City Cruises York

Sightseeing & Transport


Service Update: In line with Government guidance, we are planning on reopening for sightseeing cruises and self drive boat hire on Saturday 4th July 2020.

If you are planning to sail with us from the 4th of July 2020, you can find out about the new measures for social distancing pre-boarding, and whilst on board, along with our cleaning procedures and hygiene facilities supplied on board, by clicking here.

For all other cruises including our dining and party cruises, we are awaiting Government advice with regards to indoor hospitality venues reopening, and will update regarding future operation of this cruise then.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email on

See our 2020 sailing schedules below: 

Daytime Cruises

Our 45 minute or 1 hour York City Cruises sail on weekends in January and then every day from 1st January to 27th November 2020, and from 26th December to 31st December 2020.

Regular sailings from the King’s Staith landing from 10:30AM to 3PM (until 4:00PM May to September).

Regular sailings from from the Lendal Bridge landing from 10:40AM to 3:10PM (until 4:10PM May to September).

Tickets for our 45 min/1hour York City Cruise cost £10.50/£11.50 Adult, £9.00/£10.00 Concession and £6.00/£6.50 Child, £27/£30 Family Ticket. Tickets can be pre-booked online!

Alternatively, join one of our dining cruises sailing daily from April to September, plus weekends in October. For full details and sailing dates, visit our website..

The Lunch Cruise sails at 11:45 am to 1:15 p.m., featuring a delicious plated lunch cooked on board.

Or the delightful Afternoon Tea Cruises sails at 2:45pm to 4:15 p.m., featuring a sumptuous afternoon tea.

Both cruises sail past Bishopthorpe Palace, the stunning riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York.

Why not take the helm of one of our famous Self-Drive Red Boats, available to hire from 15th February to 1st November from our King’s Staith Landing only from 9:45AM. Closing time subject to weather, demand and hours of daylight. Reserve your boat in advance and pre-book online.

And of course, Santa Claus himself will be back again for our City Cruises Santa Experience in December 2020!

Evening Cruises

1 hour Early Evening Cruise, 7:30PM from King’s Staith, every evening 1st April to 26th September. Plus we will also sail at 6:00PM on evenings in March and from 27th September to 21st November.

70 minute Floodlit Evening Cruise, 9:15PM from King’s Staith, every evening from 1st May to 26th September.

Private Charters available and Party Nights Afloat Cruises sail on selected Friday and Saturday nights from April to October. See our website for full details.

AA COVID Confident

We are incredibly proud to have now acquired the AA "COVID-19 Confident" accreditation alongside our Visit Britain "We're good to go" industry standard.

Acquiring both of these marks mean that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, we "have in place the necessary risk assessments, safety measures and staff training to reopen safely, in line with the UK's respective government guidelines as well as UKHospitality and respective trade association guidelines, as they are published.

We have now reopened and welcomed people back onto the water, for both sightseeing cruises and self drive boat hires.

Current Offers

Save 10% on Sightseeing Cruises and Self Drive Hire

Save 10% on all daytime sightseeing cruises, our Early Evening Cruise and Self Drive boat hire on Monday to Friday until the 1st November 2020 when you pre-book online at least 1 day in advance!

Simply enter the promo code WTY20 and the discount will be applied at the checkout.

Terms & Conditions

Not valid with any other offer.
Ticket must be booked at least one day in advance.
Offer is available online only.
Offer ends 1st November 2020.

Valid from 03/08/2020 to 01/11/2020

* Bookings and offers are provided by a third party with no affiliation with Welcome to Yorkshire


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