How to get to Greenwich in London

Greenwich is a must-see for any visitor, with fascinating museums, stunning architecture, beautiful parkland, bustling markets, exciting events and thrilling experiences a few minutes from central London.
Thames Clippers on the Thames, against a backdrop of Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Image courtesy of Visit Greenwich.
Thames Clippers. Image courtesy of Visit Greenwich.
  • Travel from central London to Greenwich by riverboat, train, Tube and DLR.
  • The Emirates Air Line cable car connects Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks.
  • It takes between 20 and 35 minutes to travel from London City Airport to Greenwich by DLR and Tube.
  • Accessible journeys to Greenwich can be made by using step-free stations and wheelchair-accessible piers. 

There are many different ways to get to Greenwich – from a quick train ride to a scenic boat trip along the river. Find out which route best suits your travel style and needs.

Where is Greenwich?

Greenwich is located in south-east London, on the south bank of the river Thames. It’s easily and quickly accessible via many transport links from central London.

Find out more about how to get to Greenwich’s key sights with this handy Greenwich map.

Getting from central London to Greenwich

Greenwich is very well connected by public transport to central London’s iconic attractions.

  • Get to Greenwich pier by river boat from the Tower of London within 20 minutes.
  • Greenwich is only 25 minutes away from St Paul’s Cathedral by train.
  • North Greenwich is just 20 minutes from Bond Street’s luxury boutiques by Tube.
  • Visit beautiful Greenwich from The Monument in the City of London in less than 30 minutes by DLR.

Find out more about how to get to Greenwich’s key sights with this handy map.

Take the boat to Greenwich

With its rich naval heritage, arriving in Greenwich by boat seems somehow fitting. River boats sail regularly from Westminster, Embankment, London Bridge City, Canary Wharf and Tower piers.

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

Infographic: it takes 17 minutes to get to Greenwich aboard MBNA Thames Clippers.

The fastest route by river boat to Greenwich is on Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ catamarans, which depart every 20 minutes:

Pass famous sights such as the London Eye, Tower of LondonSt Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben. You can also disembark at North Greenwich pier for The O2 and the Emirates Air Line cable car or continue on through the Thames Barrier to the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich.

City Cruises

City Cruises is ideal for sightseeing trips with its hop-on, hop-off ticket offers, live commentary (free audio guides available in other languages) and cruise experiences that include lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.

Thames River Services

Thames River Services, the oldest established passenger sightseeing company on the Thames, also offers river services to Greenwich:

  • From Westminster pier in one hour (two hours return).
  • From St Katharine Docks in 20 to 30 minutes (one hour return). Or 90 minutes (two hours return) if going via the Thames Barrier (note: this option is not available from November through to the end of March).

For further water-based fun in the area, hire a pedalo or rowing boat in Greenwich Park during the warmer months! Or, try out the Thamesjet and Thames RIB Experience for a faster-paced ride.

Trains to Greenwich

How to get to Greenwich by train

Travel to Greenwich station on a quick train journey from central London with Southeastern.

From Greenwich train station, it’s just a five-minute walk to the heart of the village – taking you past many tempting Greenwich restaurants. If you’re heading directly for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Planetarium or the National Maritime Museum, earmark a good spot for lunch or dinner on your way.

Greenwich Tube services

Infographic: it takes 13 minutes to get to Greenwich on the Tube, which is less time than one rotation of the Coca-Cola London Eye.

North Greenwich station is right next to The O2 and the Emirates Air Line cable car. So, whether you’re after live music, shopping, dining or stunning views, the Jubilee line to North Greenwich Underground station provides quick Tube services from central London.

The Jubilee line from North Greenwich connects to the following destinations:

Docklands Light Railway

How to get to Greenwich by DLR

Docklands Light Railway, or DLR as it is best known, has two stations in Greenwich: Greenwich station, where national trains also arrive; and Cutty Sark, located close to its namesake, the historic tea clipper. There is also Island Gardens station just across the river, which is accessible via the underwater Greenwich Foot Tunnel.

The DLR connects Greenwich and Cutty Sark stations to major London stations: 

It also connects to Lewisham (five minutes), from where you can take a train to Eltham Station and visit another jewel of the Royal Borough of Greenwich: Eltham Palace and Gardens – a favourite childhood haunt of King Henry VIII.

Greenwich cable car

Greenwich by Cable Car

The UK’s only urban cable car, the Emirates Air Line, stretches over the river Thames – connecting Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks – giving you a chance to see London from a whole new angle (and height).

The journey across takes around 10 minutes, giving you plenty of time to explore local attractions such as The O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula side, and The Crystal on the Royal Docks side.

There are also various Emirates Air Line extras on offer, from slightly longer “night flights” to the Discovery experience, which includes an on-board video tour, free entrance to Emirates Aviation Experience and a souvenir in-flight guide.

Don’t forget to check the Greenwich cable car timetable beforehand – and if there are very strong winds or thunder and lightning, make sure that the service is still running.

Arriving by plane

Just over the river from Greenwich sits London City Airport (LCA), with flights arriving from all over the world.

The airport is handily connected to the DLR and Tube network:

  • Travel to Greenwich and Cutty Sark stations (changing at Westferry) in around 30 minutes.
  • Arrive in North Greenwich (changing at Canning Town for the Jubilee line) in under 30 minutes.

Why not stop off at Woolwich Arsenal to explore a different side of the Royal Borough of Greenwich? Visit the modern riverside development of Royal Arsenal Woolwich – home to the Greenwich Heritage Centre and some lovely new places to eat and drink.

Accessible transport

All DLR trains have a lift or ramp to the platforms, with level access onto the trains. If you’re looking for a step-free route, taking a DLR train to Greenwich or Cutty Sark is a good option.

The DLR network also connects to the Jubilee line at Canary Wharf station, from where you can take the Tube to other step-free stations including North Greenwich (for The O2), Stratford, Southwark, Waterloo, Westminster and Green Park. See how easy it is in this Transport for London video, in which presenter Sophie Morgan makes the accessible journey from Waterloo to The O2.

All London piers are wheelchair accessible too. Check with individual river service providers to see how accessible its boats are before booking.

For more information about getting around Greenwich, check out this interactive map and plan your visit to this area’s greatest attractions.