Caledonian Sleeper vs Night Riviera

Comparing the UK’s 2 sleeper train services in 14 different categories

Caledonian Sleeper vs Night Riviera
The Night Riviera sleeper train in London’s Paddington Station

The UK has two sleeper train services: the Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston to Scotland, and the Night Riviera from London Paddington to Cornwall. How do they compare for their basic cabins (aka Classic Room on Caledonian Sleeper)?

Caledonian Sleeper (CS)Night Riviera (NR)Winner
Price for 2 adults£205£158.40 (with railcard)NR
Website user experienceConfusing info about Room Supplements, buttons hard to see, lots of steps to get to orderNot immediately obvious what the options are for the service selectedNR
Accepts railcards?NoYesNR
Journey time7h 33m8h 9m
BikesFreeFree
Dogs£30£30
Choice Caledonian Double, Club Room, Classic Room, seatCabin, seatCS
Breakfast includedHot drink and oat barHot drink, choice of bacon roll, fruit, croissant, cereal or porridgeNR
Lounge accessYes, in Dundee, Leuchars and Perth (other lounges available for more expensive cabin types)Free access to First Class lounge (with hot and cold drinks, snacks, fruit, pastries and shower access) in Paddington, Penzance, TruroNR
Lower bunk size190x63cm193x62cmNR
WashbasinYes, but no coverYes, with coverNR
Amenity packSoap, towel, eye mask, ear plugsSoap, towelCS
Cabin techReading lights, cabin lights, temperature control, UK plug sockets, USB ports, host call buttonReading lights, cabin lights, temperature control, UK plug sockets, USB ports, room service button
WiFiFreeFree
StorageUnder lower bunkUnder lower bunk, tiny cupboardNR
On-board diningDining car with full menuSnacks and light bitesCS
Lounge/barDining car is also bar, priority access for Club Room and Caledonian DoubleFully stocked bar, free snacks and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks NR
ComfortExcellent mattress, but bumps and shunts during night (stops at 00:10, 05:07, 06:15)Smooth journey (stops at 00:49, 02:37, 04:11, 04:33, 05:11, 06:12, 06:26, 06:33, 06:41, 06:49, 07:07) bunk ladder folds easily away for more spacious seatingNR
Dis/embarkationRooms available up to 1hr 20m before departure (they wouldn’t actually let me on until 5 mins before) and 30m after arrivalLounge available 2h 45m before departure, from Penzance to Paddington the train arrives at 05:04 but guests can stay on until 06:45 (and then use the lounge)NR

TOTALS
Caledonian Sleeper: 3
Night Riviera: 11

Watch a video of a Night Riviera sleeper train journey between Truro and London Paddington:

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