London Cable Car – Ride The Emirates Air Line!

(Last Updated On: January 19, 2023)

I’m sure you have a very long list of things that you want to do in your life, but riding the London Cable Cars or the Emirates Air Line should definitely be added if you find yourself in the United Kingdom.

It’s an unparalleled experience where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the River Thames and some of London’s most stunning scenery.

I’ve been to London numerous times, and I rode these cable cars when they initially opened, so I wanted to experience them again on my most recent trip.

It’s all been left exactly the same, with the exception of the views, which remain breathtaking.

About the London Cable Cars

london cable car sunset

Take an aerial tour of London from Emirates Greenwich Peninsula by the O2 Arena to Emirates Royal Docks by ExCeL.

The journey is only 1 kilometre, but it’ll feel like so much more as you crest the Thames at up to 90 metres in the air.

While you’re in the air, you’ll get to see famous sites in London including the O2 Arena, Thames Barrier, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Olympic Park!

Depending on the time of day, London’s cable car cabins arrive every 30 seconds or so. The trip from Royal Docks to Greenwich Peninsula is around 10 minutes long.

You’ll be able to admire the skyline as you travel 1 km over London’s River Thames near Greenwich.

This is more than enough time for some great photo ops, but if you want to prolong your journey, I advise booking a round trip!

A VIP Fast Track experience can be booked to avoid the lines and enjoy a quiet cabin on the London cable cars.

While you do get priority boarding, you will still have to wait in line a bit while at the loading bay.

How to get to the London Cable Cars

emirates air line

Emirates Royal Docks 

Royal Victoria on the Docklands Light Railway line is the nearest tube station. If you’re coming from there, it’s only a 4-minute walk to the London Cable Cars. They’re located right on the dock too so you can’t miss them!

Emirates Greenwich Peninsula

The North Greenwich tube station on the Jubilee Line is the closest, and it’s only a 5-minute walk. The cabin station is located behind the O2 Arena.

If you’re travelling by riverboat, get off at North Greenwich Pier.

The O2 Arena has plenty of parking available if you’re driving, and the 188 bus runs frequently to North Greenwich Bus Station.


emirates cable car

Where does the London cable car start and finish?

The London cable car starts at Greenwich Peninsula and finishes at Royal Victoria Dock.

How long is the cable car ride in London?

The Emirates Cable Car ride takes about 10 minutes to cross the river.

Do you need to book cable cars in London?

You don’t need to book beforehand. You can buy a entrance ticket at North Greenwich station.


  • Tamara M

    Hey there! My name is Tamara, welcome to my little world! I’m a 20-something-year-old from Toronto, Canada (though I’m rarely there) and I’m super passionate about exploring the world, photography, and cooking delicious plant-based recipes. I created this blog to share my favorite places, adventures, restaurants, accommodations, and travel tips with all of you and keep a bit of a travel diary for myself.

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