LATEST
    Late June 2021
    Following weeks of traffic chaos in the Caernarfon area,  a TEMPORARY revised,  reduced level "88" weekday timetable is operating to try and improve timekeeping
    Passenegrs intending to connect with the Sherpa at Llanberis should familiarise themselves with the changes.....
.....Eastbound click here or here
.....Westbound click here or here

BEWARE
    There are some NEW "silly" zero minute connections at Llanberis which are NOT recognised as such by the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner"
    You are STRONGLY advised NOT TO RISK them,  but if you are lucky and manage to make one,  it will get you there much quicker - yet another example of "failed" Integrated Timetable Planning in Snowdonia !!!

from the Conwy Valley to the mountains of Snowdonia
SUMMER WEEKDAY TRIPS from BETWS-Y-COED

all year round      
Gwynfor Coaches "S2" Sherpa    
mid-winter
     


by



      "S4" Pen-y-Pass - Beddgelert
    Gwynfor Coaches Sherpa
      "S97" Beddgelert - Porthmadog

These trips also depart SWALLOW FALLS approximately seven minutes later
also CAPEL CURIG approximately twelve minutes later
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  B E W A R E ....................... !!!
Car Parking in Snowdonia is very limited and can be VERY expensive even if a space can be found
(Parking your car on one of the many "clearways" is illegal and you will get a hefty fine !)

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

It is possible to make a day trip round Snowdonia from Betws-y-Coed
every day throughout the year

(except Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day)


Suggested itineraries are shown below and all the trips featured can all be done for just £6.80 using a
"Red Rover"
(gives you maximum flexibility in case you want to change your plans en-route #)
Purchase your ticket from the driver of your first bus
# - some suggested trips can be done with a cheaper ticket if you stick to the services shown
- see individual options below



   STOP PRESS
    An intense "S6" service (excluding the basic journeys) operated over the Easter weekend and it is planned to also apply over other "School Holiday weeknds"

    REMEMBER..........
    Unfortunately,  many official websites (including the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner") continue to show journeys which have either been "WITHDRAWN" or are currently "SUSPENDED"
    These are also included below as a warning - to help you avoid being caught out !!!


    Please bookmark this page and revisit nearer the time to see if there have been any changes or further SUSPENSIONS from the limited official information when this page was last updated

    Any journey shown on all pages on this website with a "strike through" line is still be operating,  BUT it is NO LONGER possible to get a connection back to the start location of this page - eg
 1234 

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


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

You can click on any underlined location to go direct to the appropriate timetable





Snowdon Sherpa
Mondays to Saturdays - 23rd June 2021  until further notice
except Public Holidays Late Summer Weekend Monday 29th August

see important note above
  Click here for suggested Sunday and Public Holiday itineraries from Betws-y-Coed
"Trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
from Betws-y-Coed

Summer is an ideal time for a longer day out to visit Snowdonia
with more frequent and later Sherpas back to Betws-y-Coed
 Please note specially - at this time of the year the last return weekday Sherpa buses to Betws-y-Coed at are as follows...... 
Llanberis Joe Brown to Betws-y-Coed (S2) - depart 17.50
Llanberis Interchange to Betws-y-Coed (S2) - depart 17.55
Caernarfon to Betws-y-Coed (88-S2) - connection departs 1600  (change at Llanberis)
an alternative connection is available at 1530 via Beddgelert
Beddgelert to Betws-y-Coed (S4-88-S2) - connection departs 1415  (change at Caernarfon and Llanberis)
Pen-y-Pass to Betws-y-Coed (S2) - depart 18.10
Porthmadog to Betws-y-Coed (S97-S4 S2) - connection departs 1720  (change at en-y-Pass)
Caernarfon to Betws-y-Coed (S4-S2) - connection departs 1530  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Snowdon Ranger to Betws-y-Coed (S4-S2) - connection departs 1555  (change at Pen-y-Pass)   $$$
Rhyd Ddu to Betws-y-Coed (S4-S2) - connection departs 1557  (change at Pen-y-Pass)   $$$
(a later 'S4-5C-5-19' connection is available at 1843 via Caernarfon and Conway)
Beddgelert to Betws-y-Coed (S4-S2) - connection departs 1745  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
(a later 'S4-5C-5-19' connection is available at 1835 via Caernarfon and Conway)
Nant Gwynant (Watkin) to Betws-y-Coed (S4-S2) - connection departs 1750  (change at Pen-y-Pass)   $$$
(a later 'S4-5C-5-19' connection is available at 1825 via Caernarfon and Conway)
Penygwryd to Betws-y-Coed (S2) - depart 18.12
Capel Curig to Betws-y-Coed (S2) - depart 18.20
Bangor to Betws-y-Coed (S6-S2) - connection departs 1345
** on SATURDAYS ONLY  (change at Capel Curig)
Bethesda to Betws-y-Coed (S6-S2) - connection departs 1405
** on SATURDAYS ONLY  (change at Capel Curig)
Llyn Ogwen to Betws-y-Coed (S6-S2) - connection departs 1415** on SATURDAYS ONLY  (change at Capel Curig)
Llandudno to Betws-y-Coed (19) - temporary last departure 20.45
Conwy to Betws-y-Coed (19) - temporary last departure 21.04

Green - all Sherpa journeys       Gold - partially or fully non-Sherpa services

$$$ - the timings at these locations are "official" estimates..........
- you are STRONGLY advised to arrive in plenty of time (as Sherpas have been observed passing early !!!)

* click "here" for details of the EXTRA "S6" Sherpa 'hourly' journeys OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND

       Click here if you want to climb Snowdon or here if you want to climb Tryfan

Suggested itinerary
latest times should be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website

               
BEDDGELERT  for   CAERNARFON   and   PORTHMADOG
via Swallow Falls,  the Twin Lakes,  Nant Gwynant pass also Llyn Quellyn
or the Aberglaslyn pass
stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
 
Purchase a "Snowdon Sherpa day ticket" - just £5 from the driver of your first "S2 Sherpa to cover the trip to Beddgelert,  Caernarfon or Porthmadog
or a £6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first Sherpa if you might want to use the alternative later non-Sherpa back
see important note above
 Why not return from Caernarfon at 1330 or Porthmadog at 1345 and spend the afternoon in Beddgelert ? 
Time for a walk alongside the river in the Aberglaslyn Pass or to visit Gelert's grave 
then join the 1612 or 1745 "S4" Sherpa home ?
 
Outward
   
Return
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
alternative
later journey
S2*
S4-S97 ##
S4
S2*
S4
S97
S2*
S4-S97 ##
S97
S4
S2
S97
S4
S2
S97
S97
S4
S2
S4-S97 ###
S2
88-S2
Betws-y-Coed *
09.10
-
-
11.10
-
-
13.40
-
Porthmadog
1130
-
-
1130
-
-
1345
1520
-
-
17.20
-
-
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
09.35
10.05
-
11.35
12.20
-
14.05
14.30
Caernarfon
|
11.15
-
|
13.30
-
|
|
15.30 +
-
|
-
1600
Nant Gwynant
Watkin
 (S)
-
10.20
-
-
12.35
-
-
14.45
Rhyd Ddu (S)
|
11.37
-
|
13.52
-
|
|
15.57
-
|
-
|
|
via
Llanberis
arrive 1635
depart 1750

|
|
\|/
Beddgelert
-
10.30
1150
-
12.45
1315
-
14.55
Beddgelert
1148
11.55
-
1148
14.10
-
1409
1544
16.12
-
17.45
-
Rhyd Ddu (S)
-
|
1203
-
12.53
|
-
|
Nant Gwynant
Watkin
 (S)
-
12.00
-
-
14.15
-
-
-
16.17
-
17.50
-
Caernarfon
-
|
1225
-
13.15
|
-
|
Pen-y-Pass (S)
-
12.15
12.25
-
14.30
14.55
-
-
16.32
16.50
18.05
18.10
Porthmadog
-
10.55
-
-
-
1340
-
15.13
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
12.47
-
-
15.17
-
-
-
17.12
-
19.32
1832
 09.10 - Sherpa journey     * - the "S2" Sherpa starts from "platform 2" which is outside Betws-y-Coed railway station    
and also picks up on the main road at the church,  the bridge and the pottery,  then Swallow Falls and Capel Curig --- Sherpa destination is Llanberis
   
+ - starts five minutes later on non-School Days    
 ## - the destination indicator on the front of this direct "S4-S97" Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog" (sometimes changing en-route)    
 ### - the destination indicator on the front of this direct "S4-S97" Sherpa from Porthmadog may display "Beddgelert" or "Pen-y-Pass" and the route number "S97" or "S4" (sometimes changing en-route)    
- but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up Snowdon    
"88-S2" - alternative later partially non-Sherpa journey via Llanberis - the £6.80 "Red Rover" day ticket is valid on these journeys    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
LLANBERIS   and   CAERNARFON
via Swallow Falls,  the Twin Lakes and either the Nant Gwynant or the the Llanberis pass *

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
* if you would like to go out one route and return the other (ie go right round Snolwdon) - click here for clockwise or here for anti-clockwise

 
Purchase a "Snowdon Sherpa day ticket" - just £5 if you ONLY intend to use the Sherpas
or a £6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first Sherpa to cover the COMPLETE trip to Caernarfon using the Gwynfor "88" connection
see important note above
 
Outward
   
Return
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
last 'all-year-round'
return journey
 
later Summer only
journey
S2*
88
S2*
88
S2*
88
S2*
S2*
88
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
S4
  88  
S2
88
S2
Betws-y-Coed *
09.10
-
10.10
-
11.10
-
12.10
13.40
-
Caernarfon
1215
-
1320
-
1430
-
15.30 +
1600
cnnection
with
-drawn
-
1600
-
Pen-y-Pass (S)
09.35
-
10.35
-
11.35
-
12.35
14.05
-
Beddgelert
|
-
|
-
|
-
16.12
-
|
-
Llanberis (S)
Maes Padarn
10.45
1000
11.32
1130
11.45
1300
12.45
14.20
1430
Llanberis
Joe Brown
|
13.30
|
15.22
|
15.30
|
16.30
|
17.50
Llanberis
Joe Brown
-
1048
-
1135
-
1303
-
-
1525
Llanberis (S)
Interchange
1247
13.35
1345
14.35
1502
15.35
|
16.35
1635
17.55
Beddgelert
-
|
-
|
-
|
-
-
|
Pen-y-Pass (S)
-
13.55
-
14.55
-
15.50
16.32
>>>>>>>
16.50
-
18.10
Caernarfon
-
1111
-
1158
-
1326
-
-
1548
Betws-y-Coed
-
14.17
-
15.17
-
16.12
-
-
17.12
-
18.32
09.10 - Sherpa journey     * - the "S2" Sherpa starts from "platform 2" which is outside Betws-y-Coed railway station    
and also picks up on the main road at the church,  the bridge and the pottery,  then Swallow Falls and Capel Curig --- Sherpa destination is Llanberis
   
+ - starts five minutes later on non-School Days    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
LLYN OGWEN   or   BETHESDA
via Capel Curig and the Ogwen Valley Pass

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

see important note above
Purchase a " Snowdon Sherpa day ticket" - just £5 from the driver of your first Sherpa to cover the COMPLETE trip to Llyn Ogwen (Tryfan) or Bethesda or Bangor
 
Outward
 
School Term Weekends
 
School Holiday Weekends  $
     
Sat
 
Sat
 
Sat
 
Sat
 
Sat
 
Sat
 
Sat
S2*
S2*
S2*
S6
S2*
S6
S2*
S6
S2*
S6
S2*
S6
S2*
S6
S2*
S6
Llanrwst
08.55
-
-
-
08.55
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Llanrwst
Betws-y-Coed
09.10
10.10
11.10
-
09.10
-
10.10
-
11.10
-
12.10
-
13.40
-
14.40
-
Betws-y-Coed
Capel Curig
09.22
10.22
11.22
11.55
09.22
10.09
10.22
11.09
11.22
12.09
12.22
13.09
13.52
14.09
14.52
15.09
Capel Curig
Llyn Ogwen
Car Park
  (T)
-
-
-
12.05
-
10.17
-
11.17
-
12.17
-
13.17
-
14.17
-
15.17
Llyn Ogwen
Car Park
  (T)
Bethesda
-
-
-
12.15
-
10.27
-
11.27
-
12.27
-
13.27
-
14.27
-
15.27
Bethesda
Bangor
-
-
-
12.30
-
10.56
-
11.56
-
12.56
-
13.56
-
14.56
-
15.56
Bangor
 
Return
 
School Term Weekends
 
School Holiday Weekends  $
Sat
       
Sat
 
Sat
Sat
 
Sat
 
Sat
 
Sat
 
Sat
 
S6
S2
S2
S2
S2
S6
S2
S6
S6
S2
S6
S2
S6
S2
S6
S2
S6
S2
Bangor
13.45
-
-
-
-
11.00
-
12.00
13.00
-
14.00
-
15.00
-
16.00
-
17.00
-
Bangor
Bethesda
14.05
-
-
-
-
11.30
-
12.30
13.30
-
14.30
-
15.30
-
16.30
-
17.30
-
Bethesda
Llyn Ogwen Car Park (T)
14.15
-
-
-
-
11.40
-
12.40
13.40
-
14.40
-
15.40
-
16.40
-
17.40
-
Llyn Ogwen Car Park (T)
Capel Curig
14.25
15.05
16.00
17.00
18.20
11.48
12.35
12.48
13.48
14.05
14.48
15.05
15.48
16.00
16.48
17.00
17.48
18.20
Capel Curig
Betws-y-Coed
-
15.17
16.12
17.12
18.32
-
12.47
-
-
14.17
-
15.17
-
16.12
-
17.12
-
18.32
Betws-y-Coed
Llanrwst
-
15.38
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
15.38
-
-
-
-
-
-
Llanrwst
08.55 - Sherpa journey    
* - the "S2" Sherpa starts from "platform 2" which is outside Betws-y-Coed railway station    
and also picks up on the main road at the church,  the bridge and the pottery,  then Swallow Falls and Capel Curig --- Sherpa destination is Llanberis
   
Sat - Saturdays only     $ - according to the Gwynedd 'CC website - Summer Holiday Weekends means..........    
.........." operates during school holidays and Bank Holidays: (April 10 and 11; May 1, 2 and 3; May 29, 30 and 31; June 5 and 6; every Saturday and Sunday from 17 July) "    
(T) - Sherpa stop for start of path up Tryfan    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  
  BEWARE - many bus stop displays have NOT yet been updated   -   also buses have been "observed" passing INTERMEDIATE locations
considerably earlier than some official "gestimates" - you are stongly advised to arrive at least FIVE minutes before the advertised intermediate times  

               
CIRCULAR   TRIP   ROUND   SNOWDON
clockwise - via Beddgelert,  Caernarfon  and  Llanberis

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
Purchase a £6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE trip
see important note above
               
later summer journey
 
S2*
S97
S4
S2*
S4
88
S2
S4
88
S2
S2
S2
S4
S4
88
S2
Betws-y-Coed *
09.10
-
-
11.10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
13.40
-
-
-
-
Betws-y-Coed *
Pen-y-Pass  
09.35
10.05
-
11.35
12.20
-
-
-
-
-
-
14.05
14.30
-
-
-
Pen-y-Pass  
Beddgelert  
-
10.30
11.50
-
12.45
-
-
14.15
-
-
-
-
14.55
16.00
-
-
Beddgelert  
Caernarfon
-
-
12.20
-
13.15
13.20
-
14.45
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
16.30
16.00
-
Caernarfon
Llanberis Joe Brown
-
-
-
-
-
|
14.30
-
|
15.30
16.30
-
-
-
|
17.50
Llanberis Joe Brown
Llanberis Interchange
-
-
-
-
-
13.45
14.35
-
15.27
15.35
16.35
-
-
-
16.35
17.55
Llanberis Interchange
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
-
-
-
-
15.17
-
-
16.12
17.12
-
-
-
-
18.32
Betws-y-Coed
09.10 - Sherpa journey     * - the "S2" Sherpa starts from "platform 2" which is outside Betws-y-Coed railway station    
and also picks up on the main road at the church,  the bridge and the pottery,  then Swallow Falls and Capel Curig --- Sherpa destination is Llanberis
   
13.20 - non-Sherpa connecting services - special cheap Sherpa tickets NOT valid on these journeys    
Pen-y-Pass --- time for a short walk on the foothills of Snowdon     along the Miners Path towards     Llyn Glaslyn (and Snowdon)    
Beddgelert --- time for a short stroll along the side of the River Glaslyn past Gelert's Grave to the Aberslaslyn pass        
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
CIRCULAR   TRIP   ROUND   SNOWDON
anti-clockwise - via Llanberis,  Caernarfon  and  Beddgelert

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
see important note above
Purchase a £6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE trip
                         
S2*
88
S4
S2
S2*
88
S4
S2*
88
S4
S2
S2*
S2*
88
S4
S2
S4
S2
Betws-y-Coed *
09.10
-
-
-
10.10
-
-
11.10
-
-
-
12.10
13.40
-
-
-
-
-
Betws-y-Coed *
Llanberis
09.45
10.45
-
-
10.45
11.32
-
11.45
13.00
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
12.45
14.20
14.30
-
-
-
-
Llanberis
Caernarfon
-
11.11
11.15
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
11.58
12.30
-
13.26
13.30
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
14.55
15.30 #
-
-
-
Caernarfon
Beddgelert  
-
-
11.55
-
-
-
13.08
-
-
14.10
-
-
-
-
16.12
-
17.45
-
Beddgelert  
Pen-y-Pass  
-
-
12.15
12.25
-
-
====
-
-
14.30
14.55
-
-
-
16.32
16.50
18.05
18.10
Pen-y-Pass  
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
-
12.47
-
-
-
-
-
-
15.17
-
-
-
-
17.12
-
18.32
Betws-y-Coed
09.10 - Sherpa journey     * - the "S2" Sherpa starts from "platform 2" which is outside Betws-y-Coed railway station    
and also picks up on the main road at the church,  the bridge and the pottery,  then Swallow Falls and Capel Curig --- Sherpa destination is Llanberis
   
# - starts five minutes later on non-School Days    
11.32 - non-Sherpa connecting services - special cheap Sherpa tickets NOT valid on these journeys    
Beddgelert --- time for a short stroll along the side of the River Glaslyn past Gelert's Grave to the Aberslaslyn pass        
Pen-y-Pass --- time for a short walk on the foothills of Snowdon     along the Miners Path towards     Llyn Glaslyn (and Snowdon)    
  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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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 - 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 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 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 Porthmadog area
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