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London River Bus Services on the Thames

Thames river bus and river tours services are popular with visitors to London, and they're used by local commuters as well. Travelling by river is a great way to get to your destination. You'll beat the traffic and soak up some fantastic views of London along the way! The river bus services listed here are the more basic commuter services on the Thames, generally without commentary.

Thames Clippers
Serving both as scheduled commuter and tourist boats, Thames Clippers services are great value and fast. They run from Embankment and the London Eye to Woolwich, via Canary Wharf, stopping at:

   * Tate Modern
   * London Bridge
   * Tower of London
   * Hilton London Docklands Riverside
   * The O2
   * Greenwich

Thames Clippers: Docklands to Canary Wharf
Thames Clippers operate the Hilton London Docklands Riverside to Canary Wharf ferry route.

Tate to Tate Boat

Thames Clippers also provide the popular Tate to Tate boat between Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

Thames River Services: Westminster Pier

Thames River Services provide cruises linking Westminster Pier and Greenwich, passing Shakespeare's Globe, stopping at the Tower of London and continuing under Tower Bridge. There is often live commentary, especially in the busier summer months, but you may not always get it.

Woolwich Free Ferry

A free service between Woolwich and North Woolwich. Visit Greenwich Council's Woolwich Ferry page

Thames Executive Charters: River Taxis
These services link Putney to Blackfriars via Chelsea Harbour, Cadogan and Embankment. Visit the Thames Executive Charters website

Thames River Bus Tickets and Timetables

Travelcard holders can get discounts on many standard riverboat routes and pre-pay Oyster cards are accepted on Thames Clippers. A Thames Clippers River Roamer (hop-on hop-off day ticket) is also available.

Thames River Services Accessibility Information
All London's piers are wheelchair accessible. Most river buses are accessible, and newer river craft have dedicated wheelchair spaces. You should check with individual service operators about the level of accessibility on their boats.

Staff are always on hand to offer help with boarding and disembarking from river craft. However, it is advisable for people with mobility impairments who are travelling as a group to provide advance notice to the operator concerned, to ensure a smooth journey.