WINTER WEEKDAY TRIPS by RAIL
and SNOWDON SHERPA via Betws-y-Coed

Arriva Wales Conwy Valley Line  

Arriva early-morning "12" connection    

from  Chester
Prestatyn   Rhyl
Colwyn Bay   Llandudno


to  Pen-y-Pass
Llanberis  Beddgelert
Aberglaslyn   Porthmadog

      all year round
   Express Motors "S2" Sherpa
      some summer journeys

 
 Timings are shown below and it can all be done for just 13 from Llandudno/Colwyn Bay - 2 zones
(22.00 from Rhyl or Prestatyn - 3 zones     38.00 from Chester - all zones *) 
using the "North Wales Day Rover"
purchase at your first station or from the driver of your first connnecting bus
(* - a discount is available for a "railcard" holder)

The regular "S2"/"S97" conecting services by Express Motors run every day throughout the year
- providing convenient onward connections to both.......
Llanberis
and Pen-y-Pass - start of the main tracks up Snowdon
also Porthmadog
and Beddgelert - change Sherpas at Pen-y-Pass
At this time of the year - the last through "S2" Snowdon Sherpa journey
from Llanberis departs 1630 and calls Pen-y-Pass at 1650
The last connecting "S97-S2" Snowdon Sherpa service
back from Porthmadog to Betws-y-Coed station is at 1520
and from Beddgelert to Betws-y-Coed station is at 1607


Mondays to Saturdays - 6th November 2017 until further notice
(NO service on Christmas Day,  Boxing Day  or  New Year's Day)
  Click here for suggested Sunday itineraries
"Trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
from North Wales Coast Railway Stations

out and return via the Conwy Valley Line and Betws-y-Coed
(the "Gateway to Snowdonia")
   
Outward train times
latest times should be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Arriva Trains Wales/Virgin websites
 
 
 
"Virgin"
M-F
Sat
   
        Chester Station dep   j
-
0644
0923
0924
1223
 
        Shotton Station dep   j
-
|
0932
0904
1204
 
        Flint Station dep   j
-
0657
0938
0937
1236
 
        Prestatyn Station dep   j
-
0710
0951
0950
1249
 
        Rhyl Station dep   j
0545*
0716
0957
0956
1255
 
        Abergele Station dep   j
0608*
|
1003
0935
1235
 
        Colwyn Bay Station dep   j
0630*
0727
1011
1007
1306
 
        Llandudno Junction arr
|
0732
0957
0956
1311
 
        Llandudno arr
0700*
-
-
-
-
 
 
The Conwy Valley Line
 
      Llandudno (Arriva Wales) dep
0708j
-
10.08
10.22
13.08
   
    Deganwy (Arriva Wales) dep   R
0712jR
-
10.12R
10.26R
13.12R
 
    Llandudno Junction (Arriva Wales) dep
07.26
###
10.28
10.34
13.30
 
    Betws-y-Coed ("The Gateway to Snowdonia") arr
07.55
###
10.56
11.02
13.58
 
  ### - Unfortunately the Conwy Valley train continues to depart before the arrival of the first Virgin train from Birmingham    
Passengers travelling on this train should change to the Llew Jones "19" bus which calls at Platform 5 (station yard) at Llandudno Junction    
- depart 0758 and change to the "S2" Sherpa at Llanrwst (local School Days) or Betws-y-Coed (Saturdays and local School Holidays)    
(purchase a "North Wales Day Rover" tickets to cover trains and local buses including the Sherpas)    
 
  M-F - Mondays to Fridays only     Sat - Saturdays only    
j - change trains at Llandudno Junction     R - by request    

* - there is no longer a train connection from the North Wales Coast station into the first Sherpa of the day    
an alternative Arriva "12" bus operates from Rhyl via Colwyn Bay - alight at Llandudno "Law Courts" or "North West Gardens" stop    
and change to the train - ("North Wales Day Rover" tickets are valid on the bus)
   
 
    Betws-y-Coed "S2" Sherpa dep  (platform 2 layby)
    turn right outside the main entrance





09.10
11.10
no connecting Sherpa
in the winter until 15.48
 
for Pen-y-Pass also Llanberis and return
(connect at Pen-y-Pass for Beddgelert also Porthmadog and return)
alternatively trips right round Snowdon) off the morning trains
   
Llyn Gwynant                     Snowdon and Twin Lakes                        Llanberis Pass
 

              Capel Curig and Twin lakes        Nant Gwynant Pass              Aberglaslyn Pass
 BETWS-Y-COED <--> Pen-y-Pass <--> Beddgelert <--> Porthmadog 
             /|\                                /|\
             
Llanberis Pass  |       SNOWDON      |   Lake Cwellyn
             \|/                                \|/
             Llanberis   <--->   Caernarfon

 
Suggested Sherpa itineraries
latest bus times should be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website
 

Click here for a selection of trips round Snowdonia from Betws-y-Coed station
(exit station and turn right to the "Platform 2" bus stop at the layby)

Passengers already holding a "North Wales Day Rover" can travel free on all the Sherpa buses

Anyone without a combined train/bus ticket should purchase a 5.00 "Snowdon Day Ticket" from the driver of the first Sherpa bus

 
Return train times
latest times should be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Arriva Trains Wales website
    Betws-y-Coed "S2" Sherpa arr  (platform 2 layby)
15.17
17.12
no later S2 Sherpa in the winter
also 1840 "6B from Ogwen
 
 
The Conwy Valley Line
 
 
 
M-F
Sat
M-F
Sat
M-F
Sat
 
    Betws-y-Coed (Arriva Wales) dep
15.24
15.24
18.03
18.04
20.50
 
    Llandudno Junction arr
15.57
15.59
18.34
18.35
21.21
 
    Deganwy arr   R
   16.08R   
16.06R
18.44R
18.44R
21.35R
 
    Llandudno arr
16.17
16.13
18.53
18.53
21.46
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
M-F
Sat
 
        Colwyn Bay arr   j
1621
1631
1845
1859
2134
2135
 
        Abergele arr   j
1628
1706
1906
1906
2141
2142
 
        Rhyl arr   j
1634
1641
1855
1912
2147
2148
 
        Prestatyn arr   j
1639
1647
1901
1918
2152
2154
 
        Flint arr   j
1653
1700
1914
1931
2206
2207
 
        Shotton arr   j
1659
1737
1937
1937
2212
2213
 
        Chester arr   j
1710
1715
1930
1949
2222
2226
 
  09.10 - Sherpa journey      
  M-F - Mondays to Fridays only     Sat - Saturdays only    
j - change trains at Llandudno Junction     R - train stops on by request to the driver (to pick up) or to the guard (to set down)    
 
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  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
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 - Llangollen
Llandudno - Snowdonia (via Betws-y-Coed)
Llangollen - Corwen - Llanrwst - Llandudno
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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