Sustainable travel

Sustainable travel improves your health and wellbeing and at the same time reduce harm to the environment.

As part of our commitment to sustainability we want to make it easier for both students and staff to choose sustainable methods of travelling to College and all of our locations.

So what are you waiting for? Browse the tabs below to see how you could be arriving on foot, bike, bus, train or by car share.

Travel by foot

For those living near to the college, walking might be a great option for your daily commute. It is now well documented that walking is one of the best ways of improving health and fitness, as well as reducing stress levels.

Why walking is good for you...
  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce high cholesterol and improve blood lipid profile
  • Burns calories - help to control weight
  • Improve energy levels, reduce stress levels and aid sleep patterns

Walking in Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire has a huge variety of wonderful places to walk, ride, picnic or simply unwind. A wealth of information is now available at

Useful links
Bedfordshire Walk 4 Health
Walk your way to health (NHS)

Travel by bicycle

With its central location right on the river, Bedford College is ideally located along several paths for those who want to cycle into the college. There are showers and changing facilities situated in the Springs Building for those who walk or cycle.

Cycle Map for Bedford and Kempston
This map shows routes which as far as possible avoid busy and difficult roads. You will also find advice on protecting yourself on roads, and information on the benefits of cycling regularly.

For those of you who are undecided about whether cycling is the right choice for your commute, here are some reasons why cycling is good for you:

  • Cycling is ideal for short journeys
  • It's cheap
  • It's fantastic for your health
  • It's more relaxing (no more getting stuck in traffic jams!)

Useful links
Bedford County Council (Walking and Cycling)
CCNB (Cycle Campaign for North Bedfordshire)
Bedfordshire CTC

Travel by bus

Bedford College's central location makes it ideal for travel by bus. We are located 5 minutes walk from the Central Bus Station and are on several bus routes. For further details, please see the links below.

For more information on services, routes, timetables and fares, please visit the Stagecoach website.

Other bus services

Elstow Park & Ride
Bedford's Park and Ride service runs from Elstow to Bedford College. Each day using the Park and Ride service saves 0.6kg of CO2. This is equivalent to boiling 10 kettles or powering a TV for 5 and a half hours! It's the easiest way to drive into Bedford. Buses leave every 12 minutes. Find out more by visiting the website.

Useful links
Traveline (Public transport information through the UK, include call-centre details and online journey planner)
NextBuses (Live bus times on your mobile)

Travel by train

Bedford College is within walking distance of both train stations in Bedford. Bedford St. John's station, a 3-minute walk from our campus on Cauldwell Street, is on the the Marston Vale Rail Line, which runs services all the way to Bletchley.

The main station at Bedford, which connects the town with London, Luton, and Leicester, is a 10-minute walk from the campus on Cauldwell Street. This station is run by Thameslink.

See the links below for train timetables
National enquiries/bookings

Useful links
Bedfordshire County Council (public transport services)
Student Railcards

Car sharing

Everyday hundreds of people head to Bedford College to attend classes or work. Many of those people are coming from the same places to get here. In order to save money, have you ever considered car-sharing?

The website allows you to find other people going your way, and allows yo to connect with them. You then arrange it between yourselves to take turns driving into Bedford. Car sharing will reduce the stress of getting into work, save on petrol, cut down on the number of cars on the road, and allow you to meet more people. So give it a thought.

Join liftshare for free at and find someone else going your way...

Electric charging points

Bedford College is proud to encourage and support sustainable travel within the community. We have two EV (electric vehicle) charging points; one at the main site on Cauldwell St, just left of the main entrance. The second one is at our Shuttleworth site in the main car park. Electricity usage is free at both sites for charging for up to 6 hours, subject to change if demand is high. There is a £1 parking charge at our main site.

To use these and other charging points across the East of England simply register with Source East. There is an annual registration fee of £10.