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World's Coolest Tram Rides: Emirates Air Line, London

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Emirates Air Line, London

The Emirates Air Line’s post-Olympics use as public transport is up for debate—it’s listed on the Tube map and takes pay-as-you-go Oyster cards, but it doesn’t really take you anywhere, uh, useful (unless you’re going from a trade show at the ExCeL center to a concert at the O2 Arena). But as a lark, there’s no better way to cross the Thames. Named for the Dubai-based airline underwriter, the half-mile-plus gondola cableway connects the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks in a super-smooth five-minute ride, offering glorious East London and Greenwich views 293 feet in the air. A round trip may be enough up-high thrills to skip the queues and cost of a London Eye or Shard lookout. emiratesairline.co.uk

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