Emirates Air Line

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© Rob Greig/Time Out
© Rob Greig/Time Out

Emirates Air Line

© Rob Greig/Time Out
© Rob Greig/Time Out
© Rob Greig/Time Out

Emirates Air Line

Emirates Air Line
© Rob Greig/Time Out
Canning Town

The Emirates Air Line is the UK's first urban cable car. The 1.1-kilometre route provides a river crossing between terminals close to the Excel Centre at Royal Docks and the O2 Arena at Greenwich. The Air Line has the capacity to carry up to 2,500 people per hour in each direction, the equivalent of 30 buses, giving passengers fantastic views of the City, Canary Wharf, the Thames Barrier and the Olympic Park. 'Night Flights' are available during summer, which offer a longer journey time, music and video entertainment and some rather impressive views of London after-dark.

Single cash fares are available. Oyster pay-as-you-go travellers get a discount, as do Travelcard and other Oystercard holders (though it is necessary for Travelcard and other Oystercard holders to buy a boarding pass from the ticket office or vending machines at the terminals). The '360 degree tour' non-stop return journey is also available. Fares are not included in the Oyster daily capping.

Read our blogpost about Emirates Air Line here.


Venue name: Emirates Air Line
Address: 27
Western Gateway
E16 4FA
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 7am-9pm; Thu 7am-10pm; Fri 7am-11pm; Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 9am-10pm
Transport: Tube: Royal Victoria DLR/North Greenwich
Price: Single cash fare: £4.30, £2.20 children; with any form of Oyster card: £3.30, £1.70 children
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Tamsin J

I tried out the cable cars last night and I had been told by my housemate that they were quite underwhelming - and only decent, if gazing at shipping containers is right up your alley. I think my housemate is a tough nut to please, because I actually quite enjoyed this. I dropped on a a lovely early evening - so the weather arguably helped. You get an incredible view of both the Thames barrier, the Cit runway, and the brave souls walking over the O2. Yes there are a few cranes and such but this didnt detract from it. Id love to go back and do this at night - I did notice the advert for night flights - so seeing London lit up would be worth checking out too. It's easy on the pocket too - better if you have an Oyster. It's quite high up - but the ride was smooth and we had a car to ourselves. You even get mini binoculars as part of the package - though these do make you look a bit like wall-e. It's sumet different and worth doing if you don't mind heights.

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

As far as public transport in London goes, this is pretty bloody awesome.  And the best part is that you get an incredible view of the city, but whilst still paying public transport prices - making it far preferable to the likes of a £25 visit up to the top of the Shard. If you're going to the O2, I'd certainly recommend making time for a round trip on the cable car.  And if you can time it around dusk, then you'll get to see the city in both daylight and darkness ... the latter is arguably the prettier.  Don't panic if you're scared of heights - the ride is really smooth, and having shared a car with a few friends with vertigo, everyone was surprised at how non-scary it is.

Jane M

I just had to go on Emirates and travelled to Greenwich for the experience. It was a bit like going on a gentle fairground ride. I was on my own in the gonola. I felt slightly nervous at first as I went up in the air. Then I relaxed as I saw the view of the river, the Thames Barrier, the runway at City Airport, other gondolas hanging from the cable and the O2. The flight was smooth and apart from being slightly nervous of heights I enjoyed it.