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Driving into Bedford?

Park & 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 Pauls Square. You can board one of our easy access buses up to every 15 minutes, 6 days a week and hourly on Sundays.

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 Service Operating Hours

The Park and Ride is open 7 days a week with buses departing the Park and Ride at the following times:

Mondays to Fridays

0700 0715 0730 0745 then at these minutes past each hour 00 15 30 45 until 1800 1815 1830 1845 1859 1959 2059 2159


0800 0830 0900 0930 0945 1000 then at these minutes past each hour 00 15 30 45 until 1800 1815 1830 1845 1859 1959 2059 2159


Sundays & Public Holidays

1010 1110 1210 1310 1410 1510 1610 1710


Return buses depart from the town at the following times:

Mondays to Fridays

0639 0654 0709 0724 0739 0754 then at these minutes past each hour 09 24 39 54 until 1909 1924 1944 2044 2144 2244


0739 0809 0839 0909 0924 0939 0954 then at these minutes past each hour 09 24 39 54 until 1909 1924 1944 2044 2144 2244

Sundays & Public Holidays

0954 1054 1154 1254 1354 1454 1554 1654


Car Park Opening Hours

The car park is locked overnight and any vehicle not recovered before the car park 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:

Monday to Friday: 0530 to 2315

Saturday: 0630 to 2315

Sunday: 0930 to 1730

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

Park&Ride Fares

Effective from May 2017, the fares on the Park&Ride are as follows:




Adult Day Return


Child Day Return (all children aged 5-15 years old)


Children Aged Under 5 FREE

Family Day Return (up to 2 adults and 3 children or 4 children if travelling with 1 adult)




Weekly Ticket (smartcard top-up)



Concessionary Bus Passes

English National Concessionary Bus Passes issued by Bedford Borough Council can be used on the Park&Ride for free travel between 0930 and 2300 Mondays to Fridays and at any time on Weekends and Public Holidays. On weekday journeys that start before 0930 a flat fare of £1.00 is payable with a Bedford Borough Council issued concessionary bus pass.  All other English National Concessionary Bus Passes can be used on the Park&Ride subject to the national scheme rules. 


Elstow Park & Ride, How To Find Us

Elstow Park & 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.


The site is open between 0600 and 2300 Mondays to Saturdays and between 1000 and 1715 on Sundays.

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.

Park and Ride Map


Find us on Sat Nav at MK42 9XF






Contacts :

If you need more information or would like to comment on Park & Ride please contact Stagecoach by:


P&R Contact us - Phone  01234 220030


P&R Contact us - email  Bedford.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com


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