Emirates Air Line

A ride on the Emirates Air Line London Cable Car offers spectacular views of East London

Emirates Air Line London Cable Car carrying passengers high above the Thames
Emirates Air Line London Cable Car carrying passengers high above the Thames cc licensed photo by Karen Roe

A ride high above the River Thames on the Emirates Air Line Gondola offers spectacular views of East London including the famous O2 Arena. While technically a part of the Transport for London network, the Emirates Air Line has become more of a tourist attraction than a vital mode of transportation.

The well maintained gondolas provide an enjoyable way to cross the Thames River and experience great views of East London at a very affordable rate compared to options.

Climbing to a height of 90 metres above the river the gondolas transport up to 2500 passengers per hour between the Royal Victoria Docks and the O2 or North Greewich Underground on the Greenwich Peninsula.

You may want to consider boarding the Gondola just before sunset and then returning after dark for a great view of the city lights.

The trip across takes a leisurely 10 minutes but they speed it up to 5 minutes during peak hours to help accommodate the increased number of passengers.

The gondolas do sway and rock a little, especially on windy days. Keep that in mind if you experience motion sickness or have a fear of heights. During thunderstorms or very strong winds service is suspended until the conditions improve.

There are plenty of things to explore on each side of the ride. On the south side you can walk along the Thames river to Cutty Sark, The National Maritime Museum and the Thames Barrier. On the north side you can checkout Newham City Farm and the Museum of London at Docklands.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Emirates Air Line

Fee: Yes. See London Transport Fares for rates.

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Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Monday: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Category: Public Transportation

Address: Greenwich Peninsula
Unit 1 Emirates Cable Car Terminal
Edmund Halley Way
London SE10 0FR
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 443432221234


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Dua B. Nov-22-2022

4 Star Rating I finally made it to the Emirates Air Line! It took me long enough. I bought a round trip ticket, and boarded my own carriage. It was a little rocky... Read More

Kathleen W. Nov-30-2019

5 Star Rating They call it the air line, but it really is the gondola :P Great views of London from here for fairly affordable ticket prices. Great experience! We took... Read More

Christina N. Jan-10-2019

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Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Jubilee LineNorth Greenwich5 minutes

How to get to Emirates Air Line by Tube

From North Greenwich exit onto Peninsula Square and go right on Monro Way then take the next left on East Parkside. Continue on Edmund Halley Way to the Amirates Airline Station.

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