*June 2015 – thanks for visiting Saltwater! This post brings most traffic to my website and I hope it’s useful for you. In 2015 the Caledonian Sleeper was bought by Serco who will be rebranding over the next couple of years. Bargain berths are sadly not as easy to find as they once were, but it’s still worth a look.*
Just back from a few days in Scotland (beautiful as always). We took the Megabus sleeper bus up to Glasgow and the Caledonian Sleeper train back home, but I couldn’t find many reviews of the bus before we left. So this might be useful if you’re looking to travel up to Scotland on a budget and don’t want to fly.
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Price: £29 one way
Leaves from: London Victoria coach station at midnight
Arrives at: Glasgow Buchanan St coach station around 7am
First things first: the Megabus sleeper is a glorified bendy bus with capsule type bunk beds. You can’t really sit up in ‘bed’ and if you are on the bottom bunk of three, you basically have to lie flat on the floor and shuffle in sideways. Good: free tea, coffee and fizzy drinks. Also a free croissant in the morning. Phone charger sockets in all bunks, which is handy.
Bad: not good for anyone who’s claustrophobic! Set your phone alarm as the bus crew will wake you up about 15 mins before arrival.
How did I sleep? Surprisingly, really well!
Price: Bargain Berths are £19, £29 and £39 – book online three months in advance for the cheapest ticket. Otherwise you are looking at more like £100 one way.
Leaves from: Glasgow Central at 11.45pm. You can get on board from about 10pm. Arrives at: London Euston station around 6.45am.
Good: fairly spacious for a sleeper cabin (but it’s all relative). Hidden sink and space for a small bag. Free hand towel and soap provided. Free cup of tea/coffee and the world’s smallest piece of shortbread for breakfast. You can also get a free mini toiletries kit if you ask, but..
Bad: the train stewards aren’t the most friendly bunch in the world.
How did I sleep? Ok, but not as well as on the bus. Still a good deal for £19!