London’s Cable Car – The Emirates Air Line

Did you know that there is a cable car in London?  Normally cable cars are a transport method used to get up mountains quickly, but of course there are no mountains in London!  Take a closer look at a London Underground map and there it is, the little stripy red line connecting Emirates Greenwich Peninsula and Emirates Royal Docks across the River Thames, and yep it happens to be run by my favourite airline, Emirates!

I finally ticked this off my UK bucket list before I went to a concert at the O2 Arena…the Greenwich Peninsula station is literally a 5 minute walk from the venue entrance.  The Air Line opened in 2012, stretches 1103 metres and has a highest point of 295ft.

Now there’s not exactly much to see, just like when I climbed up the roof of the O2, a lot of the area that surrounds it, is in the process of being developed.  It’s just a fun little round trip to make!  On the Royal Docks side of the river, I was shocked to discover a cable wakeboard park (just like WakeDock in Dublin)!  There was even an old boat that was converted into a bar with an outdoor deck seating area.  On a hot day, I bet this area would be an awesome place to hang out!

I started the journey from the Greenwich Peninsula, on this ‘leg’, a short video played as we crossed the river, pointing out various landmarks (such as the Thames Barrier) and gave information about the area.  I was also impressed that even though there was a little bit of a queue, the 10 seater cars weren’t being stuffed to full capacity, no one seemed to mind waiting a little longer to get a ‘private’ car.  One way me and my sister had the pod to ourselves, this was nice as we could take photos and talk.  On the return journey, we were put in with a family of 3, this was slightly more awkward, the cars are fairly small and I felt like I had to whisper!

Emirates Air Line London

I used my pay as you go Oyster Card, each single trip cost £3.40, slightly cheaper than the regular cash price of £4.50.  There are touch pads on the ticket machines for Oyster holders, just like on the Underground, so it means you get to skip the line for tickets, yay!  For a round trip PLUS an inflight guide and entrance to the Emirates Aviation Experience, Oyster holders are charged £8.40 and the regular price is £10.70, these need to be bought from the ticket machines or the ticket office though.

I didn’t check out the Emirates Aviation Experience BUT I did get to pose with an Airbus A380 engine that sits out the front, those things really are huge!  There’s also a free photo booth at the Greenwich station.  You are superimposed into pictures of Emirates flight destinations around the world, the photos are then sent to an email address to be saved or printed from your own device/computer.

The Air Line is weather permitting, it shuts during high winds and lightening storms.  Nearest tube station: North Greenwich.

Is the Emirates Air Line an experience you’d like to have?

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4 thoughts on “London’s Cable Car – The Emirates Air Line

    1. It’s something different! There are lots of restaurants on the Greenwich side (inside the O2 arena as well as in the square outside) as well as the climb onto the roof of O2 so there’s plenty in the area to do!

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