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A little confused by Thames Clipper maps

I'm looking at the Thames Clipper / Royal Observatory combination ticket on the Thames clipper site. It says it includes a round ticket and admission to the Observatory, and that travel is good for the central and east zones only.

We're staying in Pimlico, so the Battersea Power Station pier looks relatively close - but that line doesn't go to Greenwich. So we'd have to change boats? Or can we hop on anywhere in the Central Zone? And on the way back, we'd like to go to the Globe - is it as easy as just getting off at our preferred stop? I realize the Thames Clippers are commuter boats, just not sure how tightly they control ingress and egress.

Also, on the Observatory ticketing site, it looks like there are very few tickets left for our preferred date / time. I'm assuming if I can buy one on the Thames Clipper site, admission is guaranteed?


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If you board the RB2 (Tate to Tate line) at Battersea PS, you will have to change to one of the lines that goes all the way to Greenwich. You can see the lines and the stops on this map:

Just make sure you disembark at one of the stops that has the correct lines to get to Greenwich. You can also view the schedule to be sure:

On the return, you can get off anywhere you like. For visiting the Globe, that would be the London Bridge City dock.

The Thames Clippers are very nice and lots of fun to ride. There are outdoor seats at the back if it is a nice day. Boarding at an early stop (like the first one) may help you score one.

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Excellent, thanks so much!

PS Emma, can I just say that after nearly a year of perusing the forums for this trip, your posts have been uniformly helpful and entertaining. I really appreciate your input and your perspective!