Other Sightseeing Cruises and Tickets

Our piers along the Thames

Westminister Pier


With the iconic House of Parliament and Big Ben as your backdrop and
some royally magnificent landmarks a short stroll away. Westminster Pier
is the perfect place to start sightseeing:

  • House of Parliament
  • Big Ben Clock Tower
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Horse Guards Parade
  • Whitehall and Downing St
  • Trafalgar Square
  • The National Gallery

London Eye Pier


We sail in and dock beneath The London Eye-looking up from the water, it couldn’t be more impressive. This is where you explore the South Bank river walkway that’s buzzing with fun things to see and do:

  • The London Eye
  • Sea Life London
  • London Dungeon
  • National Theatre
  • Royal Festival Hall
  • IMAX Cinema
  • Southbank Centre
  • Shrek’s Adventure London

Tower Pier


In the heart of the City, next to London’s most legendary and notorious tourist attraction, the Tower of London, is Tower Pier.It’s surronded by historic and supremely modern attractions on and off the water:

  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • St Katherine’s Dock
  • HMS Belfast
  • The Shard
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral

Greenwich Pier


All aboard at Royal Greenwich an
incredible World Heritage Site. Arriving and departing by boat really is the only way to do it. This is where one of Britain’s most famous ships lives alongside fascinating museums, an eclectic market and more:

  • Cutty Sark
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Queen’s House
  • Old Royal Naval College
  • Painted Hall
  • Royal Observatory
  • Greenwish Market

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About our River Thames Sightseeing Cruises

Enjoy a memorable and entertaining day out on London’s No 1 Thames sightseeing cruise. It’s the perfect way to take in the capital’s iconic riverside landmarks.

Our captains provide informative and entertaining commentary, shedding new light on both the history and modern life of this fascinating city. With the option to sit on our spacious open upper deck or in comfortable indoor saloons, you’re guaranteed a panoramic view of London’s best sights including the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, South Bank and more.

For families, a Thames river cruise is the most relaxing way to see the sights, avoid traffic and busy trains.

Our Thames sightseeing cruise single tickets will take you from point A to B with comfort and in style. You can also purchase a return ticket to your original Thames river cruise starting point too.

We have 4 strategically located piers at Westminster, Tower, London-Eye, and Greenwich, that allow easy access to all the main riverside attractions while ensuring less of your sightseeing
time is spent waiting at a pier.

Want to see more of London from the water? You can make the most of your London river cruise with a 24h river pass. It’s an all-day hop on, hop off Thames ticket offering unlimited access to the river for 24 hours.


Some circular tours may require a boat change at Tower Pier

Please ensure you check the latest timetable schedule on the website as times may vary throughout the year.

When you arrive for your cruise please walk straight down onto the pier. Where you will be greeted by our pier staff, have your ticket ready to be then directed to your boarding point.


Can I book tickets on the day or do I need to book them in advance?

You do not need to book sightseeing tickets in advance. These can be purchased at any City Cruises piers (Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier, Greenwich Pier) on the day of travel. We request that groups of 20+ are book in advance with the reservations department prior to travel.

London Showboat, Lunch cruises, Afternoon Tea cruises, Evening Cruises and other special event products must be booked in advance either online or through our Reservation department phone number +44 (0)20 77 400 400.

How long is the journey time?

Westminster/ London Eye – Tower/ Tower – Westminster / London Eye
Duration (single/return): 40 minutes / 80 minutes

Westminster/London Eye – Greenwich | Greenwich – Westminster/London Eye
Duration (single/return): 70 minutes / 180 minutes

Tower – Greenwich | Greenwich – Tower
Duration (single/return): 30 minutes/80 minutes

Do you provide commentary on the cruise?

We provide a free live or recorded commentary in English on each Sightseeing cruise. We  provide a free audio guide commentary in 8 languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, English and Japanese. You get your free audio guide at the bar.

If you have group of more than 20 we ask you to contact our reservation department to reserve the audio guides in advance. Please phone our reservation department on +44 (0)20 77 400 400 or [email protected].

Which piers do you operate from?

Our scheduled sightseeing services operate between Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich pier.

How much is a Sightseeing Cruise ticket?

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Our Customers

We had a lovely cruise up the Thames. The crew was fabulous and the views were spectacular, I would definitely recommend a river cruise, to see London in a relaxing less hectic way.
- Brian Conlan
A great three hour cruise on the Thames, very relaxing way to see the sights. Great facilities on board including a bar. We caught the last cruise of the day so had a daytime and nighttime view so double the value. Interesting commentary on board.
- Annette Carruthers
Wonderful boat tour! Went on this boat with 30 pupils and 4 teachers. Tour guide had a great sense of humour.
- Anneke Adema
Evening Jazz Cruise. What a brilliant evening out. Includes a three course dinner and a welcoming glass of fizz. Comfortable and very clean boat, excellent food. Very efficient, friendly staff, and the jazz quartet were excellent. All the night-time sights from Westminster to Greenwich. Heartily recommended.
- Stuart Finch
The tour of London City is incomplete without having experienced the city from the Cruise. The cruise passes through all the iconic places and Landmarks for which London is actually known for. It is an half hour tour but really a memorable one. The guide explains the importance of each and every thing through historical perspective.
- Usman Khan

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