Sightseeing boats along the river

Sightseeing cruises: Where can I catch a boat?  How much are the boat fares?

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City Cruises

City Cruises sightseeing boat

City Cruises operate the most popular sightseeing boats in London, but they don’t stop at as many places as the Thames Clippers.

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of City Cruises  “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… continued.”

Westminster/London Eye ↔ Tower of London
Adult (single) £10
Adult (return) £14
Senior (over-60, single) £7
Senior (over-60, return) £9.80
Child (5-16, single) £5
Child (5-16, return) £7
Westminster/London Eye ↔ Greenwich
Adult (single) £12.50
Adult (return) £16.50
Senior (over-60, single) £8.75
Senior (over-60, return) £11.55
Child (5-16, single) £6.25
Child (5-16, return) £8.25
Tower of London ↔ Greenwich
Adult (single) £10
Adult (return) £14
Senior (over-60, single) £7
Senior (over-60, return) £9.80
Child (5-16, single) £5
Child (5-16, return) £7
Red Rover tickets
Family (2 ad+3 ch) £33.30
Adult £16.65
Senior (over-60) £11.66
Child (5-16) £8.33
Note: River Roamer tickets are hop-on, hop-off tickets

From Westminster Pier (towards Greenwich) – During the summer: Boats leave every 30 mins from 9.30 AM to 7.30 PM (the last boat to Greenwich is at 4.50 PM) – During the winter: Boats leave every 40 mins from 10 AM to 6 PM (the last boat to Greenwich is at 2.40 PM).

From London Eye Pier (towards Greenwich) – During the summer: Boats leave every 30 mins from 9.45 AM to 7.45 PM (the last boat to Greenwich is at 5.05 PM) – During the winter: Boats leave every 40 mins from 10.10 AM to 6.10 PM (the last boat to Greenwich is at 2.50 PM).

From Tower Millennium Pier (towards Greenwich) – During the winter: Boats leave every 40 mins from 10.50 AM to 3.30 PM.

From Tower Millennium Pier (towards Westminster) – During the winter: Boats leave every 40 mins from 10 AM to 5.20 PM.

From Greenwich Pier (towards Westminster) – During the summer: Boats leave every 30 mins from 10.10 AM to 6.40 PM – During the winter: Boats leave every 40 mins from 10.40 AM to 4.40 PM.

Their website can be found at: citycruises.com.

London Duck Tours

London Duck Tour river cruise

London Duck Tour’s bright yellow amphibious trucks take you on a sightseeing tour with a difference: they start on the road and end up in the river!

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of the London Duck Tour  “I was planning on doing a sightseeing bus today but then I fancied bobbing around on a boat, so I thought I’d compromise and do a bus and boat together – the London Duck Tour. It’s half sightseeing… continued.”

Single tickets
Adult (single) £26
Senior (over-60) £22
Child (1-17) £18
Infant (under 1) free
Family (2 ad+2 ch, or 1 ad+3 ch) £75

During school term (Mon-Fri) – Every 30-60 mins from 10 AM to 3 PM (Jan, Nov); 10 AM to 4 PM (Feb); 10 AM to 5 PM (Mar); 10 AM to 6 PM (Apr-Sep); 10 AM to 4.30 PM (Oct); 10 AM to 2.30 PM (Dec)

During school holidays and weekends – Every 10 mins from 9.30 AM to 3 PM (Jan, Nov); 9.30 AM to 4 PM (Feb); 9.30 AM to 5 PM (Mar); 9.30 AM to 6 PM (Apr-Sep); 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Oct); 9.30 AM to 2.30 PM (Dec)

Their website is at: londonducktours.co.uk.

Jason’s Canal Trip

Jason’s canal boat trip

Jason’s Canal Trip operate a colourful little barge between Little Venice and Camden.

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of Jason’s Canal Trip  “Most of the boats I go on head up the Thames to Greenwich, but Jason's Canal Trip is nice and gentle. There are no waves on the Regent's Canal. No one ever gets seasick on a canal boat. The odds… continued.”

Single tickets
Adult (single) £9.50
Senior (over-60) £8.50
Child (4-13) £8.50
Infant (under 4) free

From Little Venice – 10.30 AM, 12.30 PM and 2.30 PM (Mon-Sun, Apr-early Nov); extra boat at 4.30 PM (Sat-Sun, Jun-Aug only)

From Camden Lock – 11.15 AM, 1.15 PM and 3.15 PM (Mon-Sun, Apr-early Nov); extra boat at 5.15 PM (Sat-Sun, Jun-Aug only)

Their website can be found at: jasons.co.uk.

Thames River Services (TRS)

A TRS ferry boat in London

Thames River Services are similar to City Cruises, except they use smaller boats (which isn’t a bad thing, because they don’t get so packed out).

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of Thames River Services  “The river is the same colour as a cup of tea. There’s a cracked polystyrene cup floating in here too, I might fish it up and scoop out a brew. Heat it up, milk and two sugars please guv, it might taste… continued.”

Westminster ↔ Greenwich
Adult (single) £12.50
Adult (return) £16.50
Child (5-15, single) £6.25
Child (5-15, return) £8.25
Westminster ↔ Thames Barrier/Greenwich
Adult (single) £14
Adult (return) £17
Child (5-15, single) £7
Child (5-15, return) £8.50
St. Katharine’s ↔ Greenwich
Adult (single) £10
Adult (return) £14
Child (5-15, single) £5
Child (5-15, return) £7
St. Katharine’s ↔ Thames Barrier/Greenwich
Adult (single) £12.25
Adult (return) £16
Child (5-15, single) £6.13
Child (5-15, return) £8

From Westminster Pier (towards Greenwich) – Apr-Oct: Boats leave every 30 mins from 10 AM to 4 PM (but 5 PM in Jun-Aug); Last boat to Thames Barrier is at 2.30 PM – Nov-Mar: Boats leave every 40 mins from 10.20 AM to 3.30 PM (but 3 PM in Jan-Feb).

From St. Katharine’s Pier (towards Greenwich) – Apr-Oct: Boats leave every 30 mins from 10.20 AM to 4.20 PM (but 5.20 PM in Jun-Aug); Last boat to Thames Barrier is at 2.50 PM.

From Greenwich Pier (towards Westminster) – Apr-Oct: Boats leave every 30 mins from 11 AM to 5 PM (but 6 PM in Jun-Aug) – Nov-Mar: Boats leave every 40 mins from 11.20 AM to 4.30 PM (but 4 PM in Jan-Feb).

Their website is at: thamesriverservices.co.uk.

Thames Clippers

A Thames Clipper boat on the Thames

The Thames Clippers boats are supposed to be a bus service on water, aimed at commuters rather than sightseers. But tourists can still use them.

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of the Thames Clippers  “Some days you just want to sit in a boat until the river runs dry… have it keep floating until there’s nothing left to float on. That’s why God invented these Thames Clippers. These boats have got the longest… continued.”

Thames Clippers – Single tickets
Adult (cash) £7.50 to £8.20
Adult (with travelcard) £5 to £5.45
Adult (with Oyster) £6.30 to £7.20
Adult (with Freedom Pass) £3.15 to £3.60
Child (5-15, cash) £3.75 to £4.10
Child (5-15, with travelcard) £2.50 to £2.75
Infant (under-5) free
Note: Single tickets vary in price, depending on which stops you travel between
Thames Clippers – River Roamer tickets
Family (2 ad+up to 3 ch, cash) £36
Adult (cash) £17.35
Adult (with travelcard) £11.55
Adult (with Freedom Pass) £8.65
Child (5-15, cash) £8.65
Child (5-15, with travelcard) £5.75
Infant (under-5) free
Note: River Roamer tickets are hop-on, hop-off tickets, and are valid from 9 AM

For Putney Pier (towards Greenwich) – Boats leave every 25-35 mins from 6 AM to 9.50 AM, and then every 25-40 mins from 5.16 PM to 9.10 PM (Mon-Fri).

From Embankment Pier (towards Greenwich) – Boats leave every 20-30 mins from 6.55 AM to 9.40 PM, and then every hour until 11.24 PM (Mon-Fri), and every 10-30 mins from 9.29 AM to 9.44 PM, and then every hour until 11.14 PM (Sat-Sun).

From London Eye Pier (towards Greenwich) – Boats leave every 20-30 mins from 7.05 AM to 9.51 PM, and then every hour until 11.35 PM (Mon-Fri), and every 15-30 mins from 9.41 AM to 10.03 PM, and then every hour until 11.33 PM (Sat-Sun).

From Bankside Pier (towards Greenwich) – Boats leave every 20-30 mins from 7.16 AM to 10.02 PM, and then every hour until 11.46 PM (Mon-Fri), and every 30 mins from 9.51 AM to 10.13 PM, and then every hour until 11.43 PM (Sat-Sun).

From London Bridge Pier (towards Greenwich) – Boats leave every 20-30 mins from 7.20 AM to 10.06 PM, and then every hour until 11.50 PM (Mon-Fri), and every 12-30 mins from 9.55 AM to 10.17 PM, and then every hour until 11.47 PM (Sat-Sun).

From Tower Millennium Pier (towards Greenwich) – Boats leave every 20-30 mins from 7.24 AM to 10.10 PM, and then every hour until 11.54 PM (Mon-Fri), and every 12-30 mins from 9.59 AM to 10.21 PM, and then every hour until 11.51 PM (Sat-Sun).

From Tower Millennium Pier (towards Westminster) – Boats leave every 11-30 mins from 9.12 AM to 9.27 PM, and then every hour until 10.57 PM (Mon-Fri), and every 11-30 mins from 9.12 AM to 9.27 PM, and then every hour until 10.57 PM (Sat-Sun).

From Canary Wharf Pier (towards Westminster) – Boats leave every 20-30 mins from 6.29 AM to 9.13 PM, and then every hour until 10.58 PM (Mon-Fri), and every 30 mins from 9.03 AM to 9.18 PM, and then every hour until 10.48 PM (Sat-Sun).

From Greenwich Pier (towards Westminster) – Boats leave every 20-30 mins from 6.16 AM to 9.03 PM, and then every hour until 10.48 PM (Mon-Fri), and every 15-30 mins from 8.53 AM to 9.08 PM, and then every hour until 10.38 PM (Sat-Sun).

From North Greenwich Pier (towards Westminster) – Boats leave every 20-30 mins from 6.08 AM to 8.55 PM, and then every hour until 10.40 PM (Mon-Fri), and every 15-30 mins from 8.45 AM to 9 PM, and then every hour until 10.30 PM (Sat-Sun).

Their website can be found at: thamesclippers.com.

 

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