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Sleepers trains in the UK offer comfort, luxury and practicality. Whether you want the romance of travelling by moonlight or to save on time and money, everyone should experience a night in a hotel on the rails.
Hit the button above to start your search for Caledonian Sleeper tickets, or keep reading to find out more about sleeper trains in the UK. Our guide to overnight trains will tell you all you need to know.
We'll be honest - booking sleeper tickets on Trainline isn't as straightforward as booking normal tickets. But if you follow these instructions closely, you'll be able to find a variety of fares for sleeper trains - from single seats to cabins.
Booking sleeper services on Trainline is a bit trickier than other services. It's by no means impossible though; you've just got to pay a bit more attention than usual. Here's a step-by-step guide.
This applies to the Caledonian Sleeper and Night Riviera services. We're working on integrating sleeper trains into our booking system in a more user-friendly way, so watch this space. But follow these instructions and you should very quickly be on your way!
With rolling hills and beautiful scenery Scotland is the perfect destination for a leisurely train journey.
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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 London Euston station:
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This luxury sleeper train offers scenic tours around the Scottish Highlands, from three- to five-day trips depending on which package you opt for. More like a cruise than a way of getting from A to B, hop onboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman to enjoy Scotland’s breath-taking scenery, fine dining and even an on-board spa. The Royal Scotsman follows two routes:
All cabins feature plush bedding, luxurious Scottish décor and en suite facilities. Find out more about the Belmond Royal Scotsman.
The Night Riviera winds its way southwest from London, reaching beautiful Penzance in the morning.
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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!
The route begins at London Paddington at 22:30, travelling through the night to Cornwall. The service calls at Truro, St Erth and finally at Penzance, among other stops.
Remember to have a quick read of the information above on how to book Night Riviera tickets - it takes a bit of sleuthing to find the correct fares!
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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 night service departs on Fridays and arrives on Saturday morning, leaving the entire day to hit the slopes. There’s dedicated space for your skis and snowboards, so there’s no need to pay extra to bring larger luggage with you.
The service calls at Moûtiers-Salins, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice, where you can catch connecting bus services to your resort.
While not strictly a sleeper service, there is also a day-time Ski Train to the Alps, which departs on Saturday mornings Find out more and book tickets on our Eurostar Ski Train page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From taking pets on board to the types of accommodation available, these are some of our customers' most frequently asked questions.
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.
Yes, we do – you can buy Night Riviera and Caledonian Sleeper tickets using Trainline. When you search for a sleeper service route, we’ll show you a message saying ‘Sleeper service is available’. To see all seating options (including sleeper cabins), click on ‘View all single tickets’, just below the price matrix. This will show all the seating options available.
The Night Riviera service to Cornwall departs from London Paddington, while the Caledonian Sleeper to Scotland departs from London Euston. The Eurostar Ski Train service (which runs overnight) to the French Alps also departs from London St Pancras.
While the offering varies across services, in general, you can expect seating at the lower end of the price range, single rooms with washbasins, double rooms with washbasins, through to double rooms with en-suite facilities.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, food services will be limited on board. The Caledonian Sleeper Club Car is currently closed, with no room service or hot/cold beverages being served. Club guests will be served breakfast, which includes a bacon roll, fruit juice and a muffin - but Caledonian Sleeper are advising guests to bring their own food to eat in their room. The Night Riviera service has similar such measures in place. Guests can't sit in the Lounge Car but can buy snacks and hot/cold drinks to take back to their cabins. Breakfast is not available currently.