Update - 18.11.21
    Following a revised offer,  it has been announced the Arriva "strike" will be suspended from Friday 19th November,  pending a ballot on Sunday which could possibly change things again next week
    Most,  if not all,  of the Arriva connecting journeys shown here against a "light-grey" background are EXPECTED to re-commence
        Arriva have announced that due to a dispute with their drivers ALL ARRIVA connecting BUSES IN NORTH WALES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL 19th DECEMBER *
    It is understood that other BUS services in North Wales (including all Winter Sherpa journeys) are running to their normal winter times - confirm direct with the operator/s concerned for their latest information
    Passengers from Chester and the North Wales Coast Resorts are advised to travel to Llandudno Junction or Betws-y-Coed or Bangor  by train to join and return from the Sherpa Bus Network or other locally run bus connections

    * this MAY be subject to short notice change - watch this space.....
    1st November 2021
    With just three days to go,  Gwynfor announced changes to the Sherpa timetables for Winter 2021-2022
    Basically the "S2" reverted to a 'one bus' operation similar to last winter,  BUT some journeys run slightly EARLIER than during the summer.  However the "S4" and "S97" services have been re-cast (still making limited connections at Pen-y-Pass),  whilst the "S1" and "S6" services have again been "suspended" for the winter..........
.........see other pages on this website for the latest known information included updated timetables

    In view of the late official information - at one time Operators were legally required to give at least 56 days notice of any change - ANY PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE DATED BEFORE 29th OCTOBER SHOUD BE REGARDED AS "STILL TO BE FULLY UPDATED"

    Please bookmark this page NOW to see if any further information has been made public - using the date below as a quick guide to check if this page has been amended since your last visit

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 up-to-date with all alterations advised to the webmaster..........
..........many Councils/Operators have been making major short notice mid-timetable changes to their services over the last few months
You are STRONGLY advised to confirm any travel plans from the operator concerned before setting out for Snowdonia.
To assist - a list of these can be found below along with notes of any 'known' errors to help avoid you being "caught out"
Click on any logo to go to that website..........

on the official

No printed copies

    Their website has been updated to show the revised "reduced" Winter Sherpa timetables which commence on Monday 1st November
    There is now a reduced winter "S2" service between Llanberis and Betws-y-Coed on both weekdays and Sundays
    In addition there are chsnges to the "S4" and "S97" connecting services via Beddgelert resulting in only one returnn afternoon service back to Betws-y-Coed
    Many bus stop displays throughout the Gwynedd CC area have NOT been updated to reflect the latest position

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

(on Sundays it is advanced to 1005 !!!
.........the weekday 1345 "S97" departure from Porthmadog NO LONGER has an "S4" connection for Pen-y-Pass at Beddgelert
..........also the ONLY Sunday morning "S97" departure from Porthmadog
STILL departs EIGHT minutes before the arrival of the first "3" journey from Pwllheli
.........the last Dilwyn's direct Sunday "88" journey from Llanberis back to Caernarfon departs at 1430*
- also the 1730 "S2" journey from Betws-y-Coed now terminates at Llanberis on both weekdays and Sundays
    * - However it is now possible to return from Llanberis 1630 (the long way) via Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert
WINTER 2021-2022
    Unfortunately some of the times on their website - in particular the last journeys from Beddgelert
(which are those included on this website) differ from those on the Gwynfor Facebook page
         You are STRONGLY advised to confirm the correct information from the operator before setting out as some are shown EARLIER  (despite their Website refering you to the Gwynedd website fot the latest times !!!)

on the official

   Virtually ALL departure sheet displays throughout the County no longer shown the actual departure times
- they simply advise to to ring the helpline
    The one major exception is Betws-y-Coed where there is now a "real-time" electronic departure display - primarily as it it now also a 'TrawsCymru' interchange stop !
    Unfortunately that only show the "next hour" so unlike most other Sherpa stops there is no longer a comprehensice display to allow you to 'plan ahead'

WINTER 2021-2022
    Their website has NOT been updated to show the revised "much reduced" level of 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 consequence..........
..........many of the Sherpa journeys shown NO LONGER OPERATE
also the last JOURNEYS in both directions are NOW "considerably" EARLIER !!!!!

    Whilst the outward Llew Jones "19" and "T19" connections into the Gwynfor "S2" Sherpa journeys and now generally quite good.....
.....on return there are some really "silly" sub-standard connections (only three minutes) at 1045 and 1715 (which do not always wait if the Sherpa is not 'spot on time')
    Also passengers off the last return Sherpa are now forced to wait much longer at Betws-y-Coed for the train at 1802 or return by the long way' via the Ogwen Valley and Bangot !!!

    * - all it needs is for the Council to INSIST the last northbound "T19" of the day departs five minuts later at 1720 so a connection would appear on the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner"
alternatively try 

No printed copies 

0800 464 00 00
(between 0700
and 2000 only)

    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.......
    "Arriva Buses Wales
    Due to strike action across the Arriva Buses Wales network,  from 6am on Sunday 14th November until 1am on Sunday 18th December,  Arriva Buses Wales services will not run (except for Arriva Midlands services 2, 2A and 2C in Wrexham and Arriva North West services 84 and X30 into Chester)
    We will NOT be able to update our Journey Planner and Timetables page to reflect these changes,  so please follow Arriva Buses Wales on Twitter @arrivabuswales and the Arriva Buses Wales website for the latest updates"

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 !!!

    $$ - as a result of the TEMPORARY changes to the "88" - the last westbound "88" WEEKDAY journey to Caernarfon has been retarded to 1815 (this providing a connection by default in the short term)
    BEWARE - there is no guarentee this will not revert to its earlier earlier departure at short notice when the temporaty "88" changes are lifted - ring Gwynfor for confirmation of the latest position

01248 722 694

    Remember a further revised TEMPORARY weekday connecting "88" timetable is NOW in operation (commenced Monday 6th September) ----- make sure you check your REVISED connecting times from/to Caernarfon BEFORE YOU SET OUT !!!

    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 "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 !!!!!

    In consequence most connections between the North Wales Resort stations and the Conwy Valley Line (and v.v.) have increased CONSIDERABLY - clearly no-one at the Cardiff  HQ 'appears' to care about this totally unnecessary inconvenience

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 at last been updated to shown their REVISED weekday and Sunday timetables for their "19" and "T19"
connecting journeys along the Conwy Valley
WHICH INCLUDE THE SUSPENSION of ALL EVENING SERVICES on both weekdays and Sundays from 3rd October 2021

- whilst "outward" journeys from Llandudno generally have good Sherpa connections,  on return there are some "silly" sub-standard connections
(which do not always wait if the Sherpa is not 'spot on time')

Their last Northbound "T19" journey of the day now leaves Betws-y-Coed EXACTLY the same time as their new arriving "T10" from Llyn Ogwen * - meaning passengers off this and the last 'all-year-round' Sherpa from Llanberis are now forced to either return on the 1802 train
(MOST 'Return' and 'Day Rover' tickets are NOT valid) or travel the "long way" via the Ogwen Valley and Bangor

    * - all it needs is for the 1650 "T19" journey from Blaenau Ffestiniog to depart Betws-y-Coed five minutes later at 1720 !


    This company operates the weekday and Sunday "19" and "T19" connecting journeys along the Conwy Valley from and back to Llandudno

    In addition they operate the Sunday "link" between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog - an 'alternative' to the now VERY LIMITED Sunday Sherpa "S4" and S97" journeys via Beddgelert
    Prior to the Coronavirus restrictions,  they also operated the very limited NORTHBOUND ONLY "6B" service along the Ogwen Valley between Capel Curig and Ogwen Cottage (for Tryfan)..........
..........However this has now been replaced by a new daily 'two hourly" TrawsCymru service between Corwen/Betws-y-Coed and Bangor along the Ogwen Pass
    SURPRISINGLY they have still not bothered to include this timetable on their website !!!!! .....but details can be found on this site
    Unlike most other local bus operators in the North Wales area,  with less than 48 hours to go,  they amended both their "19" and "T19" services along the Conwy Valley - make sure you check the latest information on their website - especially if you are planning a day trip to/from Snowdonia
    NOTE SPECIALLY the long standing afternoon Sherpa connection from Llandudno now departs 30 minutes EARLIER at 1150

    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 to/from Snowdonia at Llandudno/Llandudno Junction,  Conwy,  Bangor and Caernarfon

    The five week industrial action by Arriva drivers has been SUSPENFDED to allow further talks..........
..........ALL the Arriva bus journeys which provide connections into and out of the Sherpa network are expected to restart running to the previously advertised times - see here for further details of the connecting journeys involved

    None of this has affected any of the "Sherpa" journey which have continued to operate to their normal WINTER timetables

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,  Barmouth,  Harlech,  Dolgellau and Blaenau Ffestiniog also the local journeys from Morfa Bychan
    Unfortunately they still INSIST on their ONLY mid-morning "35" journey to Dolgellau from Blaenau Ffestiniog departing at 1130 - JUST AS or slightly BEFORE 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
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 - Snowdonia  (via Betws-y-Coed)
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon
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 weekday 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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