Which London Boat Tours Are Best?

This post compares and reviews the various London boat tours and Thames river cruises available to you.  Seeing London on foot is definitely the best way to enjoy everything this city has to offer. But once you’ve pounded the pavements, it’s a good idea to enjoy any of a number of London boat tours along the River Thames and experience the city in a different way! For centuries, London grew and operated around the Thames, and travelling the river was actually the fastest way to get through London when many of the city’s streets were congested with horses, carts, and sewage. Many buildings that line the river today were actually constructed to be viewed from the river itself – so be sure to make a river cruise part of your trip to London and get yourself a whole new view of our beautiful city.

When it comes to booking your London boat tours, you’ll have a lot to choose from. So to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Thames experiences available to you!  Several options are included for free in the London Pass.  Read our post on whether or not the London Pass is worth it for you.

 

Circular Loop Sightseeing Cruises

Canal Boat Rides

Other River Cruise Options

 

Hop-on, Hop-Off Cruises

Speedboat Rides

Lunch and Dinner Cruises


 

 

HOP-ON, HOP-OFF AND SINGLE RIDES

If you’re looking for a boat tour or cruise that will allow you the freedom to explore at your own pace, consider one of the following companies. Although there aren’t many London boat services that specialize specifically in hop-on, hop-off cruises, there are a few that provide the opportunity to explore London however you wish from the Thames.  You can choose to purchase one single ride, a discounted return ticket or a 24 hour travel pass with unlimited rides.

 


CITY CRUISES

Dominating the London Boat market for years, City Cruises is probably the best well known – and best value for money – when it comes to a simple Thames river cruise. City Cruises offers single tickets or a hop-on, hop-off service with 4 stops between Westminster and Greenwich. The hop-on, hop-off ticket is called the Red Rover Pass – providing live commentary with every journey.  Guests can sit on the open-aired top of the boat, or hunker downstairs if the London weather gets a bit intense!  City Cruises also offers speed boat tours and lunch and dinner cruises.

TIP: City Cruises hop-on, hop-off service is included in the London Pass, a tourist attraction discount card.  It is also included for free with the purchase of a 24 or 48 hour hop-on, hop-off open-top bus ticket with Original London Tours.

Click on the map for a larger view.

Thames River Cruise Map

 

Reviews of City Cruises

City Cruises sports a 4 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor along with mostly positive reviews. Thousands of reviewers have given them a 5-star rating, which is definitely a good sign. The negative comments that have been left often mention unforeseen technical issues with the boats or scheduling software. These problems occur with every major tour company, so it’s hard to blame them for something so common. To avoid any issues, make sure to arrive early for your cruise and call them the day before your excursion in order to make sure there are no problems.

Single Rides and Returns

Single ride tickets vary depending on your starting and ending point and they start at £10/adult + £5/child.  See their full list of single and return ticket prices here.  If you are planning on at least 2 rides, the Red Rover Ticket makes more sense.  

Red Rover Ticket Prices

TIP: City Cruises hop-on, hop-off service is included in the London Pass, a tourist attraction discount card.  It is also included for free with the purchase of a 24 or 48 hour hop-on, hop-off open-top bus ticket with Original London Tours.

The schedule varies depending on time of year and which pier you wish to depart from. Cruises run every 30 minutes.

Highlights along the cruise include: London Eye, The Savoy, National Theatre, OXO Tower, Blackfriars Bridge, London Bridge, The Shard, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Wapping, Docklands, Canary Wharf, Greenwich.

 


LONDON RIVER COMMUTER SERVICE (Thames Clippers)

This company is not a traditional sightseeing cruise company, rather a commuter service. However, it offers an affordable alternative to seeing the London skyline from the river. There are 5 different routes available between Putney and Royal Woolwich Arsenal, and each boat typically offers refreshments on board. The one major drawback is there is no commentary provided as the boat primarily service local commuters. However, they also provide an app for anyone who is interested in sightseeing.  Thames Clippers also provides single and return tickets if you just need to get from one location to another.  This services is a cheaper option for single rides and slightly more expensive for the 24 hour pass than City Cruises, but you can use your Oyster travel card to pay for it.  It’s not part of the London Pass tourist discount card. 

 

 

Prices: For those intending to use the commuter service on multiple occasions, it’s most cost effective to purchase a one-day River Roamer Pass, which grants you unlimited rides. Adult tickets are £17.35, children between 5-15 are £8.65, children under 5 are free, and families of 2 adults and up to 3 kids can purchase a family pass for £36.00. For a full list of all their prices, click here.

Tips: Guests with the Oyster PAYGO card receive a 10% discount on their fare. A Transport for London travel card gets you a third off your fare. Lastly, guests who purchase the River Roamer card online receive a slight discount as well.

Times: The ships depart every 20 minutes from piers including Embankment, London Bridge, Tower, Greenwich, Waterloo, Canary Wharf and the O2 Centre.

Reviews:

Thames Clippers has received a 4-star rating on both TripAdvisor and Yelp. Most reviews are very positive, but the negative reviews do seem to be indicative of a common problem. Some passengers seem to have issues with this service when obtaining tickets through another company. Although they may do business through a variety of other tour companies, it is highly advised to obtain your tickets directly from Thames Clippers in order to avoid any issues.

 


THAMES RIVER SERVICE

Thames River Services (TRS) offers a huge variety of sightseeing tours that cover several different highlights along the river. Prices and the length of the trip vary depending on what route you select. There are a total of ten different tours offered out of Westminster, Greenwich and St. Katharines.  These rides are guided sightseeing tours. This boat tour company provides transportation to popular sightseeing locations such as the Thames Barrier and the Tower of London.  Guests have the option to pay for a one-way ticket or round trip fare as well as a hop-on, hop-off ticket (through Circular Cruises). Prices and the length of the trip vary depending on what route you select. Guests have the option to pay for a one-way or round trip fare.

 

 
Reviews of Thames River Services

With a 4 ½ star rating on both Yelp and TripAdvisor, TRS is one of the highest rated cruise companies in London. A majority of reviews are very positive, but there are a few negative comments. Complaints tend to focus on the fact that this is a sightseeing cruise, which means it might not be as speedy as other services. If you’re looking for a quicker boat tour, you might want to consider one of the hop-on, hop-off options. Other than these issues, most passengers absolutely love Thames River Services!

 


TATE TO TATE FERRY SERVICE

A simplistic service run by the Tate galleries themselves, this journey takes visitors between the Tate modern on the Southbank and the Tate Britain in Pimlico. Although there is no commentary on this boat service, the crafts themselves have interiors designed by artist Damien Hurst himself! The boats have both outdoor and indoor seating and is the best way to journey from one Tate to the other – saving you loads of time spent on tubes and buses.

The Tate Boat service has been given a 4 ½ star rating on TripAdvisor. Although it is not a full five stars, the reality is that they haven’t actually received any negative ratings. There is only one complaint thus far, and it focuses on the length of time it may take to get tickets onto the boat. Even so, the reviewer suggests that you persevere and use this ferry service to get from Tate to Tate. Most passengers love this form of transportation, so chances are that it’s very reliable.

Boats depart every 40 minutes during gallery opening times – 7 days a week. Tickets can be bought either in advance online, from either Tate Gallery, or on the boat itself.

Prices:

  • Adults – £6.50 single/£12.00 return
  • Tate Members – £4.90
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) – £32.50
  • Child under 16 or senior – £3.25
  • Children with Travelcards – £2.15
  • Adults with Travelcards – £4.30
  • Oyster Pay As You Go users – £5.85 (only available on the boat)
  • Children Under 5 – FREE

Times:

Weekdays:

  • First Departure From Tate Modern – 9:57am And Last Departure – 4:44pm
  • First Departure From St George Wharf (Tate Britain) – 10:17am And Last Departure – 4:24pm

Weekends:

  • First Departure From Tate Modern – 9:17am And Last Departure – 6:43pm
  • First Departure From St George Wharf (Tate Britain) – 9:37am And Last Departure – 6:24pm

 


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CIRCULAR LOOP CRUISES

A circular ticket will allow you to see almost everything the Thames has to offer at one low price. As you can imagine, the ticket allows you to travel all the way down the river and back again, making the trip as simple as possible. These options are designed specifically as a tour of the river.  Some of the companies listed below also off hop-on, hop-off and single ride tickets, which themselves could be circular loop tours, if you just stay on the boat; however, that would take a lot of time with the constant stops for loading and unloading.  If you want to do some sightseeing from the water, consider one of the following Circular Loop services.


CITY CRUISES

In addition to their hop-on, hop-off services, City Cruises also provides a circular cruise for anyone who wants to experience everything that the Thames has to offer. These circular loops will take you to Westminster and back again as you enjoy live commentary pointing out all of the historic sites along the river. This tour will take approximately 50 minutes to complete, which is on par with most of the other circular boat tours offered in London. The circular cruise operates out of Tower Pier and Bankside Pier.  The tickets for the circular loop are cheaper than buying a ticket for each direction as well as the hop-on, hop-off service.

As we’ve mentioned before, this is one of the most notable cruise companies in the city. Reviews for their circular service are typically very good, although some guests have complained about scheduling conflicts and other unforeseen issues. Most reviews for the circular cruise are very positive, making note of the excellent commentary provided by tour guides on the boat. If you’re looking for an informative boat tour on the Thames, consider taking a trip with City Cruises.

Ticket Prices

  • £11.70 for Adults (17+)
  • £5.85 for Children (5-16)
  • £8.19 for Seniors (60+) and Students (17+)
  • £23.40 for Families (2 Adults + 3 Children)
  • Children under 4 ride for free
  • More info and purchase here.

 


LONDON EYE RIVER CRUISE

Whether you’re planning to visit the London Eye or you just want a tour around the Thames which focuses on the giant ferris wheel, this river cruise is a great alternative to other services. Although the London Eye River Cruise is not as long as other boat tours in the area, it can actually be a lot more affordable. This circular loop will take you past locations such as Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. If you purchase your tickets online, you can save 10% on your fare.

TIP: This cruise is also part of the London Explorer Pass, which could save you between 20-50% off of the retail price.

 

 

This river cruise company has earned a 4 ½ star rating on TripAdvisor. Although there is a small contingent of passengers who had negative experiences, most reviews are very positive. There aren’t enough complaints to suggest that these are common problems. Positive reviews for the service indicate that other guests found their tour guides to be quite helpful and informative. The majority of people who take this cruise find it enjoyable. It’s fair to assume that the few complaints may just be random outliers.

Ticket Prices

  • £13.15 for Adults / £11.95 when you book online
  • £6.58 for Children / £5.95 when you book online
  • Children under 4 ride for free
  • TIP: This cruise is also part of the London Explorer Pass, which could save you between 20-50% off of the retail price.

Tour Hours

  • Daily Cruises from 10:45 AM to 7:45 PM
  • Cruise departs every hour on the hour

 


THAMES RIVER TOURS

In addition to their speed boat tours and lunch and dinner cruises, Thames River Tours provides a circular loop with commentary and sightseeing. This circular cruise operates out of Westminster Pier and lasts approximately one hour. Although it isn’t a hop-on, hop-off tour, you are allowed to leave the cruise at any pier. If you’re looking for a boat tour that will provide information about the Thames as you glide down the river, this is an excellent option. Avoid getting lost by purchasing a circular ticket that will allow you to return to the Westminster Pier with ease.

This boat tour company has a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor, indicating that they provide quite good service. Most of the reviews are actually 5-star ratings, but there are a few negative comments bringing the score down. Positive comments suggest that the guides on Thames River Tours provide a lot of information and point out relevant sites along the river. Unhappy customers report that they had a variety of scheduling issues, so it might be in your best interest to arrive early and call ahead to make sure that your cruise is still on schedule.

Ticket Prices

  • Circular Cruise
    • £13.50 Per Person
    • No additional discounts available

 


CIRCULAR CRUISE LONDON

Offered through Thames River Services, Crown River Cruises provides a circular cruise that will take you past more than a dozen historic locations that are visible from the water. This circular loop allows you to hop on and off whenever you wish, so that you can get a better look at the sites located all along the Thames. Commentary is provided along the way to point out significant areas such as Old Scotland Yard or The Houses of Parliament. The full cruise takes about an hour, but you can embark and disembark at your discretion throughout the day.

This cruise service has been in operation for several years, but they don’t have a lot of reviews. One review on TripAdvisor has given the service a full 5-star rating, while another has provided a 4-star review. It would appear that guests on this cruise line have enjoyed their excursion. Comments suggest that the tour guides on this circular cruise are very informative and helpful, making sure to point out important locations along the Thames as they appear. If the current reviews are to be believed, this should be a pretty reliable circular loop service.

Ticket Prices

  • Single Ticket
    • £10.00 for Adults
    • £7.00 for Seniors/Students
    • £5.00 for Children/Freedom Pass Holders
    • £28.50 for Families (2 Adults + 3 Children)
  • Return Ticket
    • £14.00 for Adults
    • £9.80 for Seniors/Students
    • £7.00 for Children/Freedom Pass Holders
    • £36.90 for Families (2 Adults + 3 Children)

 


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SPEEDBOAT RIDES

Speedboat rides on the Thames are not a budget option, but they are definitely thrilling. Throughout the experience, passengers will alternate between enjoying a leisurely ride along the Thames for sightseeing and a fast-paced thrill ride. Prepare for your captain to pull off figure eights and ramp up the engines to draw the attention of anyone on the river. Guests are well protected with waterproof jackets, a life jacket, and goggle-style visors to withstand the thrilling wind speeds they will experience.

 

 


THAMES JET (City Cruises)

This speedboat service is actually managed by City Cruises and offers a similar excursion to the RIB Experience. They don’t offer as many tours as their competitors, but the Thames Jet is an excellent alternative. There are two options for this speedboat tour, and they are both over 50 minutes. Ticket prices are comparable to similar services, but they also offer family tickets at a discount. If you’re looking for a speedboat experience out on the Thames, this is an excellent option.

We’ve already discussed this company quite a bit, but it’s worth mentioning that reviewers on TripAdvisor have given the Thames Jet service 4 ½ stars. Most of the reviews are very positive, but there are a few negative comments.  Thankfully, this doesn’t appear to be the norm. Most people enjoy this speedboat tour, with a majority of reviews stating that the tour guides are very entertaining and informative.

More information or to purchase tickets.

Ticket Prices

  • Thames Rush (50 minutes)
    • £39.00 for Adults
    • £14.00 for Children
    • £29.00 for Students
    • £99.00 for Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
  • Thames Max (75 minutes)
    • £52.00 for Adults
    • £17.00 for Children
    • £36.00 for Students
    • £119.00 for Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Tour Hours

  • Thames Rush
    • 9 tours between 11 AM and 7 PM
    • Tours begin on the hour every hour
  • Thames Max
    • Tour begins at 1 PM
    • This tour has limited availability

 


THAMES RIB Experience

This RIB (Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat) service is quickly becoming one of the most popular river trips in town! The RIB experience operates the fastest boats on the Thames, jetting visitors along the river at approximately 30 knots. Each boat (which only holds up to 12 people) is manned by a guide who provides commentary throughout the journey. In addition to their longer tour of the Thames, this company also manages three shorter tours of Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena and the Tower Millennium Pier. Ticket prices typically depend upon the length of the boat ride.

Believe it or not, this might just be the best rated boat tour on the entire list. The Thames RIB Experience has earned a full 5 star rating on TripAdvisor – and that includes over 2,500 positive reviews. Many comments report that this is an excellent trip for families on holiday. Other positive comments mention that you will probably get wet while on this excursion, so it’s best experienced during hot days. This is definitely intended as more of an entertaining thrill ride. If you’re looking for excitement on the river, consider the Thames RIB Experience.

Ticket Prices

More info or to purchase.

  • Thames Barrier Experience (75 minutes)
    • £53 for Adults
    • £37 for Children
  • Canary Wharf Experience (50 minutes)
    • £40 for Adults
    • £28 for Children
  • RIB Blast at the O2 (20 minutes)
    • £24.50 for Adults
    • £21.50 for Children
  • Tower RIB Blast (20 minutes)
    • £24.50 for Adults
    • £21.50 for Children

 


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CANAL BOAT RIDESLondon Little Venice

If you are in the mood for something a little different, check out the London Waterbus Company and Jason’s Trip. Operating entirely along the canals that flow through the north of London, both companies offer a charming way to see parts of London most tourists miss.  The journeys take place in specially crafted long-boats and gently glide along the canals. Visitors are taken along the historic Regents Canal, catching views of Regent’s Park, Little Venice, Maida Hill, London Zoo and Camden Lock. For a true experience off the beaten-path, these relaxing and beautiful rides are a definite must.  The boats run seven days a week between Camden and Little Venice and tickets can only be bought on arrival.

Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip

There is a certain charm to this company, as they call themselves the original London Canal boat company. Their website looks like it was last updated sometime in the 90’s, so this claim may actually have some merit. This company provides live commentary from trained guides. Unlike their competitors, Jason’s London Canal Boat Trip is offered as part of the London Pass, so you might actually end up saving money by using their service.

London Waterbus Company   The waterbus is also a fun way to travel to/from London Zoo!  Times vary so check out their website.

 


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LUNCH AND DINNER CRUISES

Sightseeing cruises are nice, but they might not be the best option for business events or dating. If you’re looking for a more sociable trip along the Thames, consider one of the following Dining Cruises. In addition to the typical dinner cruise, many companies in London also provide a variety of different dining and party cruises, such as tea and showboat cruises, that allow you to enjoy more than just the sights and the sounds of London. Anyone looking for more than just a boat tour or transportation services will want to check out some of the following cruise opportunities.

 

 


CITY CRUISES 

It probably shouldn’t come as any surprise that one of the most popular boat tour services in London also provides dining cruises. Whether you want to go on a cruise with wonderful music and fabulous food, or you just want to have your afternoon tea out on the Thames, City Cruises offers a wide variety of options. If you order online during the summer, you can save 20% off each dining cruise offered through this company. Tickets are already quite affordable, so this is an excellent opportunity to save money while having fun out on the water.

When it comes to their dining cruises, this company has received fairly high ratings on TripAdvisor. Although this isn’t their primary service, City Cruises regularly receives positive remarks for their dining boat trips. Most reviewers have given them a 5-star rating, reporting that the food is quite excellent and the cruise itself is very relaxing. Some have said that their Sundowner cruise is a great way to unwind after a long day, while others have reported that the Afternoon Tea cruise is a good value for the money.

Ticket Prices

More information or to purchase.

  • Lunch Cruise on The Thames
    • £32.00 for Adults
    • £23.00 for Children
  • Afternoon Tea on The Thames
    • £31.00 for Adults
    • £21.00 for Children
    • Children under 4 dine for free
  • Sundowner Cruise on The Thames
    • £29.00 for Adults
    • Adults only cruise
  • Jazz Cruise on The Thames
    • £55.00 per Person
  • The London Showboat Cruise
    • £80.00 per Person

 


BATEAUX LONDON 

When it comes to dining cruises, few companies are as notable as Bateaux London. This company provides services for dinner, lunch and afternoon tea. They even have a Sunday Lunch Jazz cruise with live musicians. Your trip on the Thames is sure to be memorable no matter which excursion you choose. Discover all of the wonderful sights in London as you calmly drift along the river past locations such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and The London Eye.

Bateaux London Cruises has earned a 4 ½ star rating on TripAdvisor. Many reviews report that the food is quite excellent, but there are some comments suggesting otherwise. Taste is highly subjective; what some consider wonderful will be unpleasant for others. As usual most of the negative comments focus on random issues with scheduling. Most passengers absolutely adore their experience on these dining cruises. Make sure to arrive early and call ahead to avoid any schedule problems.

Ticket Prices

More info and to purchase.

  • Lunch Cruises
    • £47.00 per person – Premier Lunch Cruise
    • £36.00 per person – Classic Lunch Cruise
    • £24.00 per person – Children’s Lunch Cruise
  • Dinner Cruises
    • £82.00 per person – Classic Dinner Cruise
    • £105.00 per person – Premier Dinner Cruise
  • Afternoon Tea Cruise
    • £42.00 per person – Premier Afternoon Tea Cruise
    • £32.00 per person – Classic Afternoon Tea Cruise
    • £21.00 per person – Children’s Afternoon Tea Cruise

 


R.S. HISPANIOLA 

The final option for dining on the Thames is the R.S. Hispaniola, which is a floating restaurant that is permanently moored along the riverbanks. As the ship never leaves the embankment, there is no cost for a cruise. Guests simply pay for their meal while aboard the boat. Thanks to their permanent location, this company offers a much wider variety of food than you will find with most of the cruise companies above. If you aren’t sure about actually taking a trip on the river, this is an excellent option that will keep you close to shore.

The R.S. Hispaniola, also known as the Good Ship Benefit, has received a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor. Many guests report that their food is very tasty and the dining experience is second to none. Although there are a few negative reviews, their complaints are random enough that they don’t suggest a pattern of poor service or food. Some customers have suggested that this is an excellent restaurant for a girl’s night out. If you’re looking for views of the Thames without getting on the river, this business appears to be both reliable and well liked.

Meal Prices

  • Bottomless Brunch
    • £40 per Person
    • Available from 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Illusionary Afternoon Tea
    • £35 per Person
    • Available in the Afternoon
  • 3 Courses & Free Flowing Prosecco
    • £35 per Person
    • Available for Lunch or Dinner
  • Emerald Street – 3 Courses from Pre-Theatre Dinner Menu
    • £28 per Person
    • Available for Dinner

To browse a full list of lunch and dinner cruises options by type rather than company, click here.

 


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OTHER RIVER CRUISE OPTIONS

There are several boat tours and services offered in London that don’t fit any of the above subheadings. With that in mind, we’ve decided to include information about a few of these companies. If you’re looking for a different kind of trip on the Thames, consider one of the following options. Whether you want to avoid the crowds or discover a more interesting perspective of the city, chances are these boat tours will do the trick.

 


LONDON DUCK TOURS 

This is a whirlwind journey through London in World War II era amphibious vehicles! The tours run through London, giving visitors fun facts and stories about the capital before finishing by splashing down into the river Thames for a boat ride – all in the same vehicle! If you want to experience both the city and the river without having to take more than one tour, this is an excellent option. Duck Tours tend to be more of a tourist attraction, offering music along with their live commentary. This is a fun family activity, but you might want to consider something else if you’re looking for a more quiet trip on the Thames.

 

 

London Duck Tours has received a 4 ½ star rating on TripAdvisor. Very few passengers have reported any problems with their tour, and over 1,000 customers have given them a 4-star rating or higher. The few negative comments provided focus on scheduling conflicts, which is a common issue with pretty much every boat tour company in the world. In order to avoid any potential issues, call ahead before leaving for your excursion and arrive at your departure point as early as possible.

Ticket Prices

Times: Tours are approximately 75 minutes long.

Location: Tours start from Chicheley Street by the London Eye.

Commentary Type and Language: Live commentary in English.

 


THAMES LUXURY CHARTERS 

This company rents out large private charters for private parties. They specialize in hosting wedding receptions, birthday parties, and corporate events. The food is award winning and the family who owns the company has done business on the River Thames since 1710! If you’re looking for a more personalized trip on the Thames, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Being that this is a charter service, you can expect prices to be a lot higher than public boat tours.

Thames Luxury Cruises has earned a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor. This rating would probably be higher if it weren’t for one negative review. To be fair, this customer had a somewhat negative experience, but it would not appear that this is the typical experience for passengers on this charter service. Most guests report that they had an excellent time on the boat, traveling up and down the Thames comfortably.

 


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BUS & BOAT COMBOS

There are a lot of boat tours and cruises offered on the Thames, but none of them will show you everything worth seeing in London. In order to experience more than just the river that runs through this beautiful city, you’ll want to consider combining a cruise with either walking tours or bus tours. Thankfully, there are a lot of companies in the area that provide combo packages which include many different types of excursions. These combination packages can be a great way to save money on all kinds of activities!

 


BIG BUS TOURS

Big Bus is one of the most popular tourism companies in the world. They offer services internationally, and are well known for providing quality service. Their combo package for London includes a cruise with City Cruises, a selection of guided walking tours and their hop-on, hop-off bus tour to top it off. In addition, they also give passengers a booklet with coupons for several different restaurants and other businesses in the city.

Tickets for this combo package can be purchased either for 24 or 48 hours, allowing you to take as much time as you wish to enjoy everything included. This tour package is actually offered as part of the London Explorer Pass. You can save up to 35% on all the attractions by combining three or more services with this pass. This combo ticket is already very affordable, but the Explorer Pass makes it an even better deal.

Big Bus Tours of London has a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor. Most reviews are very positive, and comments about this specific combo package tend to be favorable. Even customers who did not enjoy their experience reported that the cruise was excellent. Many passengers have said that this is a great value for the money. Others report that the buses run frequently, allowing you to get off an experience various sites such as The Tower of London. If you’re looking for a combination package that will allow you to discover as much of the city as possible without paying a lot of money, this is a great choice.

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Ticket Prices

  • 24-Hour Ticket
    • £26.00 for Adults
    • £12.50 for Children
    • £64.50 for Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
  • 48-Hour Ticket
    • £33.00 for Adults
    • £17.50 for Children
    • £83.50 for Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Tour Hours

  • Tickets can be used on any date within 6 months of purchase
  • Enjoy each tour or cruise at your own leisure
  • Follow the tour hours of City Cruises to schedule your boat trip

 


THE ORIGINAL LONDON SIGHTSEEING TOUR

This tour service is almost exactly the same as Big Bus Tours. Much like their competitor, they also offer a Thames river cruise pass through City Cruises. You’ll also have access to three walking tours and 80+ stops at attractions all over London on their hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Although they claim to be the original sightseeing tour, the reality is that they don’t offer much more than their competitors. Ticket prices are also very similar, so this might be a great alternative if other combo packages are all sold out.


 

The Original London Sightseeing Tour has received a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor. A majority of the reviews are positive, but experiences with this tour company are a bit more mixed than other services in the same range. Most of the complaints focus on a lack of buses, but this doesn’t appear to be the norm; most customers have not reported a problem with their offerings, and there are thousands of reviews suggesting that this company provides excellent service. Many passengers noted that their tour guides are very good, so this should be a great choice if you want to learn a lot about the London area.

Ticket Prices

  • 24-Hour Ticket
    • £30.00 for Adults / £26.00 online
    • £15.00 for Children / £12.50 online
    • £90.00 for Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) / £73.00 online
  • 48-Hour Ticket
    • £40.00 for Adults / £36.00 online
    • £19.00 for Children / £16.50 online
    • £118.00 for Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) / £96.00 online
  • Group 24-Hour Tickets (10+ People)
    • £24.50 for Adults (online only)
    • £12.00 for Children (online only)
  • Group 48-Hour Tickets (10+ People)
    • £34.00 for Adults (online only)
    • £15.50 for Children (online only)

Tour Hours

  • Tickets can be used on any date within 6 months of purchase
  • Enjoy each tour or cruise at your own leisure
  • Follow the tour hours of City Cruises to schedule your boat trip

 


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