In this Episode of theShugrHeds…
…We travel to the East end of London to take a trip on the Emirates Air Line Cable Car. It was a little scary at first, but a beautiful way to see the Capital. What do you think?
Emirates Air Line Cable Car, London with theShugrHeds. Whilst on a day-trip to London last year, we hopped on the Thames Clipper service because we wanted to travel from Embankment to Greenwich and back again. We sailed past many of London’s iconic landmarks – what a great day out! As we approached the unmistakable white dome of the O2, we saw the Emirates Airline cable cars flying over our heads.
“Please can we go on that one day, Please!”, came three little voices. With that, we knew that one day we would HAVE to return and do the cable car trip. During Christmas Break 2016, we decided to go to see Disney On Ice’s production of Frozen. This was showing at the O2. What a perfect time, we thought, to also try out the Emirates Airline Cable Car Ride.
Well, we THOROUGHLY enjoyed it! As you will see in the video, the kids were mic bustingly excited! As luck would have it, our flight was timed perfectly for the Sunset that evening. The London skyline lights up with a beautiful red and orange glow 🙂
We made a round trip from Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks and back again. All in all it took about 20 minutes for the excursion. Part of the reason we love this so much is that it is part of the Transport for London Network. It’s the same situation with the Thames Clipper River Bus. Therefore, it’s priced like public transport, but you can pretend you are on an expensive sightseeing tour in Central London! Woot Woot! We went in December 2016 and it was under £20 for the 5 of us.
In conclusion, we thoroughly recommend checking this out – It’s the BEST cable car ride in London! 😉
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Emirates Air Line London
Q) Is the Emirates Air Line Greenwich Peninsula accessible for disabled passengers?
A) The Emirates Air Line has step-free access, and is accessible to most wheelchairs including motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The maximum weight is 300kg and the maximum size is 700mm by 1300mm. We may ask you to confirm dimensions of your scooter and we may check using a floor marking to make sure you can board safely. Passengers get on and off through the same doors and there may not be enough space for you to turn round. This means you may have to reverse your wheelchair or scooter to get in or out of the cabin.
Q) Are bags allowed on the Air Line?
A) Due to size restrictions in the cabin we advise passengers to limit baggage to small rucksacks and bags. Passengers with other bags and luggage may be refused entrance, particularly at busy times.
Q) Are pets allowed on the Emirates Air Line?
A) With the exception of guide dogs, animals must be carried at all times. Some animals may not be permitted, please check with a member of our staff before you purchase your pass.
Q) What’s the difference between the passes?
A) The Emirates Air Line is not part of the Travelcard system, passengers wishing to use the Emirates Air Line have to purchase a ticket or use Oyster Pay as you go.
There are three pass types for the Emirates Air Line:
• Single passes allow a single trip on the Emirates Air Line.
• Return passes allow the passenger to make a return journey on the Emirates Air Line on the day of purchase.
• Full Experience Package passes allow the passenger one continuous trip on the Emirates Air Line travelling from one terminal to the other and back, a souvenir guide and free entry to Emirates Aviation Experience. A 25% discount is available on single and return journeys if the passenger is using Oyster Pay as you go or has a valid Travelcard or Freedom Pass.
Q) Can I use my Oyster Card?
A) The Emirates Air Line accepts Oyster Pay as you go. A discount is automatically applied to the cost of a pass.
Q) Can I bring food or drink on the Emirates Air Line?
A) Open alcohol containers are not permitted on the Emirates Air Line. Eating is not forbidden, but we would prefer you to wait until before or after your journey to eat. As with all public transport, please try to be considerate of your fellow travellers.
Q) What facilities are available at the two terminals?
A) The Emirates Greenwich Peninsula and Emirates Royal Docks terminals are located near cafes, restaurants and bars.
Q) How do I use a gift voucher/complimentary pass that I have received?
A) You can redeem your vouchers and complimentary passes at the ticket offices. If there are adverse weather conditions, how do I know if the Emirates Air Line is operating? Keep an eye on www.tfl.gov.uk/emiratesairline. At stations on the Underground, DLR and Overground networks, service update screens (Rainbow boards) will also keep you informed as to the status of the Emirates Air Line.
Q) Can I pre-book passes?
A) You can book passes on The O2 website, including the Full Experience package – a non-stop return journey on the Emirates Air Line, with souvenir guide and free entrance to the Emirates Aviation Experience. For further information please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/emiratesairline
Q) How many people can you fit in one cabin?
A) The maximum occupancy for each cabin is 10 people. Passenger hosts are available at the terminals to assist and advise you on this before you board.
Q) Is there coach parking at the Emirates Air Line?
A) There are coach parks near each terminal.
Q) Can you hire out a cable car privately?
A) Private hire of the cabin is available, this costs £88 and can accommodate up to 10 passengers. Private hire allows a continuous 360 degree journey on the Air Line from one terminal to the next and back. The private hire of cabins is subject to availability and at busy times we will not be able to offer this service.
Q) Are there any special arrangements for children at the Emirates Air Line?
A) First of all, kids under the age of 5 travel free (when accompanied by a fare paying adult). Children aged between 5 and 15 can get a child pass. Kids up to the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. A group of children aged 15 and under will also need to be accompanied by an adult.
Q) Can I take my pushchair or buggy on to the Emirates Air Line?
A) Buggies and pushchairs must be folded completely flat with all items removed before taking them on to the Air Line when on the stairs about to board the cabins. At busy times it may not be possible to take buggies that are fixed and cannot be folded down.
Q) Are pregnant women allowed on the Emirates Air Line?
A) Pregnant women are welcome to travel on the Air Line. Just like travelling in a plane however, this is at your own discretion. If you are pregnant and are unsure whether it is a good idea to travel on the Air Line, please consult your doctor first.
Q) Are there toilets?
A) No, there are no toilets at the Emirates Air Line terminals.
Q) Are there car parking facilities?
A) The best way to arrive at the Emirates Air Line Cable Car is by public transport. This is located a short walk from North Greenwich Underground station or Royal Victoria station on the DLR. There are car parking facilities within walking distance of the Emirates Air Line terminals.