Sleep while you Travel with the Caledonian Sleeper

December 11, 2017
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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?




  • Nichola – Globalmouse

    December 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I love train travel so this looks amazing to me, such a great way to travel and I love that they have interconnecting doors to make it easier for families.

  • Rhian Westbury

    December 11, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    This is such a good idea and perfect if you’re going for just a day trip x
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  • Ana De- Jesus

    December 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    It is wonderful to hear that the bunks were surprisingly comfortable to sleep in and you had plenty of time to explore once you had reached London in the morning! x

  • Emily Leary

    December 11, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve never been on a sleeper train and wasn’t sure I fancied it but you make it look really rather fun!

  • Leah Lander-Shafik

    December 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I love the idea of going on a sleeper train. I wish they were more like the hogwarts express though x
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  • Sarah Bailey

    December 11, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Now this sounds like an interesting way to travel, I have to admit I would quite like to sleep the night away while travelling by train to somewhere, I’ll have to see if we are ever headed anywhere that offers this.
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  • Jazmin Williams

    December 12, 2017 at 2:14 am

    I’ve always wanted to go on a sleeper train! This looks really cosy.

  • Melanie

    December 12, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I have seen the Caledonian Sleeper and always wondered what it would be like. Thanks for the insight x

  • Joanna

    December 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    This is a great idea, especially that transport by night is almost non-existent in the UK. I have spent many nights in sleeper trains all around Europe and Asia and I find them great alternatives on spending money on hotels. You still get a good night’s sleep and get rested at your destination.

  • Baby Isabella

    December 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    What a cool experience – we’ve never slept on a train before and like how compact the cabin is!

  • melissa major

    December 12, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Sounds amazing for people who want to go for a day trip! I would love to go to London with my partner like this.

  • Nina

    December 12, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    I would love to try something like this, sounds and looks like such a cool experience. Travelling can be so exhausting and this would be such a nice way to do it. Most of my panic attacks are caused by public transport and the stress that it can entail so this would be perfect for me as I could relax!

  • Dannii

    December 13, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I have always wanted to go on that. I have been on a sleeper train in the US and I was on it for 2 days and it was a great experience.


    December 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    This sounds like a great idea for those travelling I’d love to get some sleep rather than sit there watching the children non stop.
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  • Helen

    December 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea! London is quite a journey from us too so being able to sleep on the way and wake up there would be great for us. Is it a similar price to the regular trains?

  • adriana

    December 13, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Now that is amazing! Talk about making travel easier. What a great idea!

  • nicol

    December 14, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I would never have thought itd be comfy! took me by surprise and loved reading your experience

  • Louise

    December 14, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Can you believe I’ve never been on a sleeper train before? I hope to do so one day, though. My youngest is train mad, and I know he’d love to be able to sleep on one 😀

    Louise x
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  • Laura H

    December 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I like that there’s a good amount of room above the bottom bed – I’ve been on a sleeper train before where there were three beds piled ontop of each other and it was rather squashed!

  • Jenny

    December 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    What a great idea! I would never have thought to travel during the night but it would be perfect for us.

  • indrajeet

    December 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    wow. I would love to experience this Caledonian Sleeper train, but my bad luck we don’t have in India, by the way thanks for the nice article.
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  • Guy Toponto

    May 15, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I love the idea of travelling while you sleep, such a great way to maximise your vacation time. Also, your room on the train looked like a rather cosy, not too cramped either.

    I’m sold!

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