By river

All boats arrive at Greenwich Pier. It is just over 5 minutes walk to the Museum and 15 minutes to the Observatory.

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For more information and the latest travel news, visit the London River Services page on the Transport for London website or call +44 (0)20 7222 1234

River: sightseeing services

Arrive by river to appreciate Greenwich in its historic context on the great maritime route to London. As London's main artery for many centuries the Thames has a rich history.  It still is used by round-the-world-travellers to symbolise their homecoming. 

Sightseeing cruises operate from London Eye, Westminster, Tower and St. Katherine’s piers.

Sightseeing cruises include a commentary on the sights that can be seen from the boat which include the Palace of Westminster (Big Ben), London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the riverside inns from which seafarers set out to explore the New World. Arrival at Greenwich by water reveals the grand architecture of Greenwich from its best perspective.

MBNA Thames Clippers river buses offer additional services on frequent high-speed boats serving Embankment, London Eye, Bankside, London Bridge City, Tower, Masthouse, Greenwich and North Greenwich for the O2 piers.

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Disabled access

Consult the river operator for full details. Europe's first Ramp Rider is installed at Greenwich Pier. This will greatly improve access for wheelchair users getting on and off boats at Greenwich at low tide.

MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus services are provided with ramps for wheelchair-users.

River buses

In addition to the pleasure cruises, MBNA Thames Clippers run regular services every 20 minutes. There are also river buses running earlier and later on week days with additional stops for business travellers.

The single journey takes around 10 minutes to Canary Wharf Pier, 19 minutes to Tower Pier, 25 minutes to London Bridge City Pier, and 36 minutes to Embankment Pier. 

Discounts apply to Travelcard holders and those paying by Oyster PAYG. Concessions are available for children and Freedom Pass holders, and Under 5s travel free. River Roamer tickets are available for all day unlimited hop on, hop off travel.

For more information, visit the MBNA Thames Clippers website.

Charter services

Charter services include luxury restaurant boats, sailing barges and smaller passenger vessels.

For a list of operators, visit the Transport for London website.

Moorings and navigational rules

For details about bringing your own boat along the Thames to Greenwich, visit the Port of London Authority website.

For further information about the river, see The River Thames Guide website.