This week anyone planning a short break to London can experience a new mode of transport as they cross the River Thames in the Thames Cable Car. Opened on the 28th June, a month before the start of the Olympic Games, the Cable Car offers a direct link between the O2 Arena in Greenwich and the ExCel Exhibition Centre.
The Emirates Airline, as it will be known, is expected to transport over 2,000 people every hour from one side of the Thames to the other. During London’s summer of sport this may come in very handy for those with tickets to events at either The O2 Arena or the ExCel Exhibition Centre.
A single adult journey on the Cable Car will cost £4.30, while tickets for children under 15 will cost £2.20 and any under fives can travel free. These costs are reduced for anyone travelling with an Oyster Card, with a single adult fare costing £3.20, a child fare £1.60 and a full round trip just £6.40.
Suspended 160 feet above the river the Emirates Airline offers spectacular panoramas of the city and on a round trip you can take in several London sights including the City, Canary Wharf, the Thames Barrier and the Olympic Park. The cable car will open from 7am Monday to Friday, opening an hour later on Saturday and from 9am on Sunday.
Staying at one of our hotels in the Docklands, Excel and Greenwich area of London you are just minutes from the UK’s first urban cable car system.
Will you be trying the Thames Cable Car experience? What do you think of the new Emirates Airline?