After 7.00pm, the Emirates Air Line slows the ride down to 12-13 minutes each way for a relaxing sightseeing trip across the Thames with the night lights of London. Since there isn’t an extra charge for night flights, I decided to do my second ride after the sun had set for a different experience on the Emirates Air Line cable car.
The Emirates Air Line cable cars light up with red headers after the sun had set.
Heading back to Emirates Greenwich Peninsula station with a significantly lesser crowd than during the day.
Heading straight to the ticket gates since there wasn’t a queue in front of it anymore.
The wide ticket gates of Emirates Greenwich Peninsula station.
Inserting my Emirates Air Line Boarding Pass into the ticket gate.
Picking up my Emirates Air Line Boarding Pass for the ticket gate to open.
The queue at the cable car departure platform.
Yup, trying to see London from a different perspective on this night flight.
The Emirates Air Line staff at the platform calls out for single or pair rider to fill up earlier cable cars.
The Phuket Emirates Air Line cable car was full.
The Bali Emirates Air Line cable car was full too.
So was the Vietnam Emirates Air Line cable car.
Finally, I was ushered to the Brisbane Emirates Air Line cable car.
The interior of the Emirates Air Line cable car.
The minimal platform gap of the Emirates Air Line cable car.
Taking off from Emirates Greenwich Peninsula station.
The skyline of Canary Wharf against the setting sky.
Heading up to cruising altitude.
Flying over the River Thames.
Flying over Royal Docks.
The night lights of London City Airport.
The skyline of The O2 and Canary Wharf after the sun had just set.
Descending into Emirates Royal Docks.
Music and video is played on the night flight.
Approaching Emirates Royal Docks.
Arrived at Emirates Royal Docks.
The journey from Emirates Greenwich Peninsula to Emirates Royal Docks takes around 13 minutes with the night flight.
The overall interior of the Emirates Air Line cable car.
Bye Brisbane Emirates Air Line cable car.
Disembarking at Emirates Royal Docks to hopefully make my journey back to Oxford a little quicker.
The night view of the Emirates Air Line cable car descending into Emirates Royal Docks station.
Exiting through the open ticket gate at Emirates Royal Docks station.
The DLR departure information is displayed after the ticket gates at Emirates Royal Docks station, making it quite convenient to plan your transfer.
Heading to Royal Victoria DLR Station to continue my journey.
The night facade of Emirates Royal Docks station.
The Emirates Air Line cable cars descending over Royal Victoria Dock.
Here, I crossed the road towards Royal Victoria DLR Station to continue my journey.
Overall, the Emirates Air Line Night Flight Experience did indeed offer a different view of London after the sun had set, and is a little bit more pleasant with the lesser crowd in the queue to wait for the cable car. However, it might only be pleasant since I already knew what the day time view looks like, or else it might be a little difficult to identify the lit-up spots in London if I’m taking the ride for the first time. My guess is that TfL and Emirates Air Line is pushing for this night flight experience just to get more passenger traffic since the demand is lesser at these times.