London boat cruises and river trips: a different way to go sightseeing
On a summer’s day a boat trip down the Thames can be magical. That’s because you get a unique view of London’s skyline and attractions. And it’s also a much more relaxed way to travel. In particular, this is the ideal way to head east to Greenwich and beyond.
Of course, there are many different options depending on your preference for prices and attractions. So definitely check out our tips below to help you plan a perfect day out.
Why go by river?
Riverboats are a great way to see the main sights of central London. But if you’re just thinking about central London attractions, then you’re missing out. Because if you head east, you’ll find Greenwich. This part of London is deeply connected with England’s history, especially naval and navigational history. Here you can explore the Royal Observatory, learn about the history of measuring time, and stand on the Meridian Line.
Or check out the Planetarium. At this famous attraction astronomers guide you through the marvels of the universe in their regular shows.
Or, if you’d rather have views of London rather than the solar system, head further east to North Greenwich. Because here you can take the Emirates Airline cable car way up above the Thames. With the incredible views, we think this is definitely the best way to cross the river!
There are many types of river cruise. And many offer a combination of entry tickets and hop-on hop-off options. So, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. That’s because you can save a lot with the right combination ticket.
One option is to take the City Cruise. This is designed for sightseers, and takes you to all the main attractions of central London and Greenwich. And you have the option to hop-on and hop-off during your trip. There are 4 stops: Westminster, London Eye, Tower Bridge and Greenwich Pier. Alternatively, get the London Pass with the Oystercard option. Because not only does this include entry to many attractions, you can use it for the City Cruise as well.
However, if you just want to go straight to one single attraction, then travel like a Londoner and take the Thames Clipper. You can get a cheaper fare if you use an Oystercard. And you have more stopping points, so there’s more flexibility. Alternatively, their Joint Tickets option combines the price of entry to a single attraction and a return journey by clipper as well. So, this is a good way to experience a single attraction, such as the Emirates Airline cable car.
Or, try one of their River Roamer tickets, which also lets you hop-on and hop-off.