Bedford travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bedford

With a population of 86.658, Bedford is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. Bedford deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Bedford

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Legstraps (20 Keeley Lane Wootton) and Amici - Bedford (27 St Peters Street) are great picks. For delicious green meals, The Oakley Arms, Harrold (98-104 High St) and CaRumBar (11 Howard St) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Bedford.

When to visit Bedford

Bedford in April
Estimated hotel price
£52
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bedford in April
Estimated hotel price
£52
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Bedford in July, when the average temperature is 17 °C, and the highest can go up to 22 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 1 °C, with an average temperature of 4 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in October, when precipitation is around 89 mm. In contrast, March is usually the driest month of the year in Bedford, with an average rainfall of 51 mm.

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How to Get to Bedford

Plane

Although Bedford doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Cambridge (CBG), which is located 44 km from Bedford. The shortest domestic flight to Bedford departs from Edinburgh and takes around 1h 20m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Bedford, followed by Eurostar. The train journey from Bedford to Bishop's Stortford takes 0h 35m and costs around £21 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about £14 for a 1h 33m trip. Located 0.9 km from the city centre, Bedford is the busiest station in Bedford. Another popular train station is Bedford Flitwick, located 15 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Bedford is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 74 km from Bedford. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bedford, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Leicester, the bus ride to Bedford takes 209 km and will cost you around £9. From Bristol, the ticket costs about £5 for a journey of 209 km.

Plane

Although Bedford doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Cambridge (CBG), which is located 44 km from Bedford. The shortest domestic flight to Bedford departs from Edinburgh and takes around 1h 20m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Bedford, followed by Eurostar. The train journey from Bedford to Bishop's Stortford takes 0h 35m and costs around £21 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about £14 for a 1h 33m trip. Located 0.9 km from the city centre, Bedford is the busiest station in Bedford. Another popular train station is Bedford Flitwick, located 15 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Bedford is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 74 km from Bedford. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bedford, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Leicester, the bus ride to Bedford takes 209 km and will cost you around £9. From Bristol, the ticket costs about £5 for a journey of 209 km.

Airports near Bedford

Airlines serving Bedford

Lufthansa
Good (4,684 reviews)
KLM
Good (837 reviews)
SWISS
Good (956 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,653 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,234 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,565 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (484 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,604 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,105 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,411 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,994 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,028 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (851 reviews)
LOT
Good (680 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (799 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,176 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (841 reviews)
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Where to stay in Bedford

Average rates range from around £83 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £113 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Bedford

Most booked hotels in Bedford

The George Inn
3 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£103+
The Eaton Oak
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
£105+
Pilgrims Progress Wetherspoon
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£69+
Cranfield Management Development Centre
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£59+
Mitchell Hall
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
£55+
Holiday Inn Express Bedford
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£64+

Hiring a car in Bedford

Hiring a car in Bedford costs £42 per day, on average, or £85 if you want to hire it for 2 days.

Expect to pay £1.48 per litre in Bedford (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.65 and £23.54. The most frequently booked car type in Bedford is Luxury (Mercedes-Benz S-Class or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Premium car hire (BMW 2 Series Coupé or similar) is, on average, 72% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Bedford costs £42 per day, on average, or £85 if you want to hire it for 2 days.

Expect to pay £1.48 per litre in Bedford (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.65 and £23.54. The most frequently booked car type in Bedford is Luxury (Mercedes-Benz S-Class or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Premium car hire (BMW 2 Series Coupé or similar) is, on average, 72% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.