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The extra summer "S2" journeys which were withdrawn for winter 2020-2021 are re-instated in virtually the same times..........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


Snowdon Sherpa Bus Timetables


   STOP PRESS 1
        Gwynfor have cut-back their 1730 "S2" Sherpa from Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon at Llanberis - leaving an even longer late-afternoon return "gap" between journeys from Pen-y-Pass back to the Coast on both weekdays and Sundays


   STOP PRESS 2
    Arriva have re-inststed their 'alternative "5C-5" evening journeys' back from Caernarfon to Llandudno

    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official websites (including the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner") continue to show journeys which have either been "WITHDRAWN" or are currently "SUSPENDED"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"



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 alternative Sunday and Public Holiday evening journeys
  PLEASE NOTE..............
The last Monday to Saturday connecting Sherpa service to Betws-y-Coed (for Llanrwst-Conwy-Llandudno) from Pen-y-Pass departs at 1810 in the summer   (starts Llanberis Joe Brown at 1750)
BUT thanks to Llew Jones recasting their Conwy Valley services..........
..........there is now a long wait at Betws-y-Coed for any onward connection
Don't Dispair
    In the unlikely event you are unfortunate enough to miss the last 1810 direct "S2" Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass 
or if you decide you wish to spend slightly longer at Pen-y-Pass
    there is a later Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass (Gwynfor "S2") at 1905 to Llanberis and Caernarfon,  with onward connections via Bangor
    "Red Rover day tickets" are valid on these alternative BUS routes back to Llandudno or Llanrwst/Betws-y-Coed

 
last 'all-year-round' direct return Sherpa service
 
later 'summer only'
return Sherpa service
 
alternative service
via Bangor
 
later alternative services via Caernarfon
 
 
M-F
Sat
     
M-F
               
Gwynfor
Llew
 Jones
T for
Wales
T for
Wales
Gwynfor
Llew
 Jones
T for
Wales
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Arriva
Gwynfor
Arriva
Arriva
Llew
Jones
Avanti
Gwynfor
Gwynfor
Arriva
Arriva
Arriva
T for
Wales
Arriva
Arriva
Llew
Jones
Arriva
Arriva
S2
  19  
train
train
S2
19
train
S2
85
5
88
5C-5*
12
19
train
S2
S2
5C-5*
12
67C
train
5C-5*
12
19
67C
5C
Pen-y-Pass
16.50
-
-
-
18.10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Pen-y-Pass
Penygwryd
16.52
-
-
-
18.12
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Penygwryd
Capel Curig
17.00
-
-
-
18.20
-
-
16.52
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
17.42
18.52
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Capel Curig
Penygwryd
|
-
-
-
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-
-
16.59
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
17.49
18.59
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Penygwryd
Pen-y-Pass
|
-
-
-
|
-
-
17.05
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
17.55
19.05
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Pen-y-Pass
Betws-y-Coed
17.12
>>>>>>>>


1720
also
1725
and
1800
buses
to
Llan
-dudno

ALL
WITH
-DRAWN


1802
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
18.32
1940
The
late
Conwy
Valley
train
has
been
SUSPEN
-DED
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-
-
-
-
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-
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-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Betws-y-Coed
  Llanrwst
-
1806
-
-
1950
|
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
|
|
-
-
-
-
-
-
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-
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  Llanrwst
  Llanberis
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17.20
1730 ##
-
1810 *
-
-
-
-
18.10 $
19.20
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
  Llanberis
  Caernarfon
-
-
-
|
-
|
-
1832
1915
-
-
M-F
Terminates
at
Llanberis
in 2021
19.42
2015
-
-
-
2115
-
-
-
2215
  Caernarfon
  Bangor
-
-
-
|
-
1825
1837
-
1947
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
2020m-f
-
2047
>>>>>>
2055
2100
2147
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
2210
2245
  Bangor
    Bethesda
-
-
-
|
-
-
|
-
|
-
-
|
-
|
-
2123
|
|
-
-
2238
|
    Bethesda
Conwy
-
M-F
Sat
-
2022
-
## -
last "85"
of the
day
1921
## -
last "88"
of the
day
2025
>>>>>
2104 M
|
-
-
2125
-
-
|
2225
>>>>>>
2309
bus

SUSPEN
-DED
-
2323
Conwy
Llandudno Jn station
-
1840
1931
1929
-
2025
-
1924f
2028f
-
|
2038m-f
-
-
2128f
-
-
2129
2228f
-
-
2326f
Llandudno Jn station
  Craig-y-Don
-
|
|
|
-
|
-
1934
2038
-
|
|
-
-
2138
2155
-
|
2238
-
-
2336
  Craig-y-Don
Llandudno
-
1851
|
|
-
2040
-
-
1943
-
2047
2110
|
|
-
-
2147
|
-
|
2247
2310
-
2345
Llandudno
  Llanrwst
-
-
-
|
|
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
|
2140
|
-
-
-
|
-
|
-
|
-
-
  Llanrwst
  Betws-y-Coed
-
-
-
|
|
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
|
2150
|
-
-
-
|
-
|
-
|
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-
  Betws-y-Coed
    Colwyn Bay
-
-
-
1937
1935
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2135
-
2044m-f
-
-
-
2215
-
2135
-
2335
-
-
-
    Colwyn Bay
        Chester
-
-
-
2020
2018
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2128m-f
-
-
-
-
-
2226
-
-
-
-
-
        Chester
16.50 - Sherpa journey      
M-F - Mondays to Fridays only    
* - normally worked by the same "through" bus     f - calls at the "flyover" stop - it NO LONGER serves the railway station    
M - departs from stop "M" outside Conwy railway station (also one minute later from Mount Pleasant)     R - operates to Betws-y-Coed on request to the driver at or before Llanrwst    
$ - whilst in theory it is just possible to catch the earlier 1810 "88" journey from Llanberis - as it is less than 5 minutes,   it is NOT recognised as a connection by the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner"..........    
..........but if everything is 'spot on time' and you are quick,  it will get you to Bangor or Llandudno much earlier    

..........unfortunately this is yet another unnecessary example of 'failed' integrated timetable planning for the Snowdon Sherpa network   
(if you miss the 1810 "88" - your only option is to wait for the following 1920 "S2" - which still runs through to Caernarfon)    
 - if this causes you inconvenience or additional costs,  write/phone/email both the operator (Gwynfor) - 01248 722 694) and Gwynedd CC
and ask them to either extend the 1730 "S2" from Betws-y-Coed as they did in 2020 or retime the 1810 "88" journey slightly later to RELIABLY connect 

  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website or official Conwy CC website 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 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
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