Travelling on the “Caledonian Sleeper” in 2022: A collection of video reviews

As a supplement to the post describing my London-Edinburgh journey on the Caledonian Sleeper, I’ve assembled a gallery of YouTube reviews documenting the experiences of other travellers who’ve recently boarded this special overnight train.

The purpose of this review collection is to help illustrate the onboard experience for those who might be considering a journey on the Caledonian Sleeper. With tickets going for hundreds of pounds each – unless one chooses to travel in a seat rather than in a private bedroom – researching the journey before committing any funds is a perfectly sensible thing to do.

Now then, a few things to bear in mind:

  • All credit – and all responsibility for content – belongs to the original creators of these videos.
  • With just one exception (the Accessible Classic Double video), this collection is limited to Caledonian Sleeper journeys completed in 2022. Where the actual travel date isn’t clearly evident, the video itself should at least have been published in 2022.
  • Some pandemic-related restrictions seen in early-2022 reports – e.g., blocked seats to maintain distancing – no longer apply.
  • There are TWO services under the Caledonian Sleeper brand, each of which splits up to serve multiple termini: the Highlander (terminating at Fort William, Inverness, and Aberdeen), and the Lowlander (terminating at Edinburgh and Glasgow). As all services employ British Rail Mark 5 passenger compartments – albeit in different configurations – no distinction is made between Highlander and Lowlander services in this collection.
  • I’ve grouped the reports according to the four types of accommodation on Caledonian Sleeper trains: Caledonian Doubles, Club Rooms, Classic Rooms, and Comfort Seats. To complete the range, I’ve also added one pre-2022 video featuring the Accessible Classic Double.

Reviews by accommodation type

ACCOMMODATION TYPE: CALEDONIAN DOUBLE

Private room with double bed and ensuite shower/toilet. Complimentary breakfast. Priority access to the onboard Club Car; free lounge access at select arrival/departure stations. (The most expensive type of accommodation on the train.)

London to Edinburgh

  • Channel/creator: Middy Explores
  • Journey date: Not clearly stated; circa June 2022
  • Video publication date: 28 June 2022

London to Edinburgh

  • Channel/creator: Jrizzy Jeremy
  • Journey date: 03-04 April 2022
  • Video publication date: 08 April 2022

Inverness to London

  • Channel/creator: Trek Trendy
  • Journey date: 24-25 March 2022
  • Video publication date: 11 April 2022

ACCOMMODATION TYPE: CLUB ROOM

Private room with two bunk beds and ensuite shower/toilet. Complimentary breakfast. Priority access to the onboard Club Car; free lounge access at select arrival/departure stations.

In addition to the following, I should of course mention my own (non-video) travel report documenting a June 2022 journey in a Caledonian Sleeper Club Room from London to Edinburgh.

London to Fort William

  • Channel/creator: max Travels
  • Journey date: 01-02 July 2022
  • Video publication date: 05 August 2022

Aberdeen to London

  • Channel/creator: Let’s Make a Trip!
  • Journey date: Not clearly stated; circa April 2022
  • Video publication date: 23 April 2022

Edinburgh to London

  • Channel/creator: SteveMarsh
  • Journey date: 05-06 January 2022
  • Video publication date: 10 January 2022

ACCOMMODATION TYPE: CLASSIC ROOM

Private room with two bunk beds.

London to Fort William

  • Channel/creator: Bart Kromwijk
  • Journey date: 02-03 August 2022
  • Video publication date: 10 August 2022
  • Note: This video is in Dutch.

Fort William to London

  • Channel/creator: Planes and Trains Fan
  • Journey date: 25-26 July 2022
  • Video publication date: 05 August 2022

ACCOMMODATION TYPE: COMFORT SEAT

Standard train seat in a conventional rail carriage. (The least expensive type of accommodation on the train.)

Glasgow to London

London to Inverness

SPECIAL TYPE: ACCESSIBLE CLASSIC DOUBLE

Accessible room with wheelchair space and button-operated door. No ensuite, but located right next to a shared accessible toilet. Cannot be booked directly on the website (click here for more information on how to reserve an accessible berth).

  • Channel/creator: Robbie Crow
  • Journey date: Not explicitly stated
  • Video publication date: 15 November 2019

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