- Uber Boat by Thames Clippers drops passengers off at 23 piers along the River Thames in London.
- Passengers can grab drinks and snacks onboard, and spot famous London landmarks.
- The boat arrived 20 minutes late, and the trip was meant to last 40 minutes but took an hour.
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I’m always taking Uber taxis and wondered what it would be like to take an Uber Boat for a change.
I thought the price was reasonable for my journey from Battersea in southwest London to Canary Wharf in east London.
Passengers can also pay at a ticket office or tap a machine with their credit card. The different payment options caused some confusion among boarding passengers. This added to the journey time.
The timetable showed that the Uber Boat would arrive at 3:15.p.m. After it was 15 minutes late, passengers waiting on the platform began asking each other when it was due to arrive.
After 20 minutes of standing on the bobbing platform, the boat rocked up.
Uber Boat’s interior is modern and spacious. The leather seats were comfortable and there was lots of light in the cabin. It felt like I was sitting on a first-class train.
The seating area at the back wasn’t as nice as the inside, but the views and blast of fresh air made it worth it.
There was also a cafe onboard, where passengers could buy drinks and snacks. The barista brought hot drinks to people’s seats.
There was a range of drinks available to buy, including prosecco, wine, beer, and soft drinks.
I bought a beer for the ride!
There were lots of other Uber Boats passing by on the River Thames. Uber and Thames Clipper said on their website they have a fleet of 20 boats.
Each boat stops at 23 piers along the River Thames, starting at Putney pier in southwest London and ending at Woolwich pier in the southeast.
The best part of the trip was spotting some of city’s famous landmarks, including the London Eye, which you can’t properly see in a taxi.
I sat on the back bench of the boat – a tourist hotspot – and enjoyed looking back on the river.
Every now and then, I got sprayed with water from the engines. It’s not the type of transport to travel on when it’s wet and windy.
It was quite difficult to walk off the boat because of the water bobbing the platform. This, coupled with passengers’ confusion about tickets, meant there were long waiting times at each stop.
For the remainder of the trip, I sat inside the boat.
Although I was inside, I still had a great view of the sights because of the boat’s tall windows.
The windows, which are tinted on the outside, didn’t stop me from taking clear photos behind the glass either.
Uber Boat’s website says it takes 26 minutes to get from my starting point, Battersea, to London Bridge City. Canary Wharf is two stops along from London Bridge City so it should have taken an extra 10 minutes to get to my destination.
The journey took an hour in total. This was because of the waiting times between each stop.
A taxi back to where I started in Battersea took 15 minutes less but was almost double the price of the Uber Boat.
Overall, I would much prefer to travel with Uber Boat than Uber taxis because of the comfort and sightseeing. But I can’t rely on the boat’s unreliable timetable and long waiting times.
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