Caledonian Sleeper Franchise

The Caledonian Sleeper service operates overnight rail passenger services in both directions between London Euston and each of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William.

Scottish Ministers made the decision to let the Caledonian Sleeper franchise separately from ScotRail, allowing a greater focus on the development of the service.

The current Caledonian Sleeper franchise was awarded to Serco Caledonian Sleepers Limited (SCSL) in May 2014. SCSL took over the operation of The Caledonian Sleeper on 31 March 2015; it had previously been incorporated within the ScotRail franchise.

Sleeper operations comprise two services in each direction to and from London Euston: the Lowlander combines services from Glasgow and Edinburgh; the Highlander combines services from Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William. Overall, Caledonian Sleeper serves 48 stations: 43 in Scotland, 5 in England. Route and timetable information is available.

The Caledonian Sleeper services are a key part of Scotland’s transport mix, providing unique journey opportunities. It is our ambition that the services offered - in terms of quality, catering and hospitality - are emblematic of the best of Scotland.

Franchise operations are supported by Scottish Government subsidy. Additionally there is a £60 million capital grant supporting the development of new trains, and £6 million available for station enhancements.

You can find out more about the franchise and plan your journey on the official website for Serco Caledonian Sleepers Limited. A copy of the Caledonian Sleeper Travel Guide is available, describing Caledonian Sleeper services.