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Sleeper Trains link London with various Scottish cities and the South-West (Devon and Cornwall). They provide three levels of sleeping accommodation - single-bed cabins, twin-bed cabins and reclining seats. There is also a buffet service available all night. Twin-bed cabins can be occupied by strangers only of the same gender.
Travellers can usually join the train 45 minutes before departure and can usually remain onboard after arrival until 08:00.
The trains run six days a week (not Saturday nights) and the timings below are indicative (they do differ on Sunday nights).
The London-Scotland services ("The Caledonian Sleeper") are centred on London's Euston station. There are two main trains, which split into portions once inside Scotland (or join on the return).
The London-Cornwall service ("The Night Riviera") is a single portion only. It leaves London's Paddington station at around 23:45, with arrival in Penzance by 08:00.
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How to book: London-Scotland and vice-versa
The London-Scotland services can now be booked up to one year in advance.
Fares vary; this will depend on how early you book and whether you want a fixed, non-refundable non-exchangeable ticket, or something more flexible. If you want to travel in one direction by sleeper train and the other by daytime train you can book these separately.
London - Scotland 'Caledonian Sleeper' services are operated by Serco, and have their own dedicated website: www.sleeper.scot
Be warned - the new Serco website gives very limited information on ticket types - as a result you can be caught by ticket prices increasing without warning even if the ticket you thought you were looking at was at a standard - non-discounted - price!
How to book: London - Plymouth/Cornwall and vice-versa
The London - Cornwall 'Night Riviera' is operated by First Great Western. Unlike the Scottish services, bookings only open during the same window as daytime services, usually 10-12 weeks ahead.
It is possible to book return tickets that include the sleeper in one direction only.
The Night Riviera has its own dedicated page within the First Great Western website: http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Yo...