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Find the perfect time to board a Thames River Cruise

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Lunch Cruises:

  • Duration: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Boarding Time: 11:45 am daily.

Sightseeing Cruises:

  • Duration: Approximately 1 hour to 2 hours.
  • Boarding Time: Varies depending on the specific cruise. Generally, morning and afternoon departures.

Evening Cruises:

  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours.
  • Boarding Time: Varies depending on the specific cruise. Generally, around sunset.

What's the best time to cruise on the Thames River?

Peak Season vs Low Season

Shoulder seasons (spring - April & May, autumn - September & October) offer a good balance. Weekdays during these times are generally less crowded, and the weather is pleasant for outdoor sightseeing. Summer (June - August) is peak season with the most crowds and potentially higher prices. If you're set on summer, consider weekday evenings or braving the early mornings for the best chance at manageable crowds. Winter (November - March) has the least crowds and potentially lower prices, but shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures might limit your enjoyment on the open deck.

Weekday vs Weekend

For weekends, prioritize early mornings (around 10am) or evenings (after 6pm) to dodge peak crowds. Weekends naturally attract more tourists, so these shoulder times offer a better balance between avoiding congestion and enjoying daylight hours. Weekdays offer more flexibility. Opt for mid-morning cruises (around 11am) if you prefer a leisurely start, or afternoon cruises (around 2pm) for sightseeing while the sun is still high.




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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise from Westminster
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Thames River Evening Cruise with Sunset Views, Sparking Wine & Canapés
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Uber Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour on Thames River
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Thames River Lunch Cruise with 2-course Meal, Coffee & Tea
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London Explorer Pass by Go City: Choose 2 to 7 Attractions
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How long does a Thames River Cruise last?

  • Lunch Cruises: Typically last about 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Sightseeing Cruises: Can range from 1 hour to 2 hours, depending on the chosen route and options.
  • Evening Cruises: Generally last around 2 hours, offering a leisurely evening experience on the river.

Frequently asked questions about Thames River Cruise timings

Are the cruise timings fixed or flexible?

The cruise timings are generally fixed for each type of cruise. However, some cruises offer flexibility in departure times within a certain range.

How long do Thames River Cruises typically last?

The duration of Thames River Cruises varies depending on the type of cruise. It can range from 1 hour for shorter cruises to 2 hours or more for longer ones.

Can I choose my preferred time for the cruise?

Yes, you can usually choose your preferred time for the cruise when booking online. However, availability may vary depending on the cruise type and date.

Are there any specific timings for lunch or afternoon tea cruises?

Yes, lunch and afternoon tea cruises typically have specific timings. Lunch cruises usually start around midday, while afternoon tea cruises generally start in the early afternoon.

What time do evening cruises usually begin?

Evening cruises typically start in the late afternoon or early evening, allowing passengers to enjoy the sunset and city lights along the Thames.

Are Thames River Cruises available every day?

Yes, Thames River Cruises are usually available every day, including weekends and public holidays. However, it's recommended to check availability and book in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

How far in advance should I book my Thames River Cruise?

It's advisable to book your Thames River Cruise as early as possible, especially if you have specific timing preferences or are planning to visit during peak seasons.

Is there a best time of day to take a Thames River Cruise?

The best time of day for a Thames River Cruise depends on personal preferences. Some people enjoy the morning freshness, while others prefer the afternoon sunshine or evening ambiance with city lights.