S1 Caernarfon – Betwys-y-Coed

Caernarfon - Betwys-y-Coed

This is one of the most amazing bus routes in the UK. The Sherpa’r Wyddfa S1 bus from Caernarfon to Betwys-y-Coed offers simply breathtaking views of the Welsh countryside, with stunning landscapes, picturesque villages, and oft snow-capped mountains along the way.


Great value travel all day £6 adult and £13 up to 2 adults with up to 3 children

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No. of Attractions:

7 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour, 19 minutes

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Starting point:

Caernarfon bus station stand B

How to get here

Journey fact:

Betws-y-Coed hosts the annual Snowdonia Marathon, which attracts thousands of runners to the challenging 26.2-mile course through the stunning Welsh countryside.

Journey Overview

Provided by Gwynedd Council in association with Transport for Wales.

It’s a route that is the gateway to copious works across this iconic landscape, though for those who are only seeking a glimpse from the comfort warmth of the indoors, the bus journey gives you just that and much more!

Starting from Caernarfon, the bus travels through the charming village of Cibyn, with its historic buildings and traditional Welsh architecture. The route then passes through Llanrug, a small town nestled in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, offering stunning views of the surrounding hills and mountains.

The bus passes through Cwm-y-glo, a picturesque village with a scenic lake and rolling hills to Brynrefail, a small village that offers amazing views of the Snowdonia mountains. The scenery is belief defying, with rugged mountains, deep valleys, and rushing streams. The bus passes the delightful lake, Llyn Padarn, and through picturesque Welsh villages with traditional stone houses and charming cafes

Through Llanberis the bus continues on its adventure – an historic village located at the foot of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. Customers can gorge on the stunning views of the mountain as they pass through the village before the road winds through the dramatic landscape of the Nant Peris valley. Towering mountains rise on either side of the road, and waterfalls cascade down the steep slopes. The road passes through a narrow gorge and crosses a river, offering spectacular views of the surrounding hillsides. Keep an eye out for climbers scaling the sheer cliffs of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

This incredible journey progresses to Pen-y-Pass, a mountain pass located at an altitude of 1,100 feet, offering panoramic views of the Snowdonia National Park. Then it’s onwards to Capel Curig, passing by clear mountain streams, close to glacial wilderness and tranquil lakes, including the idyllic Llyn Ogwen. Towering peaks loom on all sides, and the road offers unforgettable views of the surrounding hillsides. Through Rhaeadr Ewynnol, a beautiful waterfall nestled in a forested valley, offering a stunning natural spectacle, the bus makes its way before its denouement in Betwys-y-Coed, a picturesque village located in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Visitors can explore the village’s charming shops, cafes, and pubs, and take a stroll through the beautiful Swallow Falls. There are also great art galleries showcasing fantastic Welsh artists.

Gateway to the S1

By train from London, Midlands, North West, South and Mid-Wales, to Chester, then change to Bangor and then by Arriva 5C bus to Caernarfon

A Fab Day Out!

The Sherpa S1 bus journey from Caernarfon to Betwys-y-Coed is not only a scenic experience but also offers numerous places to visit, things to see, and activities to do along the way. It’s a trip that can be enjoyed in a day or maybe savoured over a longer stay – either way, there’s so much to do and experience!

Starting from Caernarfon, customers can explore the historic town and its famous castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle was built by King Edward I in the 13th century and is one of the most impressive medieval fortifications in Europe. Visitors can take a tour of the castle, walk the town walls, and enjoy the views of the harbour and the Menai Strait.

As the bus passes through Llanberis, customers can take a ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which rises to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. The train journey is a unique experience, offering lifetime memory views of the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

As the bus passes through Nant Peris, folk can explore the historic slate quarries, which played a significant role in the industrial revolution. The quarries are now also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer guided tours and exhibitions.

The route then takes customers to Pen-y-Pass, where hiking opportunities abound across the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. The park offers a range of trails and walks, from easy strolls to challenging hikes, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

As the bus passes through Capel Curig, customers can explore the beautiful natural landscapes, go hiking, or take part in water sports such as kayaking or rafting on the nearby rivers.

Finally, the journey ends in Betwys-y-Coed, a charming village located in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Visitors can explore the village’s shops, cafes, and pubs, and take a stroll through the beautiful Swallow Falls. The village also offers a range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, zip-wiring and fishing.

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