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February 12th, 2017 / / No Comments »

Thames River Boat Cruise

The Thames River Boat Cruise offers a guided boat tour of London that runs from Westminster to Greenwich along the River Thames.  Taking in the main sights of London including the London Eye, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London & Tower Bridge this is a great way to sit back & enjoy the view.  We recently took a tour and you can see our thoughts below including plenty of top tips & cheap ticket options.

Top Tip; the Thames River Boat Cruise is included within a London Pass – free entry to 60+ top London attractions plus fastrack entrance to the Tower of London & London Zoo.

 

Thames River Cruise with the London pass

Thames River Cruise & London Eye, (photo; Phil Loach)

 

Cheap Tickets for Thames River Boat Cruise

1. Thames River Boat Cruise; London Pass

The London Pass offers free entry to 60 top London attraction that includes a 24 hour ticket for the Thames River Boat Cruise.  This allows you to either use the hop-on-hop-off service to navigate around the city or simply sit back and enjoy a 3 hour tour along the River Thames. This pass also includes entry to popular settings including Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle & Tower Bridge plus fastrack entrance to busy attractions such as the Tower of London & Hampton Court Palace.

More details available at The London Pass; Thames River Boat Cruises.

2. Thames River Boat Cruise; Travelcard Discounts

Those in possession of a valid travelcard can pick up a third off standard priced tickets for the Thames River Cruise.  Simply present your travelcard at the ticket kiosk when purchasing tickets, (unfortunately no oyster card discounts available).

3. Thames River Boat Cruise; 2 for 1 Voucher

Travel by train to London & take advantage of a 2 for 1 voucher that is valid against the River Red Rover ticket, (2 for 1 vouchers cannot be used at the London Eye Pier).  Simply present your valid train tickets with a downloaded 2 for 1 voucher to take advantage of this offer.  More information available at Days Out Guide 2 for 1 Voucher.

Follow our Guide to London Eye Deals for those looking to combine a tour along the Thames with a flight on the London Eye!

 

Tower of London and the Thames River Boat Cruise

Thames River Boat Cruise & Tower of London, (photo; Phil Loach)

 

Thames River Boat Cruise; Tried & Tested

The Thames River Boat Cruise makes 4 stops along the circular journey from Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier to Greenwich Pier that takes in many of the main sights of London including the Tower of London, Big Ben and the London Eye.  Take advantage of a single or return journey ticket or opt for a rover ticket that offers a hop-on-hop-off service.

The great advantage with the Thames River Boat Cruise is this is a guided tour that allows you to enjoy the sights of London whilst picking up some interesting information along the way.  The English speaking tour guides, (multi-lingual headsets available for a pre-recorded guide) are truly entertaining whilst they recount tales of old & point out sights of London with plenty of frivolity along the way.  The other big pull for the Thames River Boat Cruise is that they have an open air upper deck that is perfect for sightseeing on a good weather day.

Top Tip; take advantage of free trip on the Thames River Boat under the London Pass that offers entry to 60+ top visitor attractions in London plus fastrack entry to the Tower of London & Tower Bridge Exhibition.

 

Thames River Cruise with the London pass

Thames River Cruise & Tower Bridge, (photo; Phil Loach)

 

Thames River Boat Cruise; Top Tips

1. Take advantage of a London Pass that offers entry to 60+ top attractions including a 24 hour ticket for the Thames River Boat Cruise.  Other settings include Westminster Abbey, Tower of London & Windsor Castle with priority entrance at select busy attractions too.  More details available from the London Pass.

2. For a budget trip travelcard holders can purchase a single ticket, (picking up a third off standard ticket prices), and simply return by public transport included within your travelcard.  On our recent trip we opted for a single journey London Eye to Greenwich Pier and then took the DLR, (Greenwich station) back into the city.  You can find more budget ideas on our Money Saving Guide to London.

3. For those looking for a cheaper, quicker or more frequent service then look out for Thames Clipper commuter service that also runs from Westminster Bridge to Greenwich.  With only limited outdoor seating available and no commentary on board, this is best suited to those that already know the sights of London & are looking for a budget trip along the Thames.

Why not combine a budget trip along the Thames with money saving ideas to enjoy a view of London from above!  Follow our Budget Views of London for further details of free and novel ways to see London away from the crowds.

 

Thames Tiver Cruise

Thames River Cruise & the Tower of London, (photo; Phil Loach)

 

Thames River Cruise; More Top Tips

4. On busy days it can be worth starting the tour from Westminster Pier or even Greenwich Pier to avoid the hoards of tourists accessing the boat at the London Eye/Tower of London.  Not only will this give you a better chance of boarding, (you will have to wait for the next cruise boat if capacity seating is reached) but also allows you to secure a seat in your preferred upper/lower deck location.

5. The commentary is included within your ticket price and, whilst tour guides may well request a donation for their services, you are under NO obligation.  Saying that I have to say that I found the commentary very entertaining and didn’t mind tipping a few coins into the bucket as I left for shore.

6. Opt for the open air upper deck where you will be able to see the tour guide during your journey or take advantage of covered seating downstairs where you will still be able to hear the commentary through the speakers.  There is no standing room available on board so on busy days you may not have a choice unless you opt to wait for the next boat.

7. There is a multi-lingual headset available from the bar should you wish to listen to the commentary in another language, (no extra charge).

8. There is a cafe style kiosk available upon the River Boat Cruise that offers reasonably prices snacks & drinks.  Toilets are available on the lower deck for customer use.

9. For those alighting at Greenwich follow our Guide to Greenwich packed with ideas and top tips to get the most from your visit including accessing the Meridian Line for FREE!

 

thames river cruise on the River Thames

Thames River Cruise, (photo; Phil Loach)

 

 

 

 

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