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Public transport

To plan a journey by public transport, use the national Traveline service at www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk 

For other enquiries, you can contact the Bedford Borough Council Bus Information line by telephone on 01234 718005 or by email at businfo@bedford.gov.uk

Bus fares and tickets

For details of fares, season tickets and special offers, please contact the relevant service operator.

On 1 October, Stagecoach, Grant Palmer, Uno and Bedford Borough Council relaunched the ‘Cygnet’ pass.

This enables bus users to switch freely between the three local bus operators without the need to buy multiple tickets. The pass will operate as a paper ticket, which will be sold and accepted on Bedford Borough’s three largest bus operators- Stagecoach, Grant Palmer and Uno.

This ticket will allow for unlimited travel on any Stagecoach, Grant Palmer and Uno bus in the Stagecoach Megarider zone, across a day or a week and you can mix and match bus providers. 

The Cygnet travel zone equates to the area currently covered by the Stagecoach Megarider which the whole of Bedford and Kempston, as well as surrounding villages such as Bromham, Oakley, Cople and Elstow. 

The price is day ticket - £6 and week tickets - £18.

Service disruption 

Details of disruption due to severe weather conditions and flooding can be found on our travel disruption updates page.

Disabled people transportation

Disability Access to Transport in Bedford leaflet (PDF)

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis (PDF)

Further information can be found on our community transport page

Lost property

Most operators have a system for dealing with lost property. If you leave something behind, contact the operator directly to see if it has been found or handed in. Telephone numbers are shown for each operator in the Bus service providers web page

If you are unsure who to contact, call the Bedford Borough Council Bus Information Line on 01234 718 005 for further information.

Bank Holidays and schooldays

Bank Holiday services

Buses usually operate to a Sunday timetable on Bank Holidays but note that not all bus services run on a Sunday or a Bank Holiday.

However, unless stated, there is no service on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Special timetables usually apply on Good Friday and between Christmas and New Year. For more information, please contact the relevant service operator.

School-term dates

Some journeys only operate on schooldays and others only during school holidays. For information on this view the term dates for Bedford Borough. Please note that term dates for some schools, particularly the Harpur Trust schools and those in neighbouring counties, may vary from the dates shown.

Also, some schools have in-term training days. To confirm if a service will operate on a given day, please contact the relevant service operator.

Enhanced partnership scheme

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Schemes 21.06.2021.

As of Portfolio holder meeting 27.05.2021, Bedford Borough Council gave approval to proceed with the development of an Enhanced Partnership. The commencement of this is confirmed through this notice of the intention to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and accompanying Enhanced Partnership Schemes, as required and set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000.