Video: Part 2 Outside The O2 Arena And Return Journey
This video shows you the outside area of the O2 Arena and the return cable car ride from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks. The first part shows you our funny journey from the other side, from the Royal Docks to the Greenwich Peninsula.
The cable car is operated by the public transport of London. You can buy the tickets online or directly at the stations. We actually used our Oyster cards*.
You can access the Emirates Air-Line from the Royal Docks or from the Greenwich Peninsula.
Details of the Emirates Air Line (last checked January 2014)
Adult 360 sightseeing tour: GBP 8.60* (approx. USD 14.15, EUR 10.30, CNY 86.65)
Adult single journey: GBP 4.30 (USD 7.08, EUR 5.15, CNY 43.32)
Adult return: GBP 8.60 (approx. USD 14.15, EUR 10.30, CNY 86.65)
Child 360 Sightseeing Tour: GBP 4.40 (approx. USD 7.25, EUR 5.25, CNY 44.30)
Child single: GBP 2.20 (approx. USD 3.60, EUR 2.63, CNY 22.15)
Return: GBP 4.40 (approx. USD 7.25, EUR 5.25, CNY 44.30)
The normal journey one-way is approx. 10 minutes long although there are shorter journeys during the week.
*The 360 sightseeing tour allows you a complete round trip without having to get off. If you have an Oyster Card then you can also have a reduction of GBP 2.20 on this ticket. The Oyster card is a travel card that allows you to top up money onto card and pay as you go on the London public transport without having to buy paper tickets each time. In most cases it is a cheaper way to pay for single journeys. It is good to have if you are in London for a longer period of time or in case you travel to London on a regular basis. To obtain a standard Oyster Card, there is a minor deposit of GBP 5.00 (approx. USD 8.20, EUR 6.00, CNY 50.30). If you are travelling to London in 2-3 weeks+ then you can also pre-order a travel Oyster Card that costs GBP 3.00 (approx. USD 5.00, EUR 3.59, CNY 30.20) plus postage. However, it seems to be cheaper to get them there. The postage and the card fee of GBP 3.00 seems to be more for most countries than the deposit (which you can get back). The only advantage is that you have the card before you travel to London and you don’t have to search for the special ticket sellers as not all of them sell the Oyster Card.
Note: Apparently the Oyster Card ticket sellers try to charge GBP 3.00 when you are buying it in London from the ticket office, however, this is just a registration fee and you don’t really need this unless you put really big amounts of cash on it and you would like to ensure that. Children require a special photo ID Oyster Card. Unless you are really going to London with your child/ren all the time, this is again not really necessary.
Once you have purchased your Oyster Card and/or topped up the card, you simply hold the card onto the place with this icon (see picture) before you enter the public transport and when you exit it. You will see how much the journey cost before you exit on a small display.
Alternatively, you can always check your balance on the machines where you top up the Oyster Card.
Mon to Fri 07am to 09pm
Sat 08am to 09pm
Sun 09am to 09pm
Mon to Fri 07am to 8pm
Sat 8am to 8pm
Sun 9am to 8pm
On public holidays during the week, the Air Line is running on a Saturday schedule.
It is closed on Christmas Day, which is the 25th of December and may be closed during bad weather.
The walk up the roof (“Up at The O2”) of the O2 Arena takes approximately 90 minutes. Ticket prices start at GBP 25.00 (USD 41.22, EUR 29.95, CNY 251.80)
General opening hours are from 10am to 6pm and 10pm. Closing times depend on the season.