returning later from the Ogwen Valley and Tryfan


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In addition, Gwynedd CC have produced a poster and associated leaflet for the Tourist Information Centres showing the principal bus routes in their county area but unforunately yet again the revised associated map contains route number errors as well as still showing sections of route no longer served......
 The following errors within the Snowdon Sherpa network area should be noted...
a) the "S97" does NOT continue beyond Pen-y-Pass to Betws-y-Coed
- the section between Pen-y-Pass and Betws-y-Coed should only show "S2"
b) the "S6" has been re-instated in 2016, but only on summer Saturdays and
Sundays
  (these augment the very limited non-Sherpa "6B" weekday bus service)
c) the last evening service "1" from Porthmadog to Pen-y-Groes via Beddgelert
was withdrawn many years ago
- the ONLY service between Porthmadog and Beddgelert is now the "S97"
d) One afternoon "S4" journey operates to/from Pen-y-Pass on weekdays only to 'plug' the gap left by the now reduced "S97" service
- the section between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Pass should read "S97/S4"
    DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT !


The correct current routes are shown on the diagram below and on the timetables throughout this website
Weekdays
sherpanetwork


Sundays and Public Holidays
sherpanetwork

There is NO LONGER any direct Sunday "S4" Sherpa service between
Caernarfon and Beddgelert
but there are limited alternative connecting journeys via Porthmadog
Current Snowdon Sherpa routes are........
S1 - Llanberis - Nant Peris - Pen-y-Pass

(extra spring/summer/autumn "Park and Ride" journeys via Nant Peris Car Park on Saturdays only)
SUSPENDED for the winter
S2 - Llanberis - Pen-y-Pass - Capel Curig - Betws-y-Coed
(direct services - one morning journey and one afternoon journey extends to/starts from Llanrwst
on local School Days only)
S4 - Beddgelert - Rhyd Ddu - Caernarfon
(Weekdays ONLY - one afternoon journey each day extends to/starts from Pen-y-Pass)
S6 - Betws-y-Coed - Capel Curig - Bethesda
(Three return journeys on summer Saturdays and Sundays ONLY)
SUSPENDED for the winter
These augment the very limited non-Sherpa weekdays only "6B" service which provides a useful
later connection back to Betws-y-Coed or Llanberis (NOT mid-winter) for those visiting Tryfan

S97 - Pen-y-Pass - Nant Gwynant - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
(one Sunday journey starts from/returns to Pwllheli)
(note - the mid-afternoon journey diverts via Porthmadog School on local School Days
with extended journey time and is usually operated by a larger bus or coach
)


in ALL cases some journeys do NOT operate the whole of the route also some journeys are extended beyond
- see also individual timetables for details of  'through' and 'connecting' cross-Snowdonia journeys

     Make sure you use the Snowdon Sherpas in 2017 !     
Please do your bit to help the environment by keeping all unnecesary cars out of Snowdonia
                 
If you MUST take you car - remember many
roads in Snowdonia are designated "clearways"

(ensure you park at an appropriate location
or you are likely to end up with
a hefty parking fine !!!!!
)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Much easier, cheaper and greener to use the Snowdon Sherpas !!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
That way you can go up Snowdon by one path and return down by another
            

Several different operators cover the Sherpa network
AND connecting services

Generally speaking, to give you maximum flexibility, the best ticket
for travelling to, round and returning from Snowdonia for a whole
day is the 6.80 Red Rover available from the driver of your first bus
(or a North Wales Day Rover if travelling from further afield)


So make sure you select an appropriate ticket
for ALL of your proposed itineraries !!!

The Winter 2016-2017 Sherpa Timetables
are now in operation

and finish on Thursday 13th April mid-April 2017 (just before Easter weekend)

DON'T  KNOW  YOUR  WAY
ROUND  SNOWDONIA ?

Anyone on the Coast wishing to spend a day in Snowdonia should find the

Summary Timetable from Llandudno/North Wales Coast

Summary Timetable from Bangor via Llanberis
Summary Timetable from Barmouth/Harlech/Bl.Ffestiniog via Porthmadog
or the Summary Timetable from Pwllheli/Criccieth via Porthmadog
to all parts of Snowdonia served by the Sherpas a useful starting point
to at least start planning your visit


(although the level of Sherpa services are reduced for the winter..........
it is still possible to make a day-light trip to many parts of Snowdonia for the day
with a bit of careful pre-planning - using the information on this website as a guide)


NO
printed
Timetables
to be
available
yet
again !


Gwynedd CC is the only North Wales Council not to produce a printed
version of their bus service timetables
- instead,  some local offices now charge 10p for every sheet
they print off the internet for you !!!!!

(This is despite ALL official Gwynedd CC Tourist Information Centres have closed !!!)
although some Snowdonia Information Centres still remain
)

This arrangement is again expected to apply throughout 2017
despite justifiable pressure from the local tourist industry
However you can download the same information
direct from the Gwynedd CC official website
Winter 2016-2017
departures
from Pen-y-Pass



REMEMBER
The last Sherpas from Pen-y-Pass
during the winter are.....
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     Betws-y-Coed at 16.50
     (Betws-y-Coed at 1650 on Sundays)

     Llanberis at 18.05
     (Llanberis at 1805 on Sundays)

   Beddgelert
(for Porthmadog) and Caernarfon at 16.35
   (Beddgelert and Porthmadog at 1640 on Sundays)

Make sure you are down from the mountain in time and
and don't get stranded at Pen-y-Pass !

    The last "S97" from Beddgelert to Porthmadog remains
at 1810 (to connect off the 1735 "S4" from Caernarfon)

UNFORTUNATELY THIS MEANS IT NO LONGER CONNECTS INTO THE LATE SOUTHBOUND
TRAWS-CAMBRIA "T2" AT PORTHMADOG

If you need to make this connection - travel on the 1635 "S4"
from Pen-y-Pass to Caernarfon (Beddgelert depart 1655) and connect into the same 1745 Traws-Cambria "T2" service there

2016-2017
Timetable



The former "patchwork quilt"
has at last
been updated and replaced
with the November changes to the "S2" service

2016
Betws-y-Coed
(platform "two")
departure sheet
(click to enlarge)







The Conwy CC Summer 2016 printed timetable is still available and is dated
"from 3rd May 2016"

It gives details of most* of the bus services in the
Conwy County area including the Sherpa Network
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<                        
* - Replacement sheets for the winter versions of
Tables "S2" "X1" 12" and "19" are available from
local tourist information centres

The "on-line" 'pdf' timetables file has been updated to include most winter changes

A 2016 Sherpa Timetable leaflet is also available (commenced 25th March 2016)
                              >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
but beware the "S2" and "S1" timetables are
now out of date
    * - Still NO "6B" timetable (along the Ogwen Valley) shown in either their printed booklet or included on their website - it started operating back in early-2015) despite now being included in the index to places served and on the maps !!!

    BEWARE
    The Llandudno Junction "platform five" station departure sheet
(further updated November 2016) again fails to show ANY of the connecting Express Motors "X1" journeys in either direction
    These are erroneously shown on the departure sheet on Stop "U" - across the road - where they do NOT stop !!!!!
    Make sure you wait at the stop in the station car park and NOT on the main road or you could
be left behind
   >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!
2016
Sherpa Timetable

November 2016
Revised S2 Sherpa winter leaflet

New Summer 2017 edition
from 14th April




(2017 edition cover)

The Denbighshire CC 2017 printed timetables and updated on-line timetables are now available
BEWARE
    In the printed version, the Saturday "X6" timetable
(from Llangollen) on page 25 and the Tuesday "70" timetable on page 64  'Snowdon Sherpa' connections are OUT OF DATE and replaced by the Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (from Corwen) timetables shown on this website
    The Denbighshire "on-line" version (now shown "Updated from 27th January") has been corrected for Tuesdays and Saturdays
    These times can be confirmed from the Traveline Cymru website
(but don't cross-check with either the Conwy CC or Llew Jones websites as they have NOT yet been updated)

    DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT !





NO
printed
Timetables







  EXPRESS MOTORS
 BEWARE.........
The reduced level of Winter Sherpas and changes to some connecting journeys are NOT yet shown on their website
Ring them on 01286 881 108 for confirmation of any of their services
then remind them their website is out of date !!!

Their official website was fully up-dated in March 2016,  but so far
no changes which have taken place since (INCLUDING WINTER 2016-2017)
have been updated - this follows a change of management

The additional weekday "X1" connecting journeys along the
Conwy Valley
(which connect into and out of the Sherpa Network) are again withdrawn for the winter.....
.....BUT are planned to be re-instated commencing Monday 3rd April 2017
NOTE SPECIALLY their last "X1" departure of the day from Llandudno
now starts at 1745

and NOT later as shown on some pages of their website

Ring them on 01286 881 108 for confirmation of any of their services
then remind them their website is still partially out of date !!!


Timetables
available
on-line
  ARRIVA
The only Sherpa services still operated by Arriva are the
"S97" Sundays and Public Holiday journeys between
Pwllheli/Porthmadog and Pen-y-Pass



Some
Timetables
have now
appeared on
their website
------
Printed
leaflets
were
available
when they
took over
but are
no longer
available
on the buses

  LLEW JONES
Following the collapse of GHA
Llew Jones have taken over the "70" Tuesday and Saturday
connections
from and back to Corwen

(but unfortunately these are NOT included on their website
despite further changes to some of their times and days run !
)
BEWARE they have retarded the first eastbound journey from Betws-y-Coed
by 5 minutes on Tuesdays for no obvious reason
This means it no longer makes all the connections at Corwen which GHA used to make !!!!!


BEWARE
The morning outward "6B" journey along the Ogwen Valley (for Tyfan)
is shown on their website to start from Llanrwst at 06.32

As it is basically a postioning run to for a "National Express" journey
from Bangor - it is liable to be changed at short notice
(unfortunately is the ONLY northbound Ogwen Valley journey
of the day during the winter
)

Ring them on 01492 640 320 for confirmation of any of their services
then remind them their website is partially incomplete !!!











    Their website has at last been updated with the corect "S2" Sherpa timetables for Spring 2017 (and Summer 2017)

    The alternative evening return services from Bangor to Llandudno at
 1915, 2015, 2115 and 2215 are through "5C-5" journeys from Caernarfon
 at 1845, 1945, 2045 and 2145

    It is NOT NECESSARY to catch an earlier "5C" journey from
 Caernarfon and hang around in the cold at Bangor for half-an-hour as
 incorrectly shown on their website
  (see the printed leaflet for confirmation)

Further details are constantly being updated as soon as the information is made available to your webmaster

In many cases the last return Sherpa journey is quite early
Where available, alternative services via non-Sherpa routes have been
added to this website to avoid day-trippers being stranded
should they miss the last direct service !
These are normally shown against a gold background


The Summer 2017 Sherpa Timetables
will now start on Good Friday 14th April 2017


DON'T  KNOW  YOUR  WAY
ROUND  SNOWDONIA ?

Anyone on the Coast wishing to spend a day in Snowdonia should find the
Summary Timetable from Llandudno/North Wales Coast

Summary Timetable from Bangor via Llanberis
Summary Timetable from Barmouth/Harlech/Bl.Ffestiniog via Porthmadog
or the Summary Timetable from Pwllheli/Criccieth via Porthmadog
to all parts of Snowdonia served by the Sherpas a useful starting point
to at least start planning your visit


DO MAKE SURE YOU RE-VISIT NEARER THE TIME FOR ANY POTENTIAL
LATE CHANGES AND NOTE - MOST OF THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES ARE UNLIKELY
TO BE UPDATED UNTIL MUCH NEARER THE START DATE


NO
printed
Timetables
to be
available
yet
again !


Gwynedd CC is the only North Wales Council not to produce a printed
version of their bus service timetables
- instead,  some local offices now charge 10p for every sheet
they print off the internet for you !!!!!

(This is despite ALL official Gwynedd CC Tourist Information Centres have closed !!!)
although some Snowdonia Information Centres still remain
)

This arrangement is again expected to apply throughout 2017
despite justifiable pressure from the local tourist industry
However you can download the same information
direct from the Gwynedd CC official website
Pen-y-Pass Sherpa bus stop


REMEMBER
The last Sherpas from Pen-y-Pass
during the summer are.............
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Betws-y-Coed at 17.55
     (Betws-y-Coed at 1755 on Sundays)

Llanberis (for Caernarfon) at 19.05
     (Llanberis at 1905 on Sundays)

(Note the last Sunday "S2" Shepa with a connection back to Caernarfon departs 1805)

Beddgelert and Porthmadog at 18.00
(Note the last weekday through "S4" Sherpa to Caernarfon (via Beddgelert)
now departs earlier at 1630
)

   (Beddgelert and Porthmadog at 1640 on Sundays)

Make sure you are down from the mountain in time and
and don't get stranded at Pen-y-Pass !

   examples.....  
Llanberis S2 arrive 1920, 88 depart 1922 
 Beddgelert S97 arrive 1818, S4 depart 1820 
Pengwryd S2 arrive 1759, S97 depart 1802 
Some late-afternoon connections at Llanberis, Beddgelert and Penygwryd
have been tightened up by Gwynedd CC/Express Motors to the bare minimum

This means several planned connections are no longer recognised by the
official TravelineCymru "Journey Planner"
Most such cases are identified on THIS website by a " % " note
on the appropriate detailed timetables

DO NOT RELY ON THE second Sherpa (or "88" connection)
to always wait in the event of any late running
but if you are quick you could get home much earlier !
(alternatives - where available - are also shown on this website)


2016-2017
Timetable



The former "patchwork quilt"
has been replaced
with the November changes to the "S2" service

2016
Betws-y-Coed
(platform "two")
departure sheet
(click to enlarge)









The Conwy CC Summer 2016 printed timetable is still basically VALID* for April 2017
--- It gives details of most* of the bus services in the Conwy County area including the Sherpa Network

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<                        
* - By default Tables "S2" and "X1" are again valid
(as the extra summer-dated journeys are again operating)
Replacement sheets for the revised versions of
Table "19" (from late-August 2016) and Tables "S2" and "X1 (from start-November 2016 are available from local tourist information centres  (as are sheets for the non-Shrepa timetables "5" and "12")

It is expected their revised annual Printed Timetable Booklet will not appear before May 2017 so look out for further replacement sheets for those tables that change in early and mid-April

The "on-line" 'pdf' timetables file was updated in November 2016 to include most winter changes -- so it does NOT yet include the reinstated extra summer
"S2" and "X1" journeys

A new 2017 Sherpa Timetable leaflet is now available (commences 14th April)
                              >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    * - Still NO "6B" timetable (along the Ogwen Valley) shown in either their printed booklet or included on their website - it started operating back in early-2015) despite now being included in the index to places served and on the maps !!!

    BEWARE
    The Llandudno Junction "platform five" station departure sheet
(further updated November 2016) again fails to show ANY of the connecting Express Motors "X1" journeys in either direction
    These are erroneously shown on the departure sheet on Stop "U" - across the road - where they do NOT stop !!!!!
    Make sure you wait at the stop in the station car park and NOT on the main road or you could
be left behind
   >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!




2017
Sherpa Timetable















(2017 edition cover)

The Denbighshire CC 2017 printed timetables and updated on-line timetables are now available
BEWARE
    In the printed version, the Saturday "X6" timetable
(from Llangollen) on page 25 and the Tuesday "70" timetable on page 64  'Snowdon Sherpa' connections are OUT OF DATE and replaced by the Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (from Corwen) timetables shown on this website
    The Denbighshire "on-line" version (now shown "Updated from 27th January") has been corrected for Tuesdays and Saturdays
    These times can be confirmed from the Traveline Cymru website
(but don't cross-check with either the Conwy CC or Llew Jones websites as Table "70" has have NOT yet been updated)

    DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT !




NO
printed
Timetables


  EXPRESS MOTORS
Their official website was fully up-dated in March 2016,  but so far
no changes which have taken place since (INCLUDING WINTER 2016-2017)
have been updated - this follows a change of management

The additional weekday "X1" connecting journeys along the
Conwy Valley
(which connect into and out of the Sherpa Network)
are again re-instated for summer 2017.....
but there is still no reference to their Ogwen Valley "S6" service
or the April 2017 changes to their "S4" and "S97" timetables

Ring them on 01286 881 108 for confirmation of any of their services
then remind them their website is still partially out of date !!!


Timetables
available
on-line
  ARRIVA
The only Sherpa services still operated by Arriva are the
"S97" Sundays and Public Holiday journeys between
Pwllheli/Porthmadog and Pen-y-Pass



Some
Timetables
have now
appeared on
their website
------
Printed
leaflets
were
available
when they
took over
but are
no longer
available
on the buses

  LLEW JONES
Following the collapse of GHA
Llew Jones have taken over the "70" Tuesday and Saturday
connections
from and back to Corwen

(but unfortunately these are NOT included on their website
despite further changes to some of their times and days run !
)
BEWARE they have retarded the first eastbound journey from Betws-y-Coed
by 5 minutes on Tuesdays for no obvious reason
This means it no longer makes all the connections at Corwen which GHA used to make !!!!!


BEWARE
The morning outward "6B" journey along the Ogwen Valley (for Tyfan)
is shown on their website to start from Llanrwst at 06.32

As it is basically a postioning run to for a "National Express" journey
from Bangor - it is liable to be changed at short notice
(unfortunately is the ONLY northbound Ogwen Valley journey
of the day during the winter
)

Ring them on 01492 640 320 for confirmation of any of their services
then remind them their website is partially incomplete !!!













    Their website has at last been updated with the corect "S2" Sherpa timetables for Summer 2017  (but Winter 2017-2918 is still INCORRECT)
    Both the revised "S4" and "S97" are also shown, BUT there are STILL NO TIMETABLES for the summer only "S1" or "S6" services

    The alternative evening return services from Bangor to Llandudno at
 1915, 2015, 2115 and 2215 are through "5C-5" journeys from Caernarfon
 at 1845, 1945, 2045 and 2145

    It is NOT NECESSARY to catch an earlier "5C" journey from
 Caernarfon and hang around in the cold at Bangor for half-an-hour as
 incorrectly shown on their website
  (see the printed leaflet for confirmation)

Headline News...................
  Click here for further information
including archieved items

Start of Winter Timetable - Monday 6th November 2017
    The number of "S2" Sherpa journeys between Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis also the return direction are expected to reduce to the same level of service as last winter

    There additional late-afternoon round trip on the "S97" Sherpa through the Nant Gwynant pass and the weekend "S6" Sherpa service are also expected to be withdrawn for the winter
 

Late Summer Public Holiday Monday 28th August 2017
      The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable

Spring Public Holiday Monday 29th May 2017
    The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable
 

Early Spring Public Holiday Monday 1st May 2017
      The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable

Easter Monday 17th April 2017
    The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable
 

Good Friday 14th April 2017
      The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable

Start of Summer Timetable - Good Friday 14th April 2017
    The number of "S2" Sherpa journeys between Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis also the return direction are to increase to the same level of service as last year

    It is anticipated Express Motors will again use their modern double-deck buses (including their open-toppers) on some busy, sunny days included running an augmented "S1 shuttle" service from Llanberis/Nant Peris Car Park to Pen-y-Pass on Saturdays

    There are minor changes to some late-afternoon "S4" Sherpa journeys,  an additional late-afternoon round trip on the "S97" Sherpa through the Nant Gwynant pass and the "S6" Sherpa is re-instated to run all weekends throughout the summer with some retimimgs
 

Monday 3rd April 2017 until further notice
      According to TravelineCymru,  the level of the Express Motors weekday "X1" connecting service between Llandudno and Betws-y-Coed will be increased..........
    ..........this includes a much later weekday departure from Llandudno at 0810 to connect into the first Sherpa of the day from Betws-y-Coed at 0910

Thursday 12th January 2017

An "S2" Sherpa leaves a deserted snowy Pen-y-Pass
      Heavy snow falls and drifting caused the "S2" Sherpa service to be completely withdrawn from lunchtime on Thursday 12th January for a couple of days

Monday 2nd Janaury 2017
    As New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, all bus services in the area (including the Snowdon Sherpa journeys) will operate to the Sunday timetables

    Full weekday services re-commence on Tuesday 2nd January
 

New Year's Day - Sunday 1st January 2017
      There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on New Year's Day


Tuesday 27th December 2016
    As Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, all bus services in the area (including the Snowdon Sherpa journeys) will operate to the Sunday timetables

    Full weekday services re-commence on Wednesday 28th December
 

Boxing Day - Monday 26th December 2016
      There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on Boxing Day


Christmas Day - Sunday 25th December 2016
    There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on Christmas Day

 

Start of Winter "Sherpa" Timetable - Monday 7th November 2016
    The number of "S2" Sherpa journeys between Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis also the return direction are reduced to just five return journeys per day for the mid-winter period

    There are no alterations to the "S4" and "S97" Sherpa timetables
 

Monday 30th October 2016 until further notice
    The level of the Express Motors weekday "X1" connecting service between Llandudno and Betws-y-Coed will be reduced..........
    ..........in some cases passengers connecting with the "S2" Sherpa at Betws-y-Coed will have to use the slower Llew Jones "19" journeys via Conwy and Trefriw
Note specially - the first outward Sherpa connection from Llandudno is ADVANCED to 0745
(following the withdrawal of the 0810 "X1" journey during the winter)
 

Tuesday 30th August 2016 until further notice
      There are additional weekday Llew Jones "19" journeys from Betws-y-Coed at 1530 (Saturdays), 1720 and 1835 which now connect off the "S2" Sherpas from Llanberis at 1430, 1630 and 1735

    In addition the 1845 Sunday Llew Jones "19" journey from Llanrwst to Llandudno starts from Betws-y-Coed at 1835 and now connects off the last Sunday "S2" Sherpa from Llanberis at 1735

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 until further notice
    The level of the Express Motors weekday "X1" connecting service between Llandudno and Betws-y-Coed will be increased..........
    ..........including a new earlier connection at 0810 from Llandudno into the first "S2" Sherpa of the day as well as an additional later connection off the last 'summer-only' "S2" Sherpa
 

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 until further notice
      The "19" connecting weekday service along the west side of the Conwy Valley will be taken over by Llew Jones with some changes to the current Arriva "expected"

    Unfortunately the current Arriva connections off the principal 'all-year-round' afternoon "S2" Sherpa journeys have been withdrawn - resulting in a much longer wait at Betws-y-Coed for the next onward bus service back tn Llanrwst or Llandudno

Saturday 30th April 2016 until further notice
      Express Motors re-instated a "S6" Sherpa service on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY between Bangor (railway station) and Betws-y-Coed via Bethesda and the Ogwen Valley

Sunday 3rd April 2016 until further notice
    The level of the Sunday "88" connecting service from
and back to Caernarfon will be reduced to 8 journeys
each way and there are changes to the times of many journeys
..........
    ..........but those that remain provide improvred connections with the "S2" Sherpas at Llanberis
 

Wednesday 31st March 2010

Snow in Snowdonia on 31st March 2010
      The first week of the 2010 Summer Timetable !
    It snowed so hard causing the roads to be closed and the Sherpa services to be suspended for the day
    A very unusual occurance (even in the middle of winter !)
    BUT BEWARE !
Walking on the hills when covered with snow can be very dangerous



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Bangor - Snowdonia   (via Llanberis)
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Bethesda - Capel Curig - Betws-y-Coed
Bethesda - Capel Curig - Llanberis
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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 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 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
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(via Betws-y-Coed)

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