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    Everything You Need to Know About the Caledonian Sleeper

    By Meike Burgess, Marketing & Paid Media Manager
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    Train Travel Made Easy

    Looking for a convenient and low-carbon way to travel between the south of England and the North of Scotland for your upcoming Wilderness Scotland adventure? The Caledonian Sleeper is a popular choice amongst our travellers. It is a unique and enjoyable way to travel between London and Scotland. With comfortable rooms, convenient amenities, and stunning views along the way, it’s no wonder that this train service has been a popular choice for over a century and a half.

    How Did the Caledonian Sleeper Come About?

    On April 2nd, 1873, North British Railway introduced the first regular sleeper on the Glasgow-Edinburgh-Kings Cross route via the East Coast Mainline, and for a supplement of 10 shillings, your seat rolled flat to make a bed with a blanket and pillow.

    One hundred fifty years on, the Caledonian Sleeper continued this legacy with their current fleet. It runs in a combined formation of sixteen coaches equipped with modern facilities, including en-suite shower rooms, double beds and a stylish Club Car.

    the caledonian sleeper going through Scotland

    Club Car on the Caledonian Sleeper

    Frequently Asked Questions

    However, if you’ve never taken an overnight train, you may have questions about what to expect. Fortunately, this blog is here to help! We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions about travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper to make your journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

    Why Should I Choose the Caledonian Sleeper? Read More

    The iconic Caledonian Sleeper provides guests with a unique and sustainable way of travelling, linking over 40 stations between London and Scotland. Departing from Aberdeen, Fort William, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Caledonian Sleeper whisks guests through the night in their own private room to the heart of their final destinations. With no long security or luggage queues and no need for expensive transfers from the airport to the city, guests arrived refreshed and ready to make the most of the day.

    Making a Sustainable Choice

    Compared to domestic flights, travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper results in a significantly lower carbon footprint, with a reduction of nearly 90%. This comparison considers a journey from Inverness to London, which includes a one-night hotel stay. The total carbon footprint from a domestic flight and hotel is estimated to be around 278.9 kgCO2/ep, while the Caledonian Sleeper produces as little as 33 kgCO2/ep.

    What Routes Does the Caledonian Sleeper Serve? Read More

    The Caledonian Sleeper offers services between London and Scotland, with trains departing from London Euston and arriving at various destinations in Scotland, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.

    How Much Does the Caledonian Sleeper Cost? Read More

    The cost of the Caledonian Sleeper varies depending on what level of comfort you pick, the time of year, the distance of travel and how far in advance you book your tickets. The basic fares for a seat start at around £50, while the price for a private room can range from £175 to £450 depending on the room type and whether you are travelling solo or with others.

    What Types of Rooms Are Available? Read More

    The Caledonian Sleeper features three main room types.

    The standard Classic room with twin bunk beds.

    Next is the Club room, which includes the same features but with an ensuite shower and toilet, full breakfast, station lounge access (where available), Arran Sense of Scotland toiletries and Mackie’s of Scotland chocolate.

    The final choice of accommodation is the Caledonian Double. It features everything the Club room offers but has a double bed and a complimentary Arran Sense of Scotland souvenir toiletry bag.

    What Amenities Are Available on the Caledonian Sleeper? Read More

    The Caledonian Sleeper offers a range of amenities to make your journey comfortable and enjoyable.

    All rooms feature Glencraft mattresses and come with bedding and towels, an in-room washbasin, charging points, dimmable lights, temperature control, a keycard entry system, WI-FI, room service, a complimentary sleep kit and bottled water.

    In addition, the Caledonian Double and Club rooms offer priority Club Car access, full breakfast onboard and Station Lounge access (where available).

    Do You Have To Share a Room With a Stranger? Read More

    No, the modern-day Caledonian Sleeper does not offer this service. Each room can be booked for up to two adults travelling together. If you are travelling in a group or as a larger family, you can book a room for double occupancy, and there is even an option for interconnecting Classic rooms if required.

    What Is the Schedule for the Caledonian Sleeper? Read More

    The Caledonian Sleeper runs every night except Saturday night from London Euston. Please access the Caledonian timetables for further information on departure and arrival times.

    What if I Require Assistance With My Booking? Read More

    Caledonian Sleeper Guest Service Centre Ambassadors operate throughout the evening and are on hand to help with any enquiries about your booking, including any alterations. If there are any significant alterations to the running of the service, the Guest Services team will typically contact guests by text to let them know if their journey is impacted. If there are any disruptions whilst guests are travelling onboard, the train operator will usually make announcements and keep passengers informed of the estimated arrival time at the destination.

    Get a 15% Discount

    If you book a trip with Wilderness, you’ll receive a 15% discount code for the Caledonian Sleeper in your confirmation email which is valid for double, club and classic rooms.


    A Night on the Sleeper

    Meet the Author: Meike Burgess

    “Having grown up travelling across the world I've developed an addiction to all things spice and to travel! When it was time to go to university I wandered off to Scotland for a new adventure and now 10+ years later I've not managed to leave yet. Scotland's welcoming culture, beautiful scenery and a Scottish man captured my heart. Moving to Scotland has made me develop a passion for the outdoors and I love heading out for an explore.”

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