(13 customer reviews)

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During the COVID-19 pandemic the way we operate our shared tours has had to change due to the social distancing regulations set by the government. At the Traditional Punting Company the safety of our passengers has always been our top priority. Instead of purchasing an individual seat on a shared tour, we are now selling seats by the row. By altering the arrangements of the tour, our customers can enjoy the delight of a traditional Cambridge punting tour at a reduced price. 

Purchasing a row of seats means that your group will be sat together socially distanced from another group. There are two options available either: 3 seats (1 row) or 6 seats (2 rows). To maintain social distancing measures we have also fitted perspex screens to our punts, where required, to add further protection.

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  • Your tour will last approximately 50 minutes.
  • Once you book your private seating area online please contact us to arrange your departure time.
  • Seating arrangements can mean that 2 rows of seats face each other with a minimum head-to-head distance of 1.5 metres (Government Guidelines is 1 metre plus outside). If you are booking for up to 3 people and are happy to sit opposite another group please let us know when booking in your departure time as it may increase the amount of availability we have.
  • We have introduced a messaging service to inform our customers when their boat is ready to depart, to prevent queues and crowds at our punting station.
  • Please make sure to enter your mobile number correctly when booking online. If you have an international phone number please enter the country code.
  • If you would like to book a private tour please click here
  • See full price list below.

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Private Section Punting in Cambridge


At the Traditional Punting Company we always strive for the best customer service and experience, and we have welcomed the opportunity to use technology to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 by automating our services. Customers can enjoy their chauffeured punt tour without the worry knowing everything has been organised in advance. Once customers have purchased their reduced price 3 seat or 6 seat ticket online, they will contact our friendly sales team to organise their departure time.

A private section on a shared punt is the best way to see Cambridge and its famous sights at a great price and without the queues.

If you would like to talk to a member of our team regarding our COVID-19 safety measures, or would like more information regarding our new Private Section Shared Punting Tour, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Traditional Shared Punting Cambridge Tours

Shared punting Cambridge tours offer the chance to witness the architectural beauty of Cambridge University’s historic buildings, whilst our highly trained local guides deliver an informative and fun filled tour for all of the family. On this punting tour of cambridge you will see seven of the most prestigious colleges in the world including Magdalene, St Johns, Trinity, Trinity Hall, Clare, Kings and Queens College. The wonderful bridges that connects the banks of the natural River Cam make for stunning arches to glide under whilst imagining the famous scholars including scientists, Nobel prize winners and naturalists that have all crossed them throughout history. This experience is the perfect opportunity to photograph the beautiful Cambridge sights whilst relaxing in a luxurious punt, which has never been easier and more affordable.   

Cambridge Punting

As Cambridge’s favourite past-time, this long-standing leisure activity has been shared by tourists and locals for years, and is a big part of Cambridge culture and history. When booking a shared chauffeured punt tour with the Traditional Punting Company, we will guarantee a historical tour provided by a highly trained guide, on a comfortable and classic mahogany punt and the best sights of our beautiful city from the most unique viewpoint. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a difficult and confusing time for all and our company wants to ensure our customers that every measure is being taken to adhere to the governments guidelines; to maintain safety for all.

Purchasing this new shared punt tour means that you will be on the boat with other groups, however a perspex screen will be placed in-between the groups to act as a protective barrier and maintain social distancing when the minimum distance of 1 metre has not been met.

Our staff members will be wearing appropriate PPE when required and all surfaces on the punt with be cleaned with anti-bacterial spray in-between tours to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Punting Cambridge Prices

Private Section Week Days Weekends On the Day
3 Seats £30 £45 £60
6 Seats £55 £82 £120

13 reviews for Distanced Shared Punting Tour

  1. Pamini Nareshkumar

    Went punting in Cambridge for the first time and it was a excellent experience. Our guide Jack, was very friendly and funny and led a great tour with lots of information about Cambridge and all of the sites we passed during the tour. Would definitely come again and recommend to family and friends.

  2. daniel moulden

    Jack was the best chauffeur for the punting tour. He was an excellent guide and knew the area very well. His sense of humour was second to none and he takes great pride in his job.

  3. Patrycja Tyrak

    Absolutely loved this punt tour, staff are super friendly and our tour guide Will was lovely. Very knowledgeable throughout the whole journey. We also used the app which updated each time you came to the next point on the tour. Great idea. Highly recommend this tour when you’re in Cambridge and thank you to our awesome tour guide Will.

  4. Jennyfer Routaboul

    Very pleasant ride on the river cam. My guide, Ben, was very kind and told me many interesting anecdotes about the different places and buildings you see during the tour. The punting tour is an essential activity to do when you visit Cambridge and I recommend the tour with this company! Thank you Ben and traditional punting company!

  5. Penny Lawrence

    Really enjoyed our tour with Will. He was very knowledgeable and had lots of funny stories about the Cambridge students. The river was beautiful and it was lovely seeing all the colleges from the water. The river was very quiet too. I would definitely recommend this tour.

  6. Charlotte Perry

    Took a fantastic glide on the water guided by Jack our knowledgeable puntour(?!). Cambridge is such a beautiful city, and it’s made even more special whilst being experienced by the water. If you’re considering whether it’s worth the money, dont hesitate, it’s an absolutely brilliant experience that’s not to be replicated anywhere.

  7. Amanda Regan

    A great experience, from first phoning to make an enquiry through to the trip itself. We were met at the river bank, given clear instructions, introduced to our ‘skipper’ Jack and taken to the boat. Jack was a fabulous guide – informative, interesting, humorous and very personable. The punt was almost a full hour. Highly recommend.
    PS easy to socially distance and correct due consideration had been given to comply with COVID safety measures

  8. Londonna Evans

    We went punting with Ben who was very pleasant and polite. The ride was very relaxing and enjoyable (it was not busy as we went on the 30th July as Covid restrictions were easing). We decided to pay for a 6 seater shared option as we were a family of 2 adults, a 6 yr old and a kids scooter. I’m glad we did as the 2 seater at the front and back would definitely have been too tight for us! Booking with this company was easy, they were very friendly on the phone and called back straight after I booked online. Directions to their docking was easy to follow. The views were lovely and the sun was shining…all in all a lovely start to the day. (We were only spending 6 hours in Cambridge so decided to park in Castle Street car park which was only 8 minute walk away and cost £7.50).

  9. Claire Lord

    We really enjoyed our trip. Our guide, Thoren, was knowledgable and made the trip more interesting. Will recommend to friends.

  10. Penny Lawrence

    We really enjoyed our shared punting tour with Will. He was very knowledgeable about all the college buildings and had lots of funny stories to tell about the students. The river was beautiful, it was lovely to see all the colleges from the water. I would definitely recommend this tour.

  11. Nina Butterworth

    Excellent punting tour with a baby and young child. Felt perfectly safe the whole time. The boat is big enough to feel comfortable in your own area without disturbing people in the other section. Even though the boat was fairly big and there was quite a wind to compete with, Rufus was great at sharing stories so we could all hear.

  12. Barry Burgess

    A very enjoyable experience taking in the sites in a leisurely way on the river Cam. Kieran our guide and punt master was very entertaining and knowledgable. A very well run professional business all round, definitely recommend to anyone and would use The Traditional Punting Company again.
    Thank you

  13. Eva Newton

    What a great way to spend an hour! Our guide Will was really good, really interesting and informative. A definite must if you’re visiting Cambridge ☺️

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