Emirates Air Line
Emirates Air Line
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.
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|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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Average User Rating
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Not sure if this attraction is falling out of favour but on a weekend in bright sunshine, this wasn't particularly busy. Arrived by boat at North Greenwich pier and was met by a tremendous amount of building work and alternative signposting to the ticket office. Even the signposting on the terminal building was confusing - 3rd time of trying and we found the right person to purchase tickets from. The ride itself was wonderful - this is a part of London I don't know well and am interested in finding out more about - but the boring video that was playing on board was irrelevant and uninformative. We bought a single ticket so when we arrived on the north bank, made for the nearest DLR station at Royal Victoria to find our way to next point of call at Wapping. (If the DLR is out, it's a long walk to the underground, so check how public transport is running beforehand). I'm not sure how the other reviewers got their cardboard binoculars - we certainly weren't offered any! Anyway, an enjoyable ride and would like to do again, after I've done a bit of forward research. for myself.
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.