Welcome  to  John's  Snowdon Sherpa  website

  * * *   LATEST.......
With the end of the winter Sherpa timetables only a month away..........
..........there is still no sign of any official timetables for the summer
However updates to several connecting journeys have appeared but note specially most starting dates
are two weeks after the Sherpa changes - so check very carefully what is happening in the interim period

which includes the Easter weekend

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It is expected the level of "S2" journeys will increase to the same as summer 2017 from Saturday 24th March and the "S1" and "S6" services will re-commence on the same date
No major changes are expected to the new weekday "S4" and "S97" timetables which was completely revised last January
but watch out for any possible minor "tweaks" in the light of experience and taking into account comments widely reported about problems experienced by the Beddgelert residents
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It is also "hoped" late-afternoon journeys will re-instated through the Nant Gwynant pass for walkers returning from Snowdon with more reliable onward connections at Beddgelert and Pen-y-Pass for Caernarfon,  Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis
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Arriva have de-registered their Sunday "S97" service and it is assumed that contract will be
allocated to another operator
which MAY result in some detailed changes to the timings - watch this space
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DRAFT timetables for the post-March 23rd period are being added to THIS website
incorporating all official information now in the public domaine --- these can be found by
following the "Click here for the next period of this page" links at the top of the index
which can be found towards ther bottom left of every timetable page
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Hopefully the information shown here will help you to plan ahead for your 2018 visit to Snowdonia
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Please bookmark any page and revisit nearer the time to see if there have been any
timing changes to the services/connections since your last visit --- if there have been,
 the "pagedate" at the bottom of that page will be later
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Please remember to always confirm anything on this website from official sources before you travel

If you spot any error or have any further information,  please contact me here with the details

A FULL ROUND-UP OF THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES CAN BE FOUND ON MY CONTACTS PAGE
BEWARE many are not yet fully updated and some are ONLY partially amended
Several 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)
 SNOW - Tuesday 6th February
    Your webmaster visited Snowdonia to see how "Gwynfor" coped with their first real snow
    Although the 0910 westbound "S2" Sherpa reached Pen-y-Pass, the "S4" did not all day - the gritter arrived about 1020 from Llanberis,  but the 1000 return "S2" did not follow it up the pass,
leaving you webmaster stranded for some time, before being forced to walk to Llanberis where Arriva came to his rescue !!!
    Information about the Sherpa cancellations later apperaed on line,  but BEWARE there is no phone signal in the area for many mobile providers

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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 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 ' !!!! " )
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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 

 
All Year      
former Express Motors Sherpa  
(Betws-y-Coed to Llanberis)  
Summer only      
   

  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

        weekday Gwynfor "S97" Sherpa
    Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Pen-y-Pass

        Sunday Arriva "S97" Sherpa
  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 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 Beddgelert on weekdays


(see instead the "S4" between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Pass and the S2" between Pen-y-Pas 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 !

(see the alternative current Conwy Valley bus services which connect with the "S2" Sherpa at Betws-y-Coed)

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
- but is now withdrawn again for the winter
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 (for Llanberis),
Betws-y-Coed and/or Llanrwst
on request for passengers returning later from the Ogwen Valley and Tryfan


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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" 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"
Since January 2018, the weekday "S97" has been cut back to Beddgelert
b) the "S6" was again re-instated in 2017, but only on summer Saturdays,  Sundays and Public Holidays
    (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 threrefore read "S97/S4"
    DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT !


The correct current routes are shown on the diagrams 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
and the former Arriva Sunday "S97" continues to operate between Porthmadog and Pen-y-Pass
The summer "S6" Sherpa service between Betws-y-Coed and Bangor via the Ogwen Valley
is now suspended for the winter - but expected to re-commence next Easter
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 on Saturdays only)
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 - Pen-y-Pass - Beddgelert - Rhyd Ddu - Caernarfon
(weekdays only)
S6 - Betws-y-Coed - Capel Curig - Bethesda
(Three return journeys on summer Saturdays and Sundays ONLY)
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 (Sundays only) - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
(one Sunday journey starts from/returns to Pwllheli)
(note - the mid-afternoon journey from Porthmadog diverts via the School on School Days
with extended journey time and is usually operated by a larger minibus 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 2018 !
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 Sunday

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 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 REVISED Winter 2017-2018 Sherpa Timetables
are now in operation

(and continue until Friday 23rd March 2018)

2nd January 2018 alterations...................
  a) the 1310 "S2" journey from Betws-y-Coed to Llanberis has been retarded by 30 minutes
  b) the first eastbound "S2" journey of the day starts back from Caernarfon
  c) all weekday "S97" journeys from Porthmadog to Pen-y-Pass have been cut back to Beddgelert
  d) to compensate,  most "S4" journeys from Caernarfon to Beddgelert have been be extended to Pen-y-Pass
  e) the current weekday connecting "X1" journeys from Llandudno to Betws-y-Coed/Blaenau Ffestiniog has been replaced by a limited "X1-1X" service by Arriva and a limited "X19" service by Llew Jones
  f) the current connecting "88" journeys from Caernarfon and Llanberis have been reduced and are now operated by Arriva
  g) the current connecting "85" journeys from Bangor and Llanberis have been reduced and are now operated by Arriva


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
as they now include notes as to which individual journeys WILL be withdtrawn for the winter

DO MAKE SURE YOU KEEP RE-VISITING TO CHECK FOR ANY FURTHER LATE CHANGES


NO
printed
Timetables
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, such at Beddgelert, still remain
)

This arrangement is to again 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
Many last Sherpas from Pen-y-Pass
during the winter are much earlier
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Betws-y-Coed at 14.55 and 16.50
     (Betws-y-Coed at 1455 and 1650 on Sundays)

Llanberis (for Caernarfon) at 14.05,  16.10 and 18.05
     (Llanberis at 1405,  1610 and 1805 on Sundays)


Beddgelert and Porthmadog at 14.30 and 16.30
   (Beddgelert and Porthmadog at 1415 and 1640 on Sundays)


Caernarfon via Beddgelert at 14.30 and 16.30
   (Caernarfon via Beddgelert - NO SUNDAY SERVICE)

use the "S2" services via Llanberis instead (see above)

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

BEWARE
    some,  but not all,   departure sheets at bus-stops have been up-dated with the competely revised "S4" and "S97" timetables

    check the date at the bottom of the departures at your stop

2017-2018
Timetable
































The Conwy CC 2017-18 printed timetable is still available and can also be viewed "on line"
It gives details of the bus services in the Conwy County area including all the Sherpa Network as well as details of the Conwy Valley Railway Line services
BEWARE - there have been some chages to non-Sherpa services from the start of October and further changes are planned to commence at the start of January
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<                                


The 2017 Sherpa Timetable leaflet is still valid
- but make sure you use the "from 6th November" section
and you check the January on-line amendments
                              >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    * - 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" departure sheet (further updated June 2017) again fails to show ANY of the connecting Express Motors "X1" journeys in either direction
(note replaced by Arriva and Llew Jones from 2nd January 2018)
    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 bus stop in the station car park and NOT on the main road or you could be left behind
    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!
    BEWARE




    The departure sheets at many bus-stops have not yet been up-dated
    Betws-y-Coed looks like a "patchwork quilt" after the new companies have applied their own stickers
    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED ABOUT THE CHANGES !!!




click on the above to download a "pdf" version











(2017 edition cover)

The Denbighshire CC 2017 printed timetables and updated on-line timetables are now available
UPDATE
    There have been three versions of their on-line timetable since the start of 2017 - due to late changes - some of which still stem from 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," but make sure you also pick up the "grey supplement" dated "from July 2017"
(note - the connecting "70" journeys from Corwen have since been further revised --- see this website or confirm from the TravelineCymru one)
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    DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT !
no
printed
Timetables

  GWYNFOR COACHES
        This company has now taken over the bulk of the Sherpa network

  BEWARE
    there are only minor changes to the "S2" timetable BUT.......
    their "S4" and "S97" timetables have been completely revised
BEWARE........
    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 !!!!!
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!

   
  EXPRESS MOTORS
        This company has ceased operating bus services in the area
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



Most
Timetables
now appear
on thier
website
but with
many errors

including
some
services
which they
no longher operate !!!
------
Printed
leaflets
are
usually
available
on the buses












  LLEW JONES







REMEMBER
    Llew Jones have WITHDRAWN their 1835 weekday "19" journey from Betws-y-Coed - all passengers off the last return winter Sherpa MUST now travel on their 1806 "19" journey to Llanrwst
 (where passengers must wait for the onward "19" journey - depart 1845)

The Llew Jones website has at last been updated to show their "70" timetable which they took over last year following the collapse of GHA..........BUT
BEWARE the table at the top of their website page fails to show
"Tuesdays Only" --- it does NOT run every weekday !!!!
DO NOT GET CAUGHT OUT !!!!!
BEWARE
The morning outward "6B" journey along the Ogwen Valley (for Tyfan)
is incorrectly shown on their website to start from Llanrwst at 06.32

As it is basically a positioning run to for a "National Express" journey
from Bangor - it has recently changed and is liable to be changed again at short notice
(unfortunately it is the ONLY northbound Ogwen Valley journey
of the day mid-week during the summer
)

UPDATE..........
Additional weekday "X19" journeys from Llandudno to Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog to partially replace those withdrwan by Express Motors commenced at the beginning of January 2018
NOTE SPECIALLY
- the 1510 journey from Betws-y-Coed departs just before the arrival of the afternoon 'all-year-round' Sherpa from Llanberis
- YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF "FAILED" INTEGRATERD TIMETABLE PLANNING !!!

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


no printed timetables


IMPORTANT
    ALL services,  including the Sherpa Network operaterd by Express Motors are now confirmed on their website to be completely withdrawn after Sunday 31st December 2017
    Their entire Sherpa Network will be transferred to Gwynfor Coaches BUT THERE ARE MAJOR CHANGES TO THE "S4" and "S97" services" as well as minor retimings to the early-afternoon "S2" journey from Betws-y-Coed
    These are NOT yet reflected on their "Journey Planner" but details can be found by looking at their "Disruptions" Page
    From 2nd January (note - amended over the New Year weekend itself) 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.....
    ....these provide alternative later connections back to Llandudno from various parts of Snowdonia - 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 'journey planner'

Summer 2018 Sherpa Timetables
are planned to commence on Saturday 24th March 2018


So far,  NO official information for bus services in the area is currently available..........

In an attempt to give you an idea of what "might" happen,  it is expected services will again increase to the level operated during the summer of 2017 - ie.....

1) the additional Saturday "S1" 'Park and Ride' Sherpa journeys will be reinstated
2) the level of "S2" Sherpa service will be "doubled" to 10 journeya a day
3) the weekend "S6" Sherpa services will be reinstated

It is "hoped" some of the very tight last connections (particularly those along the Aberglaslyn and Nant Gwynant passes) will be eased to make them more reliable

If you come across ANY changes not included on this website or spot any errors, please contact me here so they can quicky be updated for the benefit of the many other visitors to this website - Thank you

DON'T  KNOW  YOUR  WAY
ROUND  SNOWDONIA ?

Anyone on the Coast wishing to spend a day in Snowdonia should find the
DRAFT 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
as they now include notes as to which individual journeys WILL be withdtrawn for the winter

DO MAKE SURE YOU KEEP RE-VISITING TO CHECK FOR ANY FURTHER LATE CHANGES

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

Late Summer Public Holiday Monday 27th August 2018
      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 28th May 2018
    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 7th May 2018
      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 2nd April 2018
    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 30th March 2018
      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

Sunday 25th March 2018
    A new operator - yet to be announced - will take over the former Arriva Sunday "S97" Sherpa service
    It is expected the level of service will be similar to summer 2017
- details to follow - at this stage any information on this website assumes that will be the position

 

Friday 23rd March 2018
      The winter Sherpa timetables will cease
    From the following day,  it is expected the Summer Timetables will commence including the re-introduction of the Summer Only "S1" and "S6" services also the level of service on the "S2" will again double

At this stage it is assumed the level of service provided by
Express Motors in summer 2017 will still be matched
by the new operator - "Gwynfor"


Sunday 18th March 2018
    Arriva will operate their final Sunday "S97" Sherpa service (including one journey starting from Pwllheli) - thus ending their direct involvement with the Sherpa Network,  although they will continue to operate connecting journeys to both Llanberis and Porthmadog


 

Tuesday 2nd January 2018
      As a result of Express Motors ceasing trading, there were numerous changes to both the Sherpa timetables (now operated by Gwynfor Coaches) also many connecting journeys - in some cases they level of connecting service being halved
   A summary showing the latest information advised to me can be found here

See also important note above regarding
Express Motors (Pen-y-Groes) ceasing trading


New Year's Day - Monday 1st January 2018
    There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on New Year's Day

    Normal weekday services are planned to re-commence on Tuesday 2nd January
 

Boxing Day - Tuesday 26th December 2017
      There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on Boxing Day

    Normal weekday services are planned to re-commence on Wednesday 27th December

Christmas Day - Monday 25th December 2017
    There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on Christmas Day

 

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

    The additional summer only "S1 Park and Ride" Sherpa service between llanberis and Pen-y-Pass and the weekend "S6" Sherpa service through the Ogwen pass are withdrawn for the winter

Severance of later "alternative" connection from Llanberis via Caernarfon - Monday 9th October 2017
    Arriva have retimed their last 2145 "5C-5" connecting journey from Caernarfon to Llandudno to arrive later - this connects off the 2115 "88" from Llanberis
    In future there will no longer be any onward connections back to Llanrwst/Betws-y-Coed or  Colwyn Bay,  so passengers will have to leave Llanberis on the much earlier 1915 "85" journey via Bengor
    It is still possible to return to Llandudno, but the journey is extended by a 15 minute wait at Bangor
 

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
 

Sunday 7th May 2017 until further notice
    The only Sunday morning "X19" journey from Llandudno is retimed to start 1005

    In future it will also provided a much later direct connection from Colwyn Bay (depart 1005) at the Black Cat roundabout
 

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
      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
    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
An "S2" Sherpa leaves a deserted snowy Pen-y-Pass
 

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 was taken over by Llew Jones, but with some changes to the former Arriva timetable

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)
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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