Last week Mr Sparkles had one of his rare weeks off and we wanted to make the most of it. I have always wanted to visit London’s Winter Wonderland but with the cost of hotels at this time of year we thought it would be a bit too much until we hit on the idea of travelling down on the Caledonian Sleeper train. The Caledonian Sleeper Lowland route runs from Glasgow Central to London Euston. The only night the service does not run is a Saturday night which I think is fab.
The train leaves Glasgow at 23.10 and arrives in London at around 7 am give or take depending on any delays en-route. It worked out perfectly for us as it meant it we had the full day in London before boarding the train again at 22.00 for our return journey home.
As a girl who loves her sleep I was a bit dubious about how well I would actually sleep but I was pleasantly surprised. The bunk beds although compact were surprisingly comfy and you are provided with a complementary sleep mask but with the cabin lights out and the blind down there isn’t too much light that shines in. Just remember to shut your blind otherwise you could wake up at your destination to a packed train station and a few people peeking in at you!
There is no need to worry about sleeping in either. When you board the train you meet with your sleeper host who arranges a time to chap your door to wake you in the morning. You have the option of tea,coffee, water or orange juice to wake up with too. If you are lucky enough to travel First Class then you are entitled to a complementary breakfast as well!
In the picture above you can see a lid above the bin … well that lifts up to provide a sink with running hot and cold water. This was great for being able to freshen up in the mornings. You are given a cute wee bar of soap and towel in your sleep pack which means you can travel light if you need to. The toilets are located at the far end of each carriage which is handy so you don’t have to travel too far in the middle of the night.
If you are travelling with children there is a door that can be unlocked so that you connect with the berth next door to you as each berth can only sleep two people. If you are travelling alone the sleeper team always make sure that you are bunked in with someone of the same sex which is reassuring and you can specify if you want the top or bottom bunk.
Although we didn’t see the accessible berths the website advises that accessible berths are available with a second bed for a travelling companion too.
Feeling peckish … ? Well there is a buffet carriage where you can have a sit down meal/breakfast or a liquid refreshment or two! We didn’t go exploring but next time we will for sure!
I was excited to hear that there are brand new trains being launched in Spring 2018 on the sleeper routes that sound amazing. There is the promise of double beds, en suite rooms and films and tv available from a free wifi service.
I know when we will be planning our next trip!
If you fancy a nosy around the current sleeper trains for yourself you can take a Virtual Tour Here
I would love to hear if you have ever traveled on the sleeper train or if you would consider it?