Everything you need to know for your City Cruises London Experience

We are all about the fun but safety is our number one priority.  

For your own safety and the safety of others, you must follow the instructions given by our crew when embarking/ disembarking or on board any of our vessels.

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about our cruises.


COVID-19 Customer Information Update

When did we close?

We have been closed since the 20th of March 2020.

All sailings have been cancelled up to and including the 3rd of July 2020. If you are booked to sail with us during this time and have not heard from us yet, please click below to find out how we can help you reschedule your booking.

If you are booked to sail with us from the 4th of July 2020, you will soon be able to find out more about what our health and safety teams are doing behind the scenes to plan for re-opening. We will continue to update this section as we publish these plans in full. This will include new measures for social distancing pre-boarding, and whilst on board, along with our cleaning procedures and hygiene facilities supplied on board.

Bookings up until the 3rd of July 2020

Bookings for Public Services from 20th March to the 3rd July 2020 – Sightseeing, Dining, Thamesjet and Private Hires.

We understand that you were looking forward to your experience with us and therefore we would like to reschedule your experience for an alternative date in the future with us. Unsure of a new travel date? Do not worry we have that covered, we can send you a voucher valid for 1 year from your original date of travel and you can contact us when you are ready.

Should you be unable to move your booking to another date please email us at [email protected] and we will be in touch with you to process your cancellation.  Thank you for your patience.

Bookings from the 4th of July 2020

Since we closed on the 20th of March we have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that when we are able to re-open, we do so with new health and safety measures in place.

We are currently finalising our operational plans for when we re-open, in line with advice from the Government and local health authorities.

We will update our website once these are confirmed so that you can plan your visit in confidence, with our social distancing and hygiene measures in mind.

Bookings for Public Services from 4th July onwards – normal terms and conditions apply. Click here for more info.


General for all cruises

Are the boats heated?

All our boats have inside seating and are fully heated.

Are you able to accommodate large groups?

We are able to accommodate public groups up to 250 on most of our boats. We ask that you book groups over 20 directly with the reservations office by telephoning +44 (0)20 77 400 400. 

Are your services wheelchair accessible?

Some of our boats are wheelchair accessible. We ask you to contact the reservations team to discuss which boat is the best for you. All passengers on dining cruises must be physically able to walk on to the boats with an able bodied helper and unfortunately no electronic wheelchairs are permitted. Unfortunately there is no disabled access for the Evening Cruise.

Can I book my tickets online?

Yes, you can purchase all our ticket types on the City Cruises website www.citycruises.com.

Can I buy tickets on the day? Do I need to book tickets in advance?

You do not need to book sightseeing tickets in advance. These can be purchased at any City Cruises piers (Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier, Greenwich Pier) on the day of travel. We request that groups of 20+ are book in advance with the reservations department prior to travel.  
London Showboat, Lunch cruises, Afternoon Tea cruises, Evening Cruises and other special event products must be booked in advance either online or through our Reservation department phone number +44 (0)20 77 400 400.

Can I change the time and the date of my booking?

Sightseeing tickets can be rescheduled without charge up to and including the day of travel (Monday to Sunday, prior to 17:30).
Dining bookings made for less than ten people can be amended as long as three clear working days’ notice is given.
Dining bookings made for eleven to twenty people can be amended provided at least fourteen clear working days’ notice is given.
Dining bookings made for twenty one to fifty five people can be amended provided at least twenty eight clear working days’ notice is given.
Dining bookings for over fifty six people can be amended provided at least 56 clear working days’ notice is given.

Do I have to print out my ticket?

Passengers have to bring their printed ticket to board the cruise or show their ticket on a mobile device.

Do the boats have open deck areas?

All our boats offer open space areas with great views. Many have upper open decks offering an elevated view.

Do you have a lost property department?

If you think you have lost an item of property aboard one of our services you should fill in our contact form. Please provide full descriptive details of your item, details of when and where it was lost, and full contact information so that we can get back in touch.

How do I get the tickets I booked online?

You will receive a printable e-ticket after email with an attached pdf. Additionally please write down your booking reference number, which starts with ‘W…’. If you don’t receive the email or have a query about your booking, please call our reservation department on 020 77 400 400.

How many wheelchair spaces are available on each boat?

We have maximum two spaces per boat available. We ask you to contact the reservations team to discuss which boat is the best for you. Please phone our reservation department on +44 (0)20 77 400 400 or email [email protected] 

How much in advance I should arrive at the pier?

You should arrive at least 15 minutes before departure time. If you are buying tickets at the ticket office, please allow some more time. Tickets bought online include recommended boarding and departure times.  

I didn’t receive my e-ticket. Can you email my e-ticket?

We can resend your e-ticket. Please phone our reservation department +44 (0)20 77 400 400 or  send us an email to [email protected] with your booking reference number and your name.

Is it possible to claim a refund?

If your ticket is lost, damaged or can no longer be read, we may, at our discretion, replace it free of charge, provided we can confirm that it is valid. In order to verify your purchase we will need your City Cruises booking reference which is contained in your confirmation e-mail and shown on the original ticket page. Please note that it is not possible to verify your ticket purchase with your credit or debit card reference because this does not contain the details of the ticket(s) purchased.

We do not accept liability for any loss resulting from our failure to provide an advertised service, or where delay occurs to those services, for any reason. We may, however, at our discretion, consider a refund on any ticket which is unused or only partially used as a direct result of a failure on our part to provide the advertised service for which the ticket was purchased.

 Refunds will not be granted other than in the circumstances described above.

No refunds are possible after the valid date of the ticket has passed. All requests for refund or replacement ticket(s) must be made in writing to The Reservations Manager, City Cruises Plc, Unit 6, 1 Mill Street, Scotts Sufference Wharf, London, SE1 2DF, England and be accompanied by the relevant tickets purchased, your City Cruises booking reference (contained in your confirmation e-mail and on the original ticket page) and any payment reference issued when your purchase was confirmed. Refunds cannot be authorised or transacted at any other location or by any other means.

Any refunds agreed will be made entirely at our discretion and without prejudice.

We reserve the right to withdraw any ticket at any time although we will not do this without good reason.

We do not refund sightseeing tickets that have not been used. We do not refund tickets if you arrive late for a cruise.

How do I make a customer comment?

Any passenger complaints should be made within fourteen days of the event.
Should you need to discuss any elements of your cruise, please send a detailed written account to our Customer Service Team including your booking reference number
To contact City Cruises Customer Service Team:
By email:
[email protected]
By post:
City Cruises PLC
Customer Service Team
Unit 6, 1 Mill Street, Scott’s Sufferance Wharf
What to expect
You should expect an acknowledgement within three to five working days of receiving your complaint.
A full investigation will then take within 10 to 14 working days. Please note that special events may take up to 28 working days.
If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, include their written consent with your email as this will speed up the process.
The Customer Service Team will aim to respond in full to your complaint within the agreed time, however, if the issue is complicated, any delay will be explained and you will be kept informed of progress.

Terms and Conditions

Everything you need to know is here. 

What are the qualifying ages for tickets for infants, children and adults?

For sightseeing cruises

Infant: 0 - 4 years travel for free
Child: 5 - 15 years

For lunch and afternoon tea (and some other dining cruises) the ages are as follows.

Infant: 0 - 2 years travel for free – unless they require a seat in which case a child ticket must be bought
Child: 3 - 12 years

For the Evening Cruise the ages are as follows.

Child: 13 - 17
Adults: 18+

All tickets are charged at adult prices. We suggest that the whole party should be aged over 18.

For The London Showboat Dinner Cruise, Thames Jazz Cruise and Elvis Cruise the ages are as follows.
Child: 5 - 17 years

All tickets are charged at adult prices. We suggest that the whole party should be aged over 18.

What facilities are available aboard your boats?

Some of our boats are fully accessible to wheelchair users – ring Reservations to find out more. Our boats also provide a comprehensive range of drinks, snacks and sandwiches. Toilet facilities are available.

Where can I park my car?

Tower pier – Tower Car & Coach Park (EC3R 6DT)
Greenwich pier - Cutty Sark Gardens Car Park (SE10 9HT)
Westminster pier – Nothing in the immediate enviroment so would suggest customer visits www.parkopedia.com
London Eye pier – Nothing in the immediate enviroment so would suggest customer visits www.parkopedia.com


Sightseeing Cruises

Where can I find the timetable online?

Click here for timetable

Which piers do you operate from?

Our scheduled sightseeing services operate between Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich pier.

What are the postcodes of your piers?

Westminster Pier: SW1A 2JH
London Eye Pier: SE1 7PB
Tower Pier: EC3N 4DT
Greenwich Pier: SE10 9HT

Do you accept Oyster card on a pay as you go basis?

No, we don’t accept Oyster cards as payment.

How much is a Sightseeing Cruise ticket?
How long is the journey time?

Westminster/ London Eye – Tower/ Tower – Westminster / London Eye
Duration (single/return): 40 minutes / 80 minutes

Westminster/London Eye – Greenwich | Greenwich – Westminster/London Eye
Duration (single/return): 70 minutes / 180 minutes

Tower – Greenwich | Greenwich - Tower
Duration (single/return): 30 minutes/80 minutes

How long the queues are on the day?

We cannot predict passenger numbers for each day, which vary on account of public holidays, weather conditions, events, etc. We don’t guarantee that you will be able to get on the sightseeing sailing that you booked – but you so long as you turn up in reasonable time you will get on a boat.

If I buy a return ticket do I need to stay on the boat or can I disembark and catch a later return service?

When you have purchased a return ticket you do not need to stay on the boat. You may disembark at the destination pier, spend some time looking at local attractions, then re-embark on a later return journey. Please ensure you check the times of the last return journey with pier staff before embarking. 

What discount do you offer for travelcard holders?

Holders of valid travelcards get a third off all our sightseeing tickets (excluding Family Rover tickets and Sightseeing and Attraction tickets). You may present your travelcard either on paper or on an Oystercard. You have to purchase your ticket at one of our ticket offices at a pier (Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier).  

Are there are any discounts available for people with disabilities?
We offer a 50% discount on the normal fare for wheelchair users and 50% discount for one companion per wheelchair user. We also offer 50% discount to Freedom Pass holders. This 50% discount applies only to tickets purchased at the pier and isn’t available online.
What is a Freedom pass?

A Freedom Pass is issued by local councils to London residents, who are either over 60 years old or disabled. It entitles the holder to a 50% discount on sightseeing tickets.

Can I use any other pass that’s like a “Freedom Pass”?

We don’t accept travel passes from outside London.

Are there any discounts for Carers?

We offer a 50% discount for one carer per disabled person with a valid disability badge. This 50% discount applies only to tickets purchased at the pier and isn’t available online.
Blind customers travel free of charge without any discounts available for the carer.

How can I do a sightseeing cruise with the London Pass?

If you are the holder of a London Pass our sightseeing cruise is included in your Pass. You have to show it at one of our ticket offices (Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier, Greenwich Pier). You will receive a 24-hour Hop-on and Hop-off ticket.

Are bikes allowed on-board?

We don’t allow bikes on board, although kids’ scooters are allowed.

Do you provide a free commentary on the cruise?

We usually provide a free live or recorded commentary in English on each Sightseeing cruise.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Please only buy your hot, cold drinks and snacks from our bars on board. We are unable to warm up baby food.

Do your cruises have foreign language audio-commentary available?

We  provide a free audio guide commentary in 8 languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, English and Japanese. You get your free audio guide at the bar.

If you have group of more than 20 we ask you to contact our reservation department to reserve the audio guides in advance. Please phone our reservation department on +44 (0)20 77 400 400 or [email protected] 

How do I use my Tesco vouchers with City Cruises?

You simply need to take your vouchers and present them to the ticket office at the pier. You do not need to book in advance. Your Tesco voucher is only valid for sightseeing cruises. If you do not have enough Tesco vouchers to cover your balance, you can pay by cash or card. 

I want to bring my dog on board with me - is this possible?

Dogs are allowed on all Sightseeing cruises at the Captain's discretion. Dogs are not allowed on dining cruises except for guide dogs accompanying blind passengers. We ask you to contact the reservations team to discuss which boat is the best for you.

Are there any group discounts available?

We offer a sightseeing group discount. The 21st passenger goes free for sightseeing (same ticket type) with a maximum of up to 5 free tickets per group booking.

If you frequently book in groups with us, it may be worth setting up an account with us.

You can book up to 21 persons online on our website. If you have a larger group please call +44 (0)20 77 400 400 or fill in our contact form.

Can I book a School group? Is there any discount?

School groups receive free adult tickets in proportion to the number of child tickets purchased. The discount is based on full retails price and is not available online or at the pier.

School groups free places
1 Adult free for every 8 children (5-11 years) 
1 Adult free for every 12 children (12-16 years)

You can book up 21 persons online on our website. If you have a larger group please call +44 (0)20 77 400 400 or fill in our contact form.

All our sightseeing cruises offer a live guided commentary in English that provides an engaging insight into the history of the river.

To avoid disappointment we advise school groups to book in advance as summer is an extremely busy period for us.


Dining Cruises

Can you cater for vegans on your cruises?

We cannot cater for vegans on the Evening Cruise although we can for the Lunch Cruise, Afternoon Tea Cruise, Showboat Cruise, Jazz Cruise, Elvis Cruise and on some special events .

What is the recommended attire for your dining cruises?

The recommended attire for our Afternoon Tea, Lunch and Evening Cruises is casual.
The recommended attire for our Showboat Cruise, Jazz Cruise and Elvis Cruise is smart casual. 

Wheelchair Access on Dining Cruises

We can accommodate for wheelchair users on our dining cruises if the following conditions can be met:-

  • The wheelchair user can walk from the pier on to the boat without aid of the wheelchair (which is a matter of a few feet).

  • The wheelchair is collapseable.

  • The wheelchair user can sit at the table and chairs provided without aid of the wheelchair.

If any of the above conditions can not be met, unfortunately it will not be possible to cater for the wheelchair user.
We can accommodate wheelchairs on our sightingseeing vessels, excluding the MV Westminster, Eleanor Rose & Princess Rose.


Christmas Day and New Year's Eve

Which products do you offer on Christmas Day?

We are the only company operating boats on Christmas Day and that gives you an opportunity to experience the Thames on its quietest day.

We provide two different products on Christmas Day. Our Christmas Day Lunch Cruise which is a 3 hour and 15mins river cruise coupled with a 4-course Traditional Christmas Lunch and a welcome glass of sparkling wine when you board.

On the other hand, if you are just looking for a sightseeing experience we offer a one hour Christmas Day circular sightseeing cruise. Both the Christmas Day Lunch Cruise and the Christmas Day Sightseeing Cruise depart from and return to Westminster Pier.

For more details see here

What cruises do you operate on New Year's Eve?

We operate a variety of cruises on New Year's Eve. Whether you are looking for a sophisticated 4-course dinner, a speedboat experience or a private hire yacht, we can help you. Take a look at all our cruises here

What pier do your New Year's Eve cruises depart from?

All our New Year's Eve cruises depart from and return to Tower Pier, EC3N 4DT.

How do I get to the pier?

Please plan your journey well in advance during the holiday, be sure to check your planner at www.tfl.gov.uk and www.nationalrail.co.uk.

When should I arrive at the pier?

Our customers are advised to arrive at the pier 30 minutes before departure. 

What is the dress code for your New Year's Eve cruises?

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Cruise
Cocktail dress for women and jacket for men (no jeans or trainers are permitted).

Thamesjet New Year's Eve
We recommend wearing warm clothes as this is a speedboat experience. In the event of wet weather, waterpoof clothing will be provided.

All other New Year's Eve cruises:
Festive dress code. 


EU nationals travelling to the UK after EU Exit

EU nationals travelling to the UK after EU Exit

Leaving the EU means that a number of changes will affect businesses and individual citizens but we want to reassure you that travel to the UK will still be possible with ease.

We will do our best to keep you informed but please for more information visit the HM Government website here


City Cruises Reservation Department

If your question is not answered here or you require further information, please contact our reservations department on + 44 (0)207 7400 400. The reservations office is open as follows.

The reservations office is open as follows:  
Monday to Friday: 09.00am to 5.00pm

Reservations office opening times during the festive holiday period:
Christmas Day: 9am to 1pm
New Year's Eve: 8am to 9pm
New Year's Day: 8am to  6pm

Alternatively you can send an email to [email protected].