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Once Bedford Midland, Bedford station is the larger of two stations serving the second largest town in Bedfordshire. The current station was built in 1978, but there were two previous incarnations dating back to 1859, with developments thanks to the expanding rail network and bomb damage during WWII. Situated to the west of the town centre, the station is less than 10 minutes' walk from the main shopping area, with both high-street retailers and independent shops, many undercover in the Grade II-listed Harpur Centre and arcades. The bus station, river and gardens along the Embankment are also within easy walking distance.

The historic market town lies on the River Great Ouse and throughout its history, it has made its name in the lace, wool, brewing and engineering industries. The river remains a focal point for events, with the Bedford River Festival and Bedford Regatta attracting big crowds.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:45 - 21:00
Saturday 05:45 - 21:00
Sunday 07:15 - 21:15
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
ATM notes
ATM located in ticket hall
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
The nearest station(s) with more facilities other than Bedford are: Wellingborough and Luton Airport Parkway
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Please phone the Helpline on 0800 058 2844 to ensure that arrangements are in place.
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces702
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£361.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces526
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
front right hand side, and station front
Cycle storage notesMajority of the cycle ranks are sheltered
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Ramp access to main entrance. Lifts and stairs to all platforms. Barriers with side gate for easy wheelchair access

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

Trains to Bedford station

Bedford train station is mainly served by EMR, Thameslink and West Midlands Railway trains. Thanks to frequent EMR services, you can get from Corby to Bedford in 33m, from Nottingham to Bedford in 1h 17m and from London to Bedford in 1h 10m. Thameslink trains connect Brighton to Bedford in 2h 33m and Gatwick Airport to Bedford in 2h, while West Midland Trains cover the route from Bletchley to Bedford in 43m. Need more information on how to get to Bedford by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Bedford.

Bedford train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Bedford station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Bedford railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Bedford.

Bedford has five platforms. Access to platforms 1 and 1a is from the station building itself, while you'll need to take the pedestrian bridge via lift or stairs to get to platforms 2 to 4. Directly outside the station is a taxi rank and a pay-and-display car park for 702 cars, open 24 hours a day. There are also storage spaces for 526 bikes, the majority of which are sheltered.

Bedford train station parking

Bedford train station has two car parks, both near the main entrance. Step-free access is available at both car parks, as well as throughout the whole station.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Bedford station open?

Bedford station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Bedford station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Bedford station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Bedford.

Are there toilets at Bedford station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Bedford station.

Are dogs allowed at Bedford station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Bedford station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Bedford

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Bedford station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway21:322Late
to Three BridgesThameslink21:353On time
to BrightonThameslink21:491On time
to Gatwick AirportThameslink22:053On time
to DerbyEast Midlands Railway22:104On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from NottinghamEast Midlands Railway21:312Late
from Gatwick AirportThameslink21:351On time
from BletchleyWest Midlands Trains21:50On time
from BrightonThameslink21:513On time
from Gatwick AirportThameslink22:062On time
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