Park and ride

Elstow park and ride

Park and ride makes a lot of sense. Easy to use, easy on your pocket and easy on the environment.

Just park in the spacious car park in Elstow and the easy access buses will whizz you quickly along Ampthill Road into the town centre via the hospital in Britannia Road, Borough Hall and Bedford College in Cauldwell Street and St Paul's Square. 

You can board one of the easy access buses hourly, seven days a week.

The terminus point at Bedford Bus Station is a short walk away from Bedford Rail Station. Coupled with our extended operating times, commuters can benefit from greater savings, and allow more time to travel to and from work.

It's currently free to park, just pay on the bus.

Bus departure times from Elstow park and ride

The park and ride is open 7 days a week with buses departing the Elstow park and ride hourly. The first bus will depart to Bedford at the following times:

  • Mondays to Saturdays: 06:51
  • Sundays: 10:10

Return bus departure times

Last buses depart from Bedford Bus Station at the following times:

  • Mondays to Saturdays: 18:40
  • Sundays and Public Holidays: 16:45

Car park opening hours

The Elstow Park and Ride car park is locked overnight and any vehicle not recovered before the car park closes will not be able to be recovered until the following morning. The car park and waiting room are currently open and unlocked during the following hours:

  • Mondays to Fridays: 06:00 to 23:15
  • Saturdays: 06:30 to 23:15
  • Sundays and Public Holidays: 09:30 to 17:30

Please note, there is a 2.1 metre (6'10") height restriction in place at this location


For fares please check with Stagecoach on 01234 220030 or visit their website.

Concessionary bus passes

English National Concessionary Bus Passes issued by Bedford Borough Council can be used on the Park and Ride for free travel between 9.30am and 11pm Mondays to Fridays and at any time on Weekends and Public Holidays.

On weekday journeys that start before 9.30am a flat fare of £1 is usually payable with a Bedford Borough Council issued concessionary bus pass. All other English National Concessionary Bus Passes can be used on the park and ride subject to the national scheme rules. 

Elstow park and ride directions

Elstow park and ride is located in Progress Park, on the A6 just north of the A6 junction of the A421. This location is ideal for those who regularly drive into Bedford from areas like Ampthill, Biggleswade, Cranfield, Dunstable, Luton, Letchworth and other locations in the south of England.

There is CCTV on site, a waiting room with toilets and a real time information screen keeping you up to date with the arrival of the next bus.

Find us on Sat Nav at MK42 9XF

If you need more information or would like to comment on park and ride please contact Stagecoach: