Common Questions about GO RIO San Antonio River Cruises and Boat Tours

GO RIO offers narrated cruises, as well as chartered excursions and river taxi service from downtown to the Museum Reach. We soon will begin special early-morning breakfast cruises to say ¡Buenos días, San Antonio! Later this fall, we will offer dinner cruises and in 2018 we will be adding other specialty cruises such as ghost cruises and yoga classes. Check out our upcoming “SA Unique” Cruises at, or follow us on Facebook.

Regular narrated tour cruises hold up to 40 passengers.

Narrated tour cruises are offered from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. During peak periods, hours of operation may be extended. GO RIO operates rain or shine, unless the River flood gates are closed. Please note that we do not offer refunds.

Technically the Riverwalk never closes. You can walk along it at any time, day or night. Of course the businesses on the Riverwalk do close at night. Most of the restaurants close around 10pm and the bars at 2am.

Buy tickets online today at or at any GO RIO ticket station on the River.

  • (A) Historia - 706 River Walk (Under Market St. Bridge & Alamo St.) – across from Hilton Palacio del Rio
  • (B) Rivercenter - 849 E River Walk (Commerce & Bowie St.) – River level
  • (C) Aztec Theater - 731 River Walk (River Level Aztec Theater – Crockett & St. Mary's St.)

Adult tickets cost $12, with discounts for local Bexar residents $10; Children (ages 1-5) $6; Seniors* (60+) $9; Military $9* (*Photo ID may be required for any transaction.) Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Children younger than 12 months must ride on laps. (credit cards or cash accepted). Plus tax.

Reservations are not necessary for our public narrated cruises. The tickets are not time specific and they leave our docks every 15 minutes. You can purchase tickets to ride the boats at any of our three ticket booth locations along the Riverwalk. Large groups should make reservations by simply calling 210-227-GRIO.

To make a reservation for a private/chartered dinner cruise, contact a Riverwalk restaurant and they will assist you in chartering the boat pending the catering. For information please call 210-227-4746.

You will be able to enjoy your favorite food and drinks onboard a new GO RIO boat, and take in the sights and lights along the iconic San Antonio River Walk. Dinner cruises will typically seat 18, with more intimate dining configurations available for 2-10 people. For the latest updates, please call 210-227-4746.

You can create your own unforgettable San Antonio River experience with a GO RIO charter excursion for up to 40 guests depending on the type of cruise. Charters include a boat captain. General cruises cost $200 for 1 hour during peak time and $150 for 1 hour during non-peak times. For information about charter cruises, call 210-227-GRIO (4746).

All food and beverage must be provided by a restaurant or catering company. You may not provide your own food.

No. Food and beverages must be provided by a restaurant or catering company.

You can board the GO RIO Shuttle at designated spots along the River Walk. Look for the GO RIO Shuttle signs located along the River Walk Downtown and on the Museum Reach. All shuttles have a sign on the front and the back saying Go Rio Shuttle.

Shuttle fares vary depending on whether you buy a single ticket, a combo or a day pass. A one-way downtown ticket costs $10. Please see other fare combinations below.

Shuttle - Downtown Reach

  • One-way pass $10
  • One day pass $12
  • 3 day pass $25

Shuttle – Museum Reach

  • One day pass $12

Shuttle - Combination Pass

  • One Day Pass $16
  • 3 Day Pass $25

Shuttle - Monthly Pass

  • Local resident $25

Our boats are colorful, quiet, eco-friendly, and are decorated with punched-aluminum panels resembling papel picado, with motifs representing the missions, the military and San Antonio's upcoming Tricentennial. The boats also sit lower in the water to give riders a better view of all the sites along the River, and feature new seating arrangements. While the routes are the same, our new narrated cruises feature a brand-new script highlighting the history and culture of San Antonio. We also are planning several unique specialty cruises such as dinner cruises, ghost tours, yoga classes, and special early-morning tours to say ¡Buenos días, San Antonio!

Our fleet of barges operate with electric, eco-friendly engines without the diesel fumes or engine noise of the past… just a quiet hum! So, yes, we consider them to be "green."

GO RIO is committed to serving people of all abilities. All our barges are ADA accessible so that everyone can enjoy our tours, taxis, and charters. We make every attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for accessible seating, companion seating, and access ramps for any guest who requires it. For our daily taxi operation, we can accommodate two wheelchairs on each barge. Boarding ramps are available on board each GO RIO taxi. Many of our riders with mobility impairments choose to transfer into seats next to companions/family members. Barge drivers reserve the seats closest to the boarding area for mobility-impaired passengers and make reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Drivers can place a companion chair next to passengers who prefer to remain in a wheelchair.

The City of San Antonio keeps maps of accessible routes throughout the River Walk area with walkway routes and construction projects.

No, although service animals are allowed.

"Step into the Soul of San Antonio" means there's another world to be experienced in San Antonio, just steps below the street level. GO RIO cruises let our riders experience a true reflection of our City's culture, the "Soul of San Antonio."

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We are in the process of developing a GO RIO app. Stay tuned!

Currently we are in the planning process for a variety of community outreach programs targeting schools, universities, museums and other cultural institutions. We also will be participating in many local community events such as the City's Tricentennial celebration.

Please visit the Join Our Team section on this website to learn more about available positions and the application process. You may also send your resume to

The Riverwalk does not have a physical address. With the addition of the Museum and Mission Reaches it runs for many, many miles. A central location is 111 West Crockett Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Downtown San Antonio has just over 10,000 city and privately owned parking spaces in garages, surface lots and parking meters.

Yes. The popular wedding spot is called Marriage Island and is located directly behind the Hotel Contessa. It is a small peninsula that juts out into the river and is a perfect place for an outdoor wedding. To reserve it, contact the City of San Antonio Department of Parks and Recreation at 210-207-7275.

It is always the Friday after Thanksgiving at 7pm. For additional information, contact the San Antonio Riverwalk Association at 210-227-4262.

For the major river parades the walking area along the Riverwalk is closed at around 3pm in the afternoon. This allows time for the restaurants to set up their seating for customers who purchase parade packages from them. Yes some people will be able to watch the parade(s) from the bridges that cross the river but please understand that tens of thousands of people will be trying to do that. It may not be the experience you are hoping for.

The carriages line up along the North and South walls of the Alamo pretty much every day. The times they appear vary, but they are almost always there at night. Just approach them and inquire about a ride/tour. The cost is $20 for each person that is riding.