The Night Riviera sleeper train from London to Cornwall at Paddington

Buy tickets for the

Night Riviera...

Tips for booking the sleeper...

Look for the direct overnight train with 0 changes. When the fares appear:

= fare includes a bed in a sleeper.

Solo = sole occupancy of a 1-bed sleeper.

Twin = dual occupancy of a 2-bed sleeper.

Open = flexible fare.

Advance = no refunds, limited changes.

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

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

Booking opens 3 months before departure.

You're booking with www.thetrainline.com, booking fee 1, plus 3.50 credit card fee.

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

 

London to Cornwall by Night Riviera sleeper train...

It's the most time-effective way from London to Cornwall, making short breaks possible in the sunny southwest 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.

Information on this page...

  Night Riviera sleeper timetable

  Night Riviera sleeper fares

  What's the sleeper like?

  How to buy tickets

  Children on the sleeper

  Luggage, bikes, dogs & pets

  Showers, toilets, power sockets

 

  Station lounge at London Paddington

  Wheelchair-accessible sleepers

  Inter-connecting doors between sleepers

  Connection to the Eden Project by bus

  Connection to Land's End by bus

  Connection to the Scilly Isles 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 sleeper train 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:

00:37

00:37

00:37

Taunton arrive:

02:32

02:22

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Exeter St Davids arrive:

03:06

03:06

03:05

Newton Abbott arrive:

03:31

03:31

04:55

Plymouth arrive...

04:12

04:12

05:35

Liskeard arrive:

06:07

06:07

06:52

Bodmin Parkway arrive:

06:21

06:21

07:21

Lostwithiel  arrive:

06:28

06:28

07:28

Par arrive (change for Newquay):

06:36

06:36

07:37

Newquay arrive by connecting train

(10:09)

(07:44)

(10:09)

St Austell  arrive (for Eden Project)

06:45

06:45

07:45

Eden Project arrive by bus:

(08:57)

(09:10)

(08:57)

Truro arrive...

07:04

07:04

08:04

Falmouth arrive by connecting train

(07:35)

(07:35)

(08:41)

Redruth arrive:

07:18

07:18

08:18

Camborne arrive:

07:25

07:25

08:26

Hayle arrive:

07:35

07:35

08:35

St Erth arrive (change for St Ives):

07:40

07:40

08:42

St Ives arrive by connecting train:

(08:14)

(08:13)

(09:18)

Penzance arrive...

07:53

07:53

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 or helicopter 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

(21:03)

(21:03)

(19:50)

St Erth depart:

21:55

21:55

21:25

Hayle depart:

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Camborne depart:

22:07

22:07

21:38

Redruth depart:

22:14

22:14

21:45

Falmouth depart by connecting train

(21:30)

(21:30)

(21:31)

Truro depart...

22:27

22:27

22:00

The Eden Project depart by bus:

(18:00)

(18:00)

(18:00)

St Austell depart:

22:45

22:45

22:18

Newquay depart by connecting train

(21:26)

(21:26)

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Par depart:

22:54

22:54

|

Lostwithiel depart:

|

|

|

Bodmin Parkway depart:

23:06

23:06

22:35

Liskeard depart:

23:21

23:21

22:50

Plymouth depart...

23:51

23:51

23:20

Newton Abbott depart:

00:33

00:33

00:01

Exeter St Davids depart:

01:06

01:06

01:06

Taunton depart:

01:36

01:36

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Reading arrive:

04:05

04:00

04:06

London Paddington arrive...

05:23

05:13

05:06

You can remain on board until:

07:00

07:00

07:00

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What's the sleeper to Cornwall like?

The Night Riviera sleeper train is a miniature travelling hotel, with private sleeper compartments & lounge car.  The sleeper compartments are compact but cosy, with an upper & lower berth in twin rooms or just one lower berth in single rooms, plus a washbasin with hot & cold running water.  The beds come with a snug duvets (a welcome replacement for the traditional blankets), fresh clean sheets & plump pillows.  Soap, towel and a small bottle of mineral water are provided for each passenger.  There are two toilets at the end of the corridor in each sleeping-car which you can use at all times, even when the train is standing in the station.  There's a lounge car with tables & chairs and a buffet counter selling wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks & snacks.  A light breakfast with tea or coffee & fruit juice is included in the fare, served by your steward in your compartment at the time you specify.  The Night Riviera also has ordinary seats, in fact the seats are extra-roomy reclining first class ones sold at standard class prices, but a sleeper berth is recommended.  Like all British trains, the Night Riviera is all non-smoking.  More information & photos.

The Night Riviera sleeper train to Cornwall waits to leave London Paddington   Night Riviera sleeper train from London to Cornwall: single-berth sleeper   Night Riviera sleeper from London to Cornwall:  2-berth sleeper

Shortly before midnight...  The sleeper to Cornwall waits to leave platform 1 at Paddington Station, under Isambard Kingdom Brunel's magnificent arched roof dating from 1854.  You can board the sleeper from 22:30 onwards...

 

Single-berth sleeper, shown with washbasin closed.   More photos.

 

Two-berth sleeper, shown with washbasin open & blind down.  More photos.

The lounge car on the Night Riviera sleeper train between Cornwall & London   The Night Riviera sleeper at St Erth

The lounge car...  A buffet counter sells beer, wine, and hot & cold snacks.  Tea & coffee is complimentary for sleeper passengers.  This seating is reserved for sleeper passengers, or you can take food & drink back to your sleeper...

 

Good morning Cornwall...  The Night Riviera is seen here at Penzance, basking in the early morning sun...

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

Night Riviera sleeper fares...

There are two ways to buy a sleeper ticket:

Option 1:  Special 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

For travel in a

twin berth sleeper

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

From 49 to 109

From 69 to 169

total for two people

Option 2:  Normal ticket + sleeper supplement...

   
 
   
How to buy sleeper tickets...

 


Children...

Luggage, bikes, dogs & pets...

Station lounge at London Paddington...

Showers, toilets, power sockets...

Wheelchair-accessible sleepers...

Unfortunately there are no wheelchair-accessible sleeper berths on the Night Riviera, unlike the sleeper to Scotland, although there are wheelchair spaces in the seating coaches.

Inter-connecting doors between sleeper compartments...

There is an inter-connecting door between each pair of adjacent sleeper compartments, normally kept locked shut.  You can book two adjacent 2-berth compartments with an inter-connecting door between them to make a 4-berth suite, or you can book two adjacent single-berth compartments with an inter-connecting door to make a suite with two lower berths (but 3-berth suites aren't possible because of the way the compartments are paired).  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.  Berths 9 & 10 have a door with berths 11 & 12.  And so on, up to berths 21 & 22 having an inter-connecting door with berths 23 & 24.  Travel tip:  When asking for two compartments with an inter-connecting door, ask which berth numbers you've been allocated and make sure they are indeed two communicating compartments before hanging up the phone, as telesales staff don't always get it right.  However, on board staff are excellent, and can usually sort out any problem.

Video Guide to the Night Riviera...

Note that the on-demand TV screens shown in the video have now been removed.

A journey to Cornwall on the Night Riviera...

First Class Lounge at London Paddington, available to all sleeper passengers.   Night Riviera sleeper train - sleeping-car corridor   LCD TV screen in single-berth sleeper

First Class Lounge at London Paddington:  All sleeper berth passengers can use the First Class Lounge before departure or in the morning on arrival, open 05:30-23:55 Mon-Fri & 16:00-23:55 Sundays, half way along platform 1, the platform used by the Night Riviera.  The lounge has complimentary tea, coffee, wine, soft drinks, snacks, fruit, newspapers & magazines.  There are charging points for laptops & mobiles.  This shows the 'modern' part of the lounge, the 'classic' part features leather armchairs in what was originally Queen Victoria's waiting room.

 

The sleeping-car corridor.  Just like a hotel corridor, but narrower, with compartment doors & berth numbers.  The green lights are safety lights.

 

TV entertainment, now removed...  The single-berth sleepers (but not the 2-berth ones) used to have an LCD TV screen with a small selection of on-demand programmes, but this system was removed in 2014.

You can recharge phones using the shaver socket   A cosy duvet on the London to Cornwall sleeper train   Toilets are at the end of the corridor

You can recharge a phone with 2-pin adaptor.

 

A cosy duvet in a single-berth sleeper on the Night Riviera to Cornwall.

 

Toilets are located at the end of the corridor...

Truro Cathedral, seen from the Night Riviera sleeper train just arriving from London   Breakfast served in your sleeper compartment next morning

Wake up in Cornwall...  Lift up the blind next morning, and the sunlight streams in.  Catch a glimpse of Truro Cathedral in the morning mist as the train crosses the viaduct over the city en route to Penzance...

 

Breakfast in bed.  There's a knock on your door and the steward brings your breakfast, included in the fare.  You'll be asked when you board whether you'd like tea or coffee.

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

As well as the Night Riviera sleeper there are direct daytime trains between London & Cornwall, also bookable using the form above.  For a real treat, 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 westbound on the 12:06 Royal Duchy from London to Penzance, 18:03 Golden Hind from London to Penzance and 19:03 Armada from London to Plymouth, see www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/On-board/Pullman for full details.  Pullman dining is something special, with menus devised by chef Mitch Tonks.  A journey along the famous sea wall at Dawlish whilst enjoying what is perhaps the best (and one of the few remaining) restaurant car services in Britain is a truly wonderful experience.

The Cornish Riviera Express about to leave Penzance for London   Pullman dining on the Cornish Riviera Express   The shrimp tasted fabulous...

The Man in Seat 61 says:  "If there is any better dining experience on any regular British train, I have yet to find it..."

Pullman dining:  Beef steak main course   Pullman dining:  Coffee cup with the traditional Great Western crest

London to the Isles of Scilly...

  Disembarking from the ferry Scillonian III at St Marys on the Scilly Isles

The Scilly Isles ferry...  Disembarking from the ferry 'Scillonian III' at Hugh Town on St Mary's.  The Scillonian III dates from 1977, replacing Scillonian II (1956) and the original Scillonian of 1926.  A historic link with the Scilly Isles!

  The bar on the ferry to the Scilly isles.

The bar on the Scillonian III.  A commentary explains points of interest as the ferry rounds the Cornish coast.  There's also a cafe serving full English breakfasts and other hot meals.

  The ferry approaches St Mary's

Approaching St Mary's on 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 ► Scilly Isles

Scilly Isles  ► London

Fares...

How to buy tickets...

Scilly isles helicopter service ended 31 October 2012...

Short breaks to the Scilly isles by train & ferry...

Isles of Scilly tourist information...

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


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 by sleeper+Eurostar

  The Night Riviera Sleeper from Cornwall to London with connections for Paris

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

 
   

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 59 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 & accommodation 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.

 

◄◄ 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.


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