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Cable car confusion.

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Cable car confusion.

Haven't been to London for sometime and the cable wasn't built on my last visit.

What is the difference between these two listings:-



What time of day is best to visit the cable car? I will be in London in December, so the days will be short. Don't want to find myself near the cable car late in the day if transport is a problem from the South Bank to Central London.


Stanley, Falkland...
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1. Re: Cable car confusion.

I haven't looked at your links, but the South Bank IS Central London.

There's a cable car in Greenwich, which is about 5 miles away if that is what you mean?

Harrow, United...
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2. Re: Cable car confusion.

There's no difference! One is listed under it's full name and the other not. There's only one cable car.

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3. Re: Cable car confusion.

Thanks for the link OP, I didn't know this existed! I will definitely add it to my to-do list when I visit in December.

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4. Re: Cable car confusion.

What #2 says. They are the same thing. TFL signed a sponsorship deal with Emirates to brand the London/Thames cable car as "Emirates Air Line". It operates from close to North Greenwich (tube station/O2) to Royal Victoria (close to the Excel), so outside central London straddling zones 2 and 3.

I haven't used it yet. As far as I'm aware you don't get Emirates Sky Rewards miles for flying it (about two), though like the originally branded "British Airways London Eye" it wouldn't surprise me for people to be bombarded with lots of cheesy airliney marketing gunk.

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5. Re: Cable car confusion.

Best time to visit is on a clear day (not too hot and not damp) and I'd say mid morning when the sun is still in the south-east.

London, England...
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6. Re: Cable car confusion.

I really enjoyed it last summer, though I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to visit it.

The view up the Thames at dusk, as the sun sets in the West, is absolutely lovely though.

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7. Re: Cable car confusion.

I went on it a couple of years ago on a nice, warm, clear sunny day. The views are very good.

Make sure you top up your Oyster card with enough credit, then you can by-pass the queues of people buying tickets. It works out cheaper with an Oyster card too.

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8. Re: Cable car confusion.

There's a Traveller Article about it that might be of interest:


I agree that having two separate review threads about it is confusing.

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9. Re: Cable car confusion.

I travelled on the Emirates Air Line on Saturday. There is not usually much of a queue. The cost charged to my Oystercard was £3.20 (one way). A much better all round experience than the London Eye.

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10. Re: Cable car confusion.

I went on it several months ago. I bought a 360 ticket, and on my return trip I was the only one in the capsule! It was quite windy, and it started swaying a bit, which made my slightly nervous as i don't like heights. If you have a Travelcard you get a discount.