We would like to visit Snowdonia in July 2017 for 1 week. How feasible is it to visit the park by public transport?
Buses do operate in Snowdonia and connect with most villages and towns, but it isn't a frequent service. But if you plan carefully you can still get around without any problems.
You can buy a bus ticket called a Red Rover which gives you unlimited bus travel in the counties of Gwynedd and Anglesey on the date of purchase and currently costs £6.80. One of these tickets would allow to travel to pretty much anywhere in Snowdonia and should be much cheaper than paying for a number of seperate journeys.
Thanks for your help with the public transport links and information on tickets and places that are easily reached. I can fly to Manchester or Liverpool. Not sure which is best yet. As regards to frequency of buses I don't think that's much of a problem as long as they are reliable. Given our reliance on public transport do you suggest we stay in one place and take buses from there or stay in two/three different places?
Current map of Gwynedd bus routes
Dates from 2013, but the basic network hasn't changed
Same places names to plug into the travelinecymru website to check times and frequency!
Note: generally poor services in most places on a Sunday. A few buses between main towns only.
Not a big problem if you're here for a week. But try not to be arriving or leaving on a Sunday!
From Liverpool Airport you would need to take a bus or taxi from the airport to a railway station, and then change a further 2 or 3 times to get to North Wales.
You can check the train times and fares here: www.nationalrail.co.uk
One centre for accommodation or 2?
Depends what you want to see and do.
Who is 'we' ? Young couple/family with children/seniors?
Do you want long mountain walks/ short strolls / little walking?
Do you want to get to know a place well or get a taste of a couple of different places?
What sort of accommodation were you thinking of? At that time of year, most self-catering cottages/apartments will be for weekly lets. (Out of season you'd more easily find places for 3 or 4 nights each). And note that the school summer holidays here start mid-July which makes a difference (negatively) to crowds and prices, and (positively) to possibly more special events for children,
Do you want a big town with lots of shops and nightlife, or do you want somewhere fairly quiet with mountain views from the window, as rural as possible (but still on a bus route).
To what extent do you just want to explore, for free, enjoy the fresh air, and see what you find?
To what extent do you want to be entertained and informed, at a cost, by visiting specific places -and what sorts of things would interest you?
The 'Snowdonia National Park' includes some big towns, small villages, isolated hamlets, mountains, sea, coastline, forestry, steam trains, castles and other historical sites and all sorts of varied tourist attractions. Any place you choose will have a selection of these, and be within reasonable reach of others ... Unless you have a specific focus and we point to you to somewhere that DOESN'T have this, you can have a great holiday anywhere in Snowdonia!
Gives us some more info about what you want and we can make some public-transport-friendly suggestions.