City Cruises has a different view of London from the river

Experience the city from the river in ways you could never experience it from land, with London boat tours. Embark on free Thames River Cruises in London, provided by City Cruises, and experience London from the water. When you buy a 24 hour bus ticket from The Original Tour, you’ll also get this complimentary hop-on hop-off Thames River Cruise, so you really do get the best of both worlds.

Useful Information

Hop-on and off the complimentary cruise as many times as you like for the duration of your sightseeing bus ticket.

Once you board the London boat cruise, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Listen to the commentary, grab a drink or snack from the cafe-bars and enjoy the spectacular views of London from the Thames.

There are four piers across the whole route which include Westminster Pier, Tower Pier, London Eye Pier and Greenwich Pier. The Thames boat trips travel from Westminster Pier to Greenwich Pier but the routes you can take depend on which bus ticket you have purchased. To validate your ticket and begin your tour, just show your ID and email voucher to a member of The Original Tour staff.

24 hour ticket holders can take a Thames boat ride between Westminster Pier (next to “Big Ben”) and Tower Pier (next to the Tower of London).

Departure Times

Begin your London cruise from Westminster Pier or Tower Pier by giving your cruise ticket to City Cruises’ staff. For all subsequent journeys, just show your bus ticket.

Westminster Pier

Westminster Pier is next to Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge. Take the tube to Westminster or use your Original Tour bus ticket to take our Yellow Route to stop 6.

London Eye Pier

London Eye Pier is next to the Coca-Cola London Eye, The London Dungeons and Jubilee Gardens. You can’t board here but you will be able to get off and hop onto The Original Tour Yellow Route at stop 3.

Tower Pier

Tower Pier is close to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge at Tower Hill. Take the tube to Tower Hill or take our Yellow Route bus to stop 5.

Thames boat cruises depart every 40 minutes from each of the departure piers.

What will I see on the London river cruise?

From the comfort of your Thames boat trip, you will see some magnificent attractions in London with a completely different view from the river. These include:

  • Tower of London

  • Tower Bridge

  • London Eye

  • Shakespeare’s Globe

  • Houses of Parliament

  • Big Ben

  • Millenium Bridge

  • This Thames River Cruise is operated by City Cruises and you can view their timetable here

  • When you arrive at Westminster Pier or Tower Pier, give your cruise ticket to City Cruises' staff and show your valid Original Tour bus ticket for subsequent journeys

  • The cruise is operated by City Cruises Ltd and is offered as strictly subject to availability. 

  • From Monday 4th October, City Cruises will be only sailing Friday to Sunday. No river cruise will be available Monday to Thursday for the Hop-On Hop-Off and Discover London Panoramic tours until further notice. 

Hop-On Hop-Off map august 2020

Download Our Map

Ready to set sail on the Thames? Download our map of bus routes and stops and find the best way to the pier to begin your river cruise.