Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway.  There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

Download a visitor guide including map, directions and health and safety information.

Covid-19 guidance

When on site, please follow these simple guidelines. The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors are our top priority.

Campus address

College Road
MK43 0AL

How to find Cranfield University at Shrivenham

Campus interactive map

Cranfield campus maps and directions


Campus layout

The following map shows the Cranfield campus layout and parking:

Map of the central Cranfield site

Directions by road from London and the South

  • Take the M1 north to junction 13. 
  • At the roundabout, take the 4th exit signposted A507 in the direction of Bedford. 
  • At the second roundabout, take the second exit signposted to Cranfield, Hulcote and Salford. 
  • Continue along this road to Salford and turn right at T-junction, signposted Cranfield. 
  • Follow this road to the end and go straight across the first roundabout, right at the second, then left at the third. 
  • With the petrol station on your left go straight over the mini-roundabout, and the entrance to the University is the first road on your right - signposted 'Main Reception'.

Directions by road from Birmingham and the North

  • M1 south to junction 14. 
  • Take A509 in direction of Wellingborough, then immediately first right, proceed through Moulsoe, then turn left following signposts.

Directions by road from Bedford and the East

  • A428 then A422 west, exiting left into Astwood (7m), then left again following signposts. 
  • Or A421 south-west towards M1/Kempston/Milton Keynes, taking exit towards Cranfield/Marston Moretaine, then follow signposts towards Cranfield and then Cranfield University.

Directions by road from Oxford and the West

  • Follow A34, then A421, to Bicester, Buckingham and Milton Keynes. 
  • In Milton Keynes follow signs to M1 North (junction 14). 
  • Take A509 in direction of Wellingborough, then immediately first right, proceed through Moulsoe, then turn left following signposts.

Parking on campus

On arrival

Please visit one of the five receptions to collect your visitor pass and parking permit, if needed.

Parking your vehicle

As parking enforcements operate on the campus, all vehicles need to be registered with the University. When you collect your visitor pass, you will be able to register your vehicle, if this hasn’t already been done for you by your host, and collect a parking permit. The reception teams will direct you to the nearest visitor parking area.

Visitor pass - prior to arrival

On arrival, please visit one of Cranfield’s five receptions to collect your visitor pass:

  • Building 26, grid reference D3
  • Building 44, grid reference C4
  • Building 300 Martell House, grid reference C6
  • Building 240, grid reference E2
  • Building 111, grid reference E3

You will also be able to register your vehicle and collect a parking permit. The reception team will direct you to the nearest visitor car park to the building you are visiting.

Rail travel

  • From London St Pancras to Bedford - a bus service is available from Bedford to Cranfield University (see ‘Bus Travel’ below).
  • From London Euston to Milton Keynes Central - frequent, fast services. A bus service is available from Milton Keynes station to Cranfield University (see ‘Bus Travel’ below).

Further information and timetables are available from the National Rail travel information and Trainline websites.

Bus travel

Please note that different companies refer to the University in different ways. The main bus stop is named either as 'Cranfield University' or 'Wharley End (Cranfield), Cranfield University main gate'.

Route planning information is available at:

Buses to and from Bedford

Buses to and from Milton Keynes

Coaches from major UK airports

National Express - runs coaches from several major UK airports to nearby towns.

If you should have any comments regarding the above bus services please contact the relevant company direct via their website.

Air travel

London Luton

Our nearest public airport is London Luton which is situated just off Junction 10 of the M1.

From here you can catch a train direct from Luton Airport Parkway station to Bedford - for further information, please see the National Rail website. On arriving at Bedford, you can take a bus or taxi to the campus (see 'Bus travel' and 'Taxi information' below).

Alternatively, there are bus services to Milton Keynes (see ‘Bus travel’ below), where you can change for a bus to Cranfield campus. Alternatively, a quicker option is to take a taxi (see ‘Taxi information’ below).

Other surrounding airports

There are good airport links from several airports around Cranfield. These include:

There is information about travel from these airports to Milton Keynes and Bedford on their respective websites.

Cranfield Airport

Private, executive air travel is also an option to Cranfield campus via Cranfield Airport.

Travel by coach from airports

National Express runs coaches from several major UK airports to nearby towns.


There are several taxi companies operating from Milton Keynes, Bedford or locally at Cranfield. The taxi journey from Milton Keynes or Bedford takes about 20 minutes to Cranfield.


Over 300 cycle hoops and four cycle shelters are available on the Cranfield campus. There is a shared cycle and walking path connecting the Cranfield campus with the south side of Cranfield village which was made possible thanks to joint funding from the University, Sustrans, Central Bedfordshire Council and the Cranfield Parish Council. The route is approximately a 10-minute cycle and 20-minute walk from the campus to the village and links into the Sustrans National cycle route no51.

All cyclists who are parking their bicycle on campus need to register with security.