Boat trip down the Thames, with City Cruises

City Cruises, Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London 51.501706 -0.123261
Dates & Time:
Every day
Westminster Pier (towards Greenwich) – During the summer: Every 30 mins from 9.30 AM to 7.30 PM (the last boat to Greenwich is at 4.50 PM) – During the winter: Every 40 mins from 10 AM to 6 PM (the last boat to Greenwich is at 2.40 PM)
London Eye Pier (towards Greenwich) – During the summer: Every 30 mins from 9.45 AM to 7.45 PM (the last boat to Greenwich is at 5.05 PM) – During the winter: Every 40 mins from 10.10 AM to 6.10 PM (the last boat to Greenwich is at 2.50 PM)
Tower Millennium Pier (towards Greenwich) – During the winter: Every 40 mins from 10.50 AM to 3.30 PM
Tower Millennium Pier (towards Westminster) – During the winter: Every 40 mins from 10 AM to 5.20 PM
Greenwich Pier (towards Westminster) – During the summer: Every 30 mins from 10.10 AM to 6.40 PM – During the winter: Every 40 mins from 10.40 AM to 4.40 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Adults £12.50 one way, £16.50 return; Children (5 to 15) £6.25 one way, £8.25 return; Children (under 5) free
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The contact number for City Cruises is +44 (0) 207 740 0400
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The following bus routes go near City Cruises: For Westminster Pier: 11, 24, 148, 211 – For London Eye Pier: 12, 53, 59, 76, 77, 148, 159, 21
London bus fares 2017
The best London underground train stations to visit City Cruises are Charing Cross Embankment Westminster
Note: The actual closest train station to City Cruises is Westminster
London train fares 2017
Disclaimer: London Drum has no association with City Cruises. Whilst we make every effort to ensure the event information is accurate, guided tours in London are sometimes cancelled or amended without us being notified. You should always reconfirm the guided tour with City Cruises before making plans
A boat trip to Greenwich is #17 in our London Bucket List

Craig’ London blog> Read Craig’s review  I’ve tried this event myself and posted some photos and a review on my blog

City Cruises Easy to get to? 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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