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Bedford Travel and Tourism Centre Services

The Travel and Tourism Centre is closing on 31st March 2017

Information will be available shortly on how to access services once the Centre is closed, please scroll down to view where services can now be purchased/booked. Further updates will be available in the coming weeks.

Whether you like high-octane thrills or you're interested in history and the arts, if you want to entertain the family, or simply want to relax and enjoy quiet, unspoilt countryside, come and visit Bedford and north Bedfordshire.

The county town of Bedford is in one of England's smallest counties, flanked east and west by tourist hotspots like Oxford and Cambridge and just a 35 minute train journey from central London.

Renowned as having one of the finest riverside settings in the country, enjoy panoramic views of the River Great Ouse from the restored Castle Mound; all that remains of Bedford castle, which was destroyed in the siege of 1224.

Contact details:

Travel and Tourism Centre, Thurlow Street, Bedford MK40 1LR

Tel: 01234 718112


Opening hours:

Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm


Make the Travel and Tourism Centre your first port of call when planning a trip to Bedford and north Bedfordshire for the latest information on where to stay and what to see and do.

The friendly and knowledgeable team will help you make the most of your visit.


The Travel and Tourism Centre offers the following services:

  • Discount rail tickets, U.K rail tickets and railcards
  • National Express (U.K) Senior, Family & Disabled Coachcards  
  • Guided Walks
  • Local travel information -  Travel Bedford Website
  • Local maps
  • Theatre tokens
  • Original London bus tour tickets purchased with train tickets
  • Whats On


Love Bedford Town Centre Gift Vouchers (provided by BedfordBID) are no longer available to purchase at the Travel and Tourism Centre.

You can purchase online at www.lovebedford.co.uk alternatively you can buy them in person at:-

The Swan Hotel on the Embankment: www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk  

Arcadia sweetshop:  www.arcadiasweetshop.com


Boat bookings on the 'John Bunyan' boat

The Box Office (Bedford Corn Exchange), Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford 01234 718044

John Bunyan Boat 01946 690301 or online @ www.johnbunyanboat.org


Safford's Day Trips

Are no longer available to book at the Travel and Tourism Centre.

Contact Safford's Coaches directly for the new 2017 day trips season.

01767 677395 or online @ www.saffordscoaches.co.uk 


Accommodation Information

Bedford and the surrounding areas has a range of accommodation from hotels, bed and breakfast and self-catering.  Please view the following sites for details:

Trip Advisor




Train Tickets and Travel

Rail Tickets can only be issued for travel up to and including 31st March 2017

Bedford Travel and Tourism Centre offers discounts on a range of rail tickets from rail operators such as Thameslink and East Midlands.

UK rail tickets and London Travelcards are also available.


Road Transport

Bedford lies 50 miles north of London on the A6 London/Carlisle road; the A1 and M1 roads lie to the east and west respectively. Cambridge is 40 minutes driving time to the east via A428/A45. To the west are Milton Keynes (25 minutes), Buckingham (35 minutes) and Oxford (75 minutes) via A428/A421/A422


Rail Transport

Thameslink line service to London St Pancras (50 minutes). Through services to Gatwick (120 minutes), Brighton (135 minutes). Northbound trains to Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield. Services to West Midlands, Lancashire and Scotland via Bletchley (no Sunday service Bedford/Bletchley). National Rail enquiries 08457 484950.  To plan your journey by train please visit the National Rail website.

Don't Miss

Kite Festival

Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centres and sports development work.


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