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Scotland's Caledonian Sleeper train will soon offer a more hotel-like experience with double beds

The Caledonian Sleeper train takes travellers from London into Scotland while they sleep, and in 2018 the experience is about to get more luxurious with new amenities like double beds.

Stob Ban in Glen Nevis taken from Sgurr a'Mhaim with mid Autumn sun illuminating the glen below with layers of Glencoe mountains in the background.
Soon you can take the new Caledonian Sleeper carriages up to Fort William. Image by Scott Robertson/Getty Images

The rail company is testing new carriages for the iconic sleeper service, which leaves from London’s Euston Station, taking travellers to Scottish highlights like GlasgowEdinburghInvernessAberdeen, and Fort William. The new carriages will offer suites with a double bed and en-suite, club rooms with a twin or single bed and an en-suite and regular rooms, comfort seats and more.

A rendering shows what the new Caledonian Sleeper cars will look like.
The interior of the new Caledonian Sleeper car will be more luxurious for travellers. Image by Caledonian Sleeper

There are also new amenities like hotel-style key card entry, upgraded panels for charging devices, and Wi-Fi throughout the train. The new carriages are currently being testing in the Czech Republic and will be introduced to the routes in the spring of 2018.

The carriages are part of a plan to create a hotel-like experience, where guests will arrive at their destination after a good night’s rest. “The Sleeper allows for plenty of time for a full day of work or play, before transporting you to and from the destinations we serve – without the hassle of flying,” said Peter Strachan, chairman, Caledonian Sleeper, in a statement. “The Sleeper offers great value for money compared to other travel and accommodation options and combined with the new train accommodation, will give guests the journey of a night time.”

A rendering shows what the new Caledonian Sleeper cars will look like.
The interior of the new Caledonian Sleeper car will be more luxurious for travellers. Image by Caledonian Sleeper

The company has been working on a number of improvements to the service, like new food and beverage options that include Scottish produce and ingredients. There have also been improvements to the ticketing system, with new tickets for families travelling together, and electronic ticketing. The company has also launched a new website, where more details about the new carriages will be revealed before they enter service.