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A Cable Car in London

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The Emirates Air Line is the first urban cable car in the United Kingdom and soars above the River Thames between the O2 Arena at Greenwich and the Royal Docks in the docklands area of East London. The views from the Air Line are amazing, giving riders a glimpse of the City skyline along with Canary Wharf, the Thames Barrier and even as far up as the new Olympic Park. The only cable car in London, the Air Line boasts “360 views of the city, ninety meters high.”

At £3.50 for a single adult ticket, it's an inexpensive London experience.  Check out our Guide to London on a Budget.



The cable cars are spaced 30 seconds apart and such high frequency means long queues aren’t a problem. Each cabin can hold up to 10 people, but planning your trip on a weekday when the Air Line is less busy can often mean getting a cabin entirely to yourself. It’s a quick journey from one side to the other – only about 10 minutes – but it is possible to book yourself for a roundtrip visit.

Visitor Information
Days: 7 Days a Week
Times: Monday-Thursday:7:00am – 9:00pm (21:00)

              Friday: 7:00am-11:00pm (23:00)

              Saturday: 8:00am- 11:00pm (23:00)

              Sunday/Bank Holidays: 9:00am- 9:00pm (21:00)

Closed: Christmas Day and for regular maintenance, which can be found on their website (below). 

Ticket Prices: Adult - £3.50 single / £7.00 return
Ticket Prices: Children (5 – 15) - £2.30 single / £4.60 return

OYSTERCARD DISCOUNT: Guests in possession of a valid Oyster Card can get a discount on their tickets of 25% each!  Read our post on comparing an Oyster Card with a Travelcard.

Website: Emirates Airline

Please Note: In high winds or dangerous weather, the Emirates Air Line may temporarily close.

About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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