Over The Thames -The Emirates Air Line


Think London, think the River Thames. There are so many exciting ways to explore the river.

The Emirates Airline is a cable car with a difference.  Most cable cars are designed to take you up a mountain, but this one sweeps you across The Thames at a height of 90 metres (300 ft).

On a clear day you get magnificent views of Canary Wharf and the o2 Arena to the west.  To the east you can watch the planes on the runway at London City Airport and see The Thames Barrier.


Where: Between The Royal Docks (The ExCeL Centre) and The Greenwich Peninsula (o2 Arena)
Fares: Under 5 free   discounts with Travelcard, Oystercard and for  Freedom Pass holders 
Facilities: lifts to the  boarding point – no toilets
Website: www.emiratesairline.co.uk     or   TFL website



The ride is short, taking about 7 minutes, so we combined it with a trip on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which is always good fun with children, especially if you can get a front seat and can pretend to drive.

The Emirates Royal Docks Terminal on the north side of The Thames is near the Royal Victoria DLR station and The ExCel Exhibition and Convention Centre.   The cable car was built to bring spectators to London 2012 Olympics events at The ExCel Centre.  Unless there is a large event here the area is quiet with a few cafes nearby.

As an alternative you can combine your flight  with a Thames River boat trip.  The Thames Clipper service runs west towards central London from the pier by the Emirates Greenwich Peninsula Terminal near the o2 Arena.  There are a wide variety of restaurants and cafes nearby.  Transport links are also good here. There are plenty of buses and North Greenwich underground station.

emirates_airline_cabinIf you decide to take a return trip on the cable car you cannot stay in the cabin but have to disembark at the far terminal. You go down to the exit and then go through the ticket barriers to re-enter the terminal.

We have been lucky when we have taken a ‘flight’ as we have had a cabin to ourselves.  Apart from tourists the route is used by a few commuters and people going to The Excel Exhibition Centre so is not usually busy.


Getting There  South Bank – Emirates Greenwich Peninsula Terminal – by The o2 Arena
 North Bank –  Emirates Royal DocksTerminal – by TheExcel Exhibition Centre. 
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