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Emirates Air Line

© 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
Tower Hamlets

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. 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-Fri 7am-9pm; Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-9pm
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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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.