Want to go Punting in Cambridge?

If you are planning a trip to Cambridge, or if you are a local of the city and intend to go punting on the river Cam, then, despite first appearances there are a number of alternatives to Scudamores Punting Company.

Although Scudamore punting company owns the largest fleet of punts and the two (or three) prime riverside locations, there are several other companies offering traditional boating services in Cambridge.

All of the companies below offer chauffeured punting tours of Cambridge University, where you can learn about the fascinating history and see the famous sights of the city, including King's College, the Mathematical bridge, Trinity Hall, the Bridge of Sights, etc.

Some offer extra services as well like ghost tours or even a spooky punting ghost tour on one of the Cambridge punting boats.

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You can now book to go punting in Cambridge, using the widget below, directly from our website. Check Cambridge punting price details, availability and book with one of Cambridge's independent punt operators:

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We compiled a list of Cambridge punting companies, some of the more reputable and long running organisations are listed below. If you are looking for Cambridge punting, cheap then we recommend booking below, especially for a shared tour:

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How much is punting in Cambridge?

We've attempted to provide an indication of the cost of punting in Cambridge below but you should always check with the individual operators for their most up to date punt hire Cambridge prices. Most of these companies will offer shared punting tours, private punting tours and some also offer self hire punts.

The price of tour tickets will depend on whether you are looking for private tours, self hire punting or a shared chauffeured punting tour. Usually the cheapest punting in Cambridge is by getting a self-hire punt from Trinity College.

Cambridge punting tours are more expensive but if you join a shared chauffeured punt tour, on a weekday, rather than booking a private tour at a weekend then you can get the most for your money. Punting prices also tend to fluctuate throughout the year, with off season (winter) prices being lower than those in the peak of the summer months.

In alphabetical order:

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    • Cambridge Chauffeur Punts – Silver Street Bridge. Just across the Mill pond from Scudamores punting, Mill Lane. Despite the name this company also provide self hire punts at a rate of around £16 per hour during the week and £20 per hour at weekends as well as

    • Cambridge River Tours – La Mimosa punt station, near. Quayside, Bridge Street. Independent operation providing guided punt tours of the Cambridge colleges

    • Granta Punt and Canoe hire – Newnham Road (by The Granta pub). Self hire punts at a rate of around £20 per hour and guided punt tours

    • Scholars Punting Cambridge – La Mimosa punt station, nr. Quayside, Bridge Street. Independent punt company offering chauffeured tours along the Backs.

    • Trinity Punts, Garret Hostel Lane (off Trinity Street) - access via Trinity college. College owned punts are available for self hire punting at a rate of around £16 per hour. Guided tours also provided under the umbrella of GHL punting.

Please see the map on our geography page for details on the specific locations of all of the above.

For more information about the background, and how we got to this point, please see our state of play page.