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York City Cruise


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:

  • Clifford's Tower (up to 20% off)
  • York City Sightseeing bus tours (£1 off per person)
  • York Chocolate Story (up to 20% off)

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? Sailing daily from April to September. Find out more here.

Alternatively, check out our fantastic value combined ticket offers below:

York Dungeon & Cruise

York Pass Multi Attraction Ticket


Cruise Details

2019 Sailing Dates 

Daily – 28th January 2019 – 29th November 2019

Daily - 27th December 2019 - 31st March 2020.

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 31st August there is an additional guaranteed cruise from each of our landings:

King's Staith Landing: 16:30

Lendal Bridge Landing:16:40

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

York City Cruise

Adult (16+) from
Child (5-15) from
Family (2A + 2C) from
Family (2A + 3C) from
Infant (0-4)
Senior (60+) from
Student (16+) from

Special Offer:

Pre-book up to one day in advance and receive 10% off the ticket price on the following sailings:
September to 31st October 2019:

11.00/11.10 - Every day

12.30/12.40 - Sunday to Friday

1.30/1.40 - Monday to Friday

2.00/2.10 - Monday to Friday

1st to 29th November:

10.30/10.40 - Every day 

12.00/12.10 - Every day

1.30/1.40 - Every day

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
Lendal Bridge Landing 

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: 

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

Independent reviews by feefo
York City Cruise

  • 09 Jan 2019


    Friendly staff ... helpful knowledgeable crew

  • 09 Jan 2019


    Friendly staff ... helpful knowledgeable crew