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London Eye River Cruise

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Cruise on the River Thames

River Cruise

  • 40-minute sightseeing cruise
  • Departing from The London Eye pier
  • Live commentary from specialist guides
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Combined Tickets

River Cruise + London Eye

  • 40-minute sightseeing cruise
  • 30 minute rotation on the London Eye

What to expect

Every visit to London has to include a cruise on the River Thames. A London Eye river cruise includes all of this city's landmarks, both old and new, with a starting point at the London Eye, the giant sightseeing wheel that is one of the most visited attractions of London today. Put your feet up and let the river transport you past St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London and the soaring heights of The Shard, London's tallest skyscraper. You've not visited London until you've travelled by boat under London Bridge. A London Eye river cruise does this and so much more.

Departure times

Depending on the time of your visit, departure times differ:

  • High season (from June to August): Departures every hour from 10:45 am to 7:45 pm.
  • Low season (from September to May): Departures at 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:45 pm, and 4:45 pm.

Closed on December 25th
Closes early at 1:45 p.m. on December 31st

The London Eye River Cruise operates daily. Departure times may vary depending on seasonality and special events.

Practical information

  • Duration of the cruise: 40 minutes
  • The cruise includes live commentary and a souvenir guide map.
  • Audio commentary available in: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin.
  • Suitable in all weathers due to covered and sun deck seating.
  • The London Eye River Cruise wheelchair lift can accommodate standard size wheelchairs only.

The London Eye River Cruise Experience

Your London Eye cruise begins right next to the London Eye itself, opened on New Year's Eve 1999 as London's most visible Millennium project and now one of the city's most recognisable and popular attractions. Right opposite you as your boat casts off is another memorable sight: the majestic Palace of Westminster with the clock tower known worldwide as Big Ben - it's in fact the name of the bell within - showing off its impressive architecture, seen best from the River Thames. Remember that this is no monument to history but the working home of Britain's parliament with a river terrace open only to MPs, Lords and their guests right on the Thames.

The amazing story of London's history is told through the landmarks - both old and new - that you'll see on your cruise. St Paul's Cathedral, the masterwork of Sir Christopher Wren, emerged from the ashes of the Great Fire of London in the 17th Century. Just opposite, as you pass under Sir Norman Foster's Millennium footbridge, is Tate Modern, housed in a 1950s power station. Then, at London Bridge, the soaring heights of another architectural landmark, Renzo Piano's Shard, one of the tallest buildings in Europe. The Tower of London, the building that began London's commercial and political power, is at its most impressive from the River Thames on a cruise you'll always remember.

If you want to visit London at your own pace, we suggest you tickets for a hop on hop off Thames cruise.

Customer Reviews

4.8/513 reviews

Adriano J.
Come to London experience
Published over a year ago
Very good time and experience!
Great experience!
Published over a year ago
I am really enjoy this tour. It is fantastic to have this experience!
Excellent and seamless
Published over a year ago
Excellent and seamless. Had a great day. X
Easy to book ,easy access The river…
Published over a year ago
Easy to book ,easy access The river cruise was brilliant educational and well looked after from the compère Jenifer . She was so funny , comforting and showed us the sights around the Thames . The London eye was brilliant too staffed well and views unbelievable
Everything was great
Published over a year ago
Everything was great, and at a very good price. Very pleased.

Common questions

What is the duration of the cruise?

The cruise lasts 40 minutes with no stops between departure and arrival.

Where does the cruise start?

The cruise departs from the London Eye pier.

What landmarks will I see during the cruise?

You'll get to admire several iconic landmarks such as Westminster Palace, Big Ben, Saint Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, London Bridge, the Tower of London, and many more.

Is the cruise narrated?

Yes, live commentary is provided by our expert guides, and audio guides are available in multiple languages.

Does the cruise operate in the rain?

Yes, all our boats are covered and have an open-air platform for sunny days.

Do I need to print my tickets?

No, you can show your e-tickets on your smartphone.

What time should I arrive for the cruise?

You are recommended to arrive at least 20 minutes before your cruise's departure.

Are pets allowed on board?

Only guide dogs and assistance dogs are allowed on the cruise.

Is the cruise accessible for people with reduced mobility?

Yes, the cruise is wheelchair accessible. Check our website for available onboard services during your cruise.

Can I buy a ticket on the same day?

Yes, but it's recommended to book in advance as spots can be limited.

How often are the cruises organized?

In high season, departures are every hour from 10:45 am to 7:45 pm. In the low season, check our website for exact timings.

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