Cable car from North Greenwich
Open seven days a week
The cable car spanning the River Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks opened to the public in June 2012.
The Emirates Air Line has the capacity to carry up to 2,500 people an hour in each direction and it is open seven days a week.
The gondolas reach a height of 50 metres and they are accessible for wheelchair users, pushchairs and cyclists (two bicycles per gondola).
The usual operating hours are:
- 7am to 9pm Monday to Friday
- 8am to 9pm Saturday
- 9am to 9pm Sunday.
There will be extended opening hours when there are events at local venues, such as The O2.
How to get to the Emirates Air Line cable car
The Emirates Air Line connects Emirates Royal Docks (North Terminal) and Emirates Greenwich Peninsula (South Terminal).
The cable car's Greenwich terminal is located at Greenwich Peninsula, south of the river, alongside North Greenwich tube station (Jubilee line) and The O2 Arena.Emirates Greenwich Peninsula (South Terminal)
Unit 1, Emirates Cable Car Terminal
Edmund Halley Way
London SE10 0FR
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You can use the cable car to travel directly to Greenwich Peninsula and The O2 from the Royal Docks, Newham, which is north of the river. The nearest station to the north terminal is Royal Victoria DLR.Emirates Royal Docks (North Terminal)
Emirates Air Line
27 Western Gateway
London E16 4FA
Can I use my Oyster Card on the cable car?
Yes, passengers can touch in with Oyster pay-as-you-go cards, at a cost of £3.20 for adults, £1.60 for children.
Other ways to pay for your travel
- Pay by cash - £4.30 for adults, £2.20 for children
- Passengers with Travelcards or other Oyster Cards - including Freedom Passes - will be able to travel for the same fare, but you will need to buy a ticket from the offices or ticket machines at the terminals. Single, return and mult-trip tickets are also available from Greenwich Tourist Information Centre and London City Airport
- A 'frequent flyer' boarding pass for regular users costs £16 for 10 single journeys.
The Emirates Air Line offers completely step-free access, allowing wheelchair users, customers with access needs and parents with pushchairs to enjoy spectacular views.
The Emirates Air Line was conceived with accessibility in mind; the terminals feature ramps into the cabins, wheelchair-accessible ticket gates and lifts to the platform level. In addition, the cabins have now been modified to allow mobility scooters up to 700mm x 1300mm to board the Emirates Air Line.
Emirates aviation experience
Visitors to Royal Greenwich can test out their flying skills at the borough's latest attraction - a state-of-the art flight simulator.
The Emirates Aviation Experience is part of the Emirates Air Line cable car, and includes interactive games and educational tutorials demonstrating how Emirates aircraft operate.
There is a cinema style booth showing what really happens to your luggage in a film following the journey of a suitcase as well as a 1.2 scale replica of a jet engine made from 165,000 LEGO bricks. But the main focus is the life-sized replica pilot’s cockpit and flight simulator.
Visitors can test their flying skills out in either an A380 or 777 Emirates Airbus in the state of the art simulators that use sophisticated technology and high definition graphics to replicate a real take off.
Emirates started work on the project in July 2011 and invested £36million in a 10-year sponsorship deal.
More than 50 people have been employed to operate the service, and nearly half of those come from the local area.
Transport for London operates the cable car service. For further information, please visit the Transport for London website.