Thames River
Boats crossing the Thames River in London, England
Boats crossing the Thames River in London, England

Thames River Tours and Tickets

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Flowing right through the heart of central London, the Thames River offers a dramatic backdrop to the city's famous skyline with landmarks lining its shores. Walk along the riverfront from Westminster to Tower Bridge and you'll pass London icons such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Southbank, Shakespeare's Globe, and the London Bridge.

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What are people saying about Thames River

Andrea_S, Oct 2023
Worth the money
Personable and knowledgeable guide. Kept us moving. The addition of the Thames river cruise enhanced the adventure.
Roberta_G, Oct 2023
Great tour with wonderful cruise on the river.
Loved the tour around London area and cruising the Thames River. Dave was a very knowledge and helpful guide and provided helpful tips for after the tour. Really appreciated Dave taking photos of us at the various locations. Trevor was a great driver and very friendly. River cruise was delayed which caused us to miss the changing of King’s horses, but not the fault of our guide. Dave filled time with a short walk and more history of the city. Overall great tour.
William_H, Nov 2023
Ride on the Big Red Bus
Windows were clean so I could get good pictures through them. It wasn’t as good because many stops closed due to protests but that wasn’t Big Buses fault.
Timothy_K, Nov 2023
Fun time!
Views of London at night from the river were spectacular. The boat was nice and clean. Service was very good. Dinner was good except for the Salmon appetizer (didn’t see many people eat it). Pay bar available for additional drinks. Entertainment was good as well. Overall fun time and worth the money. Not your typical tourist trap dinner cruise.
People Also Ask
Q:How much does a River Thames cruise cost?
A:The cost of Thames River tickets for a cruise depends on your start and end point, and on the duration of your ticket validity. The Thames Clipper is one of the cheapest ways to ride on the river, with single tickets starting from around US$12. Other cost-effective options include 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off passes, which let you disembark whenever Riverside attractions capture your attention.
Q:How long does a River Thames cruise take?
A:A circular tour of the River Thames takes around 40 minutes and covers more central sights such as the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. A one-way cruise from Westminster down to Greenwich takes an hour and takes you beneath iconic London bridges such as Tower Bridge and Millennium Bridge.
Q:Do you have to book River Thames cruises in advance?
A:London is a busy city no matter what time of year you're visiting, so it's best to book your River Thames cruise in advance. This could also mean you get a cheaper deal—especially if you combine your cruise with other activities and admission tickets—and you won't have to worry about getting turned away on the day.
Q:What is the best time of year to go on a River Thames cruise?
A:The summer months of June, July, and August are the best time to go on a River Thames cruise. Not only is the weather warmer, but the nights are longer, and the sunsets are more spectacular. The holiday season in December is also a good time to take an evening cruise, when Christmas lights and lit-up landmarks shroud the city in festive cheer.
Q:Is there a dress code for a River Thames cruise?
A:Though there's no dress code for standard River Thames cruises, such as the London Eye cruise or the Thames Clipper, you might be expected to don smarter attire if you are taking a dinner cruise or one that features afternoon tea. It's best to check with your tour operator beforehand.
Q:Is there a toilet on a River Thames cruise?
A:All of the River Thames cruise boats are equipped with toilets, including the Thames Clipper boats. Most have disabled toilets and ramp access, while some feature a kiosk that sells refreshments and have on-board Wi-Fi to help you stay connected.