If you buy bus ticket for 24/48 hours of sightseeing tour organized by THE ORIGINAL TOUR, then you can enjoy a complimentary Thames river cruise during your stay in London by travelling with City Cruises, and it will cost you up to £10.

With these London boat-tours, you can see the London city from the river too, which you can never experience, while you see it from land. Therefore, with this free Thames cruise, which is included along with your bus-ticket, you can really get the best deal.

There are 4 piers that pass across the total route, namely the Tower-Pier, Westminster-Pier, Greenwich-Pier, and London Eye-Pier. The boat trips across Thames will allow you to travel from Westminster-Pier to Greenwich-Pier, but the routes that you may take will depend on the bus ticket that you have purchased.

If you have bought a 1 day cruise ticket, then you can get the boat-ride across Thames starting from Westminster-Pier. The cruise will then take you the Tower-Pier. Those who have bought ticket for 48 hours cruise will be able to get further extended boat-ride to the Greenwich pier.

You can enjoy the view of the following iconic places too:

  • Big Ben
  • Houses of Parliament
  • London-Eye
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London

Departures of Thames Cruise

After every 40 minutes, Thames boat cruises will depart. Listen to the announcement after you have boarded. You can take any drink or snack and from the Thames, you can enjoy the views of London. You can start your London cruise right from the Pier at Westminster or from the Pier of the Tower by showing you purchased ticket to City Cruise employees. You can also use of you Tour bus ticket (original) for your subsequent journeys.


Westminster-Pier comes next to Big-Ben, then the Houses-of-Parliament and next is Westminster-Bridge. You can easily access it by either taking the tube rail to Westminster or you may use the Original Tour bus-ticket and take the Yellow-Route to stop at 13.

London Eye-Pier

London Eye Pier will be the next to the London-Eye, then London Dungeons and next is Jubilee Gardens. Nearest tube rail to London-Eye is Waterloo or use your Original bus-ticket and take Yellow-Route from stop no. 5 or the Red/Pink Route from stop no. 68.


Tower-Pier is located at close proximity from Tower-Bridge and Tower-of-London, situated at the Tower-Hill. So, you can reach the Tower-Pier by boarding a tube rail to Tower-Hill. You can also board any of the Yellow-Route buses to the stop no. 11, or the Red-Route to stop no. 74.


You can buy a 48 hours cruise ticket if you wish to go on an extended Thames river cruise trip to the Greenwich pier. As Greenwich is quite further outside of London city and the bus tours usually don’t go up to Greenwich so, you must take your Original bus Tour for Tower Hill and then begin your Greenwich-boat trip from Tower-Pier.

Various sights while you are on London River Cruise

Following are the iconic places of London city you can see from the river which will be totally different from what you had seen from the land.

  • Big Ben
  • London Eye
  • Millennium Bridge
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London

With extended cruise with historic Greenwich, which is included with your bus-ticket, will allow you to get off from boat at Greenwich and you can find the following sights:

  • Cutty Sark
  • Greenwich-Park
  • National-Maritime-Museum
  • Old-Royal-Naval-College
  • Royal Observatory

More information:

  • After your arrival at Westminster-Pier or Tower-Pier, you must give your ticket of the cruise to the staff of City Cruise.
  • For your subsequent journeys, you simply show the Original Tour bus-ticket
  • Also note that the offer is subjected to availability only.
  • Cruise timetable

Visit the website http://www.tripindicator.com/cruise/london/best-london-thames-river-cruise-tours.html to know many other relevant information on Thames river cruise tours in London.

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