London by boat

The Thames Clipper ferry (Photo courtesy of Thames Clipper)
The Thames Clipper ferry

Ferries, river boats, and Thames cruises in London

Both passenger ferries and tourist cruises ply the waters of the Thames River.

Thames Ferries and River Buses

The River Bus, operated by Thames Clippers, plies five routes up and down the Thames, plus a few cross-river ferries. There's a map, as well as up-to-date info about fares and departure times (as frequent as every 5–10 minutes in summer), at

You can pay for rides using the same Oyster Card as all other forms of public transport in London.

Adult fares vary with the journey and route, but typically run about £3.90–£7 if you use a pay-as-you-go Oyster Card (if you have a Travelcard on it you still pay for any boat ride, but do get a 33% discount).

If you do not have an Oyster Card, individual single fare tickets cost £4.20–£8.

Thames River cruises

There are also tourist cruises with live guided commentary.

These are not covered by your Oyster card—though two are free with the London Pass (the classic 24-hour hop-on/hop-off ticket with City Cruises plus the intriguing Jason's Canal Boat Trip), and the pass also gets 20% off some other cruises.

Most cruises cost just £11–£17—more for one that includes a meal or entertainment, naturally.

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