Public Transport - Destination Milton Keynes

Public Transport

Getting Around

Our city couldn’t be easier to reach, just 50 miles from London, 60 miles from Birmingham, and equidistant from Oxford and Cambridge. The M1 is right on the doorstep, and we’re on the main train line from London to Birmingham, plus the international airports of London Heathrow and Birmingham are an hour away, with London Luton even closer. So however you reach us, your journey won’t be a taxing one.

But how about once you’re here? Our town was planned with easy transport in mind, and moving about our city couldn’t be easier. Whether you choose to hop on a bike, take the bus, walk, or drive, the layout and facilities will take the hassle out of getting around.

By Car

Milton Keynes is built on a grid system – our major roads are numbered horizontally and vertically. Although the roads also have names, local people nearly always refer to them by letter and number. For example – H5, V8 etc. Wide roads and spacious carriageways mean that congestion is virtually unknown!

Milton Keynes is built on a grid system – our major roads are numbered horizontally and vertically. Although the roads also have names, local people nearly always refer to them by letter and number. For example – H5, V8 etc. Wide roads and spacious carriageways mean that congestion is virtually unknown!

Milton Keynes is the best place to drive an electric vehicle with a range of programmes making it easier for drivers to go green. Milton Keynes has accelerated the number of charge points with over 400 in the town. The charging network is growing all the time and now includes two rapid filling stations at Coachway with another planned for Bletchley Park in 2020.

Did you know that electric cars can park for free in Milton Keynes town centre? Over 15,000 bays are designated for EV parking for drivers with a green parking permit and any electric driver can plug in and park for free in any electric charge point bay.

For more information including a map of charging points and free parking CLICK HERE

 

Parking

Park & Ride is available from the Coachway at Junction 14 of the M1. The PlatinumMK 300 line links the Park & Ride with the city centre, travelling on to Milton Keynes Central Station, with services every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday. You’ll find free parking at the Coachway, and a £2 charge per passenger for the bus journey – remember adult fare-payers can take one accompanied child (15 or under) for free!

Parking is rarely an issue in Milton Keynes, even at peak times. There is a charge for parking in the city centre, but we keep things simple. 50p per hour, or £2 per hour depending on location. Higher tariff bays are easy to recognise by their red stripe, with lower tariff bays marked with a purple stripe. You can pay by mobile, credit or debit cards if you wish. You’ll also find various private multi-storey car parks offering variable rates.

Pick up a free parking map at the civic offices or Visitor Information Centre near Door 13 in Centre MK.

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By Bus

Milton Keynes has a comprehensive bus service, and it makes for an easy and sustainable way to travel. Bus guides are available free from libraries, civic offices, town halls, parish council offices, information desks in Centre MK shopping centres and in the Visitor Information Centre.

By Train

The main London to Birmingham rail line runs right through Milton Keynes city centre. London Euston is only 35 minutes away by rail to the south, and Birmingham New Street is around 45 minutes to the north. The area is served by two other main stations: Bletchley and Wolverton.

By Air

London Luton Airport is just a 30 minute drive away, and both Birmingham International and London Heathrow airports are around one hour away by car. Whether you’re from arriving overseas, or choosing to fly domestically, it couldn’t be easier to make your way here.

By Foot and Cycle

Milton Keynes has a purpose-built network of cycle and pedestrian pathways called Redways. They’re a great way to quickly make your way around the city under your own power, and you’ll never find yourself crossing major roads or dangerous junctions.

Maps of the network are available from the Visitor Information Centre, council offices, local cycle shops and the Parks Trust offices. There are also two bicycle rental schemes available to visitors and locals alike: Santander Cycles and Lime Bikes.