Boat trip down the Thames, with City Cruises

City Cruises
Book direct with City Cruises London’s most popular sightseeing cruise company also offer trips with lunch, afternoon tea and dinner included
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Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing boat Save up to 40% The Explorer Pass has a City Cruise included, plus free entry to 6 more attractions of your choice
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Free City Cruise ticket included Save up to 55% The London Pass comes with a City Cruise ticket, plus free entry to another 80 tourist attractions
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Four Attractions Bronze Bundle Save up to 41% Four great attactions in one bundle: a City Cruise, Big Bus Tour, Tower Bridge and Madame Tussauds
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Five Attractions Silver Bundle Save up to 28% Take a City Cruise and Big Bus Tour, then visit the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Madame Tussauds
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Six Attractions Gold Bundle Save up to 31% Take a bus and boat tour, then see the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London and Madame Tussauds
Address:
City Cruises, Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London51.501706 -0.123261
Tel:
0207 740 0400

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
Every day
For Westminster Pier (towards Greenwich) -- Boats leave every 40 mins from 10 AM to 7.20 PM (Apr-Oct) and 10 AM to 6 PM (Nov-Mar). The last boat to Greenwich is at 4 PM (Apr-Jun, Oct), 4.40 PM (Jul-Sep) and 2.40 PM (Nov-Mar)
London Eye Pier (towards Greenwich) -- Boats leave every 40 mins from 10.10 AM to 7.30 PM (Apr-Oct) and 10.10 AM to 6.10 PM (Nov-Mar). The last boat to Greenwich is at 4.10 PM (Apr-Jun, Oct), 4.50 PM (Jul-Sep) and 2.50 PM (Nov-Mar)
Tower Millennium Pier (towards Greenwich) -- Boats leave every 40 mins from 10.10 AM to 4.50 PM (Apr-Jun, Oct), 10.10 AM to 5.30 PM (Jul-Sep) and 10.10 AM to 3.30 PM (Nov-Mar)
Tower Millennium Pier (towards Westminster) -- Boats leave every 40 mins from 10 AM to 6.35 PM (Apr-Jun, Oct), 10.10 AM to 7.15 PM (Jul-Sep) and 10.10 AM to 5.15 PM (Nov-Mar)
Greenwich Pier (towards Westminster) -- Boats leave every 40 mins from 10.30 AM to 5.50 PM (Apr-Jun, Oct), 10.30 AM to 6.30 PM (Jul-Sep) and 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Nov-Mar)
Tickets & Cost:
Adults £12.75 one way, £16.75 return; Children (5 to 15) £8 one way, £10.50 return; Children (under 5) free
See City Cruises website for more information

Getting to City Cruises

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Buses:
For Westminster Pier: 11, 24, 148, 211 – For London Eye Pier: 12, 53, 59, 76, 77, 148, 159, 21
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The closest station to City Cruises is Westminster
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A boat trip to Greenwich is #17 in our London Bucket List
City Cruises Good for kids? Value for money? Worth a visit? 3 0 3

City Cruises run the most popular boats in London. You might have seen their red ferries on the river: they are those big wide one, with lots of open-air seats on top.

They run up and down between Westminster Pier (the closest stop for Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster Abbey) and Greenwich Pier (for the Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory), stopping at Tower Millennium Pier halfway through (for Tower Bridge and the Tower of London). Along the way you'll have a great view of some of London's most famous landmarks, including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, St. Paul's Cathedral and HMS Belfast.

Craig has travelled on this boat several times, and has written a big review of what he thought — including some photos of what you can see along the way. Here is his review of City Cruises.

Feel free to ask Craig a question about City Cruises.

If we're being honest, then you might find that this boat is too overcrowded. It's the one you get included with the London Pass, and as part of the Original Bus Tour, so every tourist has a ticket for it. Some days it's so crowded that you can't even get a decent seat. So if you fancy a boat, but not the queues, then you might like to book a TRS River Cruise instead, who's booth is next-door to City Cruises. The only real difference is that they stop at St. Katharine's Pier instead of Tower Millennium Pier, which is the one on the other side of Tower Bridge (it's only a couple of minutes walk away -- it's no big deal). You might like to read Craig's review of the TRS River Cruise before you book, and compare both companies.

 

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Craig’s review – “City Cruises operate the most popular boats in town. I think I prefer the TRS boats though -- you can catch them from the same pier and they both go to the same stops, but City Cruises always seems to be packed out from stern to bow. Their boats are bigger and they have a lot more seats on top, but I think you get a much nicer ride with TRS. City Cruises is for the to… continued”

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Other events you might like

TRS river cruise, from Big Ben to Greenwich – Every day – Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich, and see some of the sights along the river.

Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat! – Every day – A trip on a Thames Rocket is something you'll never forget, speeding down the river underneath the London's bridges.

Thames Clippers, from Putney to Greenwich – Every day – Thames Clippers offer one-way, return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich.

Dinner cruise on the river, with Bateaux London – Every day – Bateaux London offers you great cuisine and live entertainment onboard the boat, as it sails serenely down the Thames.

Jason’s Trip, from Little Venice to Camden – 7 Apr to 4 Nov 2018 – Jason's Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regent's Canal, from Little Venice to Camden Lock.

Somerset House Historical Highlights – Every Thu and Sat – This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times

Old Palace Tour at Somerset House – Every Tue – The Old Palace Tour will introduce you to three Stuart queens who had an association with the old buildings at Somerset House

Look for more boat trips in October, November and December

If you enjoy City Cruises then you might like to visit Jason’s Trip (catch the train from Westminster to Jason’s Trip), Thames Rockets (you can walk it in 6 mins), Thames Clippers (you can walk it in 6 mins) and TRS river cruise (you can walk there in less than 1 min)

Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans

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