VERY IMPORTANT
    Owing to the Snowdonia National Park being CLOSED due to the Coronavirus pandemic..........
    ..........the Sherpa services along with most connections shown below have been WITHDRAWN until further notice

Please DO NOT ATTEMPT
to visit the area

    Note the few remaining local bus services in the Conwy CC and Gwynedd CC areas are now for "essential"
(as advised by HM Government) journeys ONLY
AND NOT FOR TOURISTS !

WEEKDAY/SUNDAY TRIPS from LLANDUDNO and the North Wales Coast

Llew Jones "X19" at Betws-y-Coed    
Conwy Valley connecting services  
Transport for Wales train to Betws-y-Coed    

class150DMU
via Betws-y-Coed
then using the

to Beddgelert for the
WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY
to the coast at either
Porthmadog harbour
or Caernarfon quay

    Gwynfor "S4" Sherpa at Pen-y-Pass
  connecting with the steam train on the
  WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY
    from Beddgelert to Caernarfon/Porthmadog
  B E W A R E ....................... !!!
Car Parking in Snowdonia is very limited and can be expensive if a space can be found
This is especially so at Beddgelert

The alternative is to leave your car behind and use the
Snowdon Sherpa Bus network
which connects with the
Welsh Highland Railway at Beddgelert (for both Porthmadog and Caernarfon)

Please note the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways do not run every day
outside the main Summer period
nor does every train run on the dates the railway is open

You are strongly advised to first consult the official WHRly and FfRly websites to confirm the train(s)
you want are actually scheduled to run on the date of your proposed visit
then use the timetable below to find the times of the connecting Snowdon Sherpa bus(es)

LATEST..........
    The Welsh Highland Railway 2020 summer season starts before the end of the winter Sherpa timetable
    The "connections" shown below are based on the winter 2019-2020 period and as such are liable to minor changes from the start to the summer Sherpa timetable in early-April
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Storm "Ciara" - followed by two further weekends of flooding - has again caused major damage to the trackwork on the connecting Conwy Valley railway line
    A replacement bus service is operating in lieu in similar BUT NOT QUITE IDENTICAL times to the advertised trains --- you are strongly advised to either confirm direct with 'Transport for Wales' or use the local Conwy Valley "19" or "X19" connecting bus services
(as included on this website)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    TforW's own website now states "Disruption is expected until 23:59 18/04/20"

Please bookmark and re-visit this page nearer the time for confirmation
and to check if there have been any further changes

This "unofficial" website attempts to show what Sherpa Services are available
and to encourage greater use includes some suggested
"trips round Snowdonia - without your car"


  I M P O R T A N T   ! ! !

   The Welsh Highland Railway runs different timetables depending on pre-planned anticipated traffic levels  

 
  Basic service - two trains each way per day  
"blue" dates
 
  Basic service - two trains each way per day but an earlier start from Porthmadog  
"yellow" dates
 
  Peak service - three trains each way per day  
"red" dates
 
  1000 - This train from Caernarvon runs on "blue" "yellow" and "red" dates  
"most" dates
 
Note specially - there are NO WHRly trains on some off-peak Mondays and Fridays
and a special timetable operates on "odd" dates
also regular timetabled trains cease after Saturday 2nd November

REMEMBER to FIRST check the official WHRly website to confirm the train(s) you want to travel on
are actually scheduled to run on the date of your proposed visit

then use the Sherpa timetables to find suitable connecting Snowdon Sherpa journeys


  llwbr BETWS route  
Snowdon Sherpa
  Welsh Highland Railway  

Chester - Prestatyn - Rhyl -\                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                  Colwyn Bay -\
------------(13/27)------------\                                                                                                                       /- Porthmadog Harbour
Llandudno ---
\- Llandudno Jn -\- Black Cat roundabout - Betws-y-Coed - Beddgelert -/--- Caernarfon

Mondays to Saturdays - 28th March 2020 until further notice
except Public Holidays Good Friday 10th April  Easter Monday 13th April  Victory Friday 8th May  Monday 25th May and Monday 31st August

see VERY important note above
  Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays from 29th March 2020 until further notice
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
   
Sat
Mon-Fri
     
Mon
-Fri
Sat
       
LSH
LSch
   
LSH
LSch
T for
Wales
Llew
Jones
Llew
Jones
Llew
Jones
Gwyn
-for
 
Llew
Jones
Llew
Jones
T for
Wales
T for
Wales
 
Llew Jones
 
Llew Jones
Llew Jones
Gwyn
-for
 
train
X19
19
19
S2
 
X19
19
train
train
 
19
 
X19
X19
S2
 
Llandudno
0708j
08.05
07.45
07.45
-
-
09.05
10.00
10.08
10.22
-
12.25
-
13.45
14.45
-
-
Llandudno
Llandudno Junction
07.26
08.22
07.58
07.58
-
-
09.22
10.16
10.33
10.34
-
12.41
-
14.02
15.02
-
-
Llandudno Junction
Llanrwst
07.49
08.45
08.35
$$$
$
|
|
|
\|/
-
09.45
10.55
10.55
10.56
-
13.20
-
14.35
15.25
$
|
|
|
\|/
-
Llanrwst
Betws-y-Coed
07.55
09.00
08.45
====
-
09.55
11.05
11.01
11.02
-
13.30
-
14.45
15.35
-
Betws-y-Coed
 
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
 
S2
S4
S2
S4
S2
S4
S2
S4(-S97)
Betws-y-Coed
  09.10 $
-
11.10
-
13.40
-
  15.48 $
-
Betws-y-Coed
Pen-y-Pass
09.35
10.10
11.35
12.20
14.05
1430 Sherpa
withdrawn
16.10
16.35
Pen-y-Pass
Beddgelert
-
10.35
-
12.45
====
-
17.00
Beddgelert
           
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffest 
-iniog
railway
T for
Wales
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffest 
-iniog
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
bus
(Arriva)
T for
Wales
Welsh
Highland
railway
Sherpa
Welsh Highland
railway
Ffest 
-iniog
railway
Sherpa
bus
(Arriva)
T for
Wales
train
train
train
train
train
train
train
train
train
3B
train
train
S97
train
train
S97
3B
train
Beddgelert
 11.30 
 11.30 
-
-
 13.35 
 14.30 
-
 14.55 
 15.55 
-
-
 16.20 
1700
17.15
-
1750
-
-
Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu
 12.00 
|
-
-
14.00
|
-
15.25
|
-
-
16.45
|
|
-
|
-
-
Rhyd Ddu
Waunfawr
 12.30 
|
-
-
14.30
|
-
15.50
|
-
-
17.20
|
|
-
|
-
-
Waunfawr
Caernarfon
 13.10 
|
-
-
15.10
|
-
16.30
|
-
-
17.55
|
|
-
|
-
-
Caernarfon
    Porthmadog
-
12.15
1335
-
-
15.15
1550
-
16.30
1649p
-
-
1718p
18.00
1805
1815p
1852p
-
    Porthmadog
    Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
1445
1457
-
-
1700
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
1718
1736
-
-
-
1920
>>>>>
1921
2023
    Blaenau Ffestiniog
    Llandudno
-
-
-
1617
-
-
-
-
-
-
1853
-
-
-
-
-
-
2144
    Llandudno
09.10 - Sherpa journey      
  Sat - Saturdays only       M-F - Mondays to Fridays only       LSH - Llanrwst School Holiday ONLY       LSch - Llanrwst School Term ONLY    
$$$ - on local (Llanrwst) School Days only,  this "19" journey terminates at Llanrwst school - passengers requiring onward connections are advised to alight at the 'Birmingham Garage stop' - the official name of the stop,    
even though the garage sign now actually says "Gwydyr Garage"
  (immediately after the 'Hump-Back' river bridge at approximately 0838    
and either join the connecting "S2" Sherpa there  (or walk back round the corner to Watling Street,  where there is a shelter
)    
  
$ - on local (Llanrwst) School Days only,  the 0910 and 1548 "S2" Sherpa journeys from Betws-y-Coed start from Llanrwst Watling Street at 0855 and 1538  (connecting passengers from Llandudno    
on the Llew Jones "19" service MUST change to the "S2" Sherpa at Llanrwst on these days)    
p - buses arrive/depart from the stops outside Porthmadog Park    
 
11.30
11.30
13.35
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "
note" above
 
1335
The FfRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official FfRly website
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website  and any subsequent amendments thereto  
  Welsh Highland Railway  
Snowdon Sherpa
  llwbr BETWS route  
Mondays to Saturdays - 28th March 2020 until further notice
except Public Holidays Good Friday 10th April  Easter Monday 13th April  Victory Friday 8th May  Monday 25th May and Monday 31st August

see VERY important note above
  Click here for Sundays and Public Holidays from 29th March 2020 until further notice
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
                 
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
train
train
train
train
train
train
train
train
train
S97-S4
 
Caernarfon
-
-
 10.00 
-
 13.00 
-
 14.20 
-
 15.45 
-
Caernarfon
Waunfawr
-
-
 10.30 
-
13.30
-
14.50
-
16.15
-
Waunfawr
Rhyd Ddu
-
-
 11.00 
-
14.00
-
15.25
-
16.45
-
Rhyd Ddu
    Porthmadog 09.40 09.40
10.50
|
 12.55 
|
 14.15 
|
15.40
|
17.20p
    Porthmadog
Beddgelert 10.25 10.25
11.30
11.30
13.35
14.30
14.55
15.55
16.20
17.15
17.44
Beddgelert
     
LSch
S+LSH
   
terminates Beddgelert
in the
winter
   
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
   
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
   
S4
S2
S4
S2
   
S4
S2
   
Beddgelert
11.53
-
1405
Sherpa
withdrawn
-
-
-
16.12
-
-
-
Beddgelert
Pen-y-Pass
12.15
12.25
14.55
-
-
16.34
16.50
-
no 1810
Sherpa
in the
Pen-y-Pass
Penygwryd
-
12.27
-
14.57
-
-
-
16.52
-
Penygwryd
Betws-y-Coed
-
12.47
-
15.17
LSch
S+LSH
-
17.12
-
-
Betws-y-Coed
 
 
Llew
Jones
 
T for
Wales

|
Llew
Jones
Llew
Jones
 
Llew
Jones
T for
Wales
   
Llew
Jones
 
 
X19
 
train
|
19
19
 
19
train
   
19
Betws-y-Coed
-
13.35
-
15.24
15.17
-
15.35
-
17.20
18.03
   
18.40
Betws-y-Coed
Llanrwst
-
13.45
-
15.30
15.38 $
15.45
15.45
-
17.35
18.09
   
18.50
Llanrwst
Llandudno Junction
-
14.10
-
15.56
-
16.22
16.22
-
18.21
18.34
   
19.33
Llandudno Junction
Llandudno
-
14.22
-
16.17
-
16.43
16.43
-
18.34
18.53
   
19.46
Llandudno
11.50 - Sherpa journey     $ - "S2" extends to Llanrwst via Llanrwst school (arrive 1538) on School Days only     p - buses arrive/depart from the stop outside Porthmadog Park    
 
09.40
09.40
10.50
 
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "
note" above
LSch - Llanrwst School Days only     S+LSH - Saturdays also Llanrwst School Holidays     C - on Llanrwst School Days,  this "19" journey terminates at Llandudno Junction railway station,  calling at Conwy Castle Street (stop "R") at 1619    
- onward Llandudno passengers should transfer to the 1626 Arriva "5" journey at this stop - Llandudno arrive 1652    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

  llwbr BETWS route  
Snowdon Sherpa
  Welsh Highland Railway  

Chester - Prestatyn - Rhyl - Colwyn Bay -\                                                                                                                         /- Porthmadog Harbour         
Llandudno ---
\- Llandudno Jn - Betws-y-Coed - Beddgelert -/--- Caernarfon

Sundays - 29th March 2020 until further notice
also Public Holidays Good Friday 10th April  Easter Monday 13th April  Victory Friday 8th May  Monday 25th May and Monday 31st August

see VERY important note above
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
                 
Llew
Jones
 
Llew
Jones
 
Llew
Jones
 
Llew
Jones
 
19
 
X19
 
19
 
X19
 
Llandudno
-
-
10.05
-
11.50
-
13.20
-
Llandudno
Llandudno Junction
-
-
10.21
-
12.05
-
13.37
-
Llandudno Junction
Llanrwst
08.20
-
10.47
-
12.45
-
14.02
-
Llanrwst
Betws-y-Coed
08.29
-
10.57
-
12.55
-
14.12
-
Betws-y-Coed
 
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
 
S2
S4-S97
S2
S4-S97
S2
S97-S4
S2
S4-S97
Betws-y-Coed
09.10
-
11.10
-
13.40
-
15.48
-
Betws-y-Coed
Pen-y-Pass
09.35
10.05
11.35
12.20
14.05
14.45
16.10
17.20
Pen-y-Pass
Beddgelert
-
10.30
-
12.45
-
15.10
-
17.45
Beddgelert
Porthmadog
-
-
-
13.10
-
-
-
18.10
Porthmadog
           
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffest 
-iniog
railway
Llew
Jones
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Ffest 
-iniog
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
bus
(Llew
Jones
)
Llew
Jones
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Llew
Jones
Transport
for Wales
train
train
train
X19
train
train
train
train
train
1S
X19
train
train
1S
train
Beddgelert
 11.30 
 11.30 
-
-
13.35
14.30
-
14.55
15.55
-
-
16.20
17.15
-
-
Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu
12.00
|
-
-
14.00
|
-
15.25
|
-
-
16.45
|
-
-
Rhyd Ddu
Waunfawr
12.30
|
-
-
14.30
|
-
15.50
|
-
-
17.20
|
-
-
Waunfawr
Caernarfon
13.10
|
-
-
15.10
|
-
16.30
|
-
-
17.55
|
-
-
Caernarfon
    Porthmadog harbour
-
12.15
1335
-
-
15.15
1550
-
16.30
1640p
-
-
18.00
1840 p
-
    Porthmadog harbour
    Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
1445
1500
-
-
1700
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
1708
1740
-
-
1908
2024
    Blaenau Ffestiniog
    Llandudno
-
-
-
1614
-
-
-
-
-
-
1854
-
-
-
2135
    Llandudno
09.10 - Sherpa journey    
 
11.30
11.30
13.35
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "
note" above
 
1335
The FfRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official FfRly website
p - buses arrive/depart from the stop opposite Porthmadog Park    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website  and any subsequent amendments thereto  
  Welsh Highland Railway  
Snowdon Sherpa
  llwbr BETWS route  

           Porthmadog Harbour-\                                                                                 /- Colwyn Bay - Rhyl - Prestatyn -Chester
Caernarfon ---
\- Beddgelert - Betws-y-Coed - Llandudno Jn -/--- Llandudno

Sundays - 29th March 2020 until further notice
also Public Holidays Good Friday 10th April  Easter Monday 13th April  Victory Friday 8th May  Monday 25th May and Monday 31st August

see VERY important note above
Times for the WHRly and FfRly trains shown below have been extracted from official publicity but should always be confirmed with the company before travelling
See also further information in the important note above regarding days of operation
                 
Gwynfor
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
Welsh
Highland
railway
 
S4
train
train
train
train
train
train
train
train
train
train
 
Caernarfon
0900
-
-
-
 10.00 
-
 13.00 
-
14.20
-
15.45
-
Caernarfon
Waunfawr
0915
-
-
-
10.30
-
13.30
-
14.50
-
16.15
-
Waunfawr
Rhyd Ddu
0931
-
-
-
11.00
-
14.00
-
15.25
-
16.45
-
Rhyd Ddu
    Porthmadog
|
09.40
09.40
 10.50 
|
 12.55 
|
 14.15 
|
 15.40 
|
-
    Porthmadog
Beddgelert
0940
10.25
10.25
11.30
11.30
13.35
14.30
14.55
15.55
16.20
17.15
-
Beddgelert
           
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
S97-S4
S2
S97-S4
S2
S4
S2
S4
S2
Beddgelert
11.30
-
14.10
-
16.26
-
no 1715
Sherpa in
the winter
-
Beddgelert
Pen-y-Pass
11.55
12.25
14.35
14.55
|
16.50
no 1810
Sherpa in
the winter
Pen-y-Pass
Penygwryd
11.55
12.27
14.35
14.57
16.46
16.52
Penygwryd
Betws-y-Coed
-
12.47
-
15.17
-
17.12
-
Betws-y-Coed
   
Llew
Jones
 
Llew
Jones
 
Llew
Jones
 
Llew
Jones
Llew
Jones
 
 
19
 
X19
 
X19
 
19
19
Betws-y-Coed
-
13.35
-
15.25
-
18.05
-
18.40
21.50
Betws-y-Coed
Llanrwst
-
13.45
-
15.35
-
18.15
-
18.50
22.00
Llanrwst
Llandudno Junction
-
14.28
-
16.00
-
18.40
-
19.33
22.37
Llandudno Junction
Llandudno
-
14.45
-
16.14
-
18.54
-
19.45
22.50
Llandudno
09.00 - Sherpa journey     * - in the event of the "S4" running late,  alight at Pengwryd and join the "S2" there at 1812    
p - buses arrive/depart from the stop outside Porthmadog Park    
09.40
09.40
10.50
 
The WHRly does NOT run every day outside the peak-summer period, nor does every train run when the railway is open
latest train times/dates should be confirmed from the official WHRly website
See also important "
note" above
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

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Bangor - Snowdonia  (via Llanberis)
Barmouth - Snowdonia  (via Porthmadog)
Bethesda - Capel Curig - Betws-y-Coed
Bethesda - Capel Curig - Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed - Capel Curig - Bethesda
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed - Llandudno  (connections)
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Porthmadog
Caernarfon/Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Llanberis
Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
Caernarfon (WHRly) - Beddgelert - Llandudno
Caernarfon (WHRly) - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
Corwen - Llanrwst - Llandudno
Llanberis Pass --- Park and Ride
Llanberis - Capel Curig - Bethesda
Llanberis - Pen-y-Pass - Betws-y-Coed
Llanberis - Beddgelert - Caernarfon/Porthmadog
Llandudno/Colwyn Bay - Betws-y-Coed  (connections)
Llandudno - Beddgelert - Caernarfon (WHRly)
Llandudno - Llanrwst - Corwen
Llandudno - Snowdonia  (via Betws-y-Coed)
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon (WHRly)
Porthmadog/Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Llanberis
Porthmadog - Pen-y-Pass - Betws-y-Coed
Pwllheli - Snowdonia  (via Porthmadog)
Snowdonia - Bangor  (via Llanberis) 
Snowdonia - Barmouth  (via Porthmadog)
 Snowdonia - Llandudno  (via Betws-y-Coed or Caernarfon) 
Snowdonia - Pwllheli  (via Porthmadog)
Climb Snowdon - with the Sherpas   (summary)
Ride Round Snowdon - with the Sherpas   (summary)

Suggested weekday trips from Barmouth
Suggested weekday trips from Beddgelert
Suggested Saturday trips from Bethesda
Suggested weekday trips from Betws-y-Coed
Suggested weekday trips from Caernarfon
Suggested weekday trips from Conwy
Suggested weekday trips from Corwen
Suggested weekday trips from Llanberis
Suggested weekday trips from Llandudno
Suggested weekday trips from Llanrwst
Suggested weekday trips from Porthmadog

Suggested Sunday trips from Barmouth
Suggested Sunday trips from Beddgelert
Suggested Sunday trips from Bethesda
Suggested Sunday trips from Betws-y-Coed
Suggested Sunday trips from Caernarfon
Suggested Sunday trips from Conwy
Suggested Sunday trips from Llanberis
Suggested Sunday trips from Llandudno
Suggested Sunday trips from Llanrwst
Suggested Sunday trips from Porthmadog
Suggested Sunday trips from Pwllheli

Suggested weekday trips from
Suggested Sunday trips from
North Wales Coast Railway stations
(via Betws-y-Coed)

Later non-Sherpa weekday journeys from......
Beddgelert area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Pen-y-Pass area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Porthmadog area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Beddgelert area to Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed area to Llanberis
Porthmadog area to Llanberis
Llanberis area to 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
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