Uber Boat by Thames Clipper, London

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Taking the Thames over the tube

Looking to see London a different way? We are so used to travelling by tube but on our most recent visit to the city, we tried Uber Boat by Thames Clippers instead. This is a great way to see the London sights without the stress of navigating crowded underground stations and all the different lines. So here is a short guide on how to buy tickets and use Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, what to expect when on the boats and what to see near to a selection of the piers. 

Travelling by boat to sightsee in London was certainly impressive, the skyline opening up as you pass by without the stress of normal London transport. We took a seat and relaxed, our most stressful decisions being what to take photos of!

Many of London’s most iconic sights can be viewed by boat, from Battersea Power Station to London Tower Bridge through to Greenwich, the Thames Barrier, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey and more.

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Route Map

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers stops at 23 piers along the Thames between Woolwich (Royal Arsenal) Pier in the East and Putney Pier in the West.

uber boat by thames clippers route map

If you are familiar with the London Underground map, you will see that the river is divided into zones: West, Central and East. Your ticket must be valid for all the zones you travel through. For instance, if you are travelling between Embankment and North Greenwich piers you will need a Central and East ticket.

Bikes can be brought onto the boats for free, and all the boats and piers are wheelchair and pram accessible except for Cadogan, London Bridge City and Wandsworth Riverside Quarter piers.

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Buy Tickets

Single and Return Tickets

You can pay for single journeys contactless or with an Oyster card for pay as you go. You can also buy tickets in advance through the Uber Boat by Thames Clipper website, app and Uber app. If using contactless or an Oyster card, remember to touch in when you embark and touch out when you disembark.

If your Oyster card is linked to a Transport for London (TfL) Travelcard, you will automatically receive ⅓ off.

uber boat by thames clipper ticket machine

River Roamer

Travel anywhere along the route as many times as you want and all day. You can visit Greenwich, Houses of Parliament and many more throughout the day. Save up to 10% online when buying online.

Joint Tickets

These joint tickets enable you to buy your entry ticket and travel online. London sights and travel tickets available to book online include St Paul’s Cathedral, Greenwich Old Royal Naval College and the Emirates Air Line.

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What to expect on board

Boat sizes vary but on each one, you will find plenty of seating, mostly indoor with seats arranged like a long-haul aeroplane, with a covered outdoor seating area as well.

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outdoor seating uber boat by thames clippers

As you can see bikes are allowed on board and can be brought on for free.

Food and Drink on Board

If you are hungry or thirsty then that is sorted with snacks and sandwiches including vegan-friendly options. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available or chill out with a beer, a gin and tonic or a quarter bottle of wine (they have at least 4 varieties), which we shared between the two of us costing £6.10 or only £3.05 each.

uber boat by thames clippers cafe bar area

In these COVID times, there is a contactless café bar service available where you can order in-seat whilst sat inside a vessel’s cabin. To do this visit thegoodtill.com/thamesclippers on your phone, select the boat you are on, place your order and when it’s ready it will be delivered to your seat.

Family-friendly and accessible

There is step-free access to the boats and piers except for Cadogan, London Bridge City and Wandsworth Riverside Quarter piers, as well as baby changing facilities available onboard.

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What to see near the piers

Bankside Pier
Tate Modern
Bankside Gallery
The Clink Prison Museum

Battersea Power Station
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Battersea Power Station

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Blackfriars Pier
St Pauls Cathedral
Guidlhall Art Gallery

Cadogan Pier
National Army Museum

Canary Wharf Pier
Museum of London Docklands

Chelsea Harbour Pier
Chelsea Physic Garden


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Embankment Pier
Bustonome Tour
National Gallery
Somerset House
Lyceum Theatre
Trafalgar Studios
Harold Pinter Theatre
Savoy Theatre
Churchill War Rooms
London Transport Museum

Greenwich Pier
The Royal Observatory
Cutty Sark

London Bridge City
London Bridge
HMS Belfast
Unicorn Theatre
The Shard
Borough Market

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London Eye (Waterloo)
South Bank
The London Eye
National Theatre
SeaLife Centre

Millbank Pier
Tate Britain
Apollo Victoria Theatre

North Greenwich Pier
Up at The O2
Emirates Air Line

Tower Pier
Tower Bridge
Tower of London
Sky Garden

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Vauxhall (St George Wharf) Pier
The Oval

Westminster Pier
Houses of Parliament
Westminster Abbey
The Guards Museum
Jewel Tower

Woolwich Royal Arsenal


Buy Tickets online here




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Disclaimer: we received complimentary travel for one day to write this article.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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