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The extra summer "S2" journeys which were withdrawn for winter 2020-2021 are re-instated in virtually the same times..........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


SPRING WEEKDAY TRIPS by RAIL
and SNOWDON SHERPA via Betws-y-Coed


Transport for Wales Conwy Valley Line train  

Arriva early-morning "12" 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

 
 Timings are shown below and it 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 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)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION..........
The Conwy Valley Railway Line has at last re-opened following another "flooding" and four journeys each way replace the "Rail Replacement" journeys have runnung during the latest Coronavirus restrictions


The regular "S2" conecting 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 "S4-S97" Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass to Porthmadog
via Beddgelert
(for the "S4" Sherpa to Caernarfon)



At this stage,  there "appear" to be no further changes to the
North Wales Coast Line or Conwy Valley Line train timetables

Weekday Sherpa services from/back to Betws-y-Coed are the same as last year meaning the last connecting "S4-S2" Snowdon Sherpa service
back from Caernarfon to Betws-y-Coed station is at 1530

(alternatively 1500 "88-S2" via Llanberis)
from Beddgelert to Betws-y-Coed station is at 1612
(also 1745
in the summer period)
from Porthmadog to Betws-y-Coed is at 1520
(also 1720 in the summer period)
(Sherpas "S97-S4-S2")

LOCAL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Please note - the Sherpa Network operates the normal Sunday Bus Timetables
however TforWales operates a weekday service on the Conwy Valley railway line



Mondays to Saturdays - 12th April to 15th May 2021
except Public Holidays Early Spring Weekend Monday 3rd May

see see important note above
  Click here for suggested Monday to Saturday itineraries from 17th May 2021 until further notice
Click here for suggested Sunday itineraries
"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 Transport for Wales/Avanti websites
     
"Avanti"
"T for Wales"
"T for Wales"
"T for Wales"
 
 
M-F
Sat
M-F
Sat
 
The Conwy Valley Line
 
      Llandudno (T for Wales) dep
0708j
-
10.10
10.19
13.22
13.17
   
    Deganwy (T for Wales) dep   R
0712jR
-
10.14R
10.23R
13.26R
13.21R
 
    Llandudno Junction (T for Wales) dep
07.28
###
10.32
10.31
13.34
13.29
 
    Llanrwst
07.52
###
10.55
10.54
13.58
13.52
 
    Betws-y-Coed ("The Gateway to Snowdonia") arr
07.58
###
11.01
11.00
14.04
13.58
 
  ### - Unfortunately the Conwy Valley train continues to depart before the arrival of the first Avanti train from Birmingham    
Passengers travelling on this train should change to the Llew Jones "19" bus which calls at Platform 5 (station yard) at Llandudno Junction    
- depart 07.58 and change to the 08.55 "S2" Sherpa at Llanrwst Watling Street    
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    
Purchase a "North Wales Day Rover" ticket to cover all trains and local buses (including the Sherpas) at your first station    
 
  M-F - Mondays to Fridays only     Sat - Saturdays only     x - "Journey Planner" currently shows this train NOT calling     A - operated by Avanti    
j - change trains at Llandudno Junction     R - train stops on by request to the driver (to pick up)    

* - There is no longer a train connection from the North Wales Coast stations into the early-morning Conwy valley Line train or the first Sherpa of the day    
- an alternative Arriva "12" bus operates from Rhyl via Colwyn Bay - alight at Llandudno "Law Courts" then walk round the corner into Vaughan Street    
to join the train - ("North Wales Day Rover" tickets are valid on the bus)
   
 
    Betws-y-Coed "S2" Sherpa dep  (platform 2 layby)
    turn right outside the main entrance





09.10
11.10
14.40
 
for Pen-y-Pass also Llanberis and return
(connect at Pen-y-Pass for Beddgelert/Caernarfon also Porthmadog and return)
alternatively trips right round Snowdon) off the morning trains
   
Llyn Gwynant                     Snowdon and Twin Lakes                        Llanberis Pass
 

                            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 Sherpa buses

Anyone without a combined train/bus ticket should purchase a £5.00 " Snowdon Day Ticket" from the driver of the first Sherpa bus
or if ONLY continuing to Pen-y-Pass --- why not take advantage
of the special £2 single fare  ?

 
Return train times
latest times should be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Transport for Wales website
see see important note above
    Betws-y-Coed "S2" Sherpa arr  (platform 2 layby)
15.17
16.12 and 17.12
 18.32 
 
 
                                The Conwy Valley Line
Llew Jones
bus 19 #
   
 
 
       
    Betws-y-Coed (T for Wales) dep
15.23
18.02
1940 *
evening
weekday
train
SUSPENDED
 
    Llanrwst (T for Wales) dep
15.29
18.08
1950 *
 
    Llandudno Junction (T for Wales) arr
15.59
18.40
2025
 
    Deganwy (T for Wales) arr R
   16.07R   
18.44R
2029
 
    Llandudno (T for Wales) arr
16.15
18.51
2040
 
  09.10 - Sherpa journey      
  M-F - Mondays to Fridays only     Sat - Saturdays only     j - change trains at Llandudno Junction     R - train stops on by request    
 
  # - Conwy Valley bus "19" - North Wales Day Rover ticket valid    
 
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  
  BEWARE - many bus stop displays have NOT yet been updated   -   also buses have been "observed" passing INTERMEDIATE locations
considerably earlier than some official "gestimates" - you are stongly advised to arrive at least FIVE minutes before the advertised intermediate times  

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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 Corwen
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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