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Conwy to Caernarfon by public transit

Hi - I plugged the journey into traveline using the Web address Rick gives and got journeys varying from 5+ hours to 11+ hours(really) with multiple changes. Help!

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I have no idea which website RS suggests (and don't care), but the real one for Wales is Traveline Cymru- https://www.traveline.cymru/journey-planner-results/?search=1&typeaheadFromName=Conwy%2C+Conwy&typeaheadFromLat=53.2811&typeaheadFromLng=-3.82969&typeaheadToName=Caernarfon+Bus+Station%2C+Gwynedd&typeaheadToLat=53.1401&typeaheadToLng=-4.27248&maxWalkDistanceMetres=1000&walkSpeed=4&from=Conwy%2C+Conwy&to=Caernarfon+Bus+Station%2C+Gwynedd&date=1692831600&timeMode=LeaveAfter&time=17%3A15&maxChanges=fewest&maxWalkDistanceMetresRestricted=

Any other website is a pale imitation for journey planning across Wales.

It is 2 buses changing at Bangor several times an hour, The journey should take about 1 hr 15 minutes.

8 to 11 hours sounds like it is taking you on an all rail route via Chester, Shrewsbury, Machynnleth, Porthmadog and the Welsh Highland narrow gauge Railway- which is totally crackers.
The Welsh Highland only runs a few days a week and once or twice a day on the through journey currently.

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I've done this route. Very simple. It's a regular city type bus.

Now, here's something you won't get from just looking at timetables...some of the buses that go from Conwy to Bangor change numbers and continue to Caernarfon. It's hard to tell which ones. Ask the driver.

I found out by asking my driver in Bangor where to get the bus to Caernarfon. He told me to stay on this one as we will be going there.

I can also recommend Ainsworths Fish and Chips. Takeaway only. Actually, there are two seats in the window.

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I second the train suggestion and will add that Bodnant Garden is fabulous. I managed to get there by bus in 2017; I guess there may have been a bit of walking involved.

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65 posts

Thanks - considered the gardens, but wonder if it would be worth it in late September.

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We'd need input from one of our UK folks on that, I guess. I don't remember the timing of my visit and am traveling, so I can't check my notes. You might try Googling, or perhaps the garden website has a list of when things are usually in bloom. I would guess the garden would be lovely, but it is only my guess.

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I too would guess that September is a good month to visit Bodnant as the gardens begin to move into the fall/autumn.

I see this on their website-

Separating the Shrub Borders and the Dell, the Glades are a good area for daffodils in the spring, and the bluebells that follow hot on their heels. Fiery shades of red and amber burst through during the autumn months. Trees from all over the world, including cornus, prunus, liquidambar and paulownia provide year-long interest with the acers lighting up the arboretum from September to November.

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Thanks for the additional input - I'll be in northern Wales the last week in Sept, but will certainly consider the gardens.