Travel by boat on the River Thames


Visitors planning to explore the many fantastic areas of London will often make use of public transport options like the London Underground, buses or overground rail.

However, when it comes to seeing the capital in all its glory, travellers might like to try out a more unusual manner of getting around and take to the shimmering waters of the River Thames.

River Bus services can be secured from the O2 Arena at North Greenwich, with five routes on offer to help visitors see more of the city than travellers that take to the purely land-based buses or trains.

Services run to the areas of Putney and Woolwich, with guests able to sit back, relax, enjoy some onboard refreshments and watch the busy streets of London float by.

Meanwhile, individuals keen to enjoy a wide selection of sightseeing tours during their time in the capital are also able to do so, with sightseeing cruises taking place at a number of locations along the River Thames.

boat on the River Thames

Tower Pier offers visitors the chance to take a 45-minute boat tour of the City of Westminster, while visitors can enjoy a 40-minute circular sightseeing cruise between the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge from London Eye Pier.

Greenwich Pier also provides regular boat tours of attractions including The Tower of London, the London Eye and Westminster.

Individuals keen to see the sights in style can also book their place on a number of high-speed RIB tours, which embark from London Eye Pier and St Katharine’s Pier.

For all those looking for a more sedate sightseeing trip, visitors can book leisurely boat tours complete with afternoon tea or evening dining, with services running from Tower Pier and Westminster Pier.

For more information regarding the many varied nautical options for traversing the capital, visitors should head to the Transport for London website where full details of stops, timetables and operating hours can be found.