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 (in Progress Park) 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. 

The terminus point at Bedford Bus Station is a short walk away from Bedford train 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.

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. 

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.

Bus departure times from Elstow park and ride

Buses run Monday to Saturday. There is currently no service on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Buses depart the Elstow park and ride hourly.

First and last buses leave at: 

  • Mondays to Fridays: first bus at 07:05, then 07:35 and every hour until bus at last bus at 17:30.
  • Saturdays: first bus at 07:35 then 08:15 and every hour until last bus at 17:30.

Return bus departure times (including onward travel to Flitwick)

Buses depart from Bedford Bus Station hourly (approximately). 

First and last buses leave at:

  • Mondays to Friday: first bus at 08:25, last bus at 18:50
  • Saturdays: first bus at 08:35, last bus at 18:20

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

There is a 2.1 metre (6'10") height restriction.


For fares please visit the Grant Palmer website or phone 01525 719719 (Mondays to Fridays 07:00-19:00, Saturdays 07:00-13:00).

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. 

Contact Grant Palmer

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

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01525 719719 (Mondays to Fridays 07:00-19:00, Saturdays 07:00-13:00)