Opened for the Olympics as a Thames crossing between the ExCeL convention center and the O2 dome, it’s an enclosed, 10-person gondola (you’ll share with strangers) with (barely audible) recorded commentary that shuttles between two places most tourists never go. It’s too far from the City to be a panoramic substitute for the Eye or the Shard. Don’t waste money on the “Experience” package that includes a touristy flight simulator/Emirates PR puffery on the O2 side. The ride takes 5–10 minutes. It costs what a Tube ride does, and you can use Oyster.
Emirates Air Line
Emirates Cable Car Terminal, Edmund Halley Way, E10, or Royal Docks side 27 Western Gateway, E16
Our Rating Hours Mon–Fri 7am–11pm; Sat 8am–11pm; Sun 9am–11pm; in winter, closed at 9pm Sun-Thurs Transportation Tube: North Greenwich or Royal Victoria DLR Phone 0843/222-1234 Prices Admission £4.50 adult, £2.30 children (without Oyster card); or £3.40 adults, £1.70 children 5–15 (with Oyster card) Web site Emirates Air Line
MapEmirates Cable Car Terminal, Edmund Halley Way, E10, or Royal Docks side 27 Western Gateway, E16 London
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