York City Cruise

Service Update: We are now open for sightseeing cruises and self drive boat hire. To find out more about our new hygiene and social distancing measures, please click here.

SERVICE UPDATE 10th February 2020 9am: Our York City Cruises today will be operating from the Kings Staith Landing only. 

Save 20% when you pre-book online up to 1 day before for York City Cruises departing between 10:30am and 12:10pm! The discount is automatically applied at checkout.


View the City from a different perspective

Our York City Cruise offers an entertaining and informative tour of the River Ouse. Escape the city rush and enjoy York from a different perspective whilst our friendly and knowledgeable team guide you leisurely up and downstream. These cruises depart from both of our landing stages; the King’s Staith Landing and the Lendal Bridge Landing.

Admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or the upper deck. Take home fascinating facts about the incredible history of York and its river from the live, sightseeing commentary delivered by our local skippers. Learn about York’s famous history of flooding and its previous prosperity as an inland port, all while sailing along the very river that brought the Romans and the Vikings to our beautiful city. You are more than welcome to treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar whilst resting your feet. York City Cruises can sail on all five sightseeing vessels in our fleet, each of which has a covered and an uncovered seating area, at least two toilets and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

Your ticket includes:

  • 45 minutes or 1 hour sightseeing cruise through York (duration determined by weather, river levels and demand)


Our 1 hour cruise will usually operate a route heading upstream to Clifton Bridge on the northern outskirts of the city and then downstream as far as the Millennium Bridge on the southern outskirts of the city, before returning upstream to the landing stage that you departed from.

Our 45-minute cruise will usually operate in the same area as the 1 hour cruise without going quite as far in either direction, passing right through the centre of the walled City of York.

Discounts at other York Attractions

Using your ticket for your York City Cruise you will then be able to gain a discount at either of the following attractions:

  • York City Sightseeing bus tours (£1 off per person)
  • York Chocolate Story (up to 20% off)
  • The Botanist, York (20% off Sunday 12 Noon to Friday 5pm).

Simply take the ticket you are given by the crewmember as you board to the next attraction and hand it in when you buy your ticket from them. You will only be eligible for this discount after your cruise.

Why not upgrade your daytime sightseeing experience and join us for a Lunch or Afternoon Tea Cruise? Find out more here.


Cruise Details

Sailing Dates 

Daily - 4th July to 27th November 2020.
(Please note we operate an alternative schedule and shorter cruises on 25th and 26th January as part of the York Residents' Festival. We do not pre-sell tickets online for these dates but you can still purchase tickets at the boarding point).

Sailing Times

Departures from 10:30 – 15:00 (King’s Staith Landing)

Departures from 10:40  – 15.10 (Lendal Bridge Landing)

There are 4 guaranteed cruises from each of our city centre landings on the above dates:
King's Staith Landing: 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00

Lendal Bridge Landing: 10:40, 12:10, 13:40, 15:10

From 1st May to 30th September there is an additional guaranteed cruise from each of our landings:

King's Staith Landing: 16:00

Lendal Bridge Landing:16:10

Please note this was originally scheduled from 1st April but has now been revised to 1st May.

Many more trips operate throughout the busier months of April – October, with trips usually departing every 30-45 minutes throughout the day. In good weather additional trips may sail later as well. Call 01904 628324 to enquire about later sailings. Sailing times are also displayed at each of the City Cruises York landings

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Infant (0-4)
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Student (16+) from

Wheelchair accessible:

2 of our boats are wheelchair accessible; River Palace and River Duchess. River Duchess also has a wheelchair accessible toilet. However, we only have wheelchair access at our King’s Staith Landing. Please call 01904 628324 beforehand to confirm sailing times of our wheelchair accessible boats.


Please note that occasionally due to circumstances outside of our control such as rowing regattas, gun salutes at the Museum Gardens or flooding, the route of our York City Cruise may change on the day and take in a more scenic route beyond the city limits – please call our Sales Office if you have any questions about this.

Departure Points

King's Staith Landing
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Lendal Bridge Landing 
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Your cruise will always return to the same landing from which it departed. For more information ask the crew on the day.

For information on how to get either departure point and the nearest car parks, please click here.

Departure Times:

Please note that if you book an online ticket for either the 11:00, 11:10, 12:30, 12:40, 14:00 or 14:10 sailing, the departure may be up to 15 minutes later than the booked time to suit demand and operational requirements. Please confirm with the crewmember on the day. This may also apply to the 16:30 and 16:40 sailing from May to August on busy days such as Saturdays.

Please note: 

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.

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

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