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Yellow Cruise & Steam Train

Enjoy a half lake cruise with a nostalgic train journey.

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The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway starts a daily service during the peak season from 23 March 2024. This ticket for summer 2024 will be made available soon.

Bowness Pier ← ⛴ → Lakeside Pier/Station ← 🚂 → Haverthwaite Station

🕘 2 hours+ return / 70 minutes one way

  • This ticket includes a scenic boat service between Bowness and Lakeside and a trip on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite heritage railway.
  • Start from Lakeside Railway Station/Pier or Bowness Pier*. You can do the boat or train portion of your journey first. Your ticket allows you get off at each stop and choose to get a later departure back. See options.
  • Each boat service includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest surrounding Windermere.

🚢 Boat travel will be on board a historic 'steamer' such as MV Swan, MV Teal or MV Tern (see timetable below).

*You can start from Haverthwaite Station, just purchase your tickets on the day from Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway - no online joint tickets

Map of the location of Haverthwaite Station and Bowness Pier (start or end points of this route)

A great day out whichever pier you start at

Start from Bowness Pier

  • Travel by boat from Bowness to Lakeside (40 mins), cross the platform (2 mins walk) and take the steam train from Lakeside to Haverthwaite Station (18 mins). Return by steam train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside and catch the boat back to Bowness.

Start from Haverthwaite Station

  • Please note you can't use this online ticket to start from Haverthwaite Station. To start from Haverthwaite, simply purchase your ticket from their ticket office on the day. Travel by steam train to Lakeside (18 mins) & cross the platform to catch your boat to Bowness (40 mins). Spend some time in Bowness, before re-tracing your steps via boat and then train to Haverthwaite.

Start from Lakeside Pier/Station

  • Boat first - Travel by boat from Lakeside Pier to Bowness (40 mins), explore Bowness and get a boat back to Lakeside Pier. Cross the platform (2 mins) to catch the steam train to Haverthwaite Station (18 mins).
  • Steam train first - Travel by steam train from Lakeside Station to Haverthwaite Station (18 mins) and then get a return steam train back to Lakeside Pier. Cross the platform at Lakeside (2 mins) to catch the boat from Lakeside to Bowness (40 mins). Explore Bowness and get a boat back to Lakeside Pier (40 mins).

Get off and explore each stop

Whatever boat/train combination you choose, simply pick a later departure on each leg when booking to spend more time at each stop.

This ticket includes a journey on a steam train and boat service between Bowness and Haverthwaite

On the boat

  • Choose between indoor, covered outdoor or fully outdoor seating when you board.
  • Each boat has a fully stocked bar and snack-bar serving light refreshments.

The steam train and boat are a 1 minutes walk from each other at Lakesde Pier

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Monday 30th October 2023 until Friday 22nd March 2024)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
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Additional Information

  • 🚲 Bikes can go on our 'steamer' services - sorry they can't go on the steam train
  • 🚫 Sorry, you can't start at Haverthwaite on this online ticket
  • 🚫 This e-ticket does not guarantee a seat on the steam train
  • 🐕 Well-behaved dogs travel free (please keep them close to you at all times)
A steamer and a steam train combined image colage

A steamer and a steam train combined image colage

Enjoy a stunning journey through the heart of The Lake District on board a historic 'steamer' and heritage railway.

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Book Your Cruise

Select a date to view prices and sailing times.

  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5-15 years. Children under 5 travel free.
  • Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children.


Trains wait for the boats, and boats wait for the trains at Lakeside Pier. It is only a 2 minute walk between the boat and steam train.

Train Departures

  • 🚂 From Haverthwaite: 09:20, 10:50, 12:40, 14:20
  • 🚂 From Lakeside: 11:20, 13:10, 14:50

We're sorry, this cruise isn't sailing today. Please contact the booking office for more information.

Additional Information

Service Status


🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness ↔ Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
🟡 YELLOW CRUISE Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK


Bowness → Windermere Jetty (Museum) → Bowness

✔️ Services OK
🚤MOTOR BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach Hire Point ONLY

✔️ Services OK

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Waterhead Waterhead Hire Point (nr. Ambleside Pier)✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our winter timetable. More routes and services available after Easter 2024.

Route Map

Load Map

Access & Facilities

♿ Disabled Access

Three different types of vessels operate on this route with varying accessibility.

  • ♿ MV Swift - (marked with a green wheelchair icon on our timetables): our most accessible vessel - step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating & accessible toilet
  • ♿ 'Steamers' MV Swan/Teal - (marked with black wheelchair icon on our timetables) - step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating. Toilets down steep steps.
  • ❌ 'Steamer' Tern - is not recommended for customers with limited mobility

Please visit our Accessibility section for more information.

Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call us to confirm which vessel is operating on which service, particularly in poor weather conditions. As on rare occasions, the vessels operating each route can change.

Upgrade This Cruise

Did you know that you can make more of your cruise by upgrading it? Why not combine your cruise with a local attraction, or enjoy a full day on Windermere with the Freedom of the Lake.