Thames river bus services are popular with commuters and visitors to London. Get on board a River Thames bus service for a fast, frequent mode of transport. Some boats have refreshments and Wi-Fi internet connection. You can see London's famous landmarks from the water. However, unlike river tours, they generally don't offer commentary.
River buses are great value and serve six different routes with destinations between Putney and Royal Woolwich Arsenal. Work out where to travel with the MBNA Thames Clippers river bus route map.
River Bus Stops
MBNA Thames Clippers operate the river bus routes. Popular stops along the Thames include:
- Millbank Pier for Tate Britain
- London Eye Pier for SEA LIFE London Aquarium, The London Dungeon, and The London Eye
- Bankside Pier for Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
- London Bridge City Pier for HMS Belfast, Borough Market and The Shard
- Tower Millennium Pier for Tower of London and Tower Bridge
- North Greenwich Pier for The O2 and the Emirates Air Line
- Greenwich Pier for Greenwich
The Woolwich Ferry is a free service between Woolwich and North Woolwich. Visit Greenwich Council's Woolwich Ferry page.
Thames River Bus Tickets and Timetables
Generally, you need to buy a ticket from a ticket office seller or machine on the pier before boarding the boat. However, if there is no ticket seller at the pier or you aren't able to buy a ticket at the machine, you can buy one from the crew on board.
If you plan to use the river bus service for several journeys, it could be cheaper to buy a one-day River Roamer ticket (hop-on hop-off day ticket).
Travelcard holders can get discounts on many standard riverboat routes, and pay-as-you-go Oyster cards are accepted on Thames Clippers, giving you a 10% discount on most single journeys. Download your free River Bus Services and River Tours Services guides from Transport for London.
How Much Does the River Bus Cost?
Fares on Thames Clippers vary according to what type of journey you are making and which discounts, if any, apply to you. Prices range from free for children aged five or under, up to £16.50 for an adult paying with cash for a River Roamer ticket. Read the full list of fares for Thames Clippers.
All London's piers are wheelchair accessible, except Cadogan Pier and London Bridge City Pier. 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.
For further information, check the Transport for London website.