Crossing the River Thames between the Royal Victoria Dock and Greenwich Peninsula, the Emirates Air Line Cable Car offers a unique view of London. Built during the development of East London for the 2012 Olympics and opened on June 28th, the cable car is operated by Transport for London.
It is easily reached thanks to the proximity of the North Greenwich Tube station and is also five minutes away from the O2 Arena.
Cable Car Operations
The cable car ride stretches for 1 km (0.62 miles) between three pylons and takes approximately 10 minutes each way with cabins arriving every 30 seconds. The speed is increased during rush hour with the journey reduced to just 5 minutes each way.
The opening hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 07:00 – 21:00
Friday: 07:00 – 22:00
Saturday and Bank Holidays: 08:00 – 22:00
Sunday: 09:00 – 21:00
Basic ticket prices are £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children. The cable car ticket is also available as part of various offers from Transport for London such as the Discovery Experience. There is also a VIP Package for a private cabin. The Emirates Airline website will keep you updated with all the latest offers.
For an even more memorable experience, take the cable car at night. Between the hours of 19:00 and 21:00 (and 22:00 at weekends), the total flight time is extended to approximately 25 minutes (12-13 minutes there and back). You get to see a unique perspective of the night sky over London as well as the awe-inspiring illuminations of Canary Wharf and the reflection of the O2 in the river. And you get this extra romance for no extra charge on the regular ticket price.
(Please note: these arrangements are subject to change during the Covid-19 Pandemic.)
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