(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The extra summer "S2" journeys which were withdrawn for winter 2020-2021 are re-instated in virtually the same times..........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

(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 "

Links to official websites
and contact details

Snowdon Sherpa Bus Timetables
This is an unofficial website
To contact the WEBMASTER please e-mail here
please also do so if you spot any error - so it can be quickly corrected for the benefit of other visitors to this website !
Whilst this website is kept fully up-to-date with all alterations advised to the webmaster
latest times should always be confirmed from official council sources, such as.......

(click on any logo to go to that website)
on the official

No printed copies

    Their website has been updated to show the revised Summer Sherpa timetables which commence on Saturday 27th April
    There is now a full summer "S2" service between Llanberis and Betws-y-Coed on both weekdays and Sundays
    In addition to the weekday "S4" and "S97" reverting to their former weekday daytime pattern,  extra late-afternoon weekday and limited Sunday journeys have also been added
    Many bus stop displays throughout the Gwynedd CC area have NOT been updated to reflect the latest position
    The "X19" timetable on their website is 'out of date' - please confirm the timings on this website from either Llew Jones or Conwy CC

    The LAST "S4-S97" WEEKDAY journey from Pen-y-Pass back to Porthmadog now departs at 1635 #

.........the weekday 1345 "S97" departure from Porthmadog NOW fails to connect into the "S4" for Pen-y-Pass at Beddgelert *  (prior to March it was a through journey !!!)
..........the ONLY Sunday morning "S97" departure from Porthmadog departs EIGHT minutes * before the arrival of the first "3" servuce from Pwllheli

    * - all it needs is the 1345 "S97" ex-Porthmadog (along with the inward working) to run five minutes earlier and the 0835 Sunday "3" to run 15 minutes earlier (as it did before the contract was tranferred from Arriva to Caelloi)
    # - click here for alternative non-Sherpa options to returm later via Caernarfon
.........the last Sunday "88" journey from Llanberis back to Caernarfon departs at 1430
- also the 1730 "S2" journey from Betws-y-Coed now terminates at Llanberis - so if you miss the lunchtime departure, your only other option is to wait intil 1920 !!!!!

on the official

copies dated July 2019 are still around

BUT make sure you also pick up ALL the replacment sheets

   Their departure sheet at Betws-y-Coed Railway Station (Platforn "2" bus lay-by) continue to show the 'out-of-date' full summer "S2" Sherpa departures..........
..........meaning several journeys show NO LONGER OPERATE
    You are STRONGLY advised to IGNORE the information on their website and confirm the latest Sherpa services from either the Gwynedd CC or TravelineCymru websites

    The majority of bus departure sheets throughout the Conwy CC area were updated in January 2019,

    Their website has at last been updated to show the revised 2020-2021 winter "S2" Sherpa service from Betws-y-Coed to Pen-y-Pass
(for the "S4" to Beddgelert) and Llanberis (for the "88" to Caernarfon) and return..........IN FACT THEIR SHERPA LINK HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN UPDATED SINCE SPRING 2019 AND EVEN NOW STILL FAILS TO SHOW THE SUMMER 2021 POSITION !!! here for details of the journeys still operating along with notes showing those which no longer operate  (to help avoid you being "caught out")

    Their link to the Conwy Valley "19-X19" bus and the Conwy Valley connecting train services is WAY OUT OF DATE - in fact still shows the version from 9th December 2018 
    Note - there were yet more bus time changes from 12th April
 (which can be confirmed from Llew Jones own website).....minor changes are also to be made to the connecting train services from Sunday 16th May.....
.....alternatively click here for details of the journeys which are currently operating along with the "S2" Sherpa connections from Betws-y-Coed and return

    Gwynedd CC have aagain adjusted the level of weekday "S4" journeys AS WELL AS RE-INTRODUCING LIMITED CONNECTIONS ON SUNDAYS between Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert and v.v.

alternatively try 

No printed copies 

    Their "Journey Planner" requires minimum of five minutes for a connection at any location - this also applies when there is a 'through journey' - often the case at Beddgelert where the Sherpa route number changes

    - eg ["S4"-"S97"] or ["S97"-"S4"]
    A similar situation applies on the altertnative later evening ["5C"-"5"] journeys from Caernarfon to Llandudno via Bangor
    Unfotunately in these cases they automatically advise you to travel an earlier journey and to hang around - sometimes for hours - for the next one !!! (althouigh "some" - but not all - options have since been manually updated)
    This website is the only one which gives an appropriate note on the individual timetable pages to show when to remain on the Sherpa to get to your destination quicker

   "the" official public transport website
The following has appeared on the TravelineCymru website.......
    " Unfortunately will not be able to update our Journey Planner and Timetables with service changes in effect during the 2 week circuit breaker lockdown (23/10/2020 until 9/11/2020)
Please check our Coronavirus page to see how services will be operating during this time

    REMEMBER - even before lock down (unlike those for South Wales)  most timetables for the greater Snowdonia area (and in consequence their "Journey Planner") were not UP-TO-DATE,  so don't rely on them for the period immediately after either !!!!!!

   Make sure you also double check their 'Coronavirus Transport Service Updates' page for their latest information

or the official 

Unlike several other
operators in the area,
they do not produce
any printed copies

    Gwynfor have removed all timetables from their website - instead it now gives a "link" to the Gwynedd CC website for their latest 'official' information
    Gwynfor are now operating their full summer timetables for Sherpa services "S1" "S2" "S4" "S6" and "S97"
    On the positive side, limited Sunday "S97" and "S4" journeys have been reinstated after being SUSPENDED throughout the whole of 2020,  BUT BEWARE,  the 1730 "S2" journey from Betws-y-Coed now terminates at Llanberis on both weekdays and Sundays creating a much wider gap between services JUST AT THE TIME WALKERS FROM SNOWDON WANT TO RETURN TO CAERNARFON !!!

01248 722 694

    This company has again "split" their previously through journeys between Porthmadog and Pen-y-Pass into "S97" between Porthmadog and Beddgelert where passengers now have to change buses into the "S4" to carry on from Beddgelert to Pen-y-Pass
    BEWARE - whilst in most cases there is a reasonable connection time,  there is a "silly" situation during the early-afternoon where there is only one minute off the 1345 "S97" journey from Porthmadog which being less than five minutes means it does NOT appear as a connection on the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner".........

Some 'day-to-day' information can be found here 

or the official 

    The former Arriva Wales booklets for the North Wales and Cambrian Coasts have simply been reprinted with a new cover
    To find a "Transport for Wales" journey you must look for a train still showing AW (for Arriva Wales  !)
    - surprisingly this is still the case with the revised timetables !!!
    Alternatively use their own 'journey planner' to confirm times providing you already know when and where you want to go !!!

  train website
    All local train services throughout Wales are currently operated
by the KeolisAmey of behalf of "Transport for Wales"
    - this includes the connecting Conwy Valley line and
the Cambrian Coast line
    In addition,  a limited number of InterCity services between
North Wales and London continue to be operated by Avanti

    Initially There were are no major changes to the times previously advertised to commence in December 2019
    However to give the 'appearance' of "speeding up" the trains along the North Wales Coast,  several journeys have had important intermediate stops removed - much to the annoyance of the locals who previously used them
.......... an "own goal" is probably the politest way to describe what they have done !!!!!

or the official 

printed copies of their Conwy Valley services are sometimes available on the buses
(during the summer)

01492 640 320

    Their website has been updated to shown their REVISED weekday and Sunday timetables for their "X19" service along the east side of the Conwy Valley together with their "19" journeys along the west side..........
..........from Monday 12th April 2021
    BEWARE - whilst "outward" journeys from Llandudno have good connections,   there are some "silly" sub-standaed connections on return and passengers off the last return Sherpa are now forced to wait an extra hour at Betws-y-Coed on weekdays
 (compared with 2020JUST WHEN PEOPLE WANT TO RETURN HOME !!!

    This company operates the weekday and Sunday "19" and "X19" connecting journeys along the Conwy Valley from and back to Llandudno

    They also operates the very limited NORTHBOUND ONLY "6B" service along the Ogwen Valley between Capel Curig and Ogwen Cottage (for Tryfan)..........
.........together with the Sunday "link" between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog
- an 'alternative' to the now VERY LIMITED Sunday Sherpa "S4" and S97" journeys

    Unlike most other local bus operators in the North Wales area,  with just 24 hours to go, they reduced both their "19" and "X19" services along the Conwy Valley during the lock down - make sure you check the latest information on their website if you need to make an "ESSENTIAL JOURNEY"

    Ironically in most cases,  BETTER connections with the "S2" Sherpa at Betws-y-Coed can NOW be made using the Conwy Valley Railway train journeys - especially on return

Some 'day-to-day' information can also be found here 


 new link - with extra information

  Click on map to enlarge

    A new weekdays only Demand Response - "flexi service" operated by Alpine Travel has been introduced (from 9th November) in the 'greater' Llanrwst-Betws-y-Coed are  ( se map on the left for details)

    On Tuesdays,  Fridays and Saturdays it will also extend as far as Corwen on request

    Remember you MUST prebook through "flecsi" stating when and where you want to travel - if you plan to connect into
or out of a Sherpa (or any other bus/train) journey,  make sure you clearly say so when you "book"

    This is particularly important if you want to use it to "link" between a Conwy Valley "19" journey and a Sherpa" where Llew Jones no longer provides a timetabled journey between Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed

or the official 

printed copies sometimes
available on the bus immediately
after any major change

    This company previously operated the Sunday "S97" Sherpas

  but now only operate some connecting journeys in Snowdonia

    They have now withdrawn their former connecting
"88" Sunday service between Caernarfon and Llanberis also their "85" weekday and Sunday services between Bangor and Llanberis

    A reduced version of these services are now operated by Dilwyns and Gwynfor respectively
    They do provide useful alternative evening service from Caernarfon back to Llandudno (via Bangor) for anyone returning after the last Sherpa via Betws-y-Coed
    You can check the "real time" position of any Arriva connecting bus here
- remember to "zoom in" to the North Wales area first !

or the official 

No printed copies

The company has taken over the the
"3B" connecting service between
Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog

    This company operates connecting journeys from Caernarfon,  Dolgellau and Morfa Bychan
    They still INSIST on their only mid-morning "35" journey to Dolgellau from Blaenau Ffestiniog departing at 1130 - EXACTLY the same time as the ONLY mid-morning Conwy Valley Line train arrives !!!
    On behalf of visitors to this website,  your webmaster did ask them to consider re-timing the bus slightly later,   but a somewhat "unhelpful" reply from their Bethan Jones completely avoided answering the point

  Some day-to-day information can now also be found here

or the official 

01248 600 098

    Their website is currently "under construction"
    IGNORE their "timetables" link which currently
goes to an OUT OF DATE external website

which also erroneously "suggests" they operate weekday "88" journeys
    They have made major short term changes to the times of some connecting journeys as a result of the post-Coronavirus restrictions
    IN PARTICULAR BEWARE - their last Sunday "88" journeys have been ADVANCED to 1430 from Llanberis * and 1600 from Caernarfon
    * - there WERE later "S2" Sunday westbound (only) journeys operated by Gwynfor departing Llanberis at 1810 and 1910 (summer only),  but from Easter 2021 the 1730 "S2 Sherpa from Betws-y-Coed terminates at Llanberis at 1810.......... here to see what is left
  Some day-to-day information can now also be found here

or the official 

No printed copies 

  although this company no longer operates Sunday connecting timetabled services from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Caernarfon - it still operates the weekday local service in Blaenau Ffestiniog


their former website is no longer

  although this company no longer operates connecting
timetabled services from Caernarfon
- it still operates private hire coaches and school buses in the area

  Some day-to-day information can now also be found here

yet another official
website giving
incorrect information !
  the links on this website are all out of date
  in addition the "S6" Sherpa no longer serves Bangor or Betws-y-Coed

.....but do check ANY of the above official websites have been fully updated,
as some are considerably old and (at least partially) out-of-date !!!!
Known errors in official publications are included above
(these 'warning' are there to try to help avoid you being "caught out")

Please remember all official publications were only correct at the time
of going to press, so make sure you also have any relevant amendment leaflets/notices
which may appear as the season progresses

[ If I am advised of any, this website WILL be updated accordingly ]

If you come across any changes not reflected here or you spot any error (or find any broken link)
please e-mail the webmaster so it can be corrected for the benefit of other visitors to this website - thank you !

This website attempts to show what services are currently available
along with those planned for future periods as soon as the information has been announced

In particular it highlights known errors in official publications
in order the help avoid visitors being "caught out" !

It contains composite timetables of connecting services on a cross-Snowdonia route basis
including where a change of bus is necessary --- hopefully it will help you plan your days out

It also includes details of some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
including the ability to stop-off en-route - sometimes at more than one location
- then join a later service to continue your trip out
These are shown from both locations within Snowdonia itself
as well as some of which commence on the North Wales and Cambrian Coast resorts
using connecting buses or trains (thus enabling you to leave the car behind and avoid paying any car parking fees !!!)

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Suggested Sherpa Trips
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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 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
Additional and updated pages are in the process of being prepared - please bookmark this page and keep returning for the very latest information available

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