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What better way to travel than being whisked away by rail while comfortably asleep under a blanket? Sleeper trains in the UK offer just that. Whether you’re interested in traveling by moonlight to save on time, save money or you just fancy spending a luxurious night in a hotel on the rails, our guide to overnight trains in the UK will tell you all you need to know. 

Types of Sleeper trains in the UK

There may not be as many sleeper trains in the UK as there are in Europe, but it’s still a convenient and romantic way to travel, especially for longer journeys across the country. Find our list of the night trains in operation around the UK below.  

Please note that we don’t currently sell tickets for all UK sleeper train routes.

Caledonian Sleeper

This sleeper train from London to Scotland (and vice versa) runs six nights a week, offering different journeys on Highlander and Lowlander routes. Both Caledonian Sleeper routes depart from or arrive at London Euston station, Highlander routes take you to popular Scottish destinations like Aberdeen, Inverness, and Fort Williams, whereas Lowlander routes take you to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Learn more and book Caledonian Sleeper tickets.  

Night Riviera 

This sleeper train from London to Cornwall (and vice versa) is a Great Western Railway service that travels overnight through Devon on its way to scenic Penzance. Think of the Night Riviera as a moving hotel – recently refurbished carriages mean modern décor, a stylish Lounge car complete with a trendy bar and cosy airline-style seating. And, don’t forget the comfy beds that’ll give you a fantastic night’s sleep! 

Belmond Royal Scotsman

This luxury sleeper train offers scenic tours around the Scottish Highlands, from two-day trips to journeys that span over a week. More like a cruise than a way of getting from A to B, hop onboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman to discover Scotland’s breath-taking scenery, taste the delights of whisky distilleries or even a grand tour of Great Britain. All cabins feature plush bedding, luxurious Scottish décor and en suite facilities.  

Eurostar Ski Train

This night train only operates during the winter ski season (December to April) and takes passengers from London St Pancras station to ski resorts in the French Alps. The Eurostar Ski Train departs once a week on Fridays and offers comfortable seating and plenty of extra space for your skis and snowboards, so there’s no need to pay extra to bring larger luggage with you. Find out more and book tickets on our Eurostar Ski Train page.  

Sleeper train coaches

Overnight trains in the UK normally feature a couple of different travel options, seating carriages or shared or private cabins. Below, we’ve explained the different types of coaches you’ll usually find when you board a sleeper train in the UK.

Seating carriages

The most cost-effective way to travel on sleeper trains, seating carriages feature wider than normal, plush seats that recline when you’re ready to sleep. These airline-style seats often have their own fold-down tables or can be seated around tables of four – ideal for those travelling in a group. 

Sleeper cabins

The most comfortable way to travel on sleeper trains, most cabins feature cosy beds with duvets and pillows, a wash basin and selection of toiletries. Some cabins also feature en-suite bathrooms, depending on which overnight train you’re travelling on. Go full of luxury and book a cabin to yourself, or if you’re travelling as a group, there’s sometimes an option to book a two-person cabin with connecting doors. 

Lounge bar 

Most overnight trains in the UK will feature a Lounge or buffet car to venture to during your journey for snacks, drinks or just to stretch your legs. Depending on the service, the lounge bar is usually open for the duration of your train journey and can be an enjoyable place to relax and socialise.  

Good to know – on some overnight services only passengers in sleeper cabins have access to the Lounge bar. 

UK Sleeper train FAQs

Yes, of course.  

On Caledonian Sleeper trains, if you’re travelling in Standard Class breakfast, dinner, snacks and drinks are available to buy throughout the journey in the Lounge Car. If you’re travelling in First Class, you’ll enjoy a free breakfast which you can eat in the Lounge Car or in your room. You’ll also be able to pre-book your evening meal.  

On Night Riviera trains, if you’ve booked a cabin, you’ll enjoy free breakfast, snacks and soft drinks during your journey. If you’ve only booked a seat, there’s a café onboard that sells food and drinks.  

Both the Caledonian Sleeper and the Night Riviera let you travel with guide dogs free of charge. 

If you’re travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper in Standard Class or have only booked a seat option, pets aren’t allowed to travel with you. If you’ve booked a First Class cabin, pets are allowed for a £30 fee. On Night Riviera trains, pets may travel free of charge but must be in a pet carrier in the guard’s van during the journey.  

Yes. You can take a bike onboard both Caledonian Sleeper and Night Riviera trains free of charge, you just need to reserve a bike space beforehand.  

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