LATEST
    Early September 2021
    There are further changes to the weekday connecting "88" service between Caernarfon and Llanberis commencing Monday 6th September

    Make sure you are aware of these latest changes before you set out

from the Cambrian coast to the mountains of Snowdonia
AUTUMN WEEKDAY TRIPS from PORTHMADOG

leaving Porthmadog        
"S97" Porthmadog - Pen-y-Pass    
"S2" Pen-y-Pass - Betws-y-Coed    

approaching Betws-y-Coed        
TREMADOG
and
PRENTEG

by



Porthmadog
Tremadog
Prenteg
Aberglaslyn Pass
Beddgelert
for the mountains
of Snowdonia
also Betws-y-Coed
and Llanberis


        leaving Beddgelert
    "S4" Beddgelert - Pen-y-Pass
    also "S4" Beddgelert - Caernarfon
        at Pen-y-Pass

These trips also depart TREMADOG approximately four minutes later
and PRENTEG approximately seven minutes later
sherpanetwork
  B E W A R E ....................... !!!
Car Parking in Snowdonia is very limited and can be expensive if a space can be found

The alternative is to leave your car behind and use the
Snowdon Sherpa Bus network

    STOP PRESS
    The 1730 weekday Sherpa from Betws-y-Coed terminates at Llanberis in 2021
   Passengers for Porthmadog are advised to change at Pen-y-Pass into the 1810 "S4" Sherpathen the 2000 "T2" from Caernarfon

    REMEMBER..........
    Due to so many last-minute changes to the various services in the area,  unfortunately many official websites (including the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner") continue to show journeys which have either been "CHANGED" or sometimes even "WITHDRAWN"
    Where known,  these are also included below as a warning - to help avoid you being caught out !!!


    Please bookmark and revisit nearer the time to check if there have been any further known changes since your last visit to this page

    Journeys shown on this website with a "strike through" line are still operating,  BUT it is NO LONGER possible to get a (bus) connection back to the start location of the page - eg
 1234 

    Throughout Snowdonia there are unfortunately numerous cases of "sub-standard" connections which are NOT recognised by the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner"
(as they are less than 5 minutes) - eg
10.05 10.02
    Although this website strongly advises you NOT to 'chance' them..........
..........they are included to draw your attention to the fact that if everything is 'spot on time' and you are "very quick" - it can sometimes get you to your destination considerably earlier



This "unofficial" website attempts to show what is available
..... and to encourage greater use of the network
also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"


Snowdon Sherpa
Mondays to Saturdays - 6th September 2021  until further notice
see VERY important note above
  Click here for suggested Sunday and Publiv Holiday itineraries from Porthmadog
"Trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
from Porthmadog

Autumn is an ideal time to see the views after the trees shed their leaves
and all the summer crowds have gone !

 Please note specially - at this time of the year the last return weekday Sherpa buses to Porthmadog are as follows...... 
Pen-y-Pass to Porthmadog (S4-S97) - departs 16.35
a later partially non-Sherpa connection is available via Caernarfon at 1810
Betws-y-Coed to Porthmadog (S2-S4-S97) - connection departs 1548  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Capel Curig to Porthmadog (S2-S4-S97) - connection departs 1600  (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Llyn Ogwen to Porthmadog (T10-S2-S4-S97) - connection departs 1445  (change at Capel Curig and Pen-y-Pass)
a later connecting T10-S2-S4-T2 (via Caernatfon) is available at 1645
Pen-y-Pass to Porthmadog (S4-S97) - depart 16.35
a later partially non-Sherpa connection is available via Caernarfon at 1825
Llanberis to Porthmadog (S2-S4-S97) - connection departs 1530 (change at Pen-y-Pass)
a later non-Sherpa connection is available via Caernarfon at 1920
Nant Gwynant to Porthmadog (S4-S97) - depart 16.50
a later partially non-Sherpa connection is available via Caernarfon at 1825
Beddgelert to Porthmadog (S97) - depart 17.45
a later partially non-Sherpa connection is available via Caernarfon at 1835
Caernarfon to Porthmadog (S4-S97) - connection departs 1710  (change at Beddgelert)
later direct non-Sherpa journeys are available up to 2000
Snowdon Ranger to Porthmadog (S4-S97) - connection departs 1730  (change at Beddgelert)
a later partially non-Sherpa connection is available via Caernarfon at 1845
Rhyd Ddu to Porthmadog (S4-S97) - connection departs 1732  (change at Beddgelert)
a later partially non-Sherpa connection is available via Caernarfon at 1843

Caernarfon to Porthmadog (T2) depart 2000
Betws-y-Coed to Porthmadog (S2-T2) - connection departs 1840  (change at Caernarfon)
Pen-y-Paas to Porthmadog (S2-T2) - connection departs 1905  (change at Caernarfon)
Llanberis to Porthmadog (S2-T2) - connection departs 1920  (change at Caernarfon)


Green - all Sherpa services       Gold - partially or completely non-Sherpa services


       Click here if you want to climb Snowdon
 or if you want to make a simple journey round Snowdon
     - click for the clockwise or anticlockwise summary timetables  otherwise..........
 
Suggested itineraries
latest times should be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC website
 

  
BETWS-Y-COED
via Aberglaslyn and Nant Gwynant Passes,  Pen-y-Pass,  the Twin Lakes,  Capel Curig and the Swallow Falls

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
see important note above
Purchase a "Snowdon Sherpa day ticket" - just £5 from the driver of your first Sherpa to cover the COMPLETE Sherpa trip to/from Llanberis
or a £ 5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) day ticket from the driver of your first bus to include journeys outside the network via Blaenau Ffestiniog or Caernarfon
 
Outward
   
Return
                 
S97
S4
S2
S97
S4
S2
S97
S2
88
S4-S97
S4
S2
S4-S97
S2
S97
S2
T2
T19
3B
Porthmadog
09.05
-
-
11.30
-
-
13.45
Betws-y-Coed
13.40
-
-
-
15.48
-
17.30
-
18.40
-
1900
-
Beddgelert
09.23
09.40
-
11.48
11.55
-
14.09
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
14.05
>>>>>>
14.30
-
16.10
16.35
17.55
18.10
19.05
-
|
-
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
-
09.45
-
-
12.00
-
==$==
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
|
-
14.45
-
-
16.50
====
18.25
|
-
|
-
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
-
10.00
10.25
-
12.15
12.25
-
Llanberis
1420
1430
|
-
-
|
-
|
19.20
-
|
-
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
10.47
-
-
12.47
-
Caernarfon
-
1455
>>>>|>>>>
1530
-
|
-
|
|
-
|
-
(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up Snowdon    
Beddgelert
-
-
14.55
1610
>>>>>>>
17.00
-
18.35
|
-
|
-
Caernarfon
-
-
|
-
-
|
-
19.05
19.42
2000
|
-
Blaenau Ffestiniog
-
-
|
-
-
|
-
-
-
|
1925
1935
Porthmadog
-
-
15.15
-
-
17.18
-
-
-
2048
-
2008
09.05 - Sherpa journey    
 "S4-S97" - these are now "through" journeys to Porthmadog and the indicator on the front of the bus may show "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog" and the route number "S4" or "S97"    
 (sometimes changing en-route)    
"88" or "1" or "T2" also "T19-3B" - non-Sherpa "link" journeys via Caernarfon or Blaenau Ffestiniog - special "Sherpa Day Rover" tickets are NOT valid    
$ - whilst in theory it is just about possible to catch the 1410 "S4" Sherpa at Beddgelert as long as the "S97" is running 'spot on time' - as it is less than five minutes,  it is NOT recognised as a    
connection by the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner,"  - but if you do make it,  you will get to Pen-y-Pass two hours earlier
   
All it needs is the 1345 ex-Porthmadog and the inward working at 1230 from Caernarfon to run five minutes EARLIER throughout and the problem is solved !!!    
..........unfortunately this is yet further example of 'failed' integrated timetable planning for the Sherpa network    

 - if this causes you inconvenience or additional costs,  write/phone (01248 722 694)/email both the operator (Gwynfor)    
and Gwynedd CC and ask them to retime their 1345 "S97" Sherpa to start at 1340 to make a RELIABLE connection    

  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

                     
LLANBERIS
via Nant Gwynant Pass,  Pen-y-Pass and the Llanberis Pass

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
see important note above
Purchase a "Snowdon Sherpa day ticket" - just £5 from the driver of your first Sherpa to cover the COMPLETE Sherpa trip to/from Llanberis
or a £ 5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) day ticket from the driver of your first bus to include journeys outside the network via Blaenau Ffestiniog or Caernarfon
 
Outward
   
Return
               
S97
S4
S2
S2
S97
S4
S2
S2
S97
S2
S2
S4-S97
S2
S2
S4-S97
88
1
S2
S4
S2
T2
Porthmadog
09.05
-
-
-
11.30
-
-
-
13.45
Llanberis Joe Brown
12.00
13.30
-
14.30
15.30
-
1715
-
17.50
-
1922
-
Beddgelert
09.23
09.40
-
-
11.48
11.55
-
-
14.09
Llanberis Interchange (S)
12.05
13.35
-
14.35
15.35
-
1710
-
17.55
-
1920
-
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
-
09.45
-
-
-
12.00
-
-
==$==
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
12.25
13.55
14.30
14.50
15.50
16.35
|
|
|
\|/
-
18.05
18.10
|
|
|
\|/
-
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
-
10.00
10.35
11.35
-
12.15
12.35
14.05
-
Nant Gwynant Watkin (S)
-
-
14.45
-
-
16.50
-
-
18.25
-
Llanberis  (S)
-
-
10.45
11.45
-
-
12.45
14.20
-
Beddgelert
-
-
14.55
-
-
17.00
-
-
18.35
-
(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up Snowdon    
Caernarfon
-
-
|
-
-
|
1739
1745
-
19.05
1942
2000
Porthmadog
-
-
15.13
-
-
17.18
-
1833
-
-
-
2048
09.05 - Sherpa journey    
 "S4-S97" - these are now "through" journeys to Porthmadog and the indicator on the front of the bus may show "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog" and the route number "S4" or "S97"    
 (sometimes changing en-route)    
$ - whilst in theory it is just about possible to catch the 1410 "S4" Sherpa at Beddgelert as long as the "S97" is running 'spot on time' - as it is less than five minutes,  it is NOT recognised as a connection    
by the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner,"  - but if you do make it,  you will get to Pen-y-Pass two hours earlier
   
All it needs is the 1345 ex-Porthmadog and the inward working at 1230 from Caernarfon to run five minutes EARLIER throughout and the problem is solved !!!    
..........unfortunately this is yet further example of 'failed' integrated timetable planning for the Sherpa network    

 - if this causes you inconvenience or additional costs,  write/phone (01248 722 694)/email both the operator (Gwynfor)    
and Gwynedd CC and ask them to retime their 1345 "S97" Sherpa to start at 1340 to make a RELIABLE connection    

  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
BEDDGELERT   and   CAERNARFON
via Aberglaslyn pass,  Rhyd Ddu,  Quellen Lake and Waunfawr

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
see important note above
Purchase a "Snowdon Sherpa day ticket" - just £5 from the driver of your first Sherpa to cover the COMPLETE Sherpa trip to/from Llanberis
or a £ 5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) day ticket from the driver of your first bus to include the direct journeys via Pen-y-Groes
 
Outward
   
Return
               
later
alternative
S97
S97
S4
S97
S4
S97
S4
S4
S97
S4
S97
S4
S97
S4
S97
S4-T2
Porthmadog
07.45
09.05
<<<<
11.30
<<<<
13.45
<<<<
Caernarfon
11.15
-
13.30
-
15.30*
-
17.10
-
-
Beddgelert
08.10
09.23
09.25
11.48
11.50
14.10
14.15
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
11.35
-
13.50
-
15.55
-
17.30
-
1845
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
====
>>>>
09.33
>>>>
11.58
-
14.23
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
11.37
-
13.52
-
15.57
-
17.32
-
1843
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
-
-
09.35
-
12.00
-
14.25
Beddgelert
11.45
12.45
14.10
14.55
16.10
17.00
17.40
17.45
##
Caernarfon
-
-
10.05
-
12.20
-
14.45
Porthmadog
-
13.10
-
15.13
-
17.18
-
18.10
2048
09.05 - Sherpa journey     * - on non-School Days departs five minutes later    
## - via Caernarfon arrive 1905,  depart 2000(T2)    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
CIRCULAR   TRIP   ROUND   SNOWDON
clockwise  -  via  Caernarfon,   Llanberis  and   Pen-y-Pass
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
see important note above
Purchase a £ 5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE circuit
                   
later summer only journeys
 
S97
S97
S4
88
S2
88
S2
S4-S97
S2
S4
88
S2
S2
S4-S97
S97
S97
S4
88
S97
S4
88
 
S2
S97
T2
Porthmadog
07.20
09.05
<<<<
-
-
-
-
-
11.30
<<<<
-
-
-
-
-
13.45
<<<<
-
15.20
<<<<
-
-
-
-
Porthmadog
Beddgelert   
07.44
09.23
09.25
-
-
-
-
-
11.48
11.50
-
-
-
-
-
14.09
14.15
-
15.44
16.00
-
-
-
-
Beddgelert   
Caernarfon
-
>>>>
10.05
11.10
-
12.15
-
-
>>>>
12.20
14.00
-
-
-
-
>>>>
14.45
15.05
>>>>
16.30
16.40
-
-
-
Caernarfon
Llanberis Joe Brown
-
-
-
|
12.00
|
13.30
-
-
-
|
14.30
15.30
-
-
-
-
|
-
-
|
17.50
-
-
Llanberis Joe Brown
Llanberis Interchange
-
-
-
11.34
12.05
12.42
13.35
-
-
-
14.24
14.35
15.35
-
-
-
-
15.32
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
17.07
17.55
-
-
Llanberis Interchange
Pen-y-Pass  
 
-
 
-
 
-
 
-
12.25
-
13.55
 
14.30
 
-
 
-
 
-
14.55
15.50
 
16.35
 
-
 
-
 
-
 
-
 
-
 
-
 
-
18.05
 
 
18.10
-
Pen-y-Pass
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Beddgelert  
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
14.55
-
-
-
-
-
17.00
17.50
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
18.35
-
Beddgelert
Caernarfon
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
|
-
-
-
-
-
|
|
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
19.05
2000
Caernarfon
Porthmadog
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
15.13
-
-
-
-
-
17.18
18.15
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
====
2048
Porthmadog



09.05 - Sherpa journey    
11.10 - Gwynfor "88" non-Sherpa connecting services - "£5 Snowdon Sherpa Day Ticket" NOT valid on these journeys    
Pen-y-Pass --- time for a short walk on the foothills of Snowdon     along the Miners Path towards     Llyn Glaslyn (and Snowdon)    
Beddgelert --- time for a short stroll along the side of the River Glaslyn past Gelert's Grave to the Aberslaslyn pass        
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
CIRCULAR   TRIP   ROUND   SNOWDON
anticlockwise  -  via Pen-y-Pass,  Llanberis,  Caernarfon  and  Beddgelert
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
see important note above
Purchase a £ 5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE circuit
                                         
S97
S4
S2
88
S4
S2
88
S4
S97
S97
S4
S2
S2
88
S4
S97
S4
S2
88
T2
S4
S97
S2
88
T2
1
S97
S97
S4
S2
88
S2
S97-S4
S2
T2
Porthmadog
09.05
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
11.30
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
13.45
15.20
-
-
-
-
17.20
-
-
Porthmadog
Beddgelert  
09.23
09.40
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
11.48
11.55
-
-
-
-
-
14.10 $
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
14.09 $
15.44
16.12
-
-
-
17.45
-
-
Beddgelert
Pen-y-Pass  
-
10.00
10.35
-
-
11.35
-
-
-
-
12.15
12.35
14.05
-
-
-
14.30
15.05
-
-
-
-
16.10
-
-
-
====
-
16.32
17.05
-
17.55
18.05
19.05
-
Pen-y-Pass
Llanberis
-
-
10.45
11.40
-
11.45
12.45
-
-
-
-
12.45
14.20
14.30
-
-
-
15.20
15.35
-
-
-
16.25
17.10
-
-
-
-
-
17.20
18.10
18.10
-
19.20
-
Llanberis
Caernarfon
-
-
-
12.09
12.30
-
13.14
13.30
-
-
-
-
-
14.59
15.30
-
-
-
16.04
1645
17.10
-
-
17.39
1745
1840
-
-
-
-
18.39
====
-
19.42
2000
Caernarfon
Beddgelert
-
-
-
-
13.10
-
-
14.10
14.55
-
-
-
-
-
16.08
17.00
-
-
-
|
17.40
17.45
-
-
|
|
-
-
-
-
-
terminates
Llanberis
in 2021
-
-
|
Beddgelert
Porthmadog
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
15.13
-
-
-
-
-
-
17.18
-
-
-
1733
-
18.10
-
-
1833
1925
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2048
Porthmadog
09.05 - Sherpa journey      
11.40 - Gwynfor "88" non-Sherpa connecting services - "£5 Snowdon Sherpa Day Ticket" NOT valid on these journeys    


Beddgelert --- time for a short stroll along the side of the River Glaslyn past Gelert's Grave to the Aberslaslyn pass        
Pen-y-Pass --- time for a short walk on the foothills of Snowdon     along the Miners Path towards     Llyn Glaslyn (and Snowdon)    
$ - whilst in theory it is just about possible to catch the earlier "S4" at Beddgelert if the "S97 is running 'spot on time' - as it is less than five minutes,  it is NOT recognised as a connection by the    
TravelineCymru "Journey Planner,"  - but if you do make it,  you will get to Pen-y-Pass over two hours earlier
   
All it needs is the 1345 ex-Porthmadog and the inward working at 1230 from Caernarfon to run five minutes EARLIER throughout and the problem is solved !!!    
..........unfortunately this is yet further example of 'failed' integrated timetable planning for the Sherpa network    

 - if this causes you inconvenience or additional costs,  write/phone (01248 722 694)/email both the operator (Gwynfor)    
and Gwynedd CC and ask them to retime their 1345 "S97" Sherpa to start at 1340 to make a RELIABLE connection    

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