Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can I have more information on the overnight train to Scotland?
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Friday 05 July 2013
Q I read your article about the overnight train to Scotland. Can you tell me whether one takes the train from London through to Inverness, or is it necessary to travel first to Fort William and then change to the Highland Railway?
A The Caledonian Sleeper that serves the north of Scotland departs from London Euston at 9.15pm - and offers a multiplicity of destinations. It starts out as the longest train in the UK, but splits at Edinburgh in the early hours into three shorter trains. One serves Fort William, another Aberdeen and the element that you would like, Inverness - where it arrives at a handy 8.36am, in time for a full day in and beyond the capital of the Highlands.
This link will provide all the information you need, including details of the Bargain Berths that offer one-way overnight journeys for as little as £19 (though £39 or £49 is more common).
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