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Bus & Boat Ticket (Explorer Zone)

Combine unlimited bus travel with a trip on the lake

For a great day out why not explore The Lake District by bus and boat?

This convenient ticket gets you a single boat journey on our red cruise from Bowness Pier to Waterhead Pier (Ambleside) or vice versa, plus unlimited bus travel in the surrounding area. Why not enjoy the beautiful Lakeland scenery from the open deck of a steamer on Lake Windermere and then hop on the famous open-top 599 bus from Waterhead Pier (Ambleside) back to Bowness?

This ticket gets you unlimited Stagecoach bus travel in the South Lakes and North Lancashire area (see basic map below). For a ticket that includes bus travel just in the central lakes zone, please see our Central Lakes Zone ticket information.

Simple map illustrating the routes available on this bus and boat explorer ticket

Cumbria area covered by the Explorer Zone Bus and Boat Ticket

  • For a more detailed map and bus route information, please see the full route map (PDF file, 2Mb) - please note that the Explorer Zone area covers the whole of this map.

Timetables

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 6th April 2019 until Thursday 31st October 2019)

  • Prices below are return fares
Adults Children Families
£16.00£11.40£38.00

Additional Information

  • For boat sailing times please see the red cruise section of our website

  • We're sorry, but this ticket cannot currently be booked online. Please purchase your ticket on any Stagecoach bus service.

  • Valid for unlimited travel on all Stagecoach services across the North West.

  • Use on all services in Cumbria as far as Dumfries on the 79 and Newcastle Upon Tyne on the 685 (excluding Arriva 685 journeys - buy a paper North West megarider Gold to use on Arrive 685 journeys).

  • Use on all services in Lancashire as far as Ingleton (80), Blackpool (42/61/68), Blackburn (59), Bolton (125), Chester (1/2), Wigan (113).

  • Not valid on Chester City Sightseeing, Chester Park & Ride, school services S1/940/941/942 or Stagecoach in Manchester services.

  • Valid at all times.

Combine bus travel and a boat journey in one convenient ticket

Combine bus travel and a boat journey in one convenient ticket

Additional Information

Service Status

green

All services on all routes are operating as normal today


Changes to Red Cruise

  • Thursday 6 June: Brockhole is closed and boats on this service will not call in. (i.e. Bowness > Windermere Jetty > Ambleside > Bowness)
  • Friday 7 June: Red Cruise running as normal but likely to be very busy with swimmers and spectators.
  • Saturday 8 June: Red Cruise running as normal but likely to be very busy with swimmers and spectators.
  • Sunday 9 June: Red Cruise running as normal but likely to be very busy with swimmers and spectators.
  • Monday 10 June: Brockhole is closed and boats on this service will not call in. (i.e. Bowness > Windermere Jetty > Ambleside > Bowness)


Changes to Green Cruise

  • Thursday 6 June: Brockhole is closed and boats on this service will not call in. (i.e. Ambleside > Wray Castle > Ambleside only)
  • Friday 7 June: Green Cruise running as normal but likely to be very busy with swimmers and spectators.
  • Saturday 8 June: Green Cruise running as normal but likely to be very busy with swimmers and spectators.
  • Sunday 9 June: Green Cruise running as normal but likely to be very busy with swimmers and spectators.
  • Monday 10 June: Brockhole is closed and boats on this service will not call in. (i.e. Ambleside > Wray Castle > Ambleside only)


🏊 More information for swimmers/spectators

🚢 More information for people wanting to avoid the crowds

Map of boat route

Load Map

Access and Facilities

Disabled Access

Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call us to confirm which vessel is operating on which service as not all of our vessels are suitable for wheelchair users, particularly in poor weather conditions. On board toilet facilities on all vessels can only be reached by means of the stairs, however there are adapted toilets at Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside Piers.

Our most wheelchair-friendly vessels are ‘steamers’ (marked in black on the timetable) that can be accessed by a ramp from the pier to the main cabin which is under cover and is on the same level. Our other vessels have limited access for wheelchairs but sometimes can be accommodated on board. Please call us to discuss your access requirements.

Concessions for Disabled Customers

If a disabled adult in your group needs a carer, then the carer travels free. For more information about this scheme and to see all the terms and conditions, please read our company policy for disabled passengers.

On-Board Facilities

Toilets are available on all our ‘steamers’ and launches (check for disabled access) but not our traditional launches. Many of our vessels have licensed bars and/or tea bars. So whilst enjoying the marvellous panoramic views, why not treat yourself to a tipple of your choice.

Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage. Where tickets are issued solely on behalf of, or combined with other attractions or operators, Windermere Lake Cruises Limited is acting as agent for the relevant attraction/operator in all cases.

No Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers and crew, Windermere Lake Cruises Ltd operates a no smoking policy on-board its vessels, piers and shore premises. This includes electronic cigarettes.

Upgrade this cruise

Why not get unlimited boat travel on the day too? Choose a Freedom of the Lake ticket for unlimited boat travel.