London's public transit also makes good use of the Thames River to move people through the city. This can prove to be a very enjoyable option for you if would like to enjoy some great sightseeing as you move about the city. The River Buses offer a relaxing alternative to using the 'Tube' to get around. The boats have lots of large windows and they pass by many of London's popular landmarks. Service is frequent and consistent.
London River Services, a division of Transport for London, actually just oversees and coordinates the services of several private companies operating services along the river. Their mandate is to integrate the river services with the underground and buses. They also provide signing, maps and schedules and manage a series of 8 piers along the river. Services include commuter services, leisure services catering to the tourists, and ferry services for crossing the river.
Fares are a little higher than tube or bus fares, but still reasonable especially when presenting the Travelcard, which when shown will get you a discount of 33% on most services. You still must purchase a separate ticket though as you can not use these cards for tickets. Some operators sell tickets on the piers and some on the boats.
Be sure to check our page on London River Tours for more information about the wide variety of tours that are available on the Thames including Lunch and Dinner Tours.
For more information on London River Services visit Transport for London: River Services.
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