VIA Rail Sleeper Options


VIA Rail is Canada's national passenger rail service, offering a range of classes to suit different travel preferences and budgets. Whether you're embarking on a short journey or a cross-country adventure, VIA Rail's classes provide varying levels of comfort, amenities, and services to enhance your rail travel experience.

On longer journeys like The Canadian or The Ocean, we recommend that a sleeper option is booked. With only limited availability on each train, especially the Prestige Class, early booking is essential to ensure availability. The options are detailed below and vary by train. Please contact us for additional availability and to check availability for your departure date.

To find out about life onboard and dining options please see: VIA Rail Life Onboard

  • Economy Class is the most affordable option for budget-conscious travellers. It provides comfortable seating with ample legroom, individual reading lights, and access to power outlets. Passengers in Economy Class can enjoy scenic views through large windows and have access to shared restrooms located within each coach. Economy Class is a great choice for shorter journeys or travellers who prioritize affordability.
  • Economy Plus Class offers an upgraded experience compared to Economy Class. Passengers in this class benefit from enhanced seating comfort, including additional legroom and wider seats. This class is an excellent option for those seeking a bit more comfort and amenities at an affordable price.
  • Business Class is designed to cater to the needs of business travellers and passengers seeking a higher level of comfort and service. The seating in Business Class is spacious and offers increased legroom, adjustable headrests, and more privacy. Passengers in this class enjoy a welcome service, which includes a selection of beverages and snacks upon boarding. During the journey, complimentary hot meals, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, are served at your seat. Business Class passengers also have access to dedicated waiting areas in select stations and priority boarding. Additionally, they can take advantage of onboard amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, power outlets, and reading materials. The overall experience in Business Class is tailored to provide a productive and comfortable environment for travellers.
  • Sleeper Plus Class For long-distance travel, VIA Rail offers Sleeper Plus Class, providing passengers with the ultimate overnight experience. In this class, passengers have the option to choose from various types of sleeping accommodations, including private cabins and shared accommodations. Private cabins typically feature a bed, a small washroom with a sink and toilet, and a large window for enjoying the scenic views. Shared accommodations are available in the form of roomettes or bedrooms, with access to shared showers and restrooms on each car. Sleeper Plus Class passengers have access to exclusive lounges at select stations, priority boarding, and gourmet meals served in the dining car. Bedding, towels, and toiletries are also provided, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing journey. Each VIA Rail class offers its own unique benefits, allowing passengers to tailor their travel experience to their specific needs. Whether you prioritize affordability, additional comfort, productivity, or a luxurious overnight experience, VIA Rail's classes provide options to enhance your journey across Canada's beautiful landscapes.

VIA Rail Sleeper Options

Prestige Class

This is the most exclusive way to travel by train in Canada. Prestige Cars offer 13 bedrooms which are 50% larger than Sleeper Plus Cabins, with a panoramic window.

  • Daytime layout: a modular L shaped couch
  • Night-time layout: bed for two people facing the window
  • Private washroom with shower
  • Flat screen TV with video selection
  • Minibar
  • Heated cabin floors and walls for a comfortable environment

Exclusive Service Benefits: 

  • Personalised service from the Prestige Concierge
  • Access to the Prestige Park, Skyline and Panorama Viewing Cars
  • Priority access to checked luggage
  • Reservations in the Dining Car
  • All-inclusive bar service

Please note: Prestige Class is only available on The Canadian train.

VIA Rail - Sleeper Plus Cabin for 2

Sleeper Plus

Sleeper Plus has three options with varying fares and levels of privacy.

Cabin For Two

Each cabin features two armchairs, a small closet, fan, power outlet, private toilet and sink. At night, the cabin converts into comfortable bunk beds. Shared shower facilities are available close by.

Cabin For One

The smallest of the sleeper options, offering the privacy of a cabin with a seat during the day, converting to a cosy bed. Each cabin provides an electric fan, power outlet, private toilet and sink. Shared shower facilities are available.

Upper & Lower Berths

The most cost-effective sleeper option offered on the VIA Rail network. With a daytime layout of two double seats opposite each other, converting to a bunk bed with a privacy curtain. Shared washroom, toilet and shower facilities are available in each Sleeper Car. Also meals included in dining car and access to lounges & observations dome.

Please note: Sleeper Plus is only available on The Canadian and The Ocean.


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