Sherpa Bus service

A Sherpa bus at Pen y Pass

What the Sherpas are

The Snowdon Sherpa is a bus service which travels around the foot of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), linking the main six paths and their car parks, as well as other villages and attractions in the area.

In summary, there is a service between Llanberis (for the Llanberis Path) and Pen y Pass (for the Pyg Track and Miners’ Track); this service also calls at the Park & Ride car park at Nant Peris. The service on the other side of the mountain is not as frequent, serving the Rhyd Ddu Path and Snowdon Ranger Path, and also the Watkin Path.

THE INTENSIVE SEASONAL SERVICE HAS ENDED.  Please note that the whole service during winter (until 31 March) is far more infrequent than the high season service. Therefore, if you are planning on using the Sherpa service, please check the timetables first (below).

The Sherpa service also links Snowdon with Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Bangor and Betws y coed for those who wish to travel in from further afield by bus rather than by car.

The 2022 Sherpa service around Snowdon

The Sherpa service makes it feasible to go up one path and down another – see here for some suggestions for combining paths. (Note that out of season this is not always possible with the reduced service.)

Hint: If you are planning to use the bus as part of your walk where the service is infrequent, we would recommend that you try and do so at the start of your walk, rather than at the end, so that you won’t need to clock-watch through the day.

Dogs are allowed on all buses.

Note:  All the Sherpa buses have a wheelchair space, and a ramp to ensure that embarking and disembarking can be easily done.

Waiting for the bus at Pen y Pass

Park & Ride bus (S1)

(See here for detail about the Park & Ride car park at Nant Peris.)

The route between Llanberis (for the Llanberis Path), Nant Peris (Park & Ride) and Pen y Pass (for the Pyg Track and Miners’ Track) is served by just the S1 out of season. Until 31 March 2023 this is now just a two-hourly service in each direction.

Park & Ride winter timetable: until 31 March 2023

  •  Buses run at 2-hourly intervals between Llanberis and Pen y Pass.
  • The first bus leaves the Park & Ride for Pen y Pass at 08:15; the last return bus from Pen y Pass to the Park & Ride leaves  at 19:30.
  • The first bus leaves the Park & Ride for Llanberis at 09:40; the last return bus from Llanberis to the Park & Ride leaves at 18:10.

The S1 service, in addition to linking the Park & Ride to Llanberis and Pen y Pass, also runs on to connect with Caernarfon and Betws y coed.

Other Sherpa services (S2, S3, S4)

Out of season, the S2 service runs between Bangor and Llanberis, serving the Llanberis Path. (Mon-Sat it is largely an hourly service; on Sundays and public holidays fewer buses run.)

Out of season, the S3 service runs between Caernarfon and Beddgelert, serving the Snowdon Ranger Path and Rhyd Ddu Path. (Mon-Sat it is largely an hourly service; on Sundays and public holidays only 3 buses run.)

Change at Beddgelert for the connecting S4 to Pen y Pass.

The S4 service runs between Porthmadog, Beddgelert and Pen y Pass, linking the Watkin Path, Pig Track and Miners’ Track (only two buses a day).

Change at Beddgelert for the connecting S3 to Rhyd Ddu and Snowdon Ranger.

Download the complete Sherpa winter 2022-23 timetable

The following download (426KB) has all the Sherpa services (S1 – S4) compiled into a single .pdf :

Buying a ticket

Tickets can be bought on the bus, either for a single journey or a day pass (with freedom to use any Sherpa service throughout the day).

It is not possible to pre-book a journey.

Fares

All buses accept both cash and contactless card payments.

    • Adult single from £2.60  (e.g. from the Park & Ride to either Pen y Pass or Llanberis)
    • Adult return from £3.90 (e.g. from the Park & Ride to either Pen y Pass or Llanberis)
    • Child single from £1.30
    • Child return from £1.95
    • Snowdon Sherpa Day ticket £5.70 / £3.70
    • Welsh concessionary travel passes can be used, as on ordinary buses.
    • A day ticket ticket, allowing you to travel anywhere in North Wales (called a ‘1bws’ ticket), can also be bought (adults £5.70, children £3.70).  More details here.

The Sherpa service is provided by Gwynedd Council. You can find out more about the service on their website.

Journey planner

You can get additional help to plan your journey by using this Travel Planner.

The wider Sherpa service connects Snowdon with other towns and villages


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