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    What you'll do

    Enjoy amazing views along the river and see the city's top sights like the London Eye and Tower of London with our River Thames Hop-On-Hop-Off Cruise. 

    Enjoy the City Cruises Thames River Pass with Go City®

    • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
    • A 24-hour cruise ticket.
    • Four locations to hop-on and hop-off.
    • Chance to see some of London's famous landmarks including Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, Cutty Sark, Shakespeare's Globe.

    Your vacation simply isn’t complete without a relaxing Thames River cruise. This Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour will let you see all of London’s best bits as you float down the city’s iconic river.

    Disembark at key landmark stops to take a closer look at the city’s awe-inspiring sights. When you hop on at Westminster, you’ll enjoy commanding views of the Houses of Parliament, before sailing past the London Eye. Next, pass under the beautifully gothic Tower Bridge, and explore historic Greenwich, a green and vibrant area full of fascinating maritime history. There are four stops on the cruise from Westminster to Greenwich and a regular schedule departing every 40-minutes, giving you the freedom to stop at amazing city attractions as you please.

    The onboard guide will point out all the important sights and give you plenty of information about the history of the city, while comfortable seats and hot and cold refreshments will ensure that your Thames cruise is as relaxing as possible. 


    Thames River Cruise (London City Cruises) Highlights

    Westminster Pier – show your Go London Pass here to receive your 24-hour River Cruise ticket. You’ll see some of London's most historic landmarks when you hop off at Westminster Pier. This stop is around the corner from the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Churchill War Rooms, Buckingham Palace, Tate Britain, and much more. It’s also a short walk away from the buzz of Central London's Soho, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. This is perhaps the most action-packed stop for you to explore on your Thames Riverboat cruise. 

    London Eye Pier – from this point, you can stroll along London's famous Southbank and explore London's cultural heart. From river-side street performers and pop-up street food markets to landmarks such as The British Film Institute and National Theatre, London Eye Pier is a bustling spot to hop on and hop off your River Cruise. Further downriver you will also find Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern.

    Tower Pier – head east and you’ll find Tower Pier, the river cruise's most popular stop. Here you will find the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in the historic center of the capital. Drift alongside the HMS Belfast, walk into London's financial city, visit the Monument and the Design Museum, there’s plenty to see here.

    Greenwich Pier – head even further east and you'll find Greenwich Pier. Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of Central London and explore an area steeped in maritime history. Wander around beautiful Greenwich Park, check out the refurbished Cutty Sark, grab a bite to eat in Greenwich market, and see where GMT starts at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

    Did You Know

    • Two-thirds of London’s drinking water comes from the River Thames.
    • There are over 200 bridges that cross the river. The first bridge was built by the Romans almost 2000 years ago, close to the spot where London Bridge now sits.
    • The Thames has more than 80 islands including the Isle of Sheppey, Canvey Island and Rose Isle.
    • Before Sir Joseph Bazalgette built London’s sewer system in 1865, much of the city's waste was dumped directly into the river. This led to “The Great Stink” and as a result, parliament created a sewer system for London, much of which is still in use today.

    Experience City Cruises Thames River Pass and many other attractions with the Explorer Pass.

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    Know before you go

    As well as Westminster Pier, you can also show your pass at Tower and Greenwich piers to receive your 24-hour river cruise ticket.

    For more information, please visit the Hop-On Hop-Off Thames River Cruise website.

    Hop-On Hop-Off Thames River Cruise ticket help

    Simply ask our help team if you have any questions.


    Q. What are the main departure points for City Cruises on the Thames River?
    A. City Cruises Thames River operates from three main departure points: Westminster, London Eye and Tower Bridge.

    Q. What is the duration of a standard City Cruises Thames River tour?
    A. The standard sightseeing tour of City Cruises on the Thames River lasts for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    Q. What landmarks can I see on a City Cruises Thames River tour?
    A. You can see many iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and the Shard, among others.

    Q. Is food and drink available on board City Cruises Thames River?
    A. Yes, City Cruises Thames River offers a range of food and drink options on board, including a bar and a café.

    Q. What safety measures are in place on City Cruises Thames River tours?
    A. City Cruises on the Thames follows all necessary safety measures, including regular cleaning and disinfecting of the boats, hand sanitizing stations, and social distancing guidelines in accordance with government regulations.



    Where you'll be

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    Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London, GB

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    Operating hours

    Boats run frequently between all four piers. Actual times may vary depending upon the state of the tide and other river traffic. We recommend checking the attraction's website for the timetable of departures.

    Daily from 20 May 2021.



    City Cruises Thames River Pass

    020 7740 0400

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