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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
Sleeper services are made available for booking up to twelve weeks before departure date - it is pointless trying to book any earlier.
Fares vary; this will depend on how early you book (taking into account that bookings are not released more than 12 weeks ahead) and whether you want a fixed, non-refundable non-exchangeable ticket, or someting more flexible.
It is possible to buy return tickets which allow travel by Sleeper in one direction and by conventional daytime train in the other.
London - Scotland 'Caledonian Sleeper' services are operated by First Scotrail, and have their own dedicated website: http://www.scotrail.co.uk/caledonians...
The London - Cornwall 'Night Riviera' is operated by First Great Western and it too has its own dedicated website: http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Yo...