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.
The single journey takes between 30-70 minutes (see links to time-tables below). Discounts apply to Travelcard holders and there are special tourist round-trip fares.
Thames Clipper riverbuses offer additional services on frequent high-speed boats serving Embankment, London Eye, Bankside, London Bridge City, Tower, Masthouse, Greenwich and QEII for the O2 piers.
Full information on all services on tfl.gov.uk/river
For groups bookings and charters contact:
- City Cruises citycruises.com
- Thames River Services thamesriverservices.co.uk
- Thames Clippers thamesclippers.com
- Charter Cruise chartercruise.co.uk
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.
In addition to the pleasure cruises, there are earlier and later services run by Thames Clippers with additional stops for business travellers.
For more information, visit the Thames Clippers website.
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.