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Public Transport for Yr Wyddfa Snowdon in 2023 – Snowdon Sherpa’r Wyddfa

By Dave Roberts   

Published – February 3, 2023

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Public Transport for Yr Wyddfa Snowdon in 2023 – Snowdon Sherpa’r Wyddfa

Sherpa’r Wyddfa bus service – Updated 2023

The Snowdon Sherpa’r Wyddfa bus service is the ideal option for walkers that are looking to minimise their use of the car, or those who want to avoid the scrabble for a parking space during Summer months.

The service travels around the foot of Wales’s highest summit, and creates a handy link between all the big six walks up Snowdon as well as all the best ones. Because of these handy links it makes for the perfect option if you’re looking to descend Snowdon via a different route to your ascent alhough you’re spoilt for choice if you’re lookinf for  circular walks up  Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon.

Sherpa’r Wyddfa timetables

Visit the the Sherpa’r Wyddfa website links below for up to date bus times

Here are the bus routes, and for your convenience we’ve noted the available walks up Snowdon from each stop;

S2 timetable – Llanberis (Llanberis Path) – Pen-y-Pass (PYG Track, Miner’s Track, Crib Goch, Snowdon Horseshoe, Y Lliwedd) – Betws-y-Coed – Llanrwst

S4 timetable – Caernarfon – Waenfawr – (Snowdon Ranger Path) – Rhyd Ddu (Rhyd Ddu Path and South Ridge ) –  Beddgelert – Nant Gwynant (Watkin Path & South Ridge ) – Pen-y-Pass (see above)

S97 timetable – Porthmadog – Beddgelert

Where do I buy a Snowdon Sherpa’r Wyddfa ticket?

Purchasing you Snowdon Sherpa ticket can be done on the bus, simply hop on and pay, simple!

How much is a Snowdon Sherpa’r Wyddfa ticket?

A Snowdon Sherpa bus fare will set you back £6 for a day ticket, £4 concessions or £13 for a family (2 adults, 3 children), with which you can hop on and off all day. Or you can purchase a single journey from £1.50, which compared to the car parking prices may well be worth it.

Are dogs allowed on the Snowdon Sherpa’r Wyddfa bus service?

We assume so as we’ve seen dogs on the services. Please let us know in the comments below if you have any extra info on this for us.

Pen y Pass Park and Ride

Parking at Pen y Pass, your starting point for the Miners’ Track , the PYG Track  and the Crib Goch scramble up Snowdon is well known as being busy, with very early arrivals recommended, and even then it’s known to be full before 9am!

Avoid that with the Pen y Pass Park and Ride service, that usually runs from Penygwryd and Nant Peris car parks on Saturdays between Easter Saturday to the end of October, with busy periods justifying extra services from Llanberis.

Further Snowdon Sherpa’r Wyddfa information

All information given above is accurate at time of publication. For further info, or to check the up to date Snowdon Sherpa timetables visit the Sherpa’r Wyddfa website.

Walking up Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon using the Welsh Highland Railway

It’s certainly possible to set off on the little trains from Caernarfon and Portmadog to walk up either the Snowdon Ranger or, South Ridge from Rhyd Ddu or Rhyd Ddu Paths. You will however need careful planning as the trains are set up for those who want to sepnd the day on the railway rather than as a form of public transport.


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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3 thoughts on “Public Transport for Yr Wyddfa Snowdon in 2023 – Snowdon Sherpa’r Wyddfa”

  1. Hi I would like to know if any services run in January for the Sherpa bus service and where it would take you. I am travelling with 2 kids aged 6 and 8 and would like to see the best views. Can you please advise?

    1. Hi Ranine. There’s a comparatively good service all year round but the final bus might be earlier owing to the darker evenings. https://www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/en/Residents/Parking-roads-and-travel/Bus-timetables/Bus-timetables.aspx has the latest timetables – scroll down to the Sherpa ones at the bottom. Beyond that, it depends where you’re based!

      It might be best you bring your question onto the Walk up Snowdon forum – https://www.mudandroutes.com/forums/walk-up-snowdon/ – it’s easier to advise in a forum than through the comments on here!

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