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Emirates Air Line – Thames Cable Car


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London has a number of bridges and tunnels across the Thames, however if you would to travel across the Thames in a more novel way consider the Emirates Cable car.

The Emirates Air Line (also known as the Thames cable car) is a ten-minute gondola lift link across the River Thames in London sponsored by the  Emirates airline .

The service opened on June 2012 and is operated by Transport for London.The construction of the Cable Car cost around £60 million, and consists of a 1-kilometre (0.62 mi) gondola line that crosses the Thames from the Greenwich Peninsula near the O2 to the Royal Docks near the ExCel Exhibition Centre.

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It is the first urban cable car in the United Kingdom, it crosses the river at a height up to 90 metres (300 ft), higher than that of the nearby O2 Arena. The cable car provides a crossing every 15 seconds, with a maximum capacity of 2,500 passengers per hour in each direction.


There are 36 passenger gondolas, of which 34 are in use at any one time, with a maximum capacity of 10 passengers each.

The service started in June 2012 and became a very popular mode of transport for those attending Olympic events at the O2 and Excel, however since the Olympics passenger numbers have fell dramatically.


It is a interesting and relatively inexpensive trip with great views of the O2, Canary Wharf and the Royal Docks.


Adult fares

Single £4.40    Return £8.80

Child fares

Single £2.30    Return £4.60

For more information and book tickets visit website here