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Going with the In:Flow in London

Updated on October 23, 2019

More scenic than the underground, faster than the bus and cheaper than a taxi, the MBNA Thames Clippers are one of the best ways to travel through London and experience all that the capital has to offer.

Faster than the bus and cheaper than a taxi

Thames Clippers run a high speed commuter and passenger river taxi service between Putney and Woolwich on the river Thames in London. The Clippers promote themselves as 'the fastest and most frequent fleet on the river', leaving the major London piers every 20 minutes and promising travellers a comfortable seat in climate controlled catamarans with plenty of refreshment options on board.

Clippers do offer a unique view of all the major riverside landmarks in the city such as Big Ben, Tate Modern, Tower of London and the O2. As such, they provide a free app in:flow -The Thames Clipper App, that will change your phone into an audio guide for the duration of your journey, giving historical facts and telling stories about the river and various iconic sights as you pass them by.

The opportunity to travel and do some sightseeing at the same time

Adult fares start at £3.90, children from £1.95 and a child under five travels free. Passengers can receive discounted fares by using an Oyster card or paying using contactless to touch-in and touch-out , but it is worth noting that you should not touch-in before the clipper arrives as the staff require to see you do so. Passengers who have a TfL Travelcard get 30% discount on the standard fare, and you can also save by buying tickets online.

Cheaper than a Thames river cruise, and maybe just as informative, the opportunity to travel and do some sightseeing at the same time while relaxing on the Clipper, with a cappuccino (£2.80) or a G&T (£6.20) is one very pleasant way to kill two birds with one stone.

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    • The Quirky Tourist profile imageAUTHOR

      The Quirky Tourist 

      4 months ago from UK

      Delighted you found it useful

    • Nella DiCarlo profile image

      Nella DiCarlo 

      4 months ago from Guelph, Ontario

      Good information, thanks !

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 months ago from UK

      I would agree. On a hot day it's good to escape and relax in the sun, while watching the sights of London go by.

    • The Quirky Tourist profile imageAUTHOR

      The Quirky Tourist 

      5 months ago from UK

      Truthfully Liz I have taken this trip many times in all seasons. In my opinion though, Summer is best.

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 months ago from UK

      River travel on the Thames is a good way of taking the load off your feet and watching the city go by, especially as there is so much to see from the river. At what time of the year did you take this trip?

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