City Cruises York

Sightseeing & Transport


View York from a different perspective whilst our friendly team guide you along the beautiful River Ouse aboard one of our dining cruises or daytime or evening sightseeing cruises. Join us for one of our sightseeing cruises and admire the scenery from the comfort of the heated saloon or open top deck. Take home fascinating facts on the history of York and its river, from the live commentary delivered by our local and knowledgeable skippers. Admire the beautiful buildings, bridges and historic sights, and look out for wildlife including Kingfishers. Treat yourself to a drink from the bar and rest your feet. 

See our 2019 sailing schedules below:

Daytime Cruises

Our 45 minute or 1 hour York City Cruises sail on weekends in January and then every day from 28th January to 29th November 2019, and from 27th December 2019 to 31st March 2020.

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

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

Tickets for our 45 min/1hour York City Cruise cost £10.00/£11.00 Adult, £8.50/£9.50 Concession and £5.50/£6.00 Child, £26/£29 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 16th February to 3rd 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 2019!

Evening Cruises

1 hour Early Evening Cruise, 7:30PM from King’s Staith, every evening 1st April to 28th September. Plus we will also sail at 6:00PM on evenings in March and from 29th September to 23rd November.

70 minute Floodlit Evening Cruise, 9:15PM from King’s Staith, every evening from 1st April to 28th 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.

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Current Offers

Save 10% on Daytime Sightseeing

Save 10% on all daytime sightseeing cruises until the 29th of November when you pre-book online up to 1 day in advance! The discount is automatically applied at checkout. For travel until 29th November 2019.

Terms & Conditions

Not valid with any other offer.
Ticket must be booked at least one day in advance.
Offer is available online only.
Bookings must be completed by 28th November 2019.

Valid from 19/09/2019 to 29/11/2019

Santa Experience - 20% Off Selected Dates!

Save 20% on selected dates with the City Cruises York Santa Experience!

There is a reason why families return year after year to join the City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse!

Santa clearly works hard all year around and especially in December when he somehow manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well behaved boys and girls before Christmas, and he says that the City Cruises York Santa Experience is the most unique venue that he visits in the city.

City Cruises guarantee that Santa Claus himself will find his way aboard and the whole family will have the most wonderful time on board their Santa Experience in 2019.

Each child will be hand delivered a personalised present from Santa whilst everybody on board will enjoy refreshments, fun and surprises, making this a Christmas treat to remember.

Go to and when you get to the checkout page, enter the promo code YORKSANTA20 to save 20% on the following dates:

Sunday 24th and Saturday 30th November, 2019

Terms & Conditions

Not valid with any other offer.

Only valid on times stated on stated dates.

Valid from 24/11/2019 to 30/11/2019

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


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