Sleeper Trains

Sleepers enable you to make long distance journeys while having a relaxing night's sleep. You arrive early at your destination, saving a day's travel - or the early morning dash to the airport.

"Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life."

― Michael Palin.


Sleeper services operate nightly Sunday to Friday and link:

  • London Euston with most principal business and holiday locations in Scotland
  • London Paddington with South West England and Cornwall

Customers joining at the starting point of the train may occupy cabins well before departure. At terminating stations customers may vacate cabins up to approximately 08:00 on trains which arrive at an earlier time (except London Paddington where customers must vacate by 07:00).

Sleeping Berths

These beds are known as sleeping berths. In the case of compartments with two berths, one is on top of the other in a double-bunk arrangement. These beds (the lower bed in a double-bunk arrangement) can also be folded away when the other is in use.

Sleeper Berth 'Supplements'

If you already hold a ticket for your journey, you can pay an additional 'supplementary' fare in order to make use of a Sleeping Berth on board the train.

Caledonian Sleeper

The number of berths available to holders of discounted tickets may be restricted at any time.

There are a number of 'berth inclusive' fares available that include travel and accommodation at one all inclusive price. For details, speak to ticket office staff or see

Great Western Railway's Night Riviera Sleeper

Supplements are not valid with Advance tickets.

There are also inclusive tickets which include one-way advance purchase train travel and an overnight berth. For details, speak to ticket office staff or see

Lounge Cars

The Lounge Car offers a pleasant relaxing atmosphere in which to unwind before a night's rest.

  • Caledonian Sleeper
    Customers can choose from a wide selection of food and drinks including sandwiches, baguettes, snacks and a well stocked bar. At busy times, use of the Lounge Car may be restricted to First Class ticket holders.
  • Great Western Railway Sleepers Night Riviera Sleeper
    A full range of drinks, snacks and meals are available. Hot and continental breakfasts are served in the morning.

Sleeper Train Reservations

To book rail tickets and reserve Sleepers, simply visit any main rail station or rail appointed travel agent. Alternatively you can book online, or by phone

Travelling with Children

Children (aged 5 - 15) are not permitted to travel without an adult.

  • Where children travel in sleeper accommodation they must either share a room with another member of their travelling party or have sole occupancy of a room.
  • Where they have sole occupancy of a room, there must be an accompanying adult travelling in the same coach.
  • Where children travel in seated accommodation they must be accompanied by an adult in the seated coach.

Taking Animals with you

Dogs and pets are not normally allowed in Sleeper cabins. There are special arrangements for guide dogs.

Caledonian Sleepers

Accompanying dogs are only permitted in Sleeper Cabins providing the owner(s) has exclusive use of the cabin and pays the appropriate charge. There are special arrangements for guide dogs. Dogs and pets cannot be conveyed in the parcels accommodation.

Great Western Railway Sleepers

Animals may be conveyed if properly labelled and muzzled, and in suitable containers, in the parcels accommodation on payment of the appropriate charge.

Sleeper Trains Routes

Caledonian Sleeper

Reservations are compulsory on the following Caledonian Sleeper services

The Highland Sleeper

London to Aberdeen/Inverness/Fort William

  • Sunday to Friday - Departs from London Euston calling at Crewe and Preston for boarding only. At Edinburgh (where no alighting is possible), the service separates into three trains for Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William (known as 'The Deerstalker'), calling at intermediate stations.

Fort William/Inverness/Aberdeen to London

  • Sunday to Friday - Three separate trains depart from Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen calling at intermediate stations. At Edinburgh (where boarding is not possible) they are formed as one train to continue the journey calling at Preston and Crewe (both stops for alighting only) arriving at London Euston the following morning.

The Lowland Sleeper

London to Edinburgh/Glasgow

  • Sunday to Friday - Departs from London Euston calling at Watford Junction (for boarding only) Carlisle and Carstairs (both stops for alighting only). At Carstairs the service separates into two trains for Edinburgh and Glasgow Central (also calling at Motherwell).

Glasgow/Edinburgh to London

  • Sunday to Friday - Depart from Glasgow Central (calling at Motherwell) Edinburgh and Carstairs where they are formed as one train to continue the journey calling at Carlisle (for boarding only) arriving at Watford Junction and then London Euston the following morning. Note: Seated Sleeper customers cannot board the northbound service at Watford Junction.

For departure times see our Journey Planner, or visit

Great Western Railway Night Riviera Sleeper

London Paddington to Penzance

  • Sunday - Departs London Paddington at 23:50 and arrives at Penzance at 08:59
  • Monday to Friday - Departs London Paddington at 23:45 and arrives at Penzance at 08:00

Penzance to London Paddington

  • Sunday - Departs Penzance at 21:15 arrives at London Paddington at 05:06
  • Monday to Friday - Departs Penzance at 21:45 and arrives at London Paddington at 05:43

For further details, see our Journey Planner or visit

Finding Sleeper Train in our Journey Planner

Sleeper Train are shown in our Journey Planner.

Select the appropriate journey and time from the above “Routes Of The Sleeper Services”. These trains display the Sleeper Class within the information section for the journey. Selecting “Fares Availability” also displays a sleeper icon

All Line Rail Rover and Sleeper Services

On Sleeper services, the All Line Rail Rover (7 Days or 14 Days validity) must be valid on the date of arrival at your destination but need not be valid on the date of departure of a Sleeper service. The date of arrival is the first date of validity of the All Line Rail Rover.

For further details, and validity, see the All Line Rover (14 Days) or All Line Rover (7 Days)


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Last updated:   23 July 2021