Unless you’re James Bond it’s not often you can say you commuted to work by cable car. I recently had the chance to do so and it was awesome. In 20 years of using public transport in London, this is unquestionably my BEST JOURNEY EVER. No trying to avoid inhaling random strangers’ BO, no feeling like Garfield squashed against a window, no crowds, no standing on the left, nobody shouting “move down the carriage”. At the end of the ride, I got out of my pod feeling invigorated and ready to take on the world – not the usual commuting experience at all.
All thanks to the new cable car across the river Thames. The downside is that the Emirates Line, connecting North Greenwich and Royal Docks, is located somewhere that is of no use to 99.99999999% of Londoners and visitors. Nevermind, if you’re in London, find a reason to ride at least once.
There’s something quite Jetsons about the graphic design and architecture. If you suffer from a touch of vertigo like I do, be aware that it is pretty high. There are a few moments when the cabin stops and shudders and your stomach might lurch. Just take a deep breath. The ride, between eight and 10 minutes long, is short enough that your excitement at the spectacular views will be excellent distraction therapy.
Tickets cannot be booked in advance and cost £4.30 cash or £3.20 with an Oyster or Travelcard (one-way). There is also a carnet style £16.00 for 10 single journeys.
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