The Emirates Air Line is the UK's first urban cable car. The 1.1-kilometre route provides a new river crossing between terminals close to the Excel Centre at Royal Docks (27 Western Gateway, E16 4FA) and the O2 Arena at Greenwich (Edmund Halley Way, SE10 0FR). 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.
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Wonderful views. Check my review here: http://www.damzelinthisdress.com/2014/09/emirates-air-line-cable-cars.html
Made it up there today on one of the rare, dry days we are having. Great fun. We paid for a return ticket - 4 year old went free. Older brother didnt have an oyster but the air steward who was showing people how to use the ticket machine was kind enough to assist. Oysters make it quicker and cheaper - make sure you find the right queue. We were done in 5 minutes but it was a Tuesday afternoon. The cable car was the beginning of a very busy day but at the end of the day, definitely the highlight for us. Beautiful views, beautiful Thames - Feel so proud to be a Londoner at this historic time!
Brilliant views. Smooth ride even on a windy Saturday. Great addition to London's skyline. Queue less than 30 minutes even on today's first weekend opening. Be aware, if you have an oyster card with at least £3.20 (single fare with oyster) on it you don't have to queue for the boarding pass.