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The Snowdon Sherpa Bus

Published on 5 Apr 2021 by Gwion Llwyd

Want to walk in Snowdonia without leaving a trail of big carbon footprints? The Snowdon Sherpa Bus network is the environmentally-friendly way to explore our beautiful national park.

This brilliant low cost bus service runs throughout the year, with pick up and drop off points close to many of our Snowdonia holiday cottages. From March to October the main Sherpa bus routes have services every hour.

As well as being more sustainable, the Snowdon Sherpa bus network is a great way to eliminate the stress of finding a car park space and paying for fuel and car park fees during your holiday. And it’s much easier to sit back and admire the jaw-dropping scenery if you’re not doing the driving yourself!

The Sherpa bus service is also perfect for walkers who don’t want to restrict themselves to a circular route on their days out. You can walk up one of Snowdonia’s peaks and end up in a different valley altogether, and then catch a different Sherpa bus back to your start point or even back to your holiday cottage.

Take Yr Wyddfa, or Snowdon, for example. From the Sherpa bus drop off at Pen y Pass you could climb the highest mountain in Wales via the Pyg track, and then make your descent along the Rhyd-Ddu path, on the opposite side of the mountain. It’s a great way to see more of the landscapes and better understand the geography of Snowdonia.

The Sherpa bus network criss-crosses Snowdonia, picking up and dropping off at towns and villages including Llandudno, Conwy, the Conwy Valley, Llanrwst, Betws y Coed, Beddgelert, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Porthmadog, Caernarfon, Llanberis, Capel Curig, and Bangor

The services are regular throughout the day, and timed to connect together. All journeys are operated by low floor buses with wheelchair space and ramps, and some have space for bikes too.

You can see the full Snowdon Sherpa bus timetable and route map here. Adult single journeys are from £2, child tickets from £1, or you can buy a Snowdon Sherpa day pass for £5 / £2.50. Contactless payments are accepted on board, and please check the requirements for on board face coverings when you visit.

Fancy some inspiration for your Snowdon Sherpa bus walks? Check out our secret mountain blog series, starting with Moel Hebog near Beddgelert.

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