Experience Liverpool from land and water, with Mersey Ferries and City Explorer Liverpool.

Ferry ‘cross the Mersey on our 50-minute River Explorer Cruise for a unique view of Liverpool and Wirral’s spectacular waterfronts on the world-famous Mersey Ferry. Then visit 14 of Liverpool’s most famous landmarks from the City Explorer Liverpool open top bus, including the Royal Albert Dock, the Cavern Quarter and the Chinese Arch. With a live guide on every bus, it is the perfect way to learn about the city’s history and culture.


You can save money and buy a joint ‘River Cruise & sightseeing Bus Tour’ ticket. We encourage you to book online before your visit. Online ticket(s) can be used on a date and time of your choice allowing you maximum flexibility. Your ticket(s) are valid for 12 months from date of purchase as per our T&Cs. Tickets are also available from our ferry terminals and from any City Explorer Bus. 

For more information about both of these fascinating tours and for up-to-date running and opening times at each attraction, please visit Mersey Ferries' River Explorer Cruise and City Explorer Open Top Bus Tour

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  • Infant

    Under 5s


  • Concession

    Over 60s and student card holders


  • Family

    2 adults & 3 children


Visitor Information & Ticket Validity

Your City Explorer Bus Tour ticket can be used on both the same day as your cruise and the following day, giving you the maximum sightseeing opportunity! The ferry ticket can only be used once, on the date you have chosen to travel or on the day you have bought it from any of our city outlets. Please check City Explorer Bus Tour for timetable information. Please note we only accept card payments at Mersey Ferry terminals.


You can make a group booking online and a discount will be applied if your group is 20 or more. You can book online for groups up to 30 people. If your group is 31 or more, please contact [email protected]

Please visit our group visit page for more information.

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