The £1 buses call at the overpopular Pen y Pass car park, start point for may Snowdon ascents

The £1 buses call at the overpopular Pen y Pass car park, start point for may Snowdon ascents

Walkers and climbers in Snowdonia will be quids in with a scheme offering bus trips into the heart of the mountains for just a pound.

With parking at Pen y Pass due to rise to £10 a day next month, the Snowdonia Green Key bus service is an attractive option for those heading for Snowdon via the Pyg Track and Crib Goch and to those tackling the numerous climbing routes in the Llanberis Pass.

The £1 each way deal means the buses, some of which will be operated by open-top vehicles, are more cost effective than parking at the crowded area at Pen y Pass. Families can benefit by taking up to two under-16-year-olds with each paying adult.

First bus from Llanberis leaves at 8am on Saturdays, arriving 22 minutes later at the start point for many Snowdon ascents. Sunday’s service starts 40 minutes later. Last bus back leaves Pen y Pass at 6.45pm, stretched to 7.45pm from 23 April.

Buses will also run from Llanrwst and Betws y Coed to Pen y Pass.

A similar quid deal is available from Bethesda to Llyn Ogwen for mountaineers heading for the popular climbs and walks in the Ogwen Valley, including Tryfan, the Glyderau, Carneddau and Y Garn, with first arrival at 8am and last departure from the Ogwen Valley at 5.33pm.

Bikes can also be carried on the buses.

Details of the services can be found via the Snowdonia Green Key website.

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