Scotrail having a sale (1/3 off) on their Caledonian Sleeper service (Overnight London Euston to Scotland,  including Edinburgh, Fort William, ...and Glasgow, I think), cheapest single I can find so far to Edinburgh is £40
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Scotrail having a sale (1/3 off) on their Caledonian Sleeper service (Overnight London Euston to Scotland, including Edinburgh, Fort William, ...and Glasgow, I think), cheapest single I can find so far to Edinburgh is £40

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Found 27th Jan 2014
I recieved an email from them and have posted the link enclosed. Not sure if it's a personalised link, but hopefully will work for others. If not the main site will possibly give the reduced price anyway.

The sale is on till the 28th February, (book by then) and can book a journey up to twelve weeks in advance.

Have had a quick look, but not bothered at the moment (might go up for the Commonwealth Games, or Edinburgh Fringe, but too early too book). I did find a single from Edinburgh to London for £40, and Fort William to London for £66, so not bad really, for the sleeper service.

I started using it this year (getting the bargain berths for £39 each way, but they are rare and need planning.twelve weeks ahead). It's probably my favourite transport I have ever been on, very nice waking up in the mountains on the way to Fort William, and was perfect for two whole days in Edinburgh, but just paying for one night in a hotel. (Arrived at 7 am, night in hotel, train back at 11pm)

The fares may still seem pricy. But I really recommend it for a hassle free break away.

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For the sleeper can you board the train at Crewe rather than London.

Be careful not to book the cheapy £20-30 fares of you'll end up with just a seat in the rolling pub carriage with all the Jakey's!

Glasgow to London is £7.50 sometimes... Why would I pay more to sleep in a train?!?

some berths are £19 normally - wow! all the way from north Scotland to London!

This is a great service, and the reduction is both to and from London, so a great deal, as well. I use the sleeper all the time for work, arriving central London for early meetings, having been able to stay at home until late the evening before. The 1/3 discount saves me £50 on the 1st class single, down to £97, meaning travel, a comfortable single cabin, hot breakfast and £2.50 voucher for the buffet. Way cheaper than flying down and staying in a reasonable hotel would be, and much shorter time away from home. If you're able to sleep, it's the best way to get from Scotland to London - the ultimate in multi-tasking. I fly back, but there's often cheap singles on daytime services.

Thanks OP.

Chris

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Glasgow to London is £7.50 sometimes... Why would I pay more to sleep in … Glasgow to London is £7.50 sometimes... Why would I pay more to sleep in a train?!?



It can save you a night in the hotel. It leaves London Euston at 23:50 which means you can go out with friends, have a few drinks, leave when the pubs close and still make your train and be home the next morning. It's cheaper than staying in a hotel and when you wake up you're already home.

nice......

When you state 'bargain berth' what does this exactly mean? Is it a wee private berth with a bed? Never done this before but may consider it. Is it noisy? Did you get a decent sleep?

I did it once from London to Fort William. In the bar we ended up having a knees-up with a bunch of strangers. I woke up in the morning, looked out the window & saw a herd of deer in the snow scattering out of the way of the train. It was a great journey....

Nk74

Is it noisy? Did you get a decent sleep?



Give it a go. All depends on how fast the train travels in my experience.

I backpacked around India years ago and used to save a few quid by taking overnight train journeys. Loved falling asleep with a warm breeze blowing through the window whilst the sun set over the paddy fields outside. Those trains trundled through the night at about 50mph and rocked you gently to sleep.

On the back of those memories I recently decided to take a Deutsche Bahn sleeper train from Brussels to Berlin. What a boo boo. That train hammered through the night at about 150mph and systematically shook out every filling in my mouth. Not a wink of sleep.

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Nk74

When you state 'bargain berth' what does this exactly mean? Is it a wee … When you state 'bargain berth' what does this exactly mean? Is it a wee private berth with a bed? Never done this before but may consider it. Is it noisy? Did you get a decent sleep?



I have a beautiful sleep on this, the beds are functional, but comfy, and it's very relaxing

It is "bunk beds though, so may not be great for some.

The first few times I had the berth to myself, it was a bit odd when I had to share with a stranger though, but I think that's a risk with the bargain berths. It was fine though.
Edited by: "DonkeyKonk" 30th Jan 2014

Good deal but id still stick with easyjet- if you catch them right you can get as cheap as £29 so £58 return

Does anyone know how you tell which seat you get? I'm looking at Scotrail timetable but then can't tell what sort of bed/seat I get!

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ArchedEdge

Does anyone know how you tell which seat you get? I'm looking at Scotrail … Does anyone know how you tell which seat you get? I'm looking at Scotrail timetable but then can't tell what sort of bed/seat I get!



I haven't booked this time, but pretty sure you get to choose a lower or upper bunk before purchase

One of the nicest things you can do, fall asleep in the big smoke and wake up in the beautiful countryside of Scotland.

The link attached didn't work for me so I have attached the proper link: scotrail.co.uk/dre…ets
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