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 !!!

VERY IMPORTANT
NOTE --- MOST NON-SHERPA CONNECTING JOURNEYS WHICH WERE SUSPENDED DURING THE SEVERE CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS PERIOD HAVE RE-COMMENCED
(the majority from Monday 12th April 2021)

The extra summer "S2" journeys which were withdrawn for winter 2020-2021 are re-instated in virtually the same times..........
..........the two former "School Days Only" extensions to/from Llanrwst
will in future apply DAILY to improve connections from/to Llandudno
but the 1730 journey from Betws-y-Coed is cut short at Llanberis

(instead of continuing to Caernarfon)

The section of route between Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert is re-instated
BUT REVERTS TO THE OLD ROUTE NUMBER "S4"

(rather than "S97" as immediately prior to the Coronavirus restrictions)
The former extra early and late summer afternoon journeys through
the Nant Gwynant Pass are to again operate
BUT NOTE SPECIALLY the last weekday journey from Pen-y-Pass
(at 1810) continues to Caernarfon rather than Porthmadog

Extra Summer Only "S1" 'Park and Ride' journeys between
Llanberis and Pen-y-Pass are re-instated for the summer to
augment the basic "S2" journeys

(service level varies to meet traffic demand)

The Weekend only "S6" Sherpa between Bangor and Pen-y-Pass
via Llyn Ogwen (for Tryfan)
re-commenced with extra journeys
operating " during School Holiday weekends "


from the Menai Straits to the mountains of Snowdonia
SUMMER WEEKDAY TRIPS from CAERNARFON

all year round      
Gwynfor Coaches "S2" Sherpa    
approaching Betws-y-Coed      


by



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

sherpanetwork
  B E W A R E ....................... !!!
Car Parking in Snowdonia is very limited and can be expensive if a space can be found

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

Suggested timings are shown below and all the trips featured can all be done for just £6.80 using a "Red Rover"
which is valid all day on any bus in Gwynedd - this gives you the flexibility to change your mind
if you suddenly decide to go elsewhere or stop off en-route !
(Purchase from the driver of your first bus)


(Some suggested trips can be for considerably less if you stick to the suggested itinerary
- check the start of the individual itineries to see which ticket to purchase)


   STOP PRESS
    The 1730 "S2" Sherpa from Betws-y-Coed will now TERMINATE at Llanberis - it os now quicker to reach Caernarfon by changing to the new 1810 "S4" from Pen-y-Pass which in 2021 is diverted to Caerenarfon

    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 



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



Snowdon Sherpa
Mondays to Saturdays - 12th April 2021  until further notice
except Public Holidays Early Spring Weekend Monday 3rd May  Late Spring Weekend Monday 31st May and Late Summer Weekend Monday 29th August

see important note above
  Click here for suggested Sunday and Public Holiday itineries from Caernarfon
"Trips around Snowdonia - without your car"
from Caernarfon

Summer is an ideal time for a longer day out to visit Snowdonia
with later 'through' "S2" Sherpas back from Betws-y-Coed via Llanberis
Please note specially - at this time of the year the last return weekday buses to Caernarfon are as follows......

Pen-y-Pass (S) to Caernarfon (S4) - depart 18.10
Nant Gwynant (Watkin) (S) to Caernarfon (S4) - depart 18.25
Beddgelert to Caernarfon (S4) - depart 1835
Porthmadog to Caernarfon (S97-S4) - connection departs 1720  (change at Beddgelert)
Rhyd Ddu (S)  to Caernarfon (S4) depart 1843
Snowdon Ranger (S)  to Caernarfon (S4) depart 1845

Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon (S2) - depart 18.40
Capel Curig to Caernarfon (S2) - depart 18.52
Bethesda to Caernarfon (S6-S2-88) - connection departs 1405** SATURDAYS ONLY (change at Pen-y-Pass and Llanberis)
** click "here" for details of the EXTRA "S6" Sherpa 'hourly' journeys OVER THE EASTER
(and other "local" School Holiday) WEEKENDS - up to 1730

Llyn Ogwen to Caernarfon (S6-S2-88) - connection departs 1415** SATURDAYS ONLY (change at Pen-y-Pass and Llanberis)
** click "here" for details of the EXTRA "S6" Sherpa 'hourly' journeys OVER THE EASTER
(and other "local" School Holiday) WEEKENDS - up to 1740

Pen-y-Pass (S)  to Caernarfon (S2) - depart 19.05
Beddgelert to Caernarfon (S4-S2) - connection departs 1745  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Nant Gwynant (S)  to Caernarfon (S97-S2) - connection departs 1750  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Llanberis (S)  to Caernarfon (S2) - depart 19.20


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

(S)   - start of path up Snowdon - click here for more details


     Click here if you want to climb Snowdon
 or if you want to make a simple journey round Snowdon
     - click for the clockwise or anticlockwise summary timetables  otherwise..........



               
BEDDGELERT   and   BETWS-Y-COED
(via Llyn Cwellyn and the Nant Gwynant pass)
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
see important note above
 
Outward
   
Return
                             
S4
S2
S4
S2
S4
S2
S4
S2
S4
S4
S2
S4
S4
S2
S47
S4
S2
S4
Caernarfon
09.05
-
11.15
-
13.30
-
Betws-y-Coed
-
11.10
-
-
14.40
-
-
15.48
-
-
17.30
-
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
09.25
-
11.35
-
13.50
-
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
-
11.35
12.20
-
14.05
14.30
-
16.10
16.35
-
17.55
18.10
Rhyd Ddu village
09.27
-
11.37
-
13.52
-
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
-
-
12.35
-
-
14.45
-
-
16.50
-
terminates
Llanberis
in 2021
18.25
Rhyd Ddu
WHR station
  (S)
09.28
-
11.38
-
13.53
-
Beddgelert
11.50
-
12.45
14.15
-
14.55
16.00
-
17.00
no
1750
Sherpa
in the
summer
18.35
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
11.58
-
12.53
14.23
-
-
16.08
-
-
18.43
Beddgelert
09.40
-
11.55
-
14.10
-
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
12.00
-
12.55
14.25
-
-
16.10
-
-
-
18.45
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
09.45
-
12.00
-
14.15
-
Caernarfon
12.20
-
12.45
14.45
-
-
16.30
-
-
====
19.05
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
10.00
10.25
12.15
12.25
14.30
14.55
(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up Snowdon    
Betws-y-Coed
-
10.47
-
12.47
-
15.17
09.05 - Sherpa journey    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
BETWS-Y-COED via Llanberis and the Llanberis pass
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
see important note above
 
Outward
   
Return
                         
S2 *
88
S2 #
88
S2 #
 88 
S2 #
88
S2 #
88
S2 #
88
S2 *
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
 88 
S2
S4
S2 $
Caernarfon
07.20 *
0830
-
0930
-
1000
bus
suspen
-ded
-
1100
-
1200
-
1400
-
Betws-y-Coed
13.40
-
14.40
-
15.48
-
16.40
-
17.30
-
18.40
Llanberis  (S)
Interchange
07.45
0852
09.05
0957
10.05
11.05
1122
12.05
1227
13.35
1422
14.35
Pen-y-Pass (S)
14.05
-
15.05
-
16.10
-
17.05
-
17.55
18.10
19.05
Llanberis  (S)
Maes Peris
14.20
1430
15.20
1530
16.25
1710
17.20
1740
bus
suspen
-ded
18.10
via
Bedd
-gelert
19.20
Pen-y-Pass (S)
08.05
-
09.25
-
10.25
-
11.25
-
12.25
-
13.55
-
14.55
Betws-y-Coed
0825
-
09.47
-
10.47
-
11.47
-
12.47
-
14.17
-
15.17
Caernarfon
-
1455
-
1555
-
1735
-
====
19.05
19.42
10.00 - Sherpa journey     # - this "S2" Sherpa starts from Llanberis Joe Brown five minutes earlier    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this direct "S2" Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Llanberis" or "Betws-y-Coed" or "Llanrwst" and the route number "88" or "S2"    
$ - the destination indicator on the front of this direct "S2" Sherpa from Betws-y-Coed may display "Llanberis" or "Caernarfon" and the route number "S2" or "88")    
(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    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
BEDDGELERT   and   PORTHMADOG
via Llyn Cwellyn and the Aberglaslyn pass

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
 
see important note above
 
Outward
   
Return
                     
Alternative
later non-Sherpa journeys
S4 *
S97
S4 *
S97
S4 *
S97
S97
S4
S97
S4
S97*
S4
T2
1
T2
1
Caernarfon
09.05
-
11.15
-
13.30
-
Porthmadog
13.45
-
15.20
-
17.20
-
1825
1940
2025
 2230 
Beddgelert
09.35
10.30
11.45
11.50
14.10
14.55
Beddgelert
14.09
14.15
15.44
16.00
17.44
18.35
via  Pen-y-Groes
Porthmadog
-
10.55
-
13.10
-
14.40
Caernarfon
-
14.45
-
16.30
-
19.05
1910
2030
2115
 2312 
09.00 - Sherpa journey    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Porthmadog may display "Beddgelert" or "Pen-y-Pass" (sometimes changing en-route)    
- but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
  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
clockwise  -  via  Llanberis,   Pen-y-Pass,  Beddgelert  and   Rhyd Ddu or Porthmadog
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop 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 circuit
see important note above
                                       
S2 *
88
S2
S4-S97 #
S4
88
S2
 88 
S2
S4-S97 #
S4
88
S2
88
 88 
S2
S4-S97 #
S4
88
S2 *
88
S2
S4-S97 #
S4
T2
 88 
S2
88
S2
S4 ##
1
Caernarfon
07.20
0830
-
-
-
0930
-
1000
bus
suspen
-ded
-
-
-
1100
-
1200
1300
bus
suspen
-ded
-
-
-
1400
-
1500
-
-
-
-
1600
bus
suspen
-ded
-
1640
-
-
-
Caernarfon
Llanberis Joe Brown
07.45
|
09.00
-
-
|
10.00
11.00
-
-
|
12.00
|
13.30
-
-
|
14.30
|
15.30
-
-
-
16.30
|
17.50
-
-
Llanberis Joe Brown
Llanberis Interchange
07.50
0852
09.05
-
-
0957
10.05
11.05
-
-
1122
12.05
1227
13.35
-
-
1422
14.35
1527
15.35
-
-
-
16.35
1707
17.55
-
-
Llanberis Interchange
Pen-y-Pass  
08.05
-
09.25
 
10.05
-
 
-
 
10.25
-
11.25
 
12.20
-
 
-
 
12.25
-
-
13.55
 
14.30
-
 
-
 
14.55
-
15.55
 
16.35
-
 
-
 
-
 
16.50
-
 
18.05
 
18.10
-
 
Pen-y-Pass  
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Beddgelert  
-
-
-
10.30
11.50
-
-
-
-
12.45
14.15
-
-
-
-
-
14.55
16.00
-
-
-
-
17.00
no
1750
Sherpa
in the
summer
-
-
-
-
-
18.35
-
Beddgelert  
Porthmadog
-
-
-
10.55
|
-
-
-
-
13.10
|
-
-
-
-
-
15.13
|
-
-
-
-
17.18
1825
-
-
-
-
|
1940
Porthmadog
Caernarfon
-
-
-
-
12.20
-
-
-
-
-
14.45
-
-
-
-
-
-
16.30
-
-
-
-
-
1910
-
-
-
-
19.05
2030
Caernarfon
10.00 - Sherpa journey    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Llanberis" or "Betws-y-Coed" or "Llanrwst" and the route number "88" or "S2" (sometimes changing en-route)    
# - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog" and the route number "S4" or sometimes changing en-route)    
## - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Beddgelert" or "Caernarfon" (sometimes changing en-route)    
but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
 
0930 - non-Sherpa connecting service - "£5 Snowdon Sherpa Day Ticket" 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
anticlockwise  -  via Beddgelert,  Pen-y-Pass  and  Llanberis
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop 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
                                   
S4 ##
S2
88
S2
88
S4 ##
S2
S2
88
S4
S4 ##
S2
88
S2
88
S4 ##
S2
88
S2
S97
S2 $
Caernarfon
09.05
-
-
-
-
11.15
-
-
-
12.30
13.30
-
-
-
-
15.30+
-
-
-
-
-
Caernarfon
Beddgelert  
09.40
-
-
-
-
11.55
-
-
-
13.15
14.10
-
-
-
-
16.12
-
-
-
17.45
-
Beddgelert  
Pen-y-Pass  
10.00
10.35
-
11.35
-
12.15
12.35
14.05
-
-
14.30
15.05
-
16.12
-
16.32
17.05
-
17.55
18.05
19.05
Pen-y-Pass  
Llanberis Maes Peris
-
10.45
1130
11.45
1230
-
12.45
14.20
1430
-
-
15.20
1530
16.25
1710
-
17.20
1810
18.10
-
19.20
Llanberis Maes Peris
Caernarfon
-
-
1155
-
1255
-
-
-
1455
-
-
-
1555
-
1735
-
-
1835
====
-
19.42
Caernarfon
09.05 - Sherpa journey    
 ## - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Caernarfon may display "Beddgelert" or "Pen-y-Pass"  (sometimes changing en-route)    
 $ - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Llanberis" or "Caernarfon" and the route number "S2" or "88" (sometimes changing en-route)    
but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
+ - on School Days operates via Caernarfon school - on non-School Days starts 1535 and runs direct to Waunfawr    
1130 - non-Sherpa connecting services - "£5 Snowdon Sherpa Day Ticket" 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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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 - 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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