Getting around

Things to do in Bedford | Getting around

Close to the A1 and M1, and with Luton Airport just 30 miles away, getting around Bedford is pretty straightforward.

Airport transfers

With over 70 destinations in over 30 countries including Morocco, Spain and Italy, Luton Airport is one of the UK’s busiest, with nearly 16 million passengers in 2017. Trains run direct from Bedford to Luton Airport Parkway and can take as little as 14 minutes, with most journeys taking around 25 minutes. There are four daily services via National Express from Bedford bus station, but at nearly four hours’ travelling time, it’s by far the slowest option. Driving meanwhile will take around 40 minutes. Alternatively, head down the night before and stay at one of our hotels near Luton Airport.

Luton Airport

Public transport

Servicing over six million passengers across six million miles each year, Stagecoach Bedford – also known as Bedfordbus – offers one of the main ways to get around the region.

Operating out of the main bus station in the centre of town, buses run to Cambridge, Luton, Northampton, Oxford and Milton Keynes twice an hour at peak times.

Public transport

Train stations

There are two train stations in town – Bedford Station, which is the larger one and Bedford St. Johns Railway Station. Bedford Station is on the main Midland line and connects to London to the south and Nottingham to the north.

Dating back to 1849, the station suffered damage during WWII and is now serviced by five platforms and nearly four million passengers each year. There’s an on-site car park with spaces for 614 cars, as well as a café, newsagent, coffee shop and bar. The St. Johns Railway Station is limited to just one platform which runs an hourly service to Bletchley.

Bedford Station

Looking for a hotel in Bedford?

Take your pick from any one of our three hotels in Bedford if you're interested in visiting this pretty riverside town. They're perfect for exploring Bedford's stunning green spaces, sampling its entertainment scene, and ticking off the town's top attractions.