The Night Riviera sleeper train from London to Cornwall at Paddington

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Tips for sleeper booking...

1.  Run the enquiry and look for the direct overnight train with 0 changes.

2. Important:  Ignore the fare shown as Cheapest Standard Single & any fare shown as +SUP and instead click View all single tickets.

4. A list of fares appears.  Select either Sleeper Advance Solo or Sleeper Solo (for a single room) or Sleeper Advance Twin or Sleeper Twin (for a 2-bed room) with the little bed symbol as shown below.  You will only get a sleeping berth if you choose a fare with a bed symbol!

sleeper = fare includes a bed in a sleeper.

Solo = sole occupancy of a 1-bed sleeper.

Twin = 2-bed sleeper.

Advance = no refunds, limited changes.

No bed symbol = It's a seat, not a sleeper.

If you live overseas, buy tickets online as above & collect from the self-service machines at London Paddington or any main station.

Booking opens up to 12 weeks ahead.

You're booking with www.trainline.com, booking fee between 75p & 1.50, 2% credit card fee, 0% with debit cards.

Full details for buying tickets.

Buy tickets by phone on 08457 000 125, open 0700-2200 Mon-Fri, 0800-1900 weekends.

All aboard the sleeper to Cornwall...

It's the most time-effective way from London to Cornwall, making short breaks possible without the need for a 6-hour drive or a domestic flight.  And if you live in Devon or Cornwall, it makes business or leisure trips to central London or even Paris easy.  Every night except Saturday night, an overnight sleeper train with private 1 & 2-bed compartments and a lounge car links London's Paddington Station with towns, cities and holiday resorts all over Cornwall.  It's run by GWR (Great Western Railway), and has had a major makeover in 2018 with many improvements including free WiFi.

  Night Riviera timetable

  Night Riviera fares

  What's the sleeper like?

  How to buy tickets

  Children on the sleeper

  Luggage, bikes, dogs & pets

  Showers, toilets, power sockets

 

  Lounges at Paddington, Truro, Penzance

  Wheelchair-accessible sleepers

  Inter-connecting doors between sleepers

  Connection to the Eden Project by bus

  Connection to Land's End by bus

  Connection to Isles of Scilly by ferry

  Hotels in Cornwall or London

  Video guide:  London to Cornwall by Night Riviera sleeper train

  Daytime trains between London & Cornwall with Pullman dining...

  Cornwall to Paris or Brussels by sleeper+Eurostar...

Night Riviera timetable...

The Cornish sleeper runs daily except Saturday nights & 24, 25 December. 

For daytime trains between London, Devon & Cornwall, use the online booking form on the right.

 London ► Cornwall by sleeper...

The Night Riviera

Mon-Thur

Fridays

Sundays

Boarding at Paddington starts:

22:30

22:30

22:30

London Paddington depart...

23:45

23:45

23:50

Reading depart:

00:46

00:48

00:38

Taunton arrive:

02:32

02:32

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Exeter St Davids arrive:

03:07

03:07

03:05

Newton Abbott arrive:

04:31

04:31

04:55

Plymouth arrive...

05:11

05:11

05:35

Liskeard arrive:

06:13

06:13

06:52

Bodmin Parkway arrive:

06:27

06:27

07:21

Lostwithiel  arrive:

06:34

06:34

07:28

Par arrive (change for Newquay):

06:42

06:42

07:37

Newquay arrive by connecting train

(10:09)

(07:44)

(10:09)

St Austell  arrive (for Eden Project)

06:50

06:50

07:45

Eden Project arrive by bus:

(08:57)

(09:10)

(08:57)

Truro arrive...

07:08

07:08

08:04

Falmouth arrive by connecting train

(07:35)

(07:35)

(08:41)

Redruth arrive:

07:22

07:22

08:18

Camborne arrive:

07:29

07:29

08:26

Hayle arrive:

07:39

07:39

08:35

St Erth arrive (change for St Ives):

07:43

07:43

08:42

St Ives arrive by connecting train:

(08:14)

(08:13)

(09:19)

Penzance arrive...

07:55

07:55

08:59

( ) = times in brackets are an arrival/departure by connecting branch line train or bus link, not the Night Riviera itself.

Paris & Brussels connection by Eurostar      Scilly Isles ferry connection     Eden Project bus connection     Land's End buses

London Underground map:  www.tfl.gov.uk/maps.      Tourist information & accommodation for Cornwall:  www.visitcornwall.com

 Cornwall ► London by sleeper...

The Night Riviera

Mon-Thur

Fridays

Sundays

Penzance depart...

21:45

21:45

21:15

St Ives depart by connecting train

(21:37)

(21:37)

(19:50)

St Erth depart:

21:55

21:55

21:25

Hayle depart:

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Camborne depart:

22:08

22:08

21:38

Redruth depart:

22:16

22:16

21:45

Falmouth depart by connecting train

(21:35)

(21:35)

(21:33)

Truro depart...

22:29

22:29

22:00

The Eden Project depart by bus:

(18:00)

(18:00)

(18:00)

St Austell depart:

22:47

22:47

22:18

Newquay depart by connecting train

(21:26)

(21:26)

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Par depart:

22:56

22:56

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Lostwithiel depart:

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|

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Bodmin Parkway depart:

23:08

23:08

22:35

Liskeard depart:

23:24

23:24

22:50

Plymouth depart...

23:54

23:54

23:20

Newton Abbott depart:

00:36

00:36

00:01

Exeter St Davids depart:

01:06

01:06

00:59

Taunton depart:

01:42

01:42

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Reading arrive:

04:02

03:58

04:03

London Paddington arrive...

05:03

05:06

05:02

You can remain on board until:

07:00

07:00

07:00

Night Riviera fares...

There are two ways to buy a sleeper ticket:

Option 1, buy an inclusive Sleeper Advance ticket specifically for the sleeper between London & Cornwall.

Option 2, buy a normal ticket to or from Cornwall and pay the sleeper berth supplement on top.

Option 1:  Inclusive sleeper fares...

There are special inclusive fares for travel on the Night Riviera sleeper train between London and any station in Cornwall.

 Sleeper Advance fares...

One-way fares...

Sole occupancy of

a single berth sleeper

Sole occupancy of a

twin berth sleeper

Two people in a

twin berth sleeper

London to or from Plymouth, Truro, Newquay, Penzance, St Ives or any station in Cornwall

From 49 to 125

From 49 to 125

From 69 to 195

total for two people

Option 2:  Normal ticket + berth supplement...

How to buy tickets...

What's the sleeper to Cornwall like?   Watch the video

Single & twin sleepers...

Following a major makeover in 2018, this excellent sleeper train is a travelling hotel, with private single or twin sleeper compartments & lounge car.  The sleepers are compact but cosy, with an upper & lower berth in twin rooms or just a lower berth in single rooms, plus a washbasin with hot & cold running water.  The beds have a snug duvet (a welcome replacement for the traditional blankets), fresh clean sheets & plump pillows.  Soap, towel & a small bottle of mineral water are provided for each passenger.  The compartment doors can now be locked from the outside with a hotel-style card-key while you go to the toilet or lounge car - your door will be secured open when you board, you'll find your card key on the table on top of the sink.  There are two toilets at the end of the corridor in each sleeping-car which you can use even when the train is standing in a station.  A light breakfast with tea or coffee & bacon roll or cereal is included in the fare, served by your steward in your compartment at the time you specify.  There's free WiFi in both the sleepers and lounge car.  The Night Riviera also has regular seats, but a sleeper berth is recommended. Like all British trains, the Night Riviera is all non-smoking.

Bed sizes:  The lower berth is approximately 197cm (6'5") long & 67cm wide.  The upper berth is around 192cm (6'3") long & 67cm wide.

The sleeper to Cornwall about to leave London Paddington

The Night Riviera, ready to leave from platform 1 at Brunel's Paddington Station, the arched roof dating from 1854.  You can board the sleeper from 22:30 onwards...

2-bed sleeper on the Night Riviera to Cornwall   Card-key room lock on the Night Riviera sleeper train to Cornwall

Sleeper compartments now lock with a hotel-style card-key...

The Night Riviera sleeper train to Cornwall waits to leave London Paddington

Twin sleeper.  Larger photo360 degree photo.

 

The Night Riviera at Paddington...

The Night Riviera sleeper train to Cornwall waits to leave London Paddington   Single-bed sleeper on the Night Riviera to Cornwall

Breakfast is included in the fare, served in your compartment...

 
The Night Riviera sleeper train to Cornwall waits to leave London Paddington  

The Night Riviera...

 

Single sleeper...  See larger photo

   

Clever press-and-fold-out ladder to upper bunk.

 

Close-up of lower berth showing plug socket, USB sockets & reading light.  The upper berth also has these sockets.

 

There are two toilets at the end of each sleeping-car corridor...

The lounge car...

There's a lounge car for sleeper berth passengers with tables & chairs and a buffet counter selling wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks & snacks.  Tea, coffee & water are complimentary for sleeper passengers.  The lounge opens as soon as the train starts boarding and remains open all night.  A separate bar counter at the other end serves the seats passengers, who must take food & drink back to their seats.

Lounge car on Night Riviera sleeper to Cornwall   Lounge car on Night Riviera sleeper to Cornwall
Table for two in the lounge on Night Riviera sleeper   Sofa in the lounge on Night Riviera sleeper

Table for two?

 

Or cosy on the sofa...

Video Guide:  London to Cornwall on the Night Riviera...

Children...

Luggage, bikes, dogs & pets...

Station lounges in London, Truro & Penzance...

Sleeper lounge at London Paddington - modern part   Sleeper lounge at London Paddington - Queen Victoria's waiting room

The modern part of the lounge...

 

The old part - Queen Victoria's old waiting room.

Showers, toilets, power sockets, WiFi...

Inter-connecting doors between sleeper compartments...

Wheelchair-accessible sleepers...

Wheelchair-accessible toilet & sleeper   Inter-connecting door to the adjacent compartment

Wheelchair-accessible sleeper:  The wheelchair-accessible toilet and next to it, the extra-wide push-button access door to the wheelchair-accessible sleeper compartment...

 

Connecting doors between adjacent compartments:  Connecting door is on the left, to open it unbolt it on both sides.  Door to the corridor is on the right.


Pullman dining on daytime trains between London & Cornwall...

There are also daytime trains between London & Cornwall, and two or three of these offer a very special experience:  Pullman Dining.  The Man in Seat 61 says:  "If there is any better dining experience on any regular scheduled British train, I have yet to find it..."

Pullman Dining is available on Mondays-Fridays, eastbound on the 05:05 Golden Hind from Penzance to London, the 10:00 Cornishman from Penzance to London and 16:00 Penzance to London.  Westbound on Mondays-Fridays there's Pullman Dining on the 12:03 Royal Duchy from London to Penzance, 18:03 Golden Hind from London to Penzance and 19:03 Armada from London to Plymouth, see www.gwr.com/plan-journey/journey-information/on-board/pullman-dining for full details. 

Pullman dining is something special, and a journey along the famous sea wall at Dawlish whilst enjoying what's perhaps the best (and one of the few remaining) restaurant car services in Britain is a truly wonderful experience.  First class passengers are offered places in the Pullman Dining area in the restaurant car when breakfast, lunch or dinner is called.  If seats remain available, standard class passengers may also use the Pullman Dining car.

The Cornishman arrived at London Paddington   Filet of beef, Pullman Dining

The Cornishman (left) arrived from Penzance...

 
Scallops, Pullman Dining  

Locally sourced seared scallops...

 

Filet of beef...  Larger photo


London to the Isles of Scilly...

The Night Riviera sleeper train connects conveniently at Penzance with the ferry to the Scilly Isles, some 28 miles from the Cornish mainland.

London ► Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly ► London

Fares...

How to buy tickets...

Short breaks to the Isles of Scilly by train & ferry...

Isles of Scilly tourist information...

For Isles of Scilly tourist information see www.simplyscilly.co.uk.

The Scillonian II sails from Penzance to the Scilly Isles on fine September morning

The Scillonian III sails from Penzance one fine September morning, with St Michael's Mount in the background.  She was built in 1977, replacing the Scillonian II (1956) and the original Scillonian of 1926.  A commentary explains points of interest as the ferry rounds the Cornish coast.  There's a bar and a cafe serving full English breakfasts and other hot meals.

The bar on the ferry to the Scilly isles.   The ferry approaches St Mary's

Friendly & comfortable:  The bar on the Scillonian III.

 

Approaching St Mary's.


The Eden Project...    

You can use the Night Riviera to make a time-effective visit to the famous Eden project near St Austell in Cornwall.  For information about the Eden Project including opening times, see their website, www.edenproject.com.


Land's End...    

  Land's End, Cornwall.

Above:  Land's End...

The railway only goes as far as Penzance, but buses will take you the final 10 miles to Land's End, where you'll find cliff top walks, a hotel, restaurant and bar, tourist shops and various exhibitions.


Cornwall to Paris or Brussels

  The Night Riviera sleeper train from London to Cornwall at Paddington
   

Dinner in Cornwall, then lunch in central Paris next day, no airports, airlines or flights required!  Just take the Night Riviera sleeper train from Cornwall up to London, Underground or taxi to St Pancras then Eurostar to Paris or Brussels in 2 hours or so.

Cornwall ► Paris & Brussels...

Paris & Brussels ► Cornwall...

Fares...

Sleeper from Cornwall to London from 98 return with a bed;  Eurostar from London to Paris or Brussels from 72 return.

How to buy tickets from Cornwall to Paris...

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

1.  Buy Night Riviera sleeper tickets by phone on 0845 678 6980.

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.


Hotels in Cornwall or London

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

    

Favourite hotel search & price comparison: hotelscombined.com

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

Favourite hotel booking site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.


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