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The extra summer "S2" journeys which were withdrawn for winter 2020-2021 are re-instated in virtually the same times..........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


SUMMER SUNDAY TRIPS by RAIL
and SNOWDON SHERPA via Betws-y-Coed


Transport for Wales Conwy Valley Line train  

Llew Jones Conwy Valley "19" connection  

from  Chester
Prestatyn   Rhyl
Colwyn Bay   Llandudno


to  Pen-y-Pass
Llanberis  Beddgelert
Aberglaslyn   Porthmadog

      "S2" Betws-y-Coed - Llanberis
   Gwynfor Sherpa
       "S4" Pen-y-Pass - Caernarfon 

 
 "Suggested itineries" are shown below
and they can all be done for just £14.10 from Llandudno/Colwyn Bay
- 2 zones
(£24.00 from Rhyl or Prestatyn - 3 zones     £38.00 from Chester - all zones *) 
using the "North Wales Day Rover"
(which includes all main line trains and the "whole of the Sherpa Network")

Purchase at your first station or from the driver of your first connnecting bus
(* - a discount is available for a "railcard" holder if booked at a station)

LATEST..........
The Conwy Valley Railway Line has re-opened following flooding
There are minor changes to the times of some rail journeys



All the regular "S2" connecting Sherpa services are now operated by
'Gwynfor Coaches' and run every day throughout the year #
providing convenient onward direct connections to both.......
Llanberis and Pen-y-Pass
- (start of the main tracks up Snowdon)
also the limited reinstated "S4-S97" Sherpa journeys from Pen-y-Pass
to Porthmadog
or Caernarfon via Beddgelert
# - except Christmas Day,  Boxing Day and New Year's Day


There have been several changes to the
Conwy Valley Line train as well as the times of connections along the Wales Coast Line - WITH SOME "SILLY" JUST MISSED CONNECTIONS AT LLANDUDNO JUNCTION


Sunday partial "88-S2" Sherpa services back to Betws-y-Coed from Caernarfon (via Llanberis) remain unaltered meaning the last connecting service departs Caernarfon at 1600
and Llanberis at 1630

The last direct "S97-S4" Sherpa from Porthmadog (via Beddgelert) now departs 1355  but alternative non-Shrepa connections are available via Blaenau Ffestiniog at 1640 and 1840



Sundays - 16th April 2021  until further notice
also Public Holidays Late Spring Weekend Monday 31st May and Late Summer Weekend Monday 29th August

see important note above
The "S2" Sherpa journey at 1440 is re-instated again making a connection off the lunchtime train from Llandudno
  Click here for suggested Monday to Saturday itineries
"Trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
from North Wales Coast Railway Stations

out and return via the Conwy Valley Line and Betws-y-Coed
(the "Gateway to Snowdonia")
   
Outward train times
latest times should be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official T for Wales website
        Chester (T for Wales) dep   j
0900
1201
 
        Flint (T for Wales) dep   j
0912
1216
 
        Prestatyn (T for Wales) dep   j
0925
1229
 
        Rhyl (T for Wales) dep   j
0931
1235
 
        Colwyn Bay (T for Wales) dep   j
0940
1246
 
 
The Conwy Valley Line
 
    Llandudno (T for Wales) dep
10.22
13.28
 
    Deganwy (T for Wales) dep   R
10.26R
13.32R
 
    Llandudno Junction (T for Wales) dep
10.34
13.40
 
    Llanrwst arr
10.57
14.03
 
    Betws-y-Coed ("The Gateway to Snowdonia") arr
11.03
14.09
 
    Blaenau Ffestiniog (for 'local' bus to Porthmadog) arr
11.36
14.41
 
  j - change trains at Llandudno Junction     R - by request      
       Betws-y-Coed "S2" Sherpa dep (platform 2 layby)
      turn right outside the main entrance

  
Llyn Gwynant                     Snowdon and Twin Lakes                        Llanberis Pass
 11.10 or 12.10 or 13.40 or 14.40 for Llanberis and return)
Alternative connections to
Porthmadog are available
via Blaenau Ffestiniog
at 1200 and 1610
 

                            Capel Curig and Twin lakes           Nant Gwynant Pass              Aberglaslyn Pass
BETWS-Y-COED <---> Pen-y-Pass <---> Beddgelert <---> Porthmadog
                                                     /|\                               /|\                        /|\
                                                     |                                |                        |
                     
 Llanberis Pass     |       SNOWDON                |
                                                     |                                            |
                                                   
   \|/                                           \|/
                                              Llanberis  <----------->   Caernarfon

 
Suggested Sherpa itineraries
latest bus times should be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website
 

Click here for a selection of trips round Snowdonia from Betws-y-Coed station
(exit station and turn right to the "Platform 2" bus stop at the layby)

Passengers already holding a "North Wales Day Rover" can travel free on all the Sherpas

Anyone without an inclusive ticket should purchase a £6.80 "Red Rover" from the driver of the first Sherpa bus
or if ONLY going to Pen-y-Pass - take advantage of the special £2 "S2" Single Journey flat fare ticket)


 
Return train times
latest times should be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official T for Wales website
            Porthmadog  dep
13.55 ("S97")
-
-
1640 ("1S")
-
1840 ("1S")
 
           Blaenau Ffestiniog  "1S" bus arr
|
-
-
1708
-
1908
 
       Llanberis (Joe Brown"S2" Sherpa dep
|
14.30
16.30
|
|
|

\|/
17.50
|
|
|

\|/
 
       Pen-y-Pass  "S2" Sherpa dep
14.40
14.55
16.50
18.10
 
       Betws-y-Coed (platform 2 layby)  "S2" Sherpa arr  
-
15.17
17.12
18.32
 
 
The Conwy Valley Line
Llew Jones
bus 19 #
 
 
    Blaenau Ffestiniog (T for Wales) dep
14.59
17.28
20.20
 
    Betws-y-Coed (T for Wales) dep
15.25
17.55
1840 #
20.47
 
    Llanrwst (T for Wales) dep
15.31
18.01
1850 #
20.53
 
    Llandudno Junction (T for Wales) arr
15.59
18.30
1924
21.22
 
    Deganwy (T for Wales) arr R
1607Rj
18.36R
1928
21.28R
 
    Llandudno (T for Wales) arr
1614j
18.43
1938
21.35
 
             
        Llandudno Junction (T for Wales) dep   j
1625
1924
2041
2139
 
        Colwyn Bay (T for Wales) arr   j
1631
1930
2047
2145
 
        Rhyl (T for Wales) arr   j
1644
1943
2059
2156
 
        Prestatyn (T for Wales) arr   j
1649
1949
2104
2202
 
        Flint (T for Wales) arr   j
1703
2002
2117
2215
 
        Chester (T for Wales) arr   j
1719
2022
2136
2233
 
  11.10 - Sherpa journey    
 
  j - change trains at Llandudno Junction     R - calls by request      
  # - Conwy Valley bus "19" - North Wales Day Rover ticket valid    
 
  1640 - alternative local bus service connecting into the train at Blaenau Ffestiniog      

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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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