Buy Caledonian Sleeper tickets online...

Buying Caledonian Sleeper tickets

Booking now opens a whole year ahead.  Look for the direct overnight train with 0 changes.  This links to www.thetrainline.com, booking fee £1.50.  No additional fee for debit cards, approx £3.50 fee for credit cards.

Help understanding the fares...

For travel after 31 March, there are only 3 fares you need to look for if you want a bed, all one-way (single) tickets...

  Sleeper Std Berth Single = Bed in a 2-berth standard class compartment.  If you book for two people, you get a whole compartment.  If you book for one person, you get one bed in a 2-bed compartment shared with another passenger of the same sex.

 Sleeper Solo Berth Single = Bed in a 2-berth standard class compartment, but solo travellers get a whole compartment to themselves, no sharing necessary.

 Sleeper Berth 1st Single = Sole occupancy of a First Class single-bed sleeper.

If you're happy in a reclining seat, there are two fares to look out for...

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

 Sleeper Std Single = Reclining seat, normal flexible fare.  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.

Travelling after 31 March?  Click here

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

 

All aboard the Caledonian Sleeper 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.  See photos of what the sleeper is like or watch the sleeper video guide.

A bright future for the sleeper:  A new 15-year Caledonian Sleeper franchise has been awarded starting from 31 March 2015, with brand-new sleeper trains to be introduced from summer 2018, featuring business class sleepers with en suite toilet and shower, flatbed pods, cradle seats and 'brasserie-style' lounge car.  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?

  Station lounges

  Power sockets, WiFi, showers

 

  Luggage, bikes, dogs & pets

  Wheelchair-accessible sleepers

  Inter-connecting doors to make suites

  Scotland to Paris by sleeper+Eurostar

  The Best Train in Britain: The Deerstalker

  Hotels in Scotland or London

Caledonian Sleeper timetable...

How these trains work:  Two lengthy 16-car 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 Fort William.  These three portions split up and go their separate ways at a service stop in Edinburgh at around 04:30.  The Lowland sleeper has two portions, one for Edinburgh & one for Glasgow, which split at Carstairs.  The Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness & Aberdeen portions each consist of up to six sleeping-cars, one lounge car and one reclining seats/baggage car with bike spaces.  The London-Fort William portion consists of just two sleeping-cars, but you can use the Aberdeen lounge car in the evening and another lounge car & a seats/baggage car are added at Edinburgh for the morning part of the journey to Fort William.  Seats passengers between London & Ft William must switch cars at Edinburgh.

Always double-check train times for your dates of travel at either www.thetrainline.com or www.sleeper.scot or www.nationalrail.co.ukRemember that there are no sleeper trains on Saturday nights!

 London ► Scotland by sleeper
 

Mondays-Fridays

Sundays

Boarding at Euston starts:

20:30

23:00

20:15

22:45

London Euston depart:

21:15

23:50

20:57

23:27

Watford Junction depart

21:33

00:10

21:17

23:47

Crewe depart

23:56

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23:34

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Preston depart

01:00

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00:33

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Arrive next morning:

|

|

|

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Carlisle

|

05:10

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05:10

Carstairs

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06:19

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06:17

Edinburgh

*

07:22

*

07:19

Motherwell

|

06:52

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06:52

Glasgow

|

07:18

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07:18

Inverkeithing

04:58

-

04:58

-

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

-

07:13

-

Aberdeen

07:34

-

07:34

-

Stirling

04:55

-

04:55

-

Dunblane

05:04

-

05:04

-

Gleneagles

05:19

-

05:19

-

Perth

05:39

-

05:39

-

Dunkeld & Birnam

06:00

-

06:00

-

Pitlochry

06:16

-

06:16

-

Blair Atholl

06:28

-

06:28

-

Dalwhinnie

06:59

-

06:59

-

Newtonmore

07:11

-

07:11

-

Kingussie

07:19

-

07:19

-

Aviemore

07:43

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07:43

-

Inverness

08:38

-

08:38

-

Crianlarich

07:45

-

07:45

-

Fort William

09:55

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09:55

-

* = The Highland sleeper in fact stops at Edinburgh, where the three portions divide, but it's an unadvertised service stop.

The shading highlights the different portions of the train, the London-Inverness, London-Aberdeen & London-Fort William portions of the Highland sleeper and the London-Glasgow & London-Edinburgh portions of the Lowland sleeper.

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

You can board your sleeper from 20:00 (19:45 on Sundays) onwards at Inverness, from 23:00 (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

-

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

-

Blair Atholl

22:30

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22:15

-

Pitlochry

22:43

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22:29

-

Dunkeld & Birnam

22:58

-

22:43

-

Perth

23:21

-

23:06

-

Gleneagles

23:39

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23:24

-

Dunblane

23:55

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23:41

-

Stirling

00:06

-

23:51

-

Falkirk Grahamston

00:23

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00:08

-

Aberdeen

21:43

-

21:43

-

Stonehaven

22:01

-

22:01

-

Montrose

22:26

-

22:26

-

Arbroath

22:44

-

22:44

-

Carnoustie

22:53

-

22:53

-

Dundee

23:06

-

23:06

-

Leuchars (for St Andrews)

23:25

-

23:25

-

Kirkcaldy

23:54

-

23:54

-

Inverkeithing

00:13

-

00:13

-

Glasgow

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23:40

|

23:15

Motherwell

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23:57

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23:30

Edinburgh

*

23:40

*

23:15

Carstairs

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00:19

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23:47

Carlisle

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01:41

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01:11

Arrive next morning:

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|

|

|

Preston arrive

04:36

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04:45

|

Crewe arrive

05:37

|

05:37

|

Watford Junction arrive

|

06:43

|

06:22

London Euston arrive:

07:47

07:07

07:47

06:47

Vacate sleepers by:

08:00

08:00

08:00

08:00

How much does it cost?

London to or from

Edinburgh or Glasgow

London to or from

Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William, Perth, Dundee, Aviemore

First class

single-bed

sleeper

Standard class

Solo occupancy of

2-bed sleeper

Standard class

One bed in shared

2-bed sleeper

Standard class

Reclining

seat

First class

single-bed

sleeper

Standard class

Solo occupancy of

2-bed sleeper

Standard class

One bed in shared

2-bed sleeper

Standard class

Reclining

seat

From £141.90

From £100.60

From £58.50

From £23.90

From £152.10

From £108.30

From £66.30

From £34.10

Children...

Railcard holders...

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


   
 
   

How to buy sleeper tickets...

...how to buy by phone.

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


What's the Caledonian Sleeper like?     Watch the video guide

Standard class 2-bed sleepers...

Standard class 2-bed sleeper   Caledonian Sleeper at London Euston
 
Highland breakfast served in your sleeper

Standard class twin-bed sleeper...

 

Breakfast is extra.  The Highland breakfast shown here is £6.00.

First class 1-bed sleepers...

First class sleep kit   First class single sleeper

First class complimentary sleep kit, with aromatic pillow spray...

 
Highland breakfast served in your sleeper  

Breakfast is included. This is the Highland breakfast...

 

First class sleeper.  See panorama photo.

Both first & standard class sleepers have...

Caledonian Sleeper corridor   There are toilets at the end of the corridor   Sleeping-car toilet

The sleeper corridor...

 

Two toilets are located at one end of the corridor in each sleeping-car...

The Caledonian Sleeper at London Euston...

The lounge car...

Caledonian sleeper lounge car   Pea and mint soup

The sleeper lounge car...  See panorama photo

 

Pea & mint soup, £3.50...

Haggis, tatties n neeps   Leather sofas in the Caledonian Sleeper lounge

An old favourite:  Haggis, tatties 'n neeps, £6.50...

 

The only leather sofas on any regular British train...

Caledonian Sleeper lounge car table for 3   Highland breakfast in the lounge car

Lounge car table...

 

A highland breakfast served in the lounge car...

Seats cars...

The Caledonian Sleeper at Fort William   Caledonian Sleeper seats car

Watch the video guide London to Scotland by Caledonian Sleeper...


The Best Train in Britain:  See the Deerstalker page & watch the video...

The Man in Seat 61 says:  "All of the highland routes offer great scenery on the Scottish part of the journey when it's light, but the London-Fort William route is special, taking you onto the fabulous West Highland Line, voted World's Most Scenic Train Ride more than once.  This is the Best Train in Britain, the train they call the Deerstalker...   See the Deerstalker page for more information, photos & watch the video

Crossing desolate Rannoch Moor on a summer's evening on the Fort William to London Caledonian Sleeper, the Deerstalker.  And yes, big deer with huge mossy antlers were spotted from the train on this trip, more than once...

Sunset on a summer's evening from the Fort William to London Caledonian Sleeper.  That's Beinn Dorain behind us, 3524 feet high, the train has just rounded the famous horseshoe curve around the valley at the foot of the mountain...


Luggage, bikes, dogs & pets...

Station lounges & dinner before boarding...

Virgin Trains first class lounge at London Euston   Virgin Trains first class lounge at London Euston

The Virgin Trains first class lounge at London Euston...

Caledonian Sleeper lounge at Inverness   Caledonian Sleeper lounge at Inverness

The Caledonian Sleeper lounge at Inverness for 1st class sleeper passengers.  It's across the road from the station - the arrow shows the location of the lounge, as seen when standing outside the main entrance to Inverness station.  The building on the left is the Highland Hotel, where all passengers can wait in the bar or lounge for the price of a drink or two.

Power sockets, WiFi & showers...

Inter-connecting doors between sleeper compartments...

Wheelchair-accessible sleeper...

If there's a delay...


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...

Scotland to Amsterdam...



Hotels in Scotland or London

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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.