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.

Campus address

College Road
MK43 0AL

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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

Vehicle Permits are required for all vehicles parking on the Cranfield campus. Visitor Vehicle Permits can either be issued to visitors prior to their arrival or created on the day.
Visitor spaces have been allocated across the campus - for more information please see the campus map.

Visitor permit - prior to arrival

Permits can be issued prior to your arrival by contacting the person you are visiting or Main Reception and providing them with the details of the vehicle(s) due to park on campus. You will need to provide them with:

  • your vehicle registration
  • the name of the person you are visiting
  • the length of visit. 

The Visitor Permit can then be collected from the Main Reception on arrival.

Rail travel

  • From London St Pancras to Bedford.  A bus service is available from Bedford to Cranfield University (see ‘Bus Travel’ below).
  • 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)

National rail travel information website
Gives timetable information for all train operating companies. Their phone number is T: +44 (0)8457 48 49 50.

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. More information on London Luton Airport  

From here you can catch a train direct from Luton Airport Parkway station to Bedford. National rail travel information 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 (see ‘Bus travel’ below) to Milton Keynes, 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 websites.

Cranfield Airport

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

Travel by coach from airports

National Express
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.