Bedford benefits from excellent transport links and is easy to reach by car or public transport.

The town is conveniently located between the A1 and M1 and is well served by the A421 dual carriageway which links the two major roads as well as the A6 and A428.

By Rail

There are regular rail services to Bedford from Brighton, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon, London Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, London St Pancras International, Luton Airport Parkway & Luton via Thameslink with trains arriving and departing every 15 minutes. There are also regular East Midlands Trains services from London St Pancras with a journey time of just 40 minutes, and regular East Midlands Trains services from the Midlands and the North. In addition the Marston Vale Line provides hourly services to Bedford from Bletchley and easy access from Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard, Watford Junction and the West Midlands with one change at Bletchley.


By Bus

Bedford also has a Park and Ride service, with a site in Elstow. This facility has a spacious car park, CCTV on site and a waiting room with toilet facilities. The buses operate seven days a week on a high frequency from approximately 6:30am until 11pm (please refer to timetables). Stagecoach also operates a network of frequent services serving Bedford and the surrounding area

By Car

Parking in Bedford couldn’t be easier with plenty of spaces at multi-storey and surface car parks in the town centre. All Council-run town centre car parks are free to park in every Saturday for the first two hours, after which normal charges apply. 

In addition, parking is free on-street and in a number of council-run car parks after 6pm Monday to Saturday and all Sunday. Visitors have the ability to pay for their parking using their mobile phone –

making it easier to park in and around the town. Payment can even be made via an iPhone app (other smartphones are available!). Many of the car parks have been awarded the nationally recognised Park Mark. This is recognition that a car park has been approved by the Police and measures are in place to ensure the safety of visitors and their vehicles.

For further information on parking, including prices and a location map of all council car parks, please visit www.

Timetables of all buses which serve Bedford Borough are also available on the Council website: