York Riverbus Service


Travel into York with City Cruises York

On selected dates from April to September, we operate our increasingly popular River Bus service. The River Bus transports guests from the campsites in Naburn and Acaster Malbis into the heart of our beautiful city, before offering a return service in the late afternoon.

Whilst everybody else is struggling through the traffic, you can enjoy a leisurely cruise up the River Ouse, sailing past Bishopthorpe Palace, the stunning 13th Century riverside residence of his Grace the Archbishop of York and on into the city. The journey usually takes around 70 to 75 minutes from Naburn.

Please note that the City Cruises York River Bus is a transport service only, although the boat will still have all of the same facilities as those operating our sightseeing cruises. These include a heated saloon, Ladies and Gentlemen’s toilets and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

Your ticket includes:

  • Single or resturn cruise from your campsite into York or vice versa

Sailing are subjet to river levels. Please ask your campsite up to one day before to confirm that we are able to operate this service.


Cruise Details

Sailing Dates 

Saturdays only from 11th July 2020 to 26th September 2020.

Thursdays from 30th July to 3rd September.

Additional dates may be added during school holidays, subject to weather and demand.

Sailing Times

Morning (Naburn/Acaster Malbis to York):

  • Departs from Naburn Lock at 9:30 a.m.
  • Departs from the Ship Inn, Acaster Malbis at 9:45 a.m.

Afternoon (York to Naburn/Acaster Malbis):

Departs from the King’s Staith Landing at 4 p.m.

Departure Points
Naburn Lock or Ship Inn, Acaster Malbis

Return Cruise Departure Point
King's Staith Landing 

Riverbus Service

Riverbus Single
Riverbus Return
Adult (16+) from
Child (5-15) from
Infant (0-4)
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) from
Senior (60+) from
Student (16+) from

Tickets for the River Bus service are now available to pre-book online. Due to social distancing measures, advance ticket sales are limited to a maximum of 30 passengers initially. Additional tickets may be available to purchase on the day at the departure point. To read more about our new hygiene and social distancing policies, please click here.

Please note that you can only purchase return tickets online; single tickets may be available to purchase at the departure point on the day, subject to available space.

Sailings are subject to river levels. Please ask your campsite up to one day before to confirm that we are able to operate this service.

Please note: 
For the comfort and safety of all, when boarding a City Cruises York vessel you agree to our passenger code of conduct.


Departure Point - King's Staith Landing

Address: King’s Staith, York, YO1 9SN

The afternoon return leg of our River Bus Service sails from the King’s Staith Landing only.


Campsites around York - Naburn and Acaster Malbis Campsites

Remember, our River Bus Service only brings people into York from Naburn and Acaster Malbis. If you are looking for somewhere to stay, why not check out the campsites in these two stunning villages on the outskirts of York:

Naburn - Naburn Lock Caravan Park

Naburnpark Campsite

The park is a friendly family-owned site, run by Peter & Catherine Wilkinson, and their aim is to please all of their customers.
The park is situated 4 miles south of York, half a mile from the unspoiled village of Naburn, by the River Ouse, and adjacent to the picturesque Naburn Locks. It is well-placed to explore the many different areas of Yorkshire, such as the Dales, the North Yorkshire Moors and the coastal resorts of Whitby, Bridlington and Scarborough
Click here for more details or call (01904) 728697.

Acaster Malbis - Chestnut Farm Holiday Park

Their luxury holiday caravans are equipped and maintained to the highest standards. All the caravans have two bedrooms (accommodating a maximum of 4 Adults and 2 Children) and offer exceptional levels of comfort, with central heating and double glazing throughout. They also have six cottages for rent and a number of plots for touring caravans and camping.
Click here for more details or call (01904) 704676.

Moor End Farm

Moor End Farm Campsite

Established in 1965 they operate a small, family run caravan and camping site based in the village of Acaster Malbis, a beautiful countryside setting four miles south west of the historic City of York.
Click here for more details or call (01904) 706727.

Poplar Farm Caravan Park

Poplar Farm Campsite

Poplar Farm is a family-run caravan park nestling on the banks of the River Ouse, just 4 miles downstream from the historic city of York.
Touring caravans, motor homes, and tents are welcome on the site during their opening months of March to November. They have 50 touring pitches, 25 tent pitches, and 10 hard standing pitches for motor homes, all with electric hook ups. Separate paddocks are available to accommodate small educational parties.
They have 100 static caravan pitches, with a number of holiday caravans with services available for hire.
Click here for more details or call (01904) 706548.