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Pen y Pass - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the changes?

From Friday the 24th of July at 5:00pm onward, there will be no parking available at Pen-y-Pass on weekends. Users who wish to walk up Snowdon from Pen-y-Pass will be encouraged to park in Nant Peris or Llanberis, and take advantage of the Park and Ride Sherpa service which will be running every 15 minutes between 6:45am and 6:45pm every day. The car park will reopen at 6:00pm on Sunday.

How often does the Park and Ride Sherpa bus run to and from Pen y Pass?

  • Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays):

S1 and S2 Sherpa bus provide a service between Llanberis – Nant Peris – Pen y Pass every 30minutes between 07:30am (from Llanberis) and 18:35pm (from Pen y Pass).

  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays:

S1 and S2 Sherpa bus provide a service between Nant Peris – Pen y Pass every 15 minutes.

The S1 and S2 Sherpa bus provide a service from Llanberis - Nant Peris – Pen y Pass every 30 minutes.

These services run between 06:45am (from Llanberis) and 18:35pm (from Pen y Pass).

There are some time changes during the day so ensure to check the timetable before you leave.

Will I have to wear a facemask?

Yes. From Monday the 27 July 2020 it is compulsory to wear a face covering on public transport in Wales.

Where can I get information about other carparks?

Check our live parking updates before leaving home – if it looks too busy delay your visit.

Will I have to use the Sherpa to access Pen-y-Pass?

Yes, unless someone can drop you off/pick you up, you arrive by taxi, cycle, or you follow the public footpath from Pen y Gwryd to Pen-y-Pass.

From where exactly do I get on the Sherpa that will take me to Pen-y-Pass?

The Sherpa will pick users up from bus stops in Llanberis (LL55 4TD) and from the Nant Peris Park and Ride site (LL55 4UF).

Will I have to pay for parking too?

Yes in Nant Peris (card only). There are brand new toilet facilities in the Park’s car park at Nant Peris, do remember to use them before you travel – there are no toilets on the mountain!

What if I park on the clearway?

North Wales Police have stated that anybody found to be parked on the clearway or causing an obstruction will have their vehicle removed at their own expense. In other words, it will be very expensive for your vehicle to be returned to you.

Will blue badge holders be able to park at Pen-y-Pass on weekends?

No. At weekends, Pen-y-pass will become a drop-off site for buses and taxis only. Gwynedd Council have announced that all buses will be accessible. Please contact us if you have any specific needs or require more information.

What if I’m a wheelchair user?

All Sherpa journeys will be operated by low floor buses with wheelchair space and ramp to ensure that the stops provided with raised kerbs are served by accessible vehicles.

I’m staying at the YHA at Pen-y-Pass, will I be able to park at Pen-y-Pass?

No. From Friday the 24th of July at 5:00pm onward, there will be no parking available at Pen-y-Pass on weekends with the car park becoming a drop-off site for buses and taxis only.

Will it be possible to park for an extended period of time (say 48 hours) at Nant Peris car park without having to constantly return to the car to buy new tickets?

Yes. When arriving at Nant Peris guests of accommodation providers such as the YHA can purchase additional tickets on arrival for the duration of their stay - i.e 2 ticket for a stay up to 48 hours, 3 tickets for 72 hours etc to avoid having to return to the vehicle mid stay. The traffic wardens will be aware of this arrangement. No overnight camping or sleeping in vehicles permitted.

How much does a ticket cost?

From the 25th of July 2020 onward, prices are:

  • Adult single from £2
  • Adult return from £3
  • Child single from £1
  • Child return from £1.50
  • Snowdon Sherpa Day ticket £5 / £2.50

What if I want to go up to see the sunrise and need to catch the bus before 6:45am? Can I park at Pen-y-Pass if I’m early enough?

No, but it will still be possible to park at Pen y Gwryd and walk up the public footpath for approximately ¾ miles to Pen-y-Pass. Remember to park legally and not on the clearway. North Wales Police will have the authority to tow your vehicle if parked illegally on the clearway.

For information on alternative paths up Snowdon or other areas in Snowdonia see our walking section.

Will Pen-y-Pass car park be open on weekends at the times when the bus isn’t running?

No. From Friday the 24th of July at 17:00 onward, there will be no parking available at Pen-y-Pass on weekends with the car park becoming a drop-off site for buses and taxis only.

Will the toilets at Pen-y-Pass be open?

Yes. There are also brand new toilet facilities at the Park and Ride site in Nant Peris. Although, Hafod Eryri (summit building) is closed so there will be no cafe or toilets at the summit. Remember to GO before you go!

How long will these measures be in place?

We will review these measures regularly with our Partners and assess the situation accordingly.