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See the luxurious new Caledonian Sleeper trains which launch in October

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We don’t really focus much on sleeper trains on Head for Points, although Rob is doing an 11 hour trip from Stockholm to Lapland at Easter which he may or may not write about!

In the UK the sleepers to Scotland have lost a lot of their appeal in recent years.  Let’s be honest, travelling to Scotland overnight on a very dated train with (possibly) uncomfortable mattresses and a stranger sharing your room doesn’t sound tempting.

This is why Serco has spent £100 million to buy 75 new more luxurious coaches for its Caledonian Sleeper trains which will be rolled out from October 2018.

The first carriages have reached Glasgow via the Channel Tunnel and looking at the pictures they are a great improvement over their predecessor from 1980.

There will be a range of accommodation with the cheapest seats being the Comfort Seats.

Those staying in Club Rooms or Suites can have dinner and drinks in the Club Car.

Suites, Club Rooms and Classic Rooms all come with an en suite bathroom and ‘bespoke mattresses’.

Here is a Club Room:

and a Classic Room:

Peter Strachan, Chairman, Serco Caledonian Sleeper, said: “We believe the new Caledonian Sleeper trains will truly set a new standard in overnight travel and we have worked closely with Transport Scotland on their development since taking over the franchise in 2015.”

Comfort Seats start from £45, Classic Rooms are from £85 per person, Club Rooms are from £125 per person and Suites will be priced from £200 per person.

The company has removed the option of booking a bed in a shared room unless you are booking with a friend or partner.  It isn’t clear if a single person will get a discount on a room designed for two.

Tickets will be available to book from next month on this website.  The new trains will initially operate on the ‘Lowlander’ route between London and Glasgow / Edinburgh.

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  1. Although I would like to try this, I would still prefer to fly
    I went to Edinburgh at the weekend form Luton Airport with my partner.

    £88 return. Hotel was £54 including breakfast, thats a total £142 for both of us.
    Much cheaper than a train with a bed and a lot of time saved.

    Turned up at the airport just an hour and a half before the flight, and within 3 hours of turning up at Luton airport, we were in our hotel in Edinburgh.

  2. Concerto says:

    Sleeper services in Europe are almost non existent these days, a real shame. In the not so distant past, I did Lausanne-Venice and Basel/Bern-Weimar getting there at 05h when I was at the Weimar opera house. That train went on to Prague and I hopped on it once at Weimar for a great day out in Prague (saw the original manuscripts of several Berthoven symphonies while there).

  3. Having done the Stockholm-Lapland route a few times by train, I can say it’s great value (though not as luxurious as the pics of the Caledonian here)

    • I agree, I was surprised how little it cost. Forgotten now but there are 4 of us and it was very modest for 11 hours in a cabin.

  4. Just got back from a trip on the Narvik-Stockholm sleeper (did Helsinki-Kolari last year) – it was brilliant. The cabins are for 3, so if there’s just two of you then you pay a reduced fee for the third berth and get the whole thing for yourself. Nice and spacious (moreso than the current sleepers in this country, and the Empire Builder roomette in the USA), a nice restaurant car (reindeer stew & mash anyone?), and decent toilets & showers.

  5. Michael Canning says:

    On first inspection without doubt this is an infinite improvement on the current carriages which are nothing short of a disgrace (as they’re dirty, tired and uncomfortable – so not great for sleeping!!!).

    I know price is driven by demand, but I think the current sleeper has been over-priced for years (esp. considering its condition) and it’s a shame the operator is trying to justify the raising of prices because of the new carriages – for the current prices you would be right to expect high standards and the operators been failing on this for years.

  6. There are so many issues / known problems with the existing sleeper that they have agreed printed compensation forms!!!

  7. IslandDweller says:

    Pedantry corner. Some new carriages are indeed in Glasgow for acceptance testing, but that’s not where those photos were taken. The carriages delivered are empty – they’ll return to Spain for final fit out before being re delivered. (Initial testing is all about gauge and coupling stuff)
    As for sharing with strangers. You’ll never do that with the new service – though choosing to share with someone you know who still be an option.
    The whole service is painfully loss making but money was allocated by the former coalition government to enable it to continue. At that time Danny Alexander was MP for Inverness and the late Charles Kennedy was MP for Lochaber (Fort William)

  8. Would love to read the sleeper journey to Lapland! Always wanted to something like this in Scandinavia!

    Also wasn’t there talk of another option of airline style seats that go flat? Or has that been abandoned?

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