Welcome  to  John's  Snowdon Sherpa  website

    L A T E S T   S H E R P A   N E W S ...........
    The Winter Sherpa timetables commenced earlier than usual on Saturday 24th October 2020 (to co-incide with the Welsh 'lockdown') which remain unaltered

    However there were some changes made to connecting journeys during November and more are planned from different dates in December - the timetables on this website have been brought up to date with all the "known" changes and will contine to be adjusted as and when necessary
    BEWARE - many official websites and local bus stop displayes are now OUT OF DATE * !

     * - details of known errors on official websites can be found here

    If you need to make a journey,  you are STRONGLY advised to first confirm direct with the operator(s) concerned if the journey you intend to make will still be operating

    Please bookmark this page NOW and keep referring back to see if there have been any further changes - check the date at the bottom of every page and use the index to link to any page for the latest information known to your web-master on a route by route basis


    * * * - - if YOU spot any error (or are away of any further changes to either the Sherpa or connecting journeys) please advise the webmaster so they can be quickly corrected for the benifit other visitors to this website

This is the ONLY website about the "Snowdon Sherpa" bus network which is regularly updated with all the news,  mid-timetable corrections and service changes for both the Snowdon Sherpa services and all the local bus and train connecting journeys !!!
Unlike any of the official websites,  it also shows later alternative
non-Sherpa journeys (where available) as well as offering options
if you are unfortunate enough to miss the last Sherpas

A FULL ROUND-UP OF THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES CAN BE FOUND ON MY CONTACTS PAGE
BEWARE some are still not yet fully updated
Numerous errors have been spotted and these are highlighted to help you avoid falling for WRONG INFORMATION

Always better to be "fore-warned" than to be "caught out" !!!
(especially in Snowdonia where it is a long walk if you miss a 'non-existent' bus)


This website is produced purely as a hobby to help promote greater use of the
limited public transport to and across Snowdonia which IS more than adequate for most journeys even in the mid-winter,  but you may need some careful pre-planning to ensure you can get back home

It also gives some ideas in the form of suggested itineries for "days out" to Snowdionia both from locations on the Sherpa Network itself AND  from further afield using the various connecting servivces
It concentrates of giving the real "facts" rather than attempting to look "fancy" !!!

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' !!!! " )
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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 

 
Gwynfor "S4" Sherpa      
Pen-y-Pass - Beddgelert - Caernarfon 
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Llanberis 

Gwynfor "S2" double-deck Sherpa      
at Capel Curig en-route to Pen-y-Pass
     
  Snowdon Sherpa  
Bus Timetables

unofficial website




Sherpa Network
"S1" - summer only
"S2" daily all-year
"S4" weekdays all-year
"S6" summer weekends only
"S97" daily all-year

        Gwynfor "S97" Sherpa
  Porthmadog - Beddgelert
  Conwy Valley
connections
        LLew Jones "X19" from Llandudno 

  R E M E M B E R ....................... !!!
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 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
Important - the "S97" does NOT continue beyond Penygwryd towards Betws-y-Coed


 * - Some of the new Sunday Beddgelert - Pen-y-Pass and v.v. journeys now show
"S97" on the front of the bus in one direction and "S4" in the other and often only "Beddgelert" until they reach that point if they start from Porthmadog or Caernarfon 
(currently SUSPENDED)
THERE IS ALWAYS ONLY ONE BUS - SO DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND !!!


(use the "S97" between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Pass and the S2" between Pen-y-Pass and Betws-y-Coed)

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 !

Use the alternative current Conwy Valley bus services - some journeys connect with the "S2" Sherpa at Betws-y-Coed
(alternatively use the Conwy Valley Railway trains which generally now make better 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
- and is now diverted to Pen-y-Pass
The "S6" augments the very limited 'all-year-round' weekdays only northbound "6B" commuter service along the Ogwen Valley ---
NOTE SPECIALLY the return "6B" evening journey which used to extend from Llyn Ogwen as far as Capel Curig
(for Llanberis),
Betws-y-Coed and/or Llanrwst) WAS WITHDRAWN (from late-July 2019)
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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" now AGAIN continues beyond Beddgelert to Pen-y-Pass
BUT NOT TO Betws-y-Coed

- the section between Bedgelert and Penygwryd should now only show "S97"  (although some of the new Sunday journeys MAY again revert to "S97" (now SUSPENDED)
- the section between Pen-y-Pass and Capel Curig should now show "S2" and "S6"
- the section between Capel Curig and Betws-y-Coed should only show "S2"
b) the "S6" was again restored in 2017, but only on summer Saturdays,  Sundays and Public Holidays and was diverted to Pen-y-Pass in 2018
    (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/Pen-y-Pass is now the "S97"
d) "S4" journeys NO LONGER operate to/from Pen-y-Pass


The correct revised Sherpa and other current route numbers
(as amended in both October and November 2020) are shown
on the diagrams below and on the timetables throughout this website
Weekdays

Please note - the weekday "6B" service is only operating in the northbound direction at the moment

Sundays and Public Holidays

Current Snowdon Sherpa services are........
S1 - Llanberis - Nant Peris - Pen-y-Pass

(extra spring/summer/autumn "Park and Ride" journeys via Nant Peris Car Park)
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)
(the first eastbound journey now starts from Caernarfon)
S4 - Beddgelert - Rhyd Ddu - Caernarfon
- SUNDAY SERVICE REMAINS 'SUSPENDED' following the Coronavirus pandemic
S6 - Bethesda - Capel Curig - Llanberis
(Two return journeys on summer Saturdays,  Sundays and (local) Public Holidayd only)
SUSPENDED FOR THE WINTER
These augment the very limited non-Sherpa NORTHBOUND ONLY "6B" service
S97 - Pen-y-Pass - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
(note - the mid-afternoon journey from Porthmadog diverts via the School on School Days
with extended journey time
)

- SUNDAY SERVICE REMAINS 'SUSPENDED' following the Coronavirus pandemic

Make sure you use the Snowdon Sherpas LATER in 2020
but ONLY AFTER the Snowdonia National Park fully reopens

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 !!!!!
)

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Much easier, cheaper and greener to use the Snowdon Sherpas !!!
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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
- especially on Sundays

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 by train)


So make sure you select and ask for the appropriate ticket for ALL of your proposed itineraries as many companies also offer their own day rover, which are only valid on their services !!!


The Winter 2020-2021 Sherpa Timetables
WERE planned to start on Monday 2nd November 2020
BUT due to the further Coronavirus pandemic RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY THE WELSH GOVERNMENT COMMENCING FRIDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2020
which also re-introduced "ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY"
- ALL Winter Sherpa Timetables commenced on
Saturday 24th October 2020


DON'T  KNOW  YOUR  WAY
ROUND  SNOWDONIA ?

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



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

New Year's Day - Friday 1st January 2021
      There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on New Year's Day

    Normal weekday services re-commence on Saturday 2nd January

Monday 28th December 2020
    AT THIS STAGE - as Boxing Day falls at a weekend,  a Sunday service will operate throughout Gwynedd for both the Sherpa ("S2" only") and connecting journeys DESPITE THIS BEING THE END OF THE EASEMENT OF TRAVEL BETWEEN 23rd AND 27th DECEMBER
---- this may change as a result of the latest "Christmas Bubble" regulations

    Normal weekday services re-commence on Tuesday 29th December
 

Sunday 27th December 2020
    AT THIS STAGE - a Sunday service will operate throughout Gwynedd for both the Sherpa ("S2" only") and connecting journeys DESPITE THIS BEING THE LAST DAY OF "Christmas bubble" TRAVEL BETWEEN 23rd AND 27th* DECEMBER
---- this may have to change as a result of the latest "Christmas Bubble" regulations requiring people to return home by this date
      *
- so far the "usual arrangements" only appears on Lloyds Coaches official Facebook page

    Normal weekday services re-commence on Tuesday 29th December
 

Boxing Day - Saturday 26th December 2020
    There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on Boxing Day

    Normal weekday services re-commence on Tuesday 28th December
 

Christmas Day - Friday 25th December 2020
      There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on Christmas Day


Monday 9th November 2020

      Llew Jones has made further changes to the connecting journeys in the Conwy Valley which means several former 'long-standing' journeys NO LONGER CONNECT with the Sherpas - PARTICULARLY RFETURNING IN THE AFTERNOON

    In most casea the is an alternative train on the Conwy Valley line - unfotunately still requiring a "wait" at Betws-y-Coed.....
.....but far better than a "much longer wait" for the next bus !

    The most noticable change was the WITHDRAWAL of the timetabled bus connections from Corwen - but this was replaced by a new "Fflecsi service in in the area operated by Alpine

Saturday 24th October 2020
    REVISED start date for the "S2" "S4" and "S97" winter Sherpa timetables - advanced from early-November,  due to the Welsh Coronavirus precautions two week "Lock Down"
    Summer Sherpa routes "S1" and "S6" were SUSPENDED from the same date
    Llew Jones connecting Conwy Valley "19" and "X19" journeys were also reduced for the period of the "Lock Down"
 

Tuesday 1st September 2020
      With local schools re-opening,  there were NUMEROUS changes to many of the connecting journeys - most of which have resulted in an increased frequency........
..........BUT the changes by Llew Jones in the Conwy Valley meant several former 'long-standing' journeys NO LONGER CONNECTED with the Sherpas - particularly returning in the afternoon
    The most noticable change was the WITHDRAWAL of a connection from Llandudno into the first "S2" Sherpa of the day
 (except on "TUESDAYS ONLY" using the local route "70" market day journey to Corwen as a "link" between Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed !!!!!

Late Summer Public Holiday Monday 31st August 2020
    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
 

Monday 17th August 2020
      Most of the Snowdon Sherpa network returned to the pre-Coronavirus restrictions level.........
..........with the exception of the Sunday "S4" and "S97" routes which remained SUSPENDED on Sundays

    To assist with "Social Distancing,  the majority of "S2" journeys were operated by larger double-deck buses instead of the usual mini-buses

Saturday 11th July 2020
    Additional "S1" and "S2" Saturday Sherpa journeys were added to give more or less the normal peak-summer level..........
..........although on other days of the week,  the normal winter level of journeys continued
 

Tuesday 29th June 2020
    Some additional "S2" Sherpa journeys were re-instated following easement of the Coronoavirus precautions,  but nowhere near the "usual" level

    However the "skeleton" service for 'locals only' remained on the "S97" and "S4" routes
 

Late Spring Public Holiday Monday 25th May 2020
    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 - "Victory" Friday 8th May 2020
      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

Tuesday 14th April 2020
    Caelloi increase the level of their weekday connecting "3" service from/back to Pwllheli - which augments the basic Arriva service - to hourly during the daytime

    All weekday evening and Sunday journeys continue to be operated by Arriva (unaltered)
 

Easter Monday 13th April 2020
      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 10th April 2020
    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
 

Saturday 4th April 2020

 
DEFERRED "until further notice"
due to the coronavirus restrictions

    The Summer "Sherpa" Timetables commence

    The level of service on the "S2" route is again EXPECTED to double from five to ten journeys each way

    Both the seasonal "S1" and "S6" services SHOULD be re-instated for summer weekends

    In addition,   later journeys are EXPECTED to be re-introduced to/from Beddgelert from both Pen-y-Pass and Porthmadog - also Caernarfon on weekdays - similar to 2019

    Also,  there are minor changes to the weekday Gwynfor connecting services "85" and "88" from Bangor and Caernarfon respectively

Sunday 12th January 2020
    Arriva make numerous changes to their services in the area - whilst this will NOT change any Sherpa journey,  it will mean changes to several connections
- especially at Porthmadog from Pwllheli and Blaenau Ffestioniog

BEWARE - several journeys are considerably EARLIER than previously
 

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



Click here for all the news items

This "unofficial" website attempts to give full details of what services are available today
and for the next few months


It also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"

If you spot any error on this website (or have any additional information), please e-mail the webmaster so the information can be corrected / updated for the benefit of other visitors to this website

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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
Additional and updated pages are in the process of being prepared - please bookmark this page and keep returning for the very latest information available


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