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 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... 

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 & 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 new Caledonian Sleeper franchise will be making a few changes to the food and service shown here.

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 sleeper attendant greets you at the door and checks you in.  Fares start at just 69.80 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.  First class passengers get priority at busy times, but the lounge is usually also open to standard sleeper passengers.  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 is provided in first class with flannel, toothbrush, toothpaste & razor, and a small bottle of mineral water is provided for each passenger in both classes of sleeper.  Breakfast in the lounge car is included in first class, and optional at extra cost in standard class.  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.  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 or www.sleeper.scot 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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|

|

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Carlisle

|

05:10

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05:10

Carstairs

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06:19

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06:19

Edinburgh

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07:22

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07:22

Motherwell

|

06:53

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06:53

Glasgow

|

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

-

07:13

-

Aberdeen

07:34

-

07:34

-

Dunkeld & Birnam

06:00

-

06:00

-

Pitlochry

06:16

-

06:16

-

Blair Atholl

06:28

-

06:28

-

Dalwhinnie

07:00

-

07:00

-

Newtonmore

07:12

-

07:12

-

Kingussie

07:18

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07:18

-

Aviemore

07:40

-

07:40

-

Inverness

08:36

-

08:36

-

Crianlarich

07:43

-

07:43

-

Fort William

09:55

-

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

-

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

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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

-

Dunkeld & Birnam

22:58

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22:43

-

Aberdeen

21:43

-

21:43

-

Stonehaven

22:01

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22:01

-

Montrose

22:26

-

22:26

-

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

-

23:06

-

Gleneagles

23:39

-

23:24

-

Dunblane

23:55

-

23:41

-

Stirling

00:06

-

23:51

-

Falkirk Grahamston

00:23

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00:08

-

Inverkeithing

00:13

-

00:13

-

Glasgow

|

23:40

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23:15

Motherwell

|

23:57

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23:30

Edinburgh

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23:40

|

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

|

Crewe arrive

05:36

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05:36

|

Watford Junction arrive

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06:22

|

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?

 Fares from 31 March..

London to

Edinburgh & Glasgow

London to

Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William

1st class

1-bed

sleeper

Standard class

Sole occupancy of

2-bed sleeper

Standard class

One bed in shared

2-bed sleeper

Reclining

seat

1st class

1-bed

sleeper

Standard class

Sole occupancy of

2-bed sleeper

Standard class

One bed in shared

2-bed sleeper

Reclining

seat

One-way

From 141.90

From 100.60

From 58.50

From 23.90

From 152.10

From 108.30

From 66.30

From 34.10

Returns are twice the one-way fare, so you can mix & match a sleeper train one-way and a 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).  Alternatively, from 31 March onwards you can buy a Solo ticket which gets you sole occupancy of a 2-bed sleeper, but it's usually better value to go first (this product seems aimed at business travellers with a standard-class-only travel policy).

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 you can, because prices rise as departure approaches.  You're more likely to find the cheapest 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.  Cheaper 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 on the new sleeper website www.sleeper.scot.

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 fare in standard class.  There was no child discount on first class fares before 31 March 2015, but under the new franchise from 31 March 2015 the 50% child discount applies in both classes.

Booking sleepers with children is at last possible (and very easy) online at www.sleeper.scot thanks to the new sleeper franchise from 31 March 2015.

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.  For travel from 31 March 2015, railcard discounts are being improved under the new sleeper franchise, with the full 34% off most ticket types.

If you have a BritRail pass, Rail Rover or existing ticket:  Sleeper berth 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 berth supplement.  You can now do this online.

How much is the sleeper berth supplement?  If you have a standard class ticket, the sleeper supplement is 44.20 for a bed in a shared 2-bed compartment, or you can pay 62.70 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 50 for a bed in a single-bed compartment. 

How to make sleeper reservations online to go with a BritRail pass, Rail Rover or existing ticket:  You can now make reservation-only bookings for the sleeper online, simply use www.sleeper.scot with the 'Already have a daytime ticket...' box ticked.  Although the wording doesn't mention BritRail specifically, yes, if you tick this box you'll get the sleeper reservation to go with any pre-existing ticket including BritRail passes, All-Line Rail Rovers, and ordinary daytime Off-Peak or Anytime tickets for the journey in question.  Alternatively, call the new Caledonian Sleepers Guest Services Centre on +44 141 555 0888, lines open 08:30-18:00 UK time, 7 days a week.  Sleeper bookings used to open 12 weeks before departure, but from 31 March 2015 onwards they open a full year ahead.


   
 
   

How to buy sleeper tickets...

...how to buy by phone.

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


Luggage, bikes, dogs & pets...

Station lounges & dinner before boarding...

Power sockets & showers...

Inter-connecting doors between sleeper compartments...

Wheelchair-accessible sleeper...


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.  Remember that some of the on-board features described below will change when the new sleeper franchise starts on 31 March 2015.

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). 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

The lounge car serves a variety of Scottish-sourced  food and drink, including hot & cold dishes, snacks, beer, wine and whisky.

 

There are power sockets in the lounge car for laptops & mobiles. In the sleepers 2-pin shaver sockets can be used with an adaptor.

 

Breakfast in bed...  Next morning, there's a knock on your door as the steward brings your breakfast.  It's included in the fare in first class but optional at extra cost in standard class.  This is the original breakfast served under the ScotRail franchise ending 30 March 2015...


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...


The most wonderful train in Britain?

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

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

The London to Fort William 'Deerstalker'...

Easily the most amazing train ride in Britain is the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Fort William, unofficially 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 of 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.

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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.