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Emirates Cable Car Overview

Enjoy some of the most amazing views of the London cityscape and the river Thames by indulging in an Emirates Cable Car ride. The first urban cable car in all of the United Kingdom, the Emirates air line cable car links The Royal Docks and the Greenwich Peninsula, thereby giving visitors a great opportunity to explore the local region in a unique way. Furthermore, the Emirates Cable Car in London takes you all the way up to 90 metres high in the air, from where you can soak in some of the most panoramic views of the landmarks of the city, from the Olympic Park and Thames Barrier to the St. Paul’s Cathedral and more.


With the cabins of the Cable Car London Emirates arriving at intervals of 30 seconds, and the ride lasting for around 10 minutes, a sunset ride in the Emirates Cable Car London is also one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery around you. As you travel for the 1.1-kilometre journey inside the cable car, you can also get a chance to see the sun setting behind iconic buildings, such as the O2 Arena, the Crystal, Canary Wharf, etc. Indulging in the Emirates Cable Cars London ride is surely one of the most unique ways to enjoy exploring London with your loved ones.

Highlights Of Emirates Cable Car

  • Discover the city of London from a unique vantage point while enjoying a ride in the Emirates Cable Car, UK’s first-ever urban cable car.


  • Get lifted up to 90 metres above the river Thames and enjoy amazing views of iconic landmarks of the city, from the Thames Barrier and O2 Arena, to the Crystal, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Olympic Park and more during your ride in the Emirates Cable Car in London.


  • Enjoy stunning views of the sunset as you travel 1.1 kilometres between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks with your friends and family in an 8 to 10-seater Emirates airline cable car.


  • Experience the captivating nightlife of London as you indulge in a night-time ride in the cable car, and get a chance to enjoy the vibrant reflections of the O2 Arena along with the bright lights of the famous Canary Wharf.


  • Indulge in photography or simply soak in the serene ambience as you experience a bird’s eye view of the river Thames, with the many boats and cruises sailing along its waters during your ride in the cable car London Emirates.


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History Of Emirates Cable Car

The very first idea of a cable car that would link the northern banks of the Thames with the Greenwich Peninsula in London came up in the late 1990s. However, it was in July 2010 when it was announced that the Transport for London (TfL) had plans to develop a cable car line over the river Thames, which would make it the first urban cable car in the UK.


While it was mentioned that News International was the primary sponsor of the project, they withdrew their offer in January 2011, following which, in October 2011, it was announced that the Dubai-based Airline company Emirates would sponsor the project in a 10-year sponsorship deal. In August 2011, the design and construction for the Emirates Cable Car London officially began. According to the architects, the cable car would cross the river at a height of up to 90 metres, with a maximum capacity of 2,500 passengers every hour in each direction. The Emirates air line cable car officially opened on June 28, 2012, with the total cost of the project being around £60 million.

Top Attractions To Spot While On Emirates Cable Car

There are a plethora of attractions which you can spot whilst on a ride in the Emirates Cable Car in London. In addition to enjoying spectacular views of the city’s amazing skyline, you can also catch sights of the river Thames as the cable car passes right above it. Additionally, during the ride, you can also witness the entirety of the Greenwich Peninsula and the famous Royal Docks, along with the nearby attractions of Emirates Cable Car and landscapes.

River Thames

The Emirates Cable Car passes above the River Thames and thereby gives visitors some of its most panoramic bird’s eye views. Ranked as the most famous river from the east to west in all of the United Kingdom, the shores of the Thames are home to luxurious hotels, bustling cafes and other vibrant places. During your ride, you can even catch sights of cruiser ships sailing in the river, in addition to the bustling cityscapes, lanes and houses around it. Additionally, you can also witness sights of several events that are organised here whilst passing over the river in your cable car, from boat races and marathons, to river races, fireworks displays and more.

London's Skyline

During your ride in the Emirates Cable Cars London, you can enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the city’s skyline. Whether it is during the day, or during the sunset or night hours, you can soak in amazing views of iconic landmarks and attractions of the city of London. From its busy streets and winding alleyways, to structures such as the St. Paul’s Cathedral, the O2, the ExCel Exhibition Centre, Canary Wharf, the Crystal and a lot more, you can spot it all while enjoying your cable car ride. You can even enjoy great views of the river Thames, as the cable car goes right above it.

Greenwich Peninsula

Greenwich Peninsula is another top attraction that you can spot during your ride in the Emirates Cable Car. Said to be the fastest growing and most vibrant part of the city of London, this attraction is also the home of several iconic landmarks of the city, including the O2, ICON Outlet, NOW Gallery, Ravensbourne University and more. Whilst enjoying your cable car ride, you can soak in serene aerial views of this historic area of London, and catch sights of stunning royal architecture, beautiful gardens as well as the majestic Cutty Sark, a historic sailing ship, and the age-old Greenwich Market.

Royal Docks

When indulging in the Emirates cable car ride, you can also get the chance to view the Royal Docks from high up in the air. Home to the events venue of the ExCel London, Royal Docks is a popular riverside industrial district in London. In addition to seeing the shipping containers, cruise liners and other ships docked here, you can also capture beautiful photographs of this district’s iconic skyline during your ride.

If you are indulging in a night-time cable car ride, you might also catch stunning views of the illuminated waterways and vibrant lanes and roads in and around the waterfront of Royal Docks, which are a sight to behold.

The O2

The Emirates air line cable car also offers some of the most amazing views of the famous O2 Arena, the second largest indoor venue in the whole country. The site of numerous events and concerts of some of the best bands and artists from around the world, The 02 is also amongst the best venues in the whole world.

During your ride in the cable car, you can capture the most scenic bird’s eye views of this indoor arena, along with its beautiful structure and design. And if you are lucky, you might even get a chance to catch glimpses of one of the many events held here.

Know Before You Go To Emirates Cable Car

Essential Information
Halt Points

Location: 27 Western Gateway, London E16 1FA, United Kingdom


Timings:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7 AM to 10 PM
  • Friday: 7 AM to 11 PM
  • Saturday: 8 AM to 11 PM
  • Sunday Or Bank Holidays: 9 AM to 10 PM


Closure Days: IFS Cloud Cable Car is closed on 25 December (Christmas Day) for regular maintenance.


Frequency: The cars arrive every 30 seconds and carry up to ten people.

  • Royal Docks: The eastern end of the Emirates cable car line is located at the Royal Docks. In addition to getting off of the cable car here, you can also hop aboard a car for a return flight. This halt point boasts of popular attractions like the New London City Hall and the Excel Exhibition Centre.


  • North Greenwich Peninsula: At the western end of the cable car line is the halt point of the North Greenwich Peninsula, where you can enjoy a one-way or round-trip ride in the Emirates Cable Car. This halt point is located in close proximity to attractions like The O2.

Why Experience Emirates Cable Car?

  • The Emirates Cable Car ride in London offers the most beautiful aerial views of the River Thames in Greenwich, as the car passes over it.


  • The 1.1-kilometre journey of the cable car gives passengers a chance to witness the most panoramic views of the city of London from a height of up to 90 metres above the ground.


  • In addition to offering a unique way of exploring the city of London, the cable car ride is also one of the easiest and fastest ways to travel from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks and vice versa.


  • During the ten-minute-long ride, passengers can also witness other major attractions of the city, including the Thames Barrier, the Canary Wharf, O2 Arena, Olympic Park and more.


  • Passengers can even witness sunsets during the ride, and see how the London skyline looks at dusk, while capturing beautiful photographs of the same.

Tips To Experience Emirates Cable Car


  • If you are traveling solo, you may be asked to join the ride with other single passengers, so it is advisable to enjoy the ride with your friends and family.


  • It is recommended to enjoy a ride in the IFS Cloud Cable Car on clear days, since it is on those days when you can have the best views of London, as opposed to rainy days, when the cabin views are typically covered in raindrops.


  • It is advisable to always check whether the cable car lines are functional as they may close in case of strong winds, thunder or lightning.

Emirates Cable Car FAQ's

How long does the Emirates Cable Car Journey take?

The Emirates Cable Car journey takes roughly around 10 minutes from the Royal Docks to the Greenwich Peninsula. However, you can also indulge in a night flight experience here, which takes place every day after 07:00 p.m., when the journey is extended Upto 12 to 13 minutes each way, thereby giving you a longer time to enjoy the city lights from high up above.

At what time I can spot sunset while on Emirates Cable Car journey?

You can typically spot the sunset between 07:30 p.m. to 08:30 p.m. while on the Emirates Cable Car journey. During this time, you can also witness the vibrant colours of the setting sun cover the entire cityscape, thereby offering you a chance to enjoy some great photography.

Is the Emirates Cable Car journey safe for kids?

Yes, the Emirates Cable Car journey is completely safe for kids. All of the cars in this journey are fully covered, with entry gates that get locked during the journey, making it safe for children.

What makes Emirates Cable Car so popular?

The Emirates Cable Car is popular for being the first urban cable car in the United Kingdom. It is also famous for offering some of the most beautiful views of the city of London, in addition to stunning aerial views of iconic structures like the St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Canary Wharf, O2 Arena, the Greenwich Peninsula, Royal Docks and more. Additionally, it also offers spectacular views of the illuminated city and the river Thames waterfront at night.

How much distance does Emirates Cable Car cover?

The Emirates Cable Car covers a distance of roughly 1.1 kilometres from the Royal Docks in the east to the North Greenwich Peninsula in the west.

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Desssislava Ivanova
Reviewed: 08 Jan 2024
5.0/5
We are so happy and the lift was so beautiful and we was so excited.    
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Geoffrey Coster
Reviewed: 06 Oct 2023
5.0/5
The travel experience was absolutely wonderful and i would most definetly go on the ride again
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Michelle Bestwick
Reviewed: 19 Sep 2023
5.0/5
Easy to book on line. Walked straight up to barrier, scanned and walked onto our carriage. Great trip lasted about 12 mins. The views were fantastic. Would thoroughly recommend. 
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Michelle Bestwick
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Matthew Miller
Reviewed: 19 Nov 2023
5.0/5
First time visiting London for my guests, views from the cloud cable blew them away and both Canary Wharf and Docklands was a big hit. Also this was incredibly cheap compared to other ways to get a great view of London.
Matthew Miller
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Kelly Westbrook
Reviewed: 12 Feb 2024
5.0/5
Although I bottled out at the last minute it looked amazing! Especially at night time as the cars are lit up! I’m sure it’s an amazing experience. Maybe next time 
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Keith Oakes
Reviewed: 25 Sep 2023
5.0/5
When my wife and I got to the IFS Cloud Cable Car it was very windy so when we boarded within seconds we were asked to vacate the pod and wait until such times as the wind speed decreased. The wait was only about 10 mins and we were the only people on site so as soon as the wind dropped to an accep... Read More
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Paul Snelling
Reviewed: 24 Oct 2023
5.0/5
Great views of London over the River Thames
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Phil Howell
Reviewed: 03 Sep 2023
5.0/5
Excellent 
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Suresh Nimmala
Reviewed: 25 Aug 2023
5.0/5
Kids really enjoyed cable car journey. Scenery is beautiful from cable car. Location is easily accessible.
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Hisham Malaika
Reviewed: 05 Jan 2024
3.0/5
This is an OK experience. The views aren’t as exciting as I thought as the area is a little remote from central London..
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