If you find yourself way out east near the Excel Centre on the north side of the river or the O2 Arena on the south, take advantage of the opportunity to ride the UK’s first urban cable car. With the ability to carry up to 2,500 people per hour in each direction (the equivalent of 30 buses) over the 1.1km street of river, the Emirates Air Line offers 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, audio/visual entertainment and some rather impressive views of London after-dark.
Oyster and contactless cards can be used on a pay-as-you-go basis – and are cheaper than the single fare cash tickets – although are not included in the Oyster daily capping.
Read our blogpost about Emirates Air Line here.
|Venue name:||Emirates Air Line||Contact:|
27 Western Gateway
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 7am-8pm; Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 9am-8pm. Winter closing 9pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: North Greenwich/Royal Victoria DLR|
|Price:||Single cash fare: £4.50, £2.30 children. Oyster/contactless card: £3.50, £1.70 children. Under-fives free with a paying adult.|
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This has been on my bucket list for a while - partly because it was the only “line” on the TFL map I had yet to travel, partly because of the sheer novelty (read: weirdness) of having a cable car on your standard transport map, and partly because I love a good view.
The Cable Car didn’t disappoint – for just a £1 more than a standard tube fare (and payable by Oyster or contactless), you are taken above the Thames and the O2 centre and you can get an alternative perspective on London and Canary Wharf – seen from the East as opposed to the heart of the city. There is commentary on the car, pointing out the Thames Barrier and noting the history of the docklands area in which you are situated. Highly recommended, for both locals and visitors alike - and a great and more affordable alternative to the London Eye!
I'm a sucker for anything that gets me a good view of London (to Instagram, obviously), so the Emirates Air Line was a must for me. The journey gives you ten minutes suspended above East London, with amazing views of The O2, Canary Wharf and the the Olympic Park. At £3.50 for a one-way trip with an Oyster card, I thought it was well worth the price (even if the cable car does take you from nowhere to nowhere…), however I probably wouldn’t go back for a second time. My only criticism is the slightly unnecessary and monotonous video about the history of the East End that plays throughout the trip, but that can easily be ignored. Package this cable car ride up with a visit to Trinity Buoy Wharf or Greenwich and have a fun, adventurous day out.
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.