Buy Caledonian Sleeper tickets online...

Buying Caledonian Sleeper tickets

Booking usually opens 12 weeks ahead, with reservations for week 13 released each Friday.  Look for the direct overnight train with 0 changes.  This links to www.thetrainline.com, booking fee 1.  No additional fee for debit cards, approx 3.50 fee for credit cards.

Help understanding the fares...

  Advance Single = Bed in a 2-berth compartment, cheapest advance-purchase fare.  No refunds, no changes to travel plans.  Solo travellers get one berth in a 2-bed compartment shared with another passenger of the same sex.  Two passengers get a whole compartment.

 Sleeper Std Sgl = Bed in a 2-berth compartment, flexible fare.  Solo travellers get one berth in a shared 2-bed compartment, two passengers get a whole compartment.  If you see two price levels, just buy the cheapest.

 Sleeper 1st Sgl = Sole occupancy of a First Class single-bed sleeper, flexible fare. If you see two price levels, just buy the cheapest. No Advance fares in 1st class.

 Advance Single = Reclining seat, cheap advance-purchase fare.  No refunds, no changes to plans.  A seat, not a bed.

 Sleeper Std Sgl = Reclining seat, normal flexible fare.  If there's 2 prices, pick the cheapest. A seat, not a bed.

If you live overseas, you can book tickets here & collect them from the self-service machines at London Euston or any main station.

To buy tickets by phone, see here.  To book sleepers with children, please book by phone.

If you also need a hotel, I recommend the excellent hotel price comparison site hotelscombined.com.

 

All aboard the Caledonian Sleeper train to Scotland...

It's the most civilised, romantic, time-effective & environmentally-friendly way between central London and the heart of Scotland, for a stress-free weekend in the Highlands or business meeting in London.  Every night except Saturday night, Caledonian Sleeper trains link London with towns & cities all over Scotland, arriving in time for breakfast... 

News in May 2014:  The future of the sleeper...  A new 15-year Caledonian Sleeper franchise has been awarded, with brand-new sleeper trains to be ordered featuring business class sleepers with en suite toilet and shower, flatbed pods, cradle seats and 'brasserie-style' lounge car to be introduced from summer 2018.  See www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-27599963.

Sleeper information...

  Caledonian Sleeper timetable

  Caledonian Sleeper fares

  How to buy sleeper tickets

  What's the sleeper like?

  First class station lounges

  Power sockets & showers

 

  Luggage, bikes, dogs & pets

  Wheelchair-accessible sleepers

  Inter-connecting doors to make suites

  Scotland to Paris by sleeper+Eurostar

  The most wonderful train ride in Britain?

  Hotels in Scotland or London

What's the sleeper like?  Video guide  Virtual tour

The Caledonian Sleeper trains are miniature travelling hotels, with 1 & 2 bed sleeper compartments & a lounge car.  There are also reclining seats. 

The Caledonian Sleeper from London to Scotland...   Caledonian Sleeper from London to Scotland: 1st class 1-berth sleeper

The Caledonian Sleeper waits to leave London Euston on its 500 mile journey to the Highlands of Scotland.  The sleeping-car attendant greets you at the door to your sleeper and checks you in.  Fares start at just 59 per person including a bed in a 2-berth sleeper and morning tea or coffee.

 

Single-berth sleeper

(= first class).  Shown with washbasin closed & blind up.  More photos Panorama photo.

Caledonian sleeper from London to Scotland:  Standard class 2-berth   The lounge car on the Caledonian Sleeper to Scotland

Two-berth sleeper

(= standard class).  Shown with washbasin open & blind down.  More photos.

 

The lounge car, with the only real leather sofas on any British train.  Pull up a chair & enjoy haggis, tatties & neeps (5), a half bottle of red (5.50) & a night cap of Glenfiddich whisky (4) before retiring to your sleeper.  More photos Panorama photo.

The sleeper compartments are compact but cosy, with an upper & lower berth in standard class or just one lower berth in first class, and a washbasin with hot & cold running water.  The beds come with a fluffy duvet, fresh clean sheets & plump pillows.  A complimentary toiletries pack contains soap, flannel, toothbrush, toothpaste & razor, and a small bottle of mineral water is provided for each passenger.  Morning tea or coffee is included in the fare and (in first class or for 4 extra in standard class) a light breakfast, served by your steward in your compartment at the time you specify.  There are toilets at the end of the corridor in each sleeping-car (which can be used even when the train is at a station), and there's a lounge car with leather sofas, tables & chairs and steward service of wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks & light meals.  The Caledonian Sleepers offer almost 'cruise train' facilities, indeed they are the only regular trains in Britain featuring leather sofas, complete with coffee tables & table lamps.  The Caledonian Sleeper trains also have economy reclining seats, although the lounge car is for sleeper passengers only (and at busy times, for first class sleeper passengers only, although I've yet to see this be enforced).  The Caledonian Sleepers are all non-smoking.  They're run by ScotRail and are crewed by Scottish staff.  A little bit of Scotland that visits London six nights a week.  Incidentally, ships have 'cabins', the correct term for a room on a train is 'sleeper compartment'.  More information & photos.

Bed sizes:  The lower berth is approximately197cm (6'5") long & 67cm wide.  The upper berth is around 192cm (6'3") long & 67cm wide.

Caledonian Sleeper timetable...

Two sleeper trains leave London for Scotland every night except Saturday nights and 24, 25, 31 December:  The Highland sleeper has three portions, one for Perth, Aviemore & Inverness, one for Dundee & Aberdeen, and one for the West Highlands & Fort William.  These three portions split up around 04.30 at a service stop in Edinburgh.  The Lowland sleeper has a portion for Edinburgh & a portion for Glasgow, which split at Carstairs.  Each portion of each train has one lounge car, up to six sleeping-cars and one reclining seats/baggage car (with bike spaces), except for the London-Fort William portion which consists of just two sleeping-cars.  Another lounge car & a seats/baggage car are coupled to the two Fort William sleepers when they are detached from the main train at Edinburgh - Reclining seat passengers between London & Ft William must switch cars when this happens.  Please double-check train times for your dates of travel at either www.thetrainline.com, www.scotrail.co.uk/caledoniansleeper/timetables.html or www.nationalrail.co.uk.

 

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 London ► Scotland by sleeper
 

Mondays-Fridays

Sundays

Boarding at Euston starts:

20:30

23:00

20:15

22:45

London Euston depart:

21:16

23:50

20:57

23:27

Watford Junction depart

21:33

00:10

21:17

23:47

Crewe depart

23:53

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23:39

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Preston depart

00:52

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00:30

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Arrive next morning:

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Carlisle

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05:10

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05:10

Carstairs

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06:19

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06:19

Edinburgh

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07:22

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07:22

Motherwell

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06:53

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06:53

Glasgow

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07:18

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07:18

Stirling

04:55

-

04:55

-

Inverkeithing

04:58

-

04:58

-

Dunblane

05:04

-

05:04

-

Gleneagles

05:19

-

05:19

-

Perth

05:39

-

05:39

-

Kirkcaldy

05:18

-

05:18

-

Leuchars (for St Andrews)

05:46

-

05:46

-

Dundee

06:08

-

06:08

-

Carnoustie

06:23

-

06:23

-

Arbroath

06:31

-

06:31

-

Montrose

06:48

-

06:48

-

Stonehaven

07:13

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07:13

-

Aberdeen

07:34

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07:34

-

Dunkeld & Birnam

06:00

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06:00

-

Pitlochry

06:16

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06:16

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Blair Atholl

06:28

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06:28

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Dalwhinnie

07:00

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07:00

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Newtonmore

07:12

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07:12

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Kingussie

07:18

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07:18

-

Aviemore

07:40

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07:40

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Inverness

08:36

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08:36

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Crianlarich

07:43

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07:43

-

Fort William

09:55

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09:55

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You can remain in your sleeper until 08:00 on arrival at Edinburgh & Glasgow.

You can board your sleeper from 19:45 onwards at Inverness, from 22:45 (22:30 Sundays) at Edinburgh and from 22:00 at Glasgow.

No sleeper trains run on Saturday nights.

Weekend engineering work:  Sunday departure times often vary, so please double-check when you book.

London Underground map www.tfl.gov.uk/maps.

 

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 Scotland ► London by sleeper
 

Mondays-Fridays

Sundays

Fort William

19:50

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19:00

-

Crianlarich

22:05

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21:18

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Inverness

20:44

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20:26

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Aviemore

21:31

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21:15

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Kingussie

21:44

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21:29

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Newtonmore

21:50

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21:35

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Dalwhinie

22:04

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21:50

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Blair Atholl

22:30

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22:15

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Pitlochry

22:43

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22:29

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Dunkeld & Birnam

22:58

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22:43

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Aberdeen

21:43

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21:43

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Stonehaven

22:01

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22:01

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Montrose

22:26

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22:26

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Arbroath

22:44

-

22:44

-

Carnoustie

22:53

-

22:53

-

Dundee

23:07

-

23:07

-

Leuchars (for St Andrews)

23:26

-

23:26

-

Kirkcaldy

23:55

-

23:55

-

Perth

23:21

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23:06

-

Gleneagles

23:39

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23:24

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Dunblane

23:55

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23:41

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Stirling

00:06

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23:51

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Falkirk Grahamston

00:23

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00:08

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Inverkeithing

00:13

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00:13

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Glasgow

|

23:40

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23:15

Motherwell

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23:57

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23:30

Edinburgh

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23:40

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23:15

Carstairs

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00:16

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23:47

Carlisle

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01:40

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01:12

Arrive next morning:

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Preston arrive

04:40

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04:40

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Crewe arrive

05:36

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05:36

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Watford Junction arrive

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06:22

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06:22

London Euston arrive:

07:47

06:47

07:47

06:47

Vacate sleepers by:

08:00

08:00

08:00

08:00

How much does sleeper travel cost?

 One-way fare

 per person, per bed...

London to

Edinburgh & Glasgow

London to

Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William

1st class

1-bed

sleeper

2nd class

2-bed

sleeper

Reclining

seat

1st class

1-bed

sleeper

2nd class

2-bed

sleeper

Reclining

seat

Advance - From 60.70 From 27.80 - From 68.10 From 37.50
Normal single (off-peak) 147.90 106.70 62.50 169.80 124.90 77.60
Normal single (peak dates) 201.30 151.60 93.50 229.80 186.10 113.90

Advance =  the cheapest ticket, only valid on the specific train you've booked, non-refundable, limited availability so book early to find the best prices.

Normal single = flexible ticket, valid any day, always available at that price even on the day of travel, assuming the sleeper isn't fully-booked.

Returns are twice the one-way fare, so you can mix & match an Advance fare one-way & an Anytime back, or sleeper train one-way & daytime train back.

If you're travelling alone, you can either buy a first class ticket which gets you a single-berth sleeper all to yourself, or you can buy a standard class ticket which gets you one bed in a shared 2-berth sleeper which you will usually share with another passenger of the same sex (which is naturally a lot cheaper than paying for a first class ticket and seldom any problem, it's been done this way for over a century).

If there are two of you, you can either buy two standard class tickets which gets you a 2-bed compartment with upper & lower berths, or if you have the money you can book two first class tickets and ask for two adjacent single-berth compartments with inter-connecting door making a mini-suite with 2 lower berths.

If there are four of you, you can book four standard class tickets and ask for two adjacent 2-berth compartments with inter-connecting door.

The Man in Seat 61 explains how to get the cheapest prices:  Book as far ahead as the 12-week booking horizon will allow, because Advance prices rise as departure approaches.  It can help to know that sleeper reservations are usually released each Friday morning (or sometimes afternoon) for the week 12 weeks ahead of the current date.  You're more likely to find the cheapest 'advance' fares if you travel mid-week than on Friday or Sunday nights, which are the busiest.  And obviously, June is busier than February or November.  Cheap fares are more plentiful on the lowland (Edinburgh/Glasgow) routes than highland (Inverness/Aberdeen) and are hardest to get on the Fort William route as this just has two sleeping-cars.

You can check fares at www.thetrainline.com or www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Children...

Children under 5 go free, although they don't get their own berth.  Cots can't be provided as there's insufficient room, but a Samsonite travel bubble fits on the floor for babies up to 18 months.  A 2 or 3-year old can sleep quite comfortably head-to-toe with an adult in the lower berth, if you can get the little so-and-so to sleep when he's so excited about being on a sleeper train, of course.  If you want them to have their own bed, you pay the child fare.

Children under 16 go for 50% of the adult Anytime or Advance fare in standard class.  There is no child discount on first class fares.

To book sleepers with children you'll need to pick up the phone as online booking is only possible with adult fares.  Call ScotRail telesales on 8457 55 00 33, lines open 07:00-22:00 daily.

Railcard holders...

Railcard holders get a 34% discount on Advance fares & 10% discount on Anytime fares, in standard class.  There's a 10% discount on first class Anytime fares with a Senior, Family or Disabled railcard.

If you have a BritRail pass, Rail Rover or existing ticket:  Sleeper supplements...

If you have a BritRail pass, an All-Line Rail Rover, or simply an existing flexible Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak or Anytime train ticket between London & Scotland, you can travel in a sleeper by paying the sleeper supplement.

How much is the sleeper supplement?  If you have a standard class ticket, the sleeper supplement is 43.10 for a bed in a shared 2-bed compartment, or you can pay 61.20 and have sole occupancy of a 2-berth sleeper (ask for the 'Sleeper Solo' supplement).  The sleeper supplement is 21.55 for children under 16.  If you have a first class ticket or BritRail pass, you pay 48.80 for a bed in a single-bed compartment. 

How to make sleeper reservations to go with a BritRail pass, Rail Rover or existing ticket:  You cannot make reservation-only bookings online, you must go to a station or call ScotRail telesales on 8457 55 00 33, lines open 07:00-22:00 daily.  From outside the UK, call +44 8457 55 00 33, this usually works, but some overseas callers aren't able to connect to UK 0845 numbers, so you can also try +44 1752 675670.  Sleeper bookings open 12 weeks before departure.

Bargain berths from 19...

A very limited number of bargain-basement sleeper tickets are sold for 19, 29, 39 or 49 at www.scotrail.co.uk.  Bargain Berths are only available in very limited numbers, usually mid-week & not on every date.  With a Bargain Berth ticket, you can only take children under 5 free if you occupy all the berths in a compartment.  You can only book these online at www.scotrail.co.uk, and an e-ticket is sent to you for either printing or downloading on your mobile phone.  Bargain berths on the Fort William route do exist, but are very rare indeed.  Unfortunately, ScotRail have now discontinued their separate Bargain Berths booking system which made it easy to see where the bargains were.  You now have to use their main booking system, on which the bargain fares will show up if they are available.  That makes them hard to track down, but you may find one by accident when booking a normal ticket.  It's reported that ScotRail's online system won't accept non-UK credit cards for sale of Bargain Berths.


   
 
   

How to buy sleeper tickets...

...online

...by phone

...if you live overseas (in the USA, Canada, Australia etc.)

Overseas visitors o Britain often find the Caledonian Sleepers ideal for travel between London & Scotland.  It's a unique British experience and it saves a hotel bill, too.  Just book online using the booking form above, as www.thetrainline.com can now sell tickets to travellers from overseas at UK prices.  Bookings open 9-12 weeks before departure, you can't book before reservations open!   To book a sleeper, not just a reclining seat, make sure that the fare you choose has a 'bed' symbol next to it.  Tickets can be sent outside the UK for around 7.50, but it's better (and cheaper) to select the option to collect tickets from the self-service machines at any main British station you nominate.  You will just need your booking reference and the same credit card you used to make the booking.  If you have any difficulty booking online, you can also book via an international phone call to ScotRail telesales on +44 1752 675 670.  Phone lines are open 07:00-22:00 daily, UK time.  All major credit cards are accepted and you should ask to collect tickets at the station before departure or whenever you get to the UK.  If you have a BritRail pass, see here.


Luggage, bikes, dogs & pets...

Station lounges...

Power sockets, showers, dinner before boarding...

Inter-connecting doors between sleeper compartments...

There is an inter-connecting door between each pair of adjacent sleeper compartments, normally kept locked shut.  But if there's two of you in first class, or four of you in standard class, ask for two adjacent compartments with an inter-connecting door.  Simply by unlocking the bolt on each side of the door, you can turn your two compartments into a suite with 4 beds in standard class (2 upper & 2 lower berths) or 2 beds in first class (2 lower berths).  You can work out which berth numbers have the connecting door like this:  Berths 1 & 2 have a connecting door with berths 3 & 4.  Berths 5 & 6 have a connecting door with berths 7 & 8.  And so on...

Wheelchair-accessible sleeper...

There's a wheelchair-accessible 1- or 2-berth sleeper compartment in each Caledonian Sleeper train, next to a wheelchair-accessible toilet.  Both the compartment and the toilet have huge sliding doors which open at the touch of a button.  Manual & powered wheelchairs are carried (maximum width 67cm/26 ins, maximum length 120cm/47 ins), but not mobility scooters.


Watch the videoLondon to Scotland by Caledonian Sleeper...

On board the sleeper to Scotland...

The Caledonian Sleeper is not only a unique, traditional, environmentally-friendly and thoroughly Scottish way to travel between London & Scotland, you'll wake up to some great scenery on the northbound Highland sleeper, especially in summer.

Caledonian Sleeper - sleeper corridor   First class single-berth sleeper   Inside a sleeper compartment

The carpeted sleeping-car corridor.  Just like a hotel corridor, but narrower, with compartment doors & berth numbers...

 

The beds have fluffy white duvets, fresh clean sheets & plump pillows.  On the bed are the complimentary ScotRail magazine, a fresh towel and (in first class only) a complimentary toiletries pack (soap, flannel, razor, toothbrush & toothpaste) & a room service drinks list.  Standard class passengers may ask for a complimentary toothbrush pack. The sleeper compartments are compact but cosy, with hangars for your clothes.  There are controls for the main light (dim/bright), blue night light, individual berth reading lights, attendant call button & air-conditioning temperature control.  Panorama photo.

Haggies, tatties & neeps in the lounge car of the Caledonian Sleeper to Scotland   Power sockets (and a wee dram of Glenfiddich) in the Caledonian Sleeper lounge car   Breakfast served in your sleeper compartment next morning
A personal recommendation:  Haggis, tatties & neeps in the lounge car (5.40) makes a great supper before retiring to one's sleeper as the train speeds north to Scotland - all served on proper china with metal cutlery.  Whisky & redcurrant sauce, anyone?  This glass of Adnam's ale (3) went very well with it, or how about a glass of red?   There are power sockets in the lounge car for laptops & mobiles. In the sleepers 2-pin shaver sockets can be used with an adaptor.  The wee dram of Glenfiddich (4.95)...   Breakfast in bed...  Next morning, there's a knock on your door as the steward brings your tea or coffee  (included in the fare).  In first class (and in standard class for an extra 4) you also get the light breakfast shown here...

Scotland to Paris or Brussels by sleeper+Eurostar

  All aboard the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Scotland...

Scotland to Paris or Brussels by sleeper & Eurostar...

How to buy tickets from Scotland to Paris...

You can't buy through tickets online using the sleeper, but it's easy to buy tickets online for the sleeper & Eurostar separately.

1.  Buy your Caledonian Sleeper ticket using the online booking form above...

2.  Buy your Eurostar ticket separately at www.eurostar.com

By all means take a later Eurostar southbound or an earlier Eurostar northbound, if these have cheaper seats available or if you'd like to stop off in London.

Do a dry run on both sites first to check prices & availability.

 
     

Dinner in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Inverness, then lunch in central Paris next day, no airports, airlines or flights required!  Just take the Caledonian Sleeper train from anywhere in Scotland up to London Euston, it's just 10 minutes walk along the road to St Pancras then Eurostar will whisk you to central Paris or Brussels in 2 hours or so.

Edinburgh, Glasgow ► Paris & Brussels...

Aberdeen, Inverness, Fort William, Perth, Dundee ► Paris & Brussels...

Paris & Brussels ► Edinburgh, Glasgow...

Paris & Brussels ► Aberdeen, Inverness, Fort William, Perth, Dundee...

Fares...

Sleeper from Scotland to London from 60 return in a reclining seat or from 120 return with a bed;  Eurostar from London to Paris or Brussels from 69 return.

Scotland to Amsterdam...

There are two good options for travel from Scotland to Amsterdam.  Option 1, take the Caledonian sleeper to London and Eurostar to Brussels as shown here, then the hourly InterCity train from Brussels to Amsterdam in around 3 hours, see this section on the UK-Netherlands page.  Or take a train from Scotland to Newcastle and the overnight DFDS Seaways cruise ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam, see this section on the UK-Netherlands page.


  The London - Fort William 'Caledonian Sleeper' on Rannoch Moor...
 

Above:  The London-Fort William Caledonian Sleeper crossing windswept Rannoch Moor...

The most wonderful train in Britain?

Easily the most amazing train ride in Britain is the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Fort William, sometimes known as The Deerstalker...

Why?  Imagine the convenience of a train that leaves rainy central London after work at 21:16 and arrives at Fort William in the glorious Scottish West Highlands at the foot of Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in Britain) at 09:54 next morning.  Imagine a trip where you go to bed as the train speeds through familiar London suburbs at 80mph, then wake up in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by mountains, streams and woods, sunlight streaming through the window, deer bounding away from the train, a diesel locomotive struggling to haul the two sleeping-cars and lounge car up the gradients and around the sharp curves of the scenic West Highland Line at 40mph.  Imagine a train that has almost 'cruise train' facilities - private sleeping compartments and a plush lounge - yet on which fares start at only 59 each way including a bed for the night & morning tea or coffee.

Fares start at 120 return sharing a 2-berth room or 299 return with a room to yourself (passengers travelling alone can opt to book a berth in a 2-berth room and share with another passenger of the same sex, if they don't want to pay the 1st class single berth fare).  Anyone who lives in London or the South of England but who loves the Scottish West Highlands should know about this train.  If you fancy a weekend away in the heart of the Highlands, this train makes it possible!  Book online using the booking form above.

To complete the experience, take the connecting train from Fort William to the end of the line at Mallaig, a small fishing port and ferry terminal for Skye.  This is one of the most scenic sections of line anywhere in the UK.  Or you could climb Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain - the main track up 'the Ben' starts just 15 minutes walk from Fort William station.

See the West Highland Line page for more information...

...Or watch the video waking up in the Highlands on the Caledonian Sleeper to Fort William.



Hotels in Scotland or London

For hotels in Scotland (or anywhere else for that matter), search all the main hotel websites at once using the Hotels Combined booking form below.

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.