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Thrilling Cable Car Rides You Need to Experience At Least Once

Spectacular Cable Car Rides from Around the World

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The following cable car rides are thrilling enough to be included on your bucket list of things to do on your next vacation. Some of the spectacular cable car rides from around the world include:

1. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa, as seen from Table Mountain with cableway
Aerial view on Signal Hill and downtown area of Cape Town, South Africa, as seen from Table Mountain with cableway

The 5-minute ride which visitors get on this state-of-the-art cable car transport offers a very memorable experience. Its two cars have carried over 24 million people to and fro the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. It is advisable to call in before visiting to be sure trips have not been cancelled as a result of bad weather.

2. Tianmen Mountain Cable Car, China

Cable car with winding and curves road in Tianmen Mountain
Cable car with winding and curves road in Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie National Park, Hunan province, China

Do not look any further if your preference is to ride the longest cable car in the world. The distance between the Tianmen Mountain and Zhangjiajie is 7 kilometers and takes about 30 minutes to complete. There are lots of fantastic views for guests to appreciate along the way.

3. Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cable Car to the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cable Car to the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is a popular city, and it is home to the Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car. Over 37 million people have visited this cable car which featured in the Bond film “Moonraker” since it opened in 1912. As you ride it, a bird’s eye view of long sandy beaches, ocean bays, and green-coated peaks are seen.

4. Banff Gondola, Canada

Gondola in the Rocky Mountains, - Banff, Alberta, Canada
Gondola in the Rocky Mountains (Banff, Alberta, Canada)

Ride to the top of the Sulphur Mountain which is 7,545 ft. above sea level in a 4-passenger, glass-enclosed gondola to get a great view of Banff, Canada. The scenic view includes the six Canadian Rockies mountain ranges, the Bow Valley among others. While at the roof of the Rockies, take some time to enjoy a meal.

5. Stanserhorn Cabrio, Switzerland

Gondola of the Stanserhorn Cabrio, the first double deck open top cable car
People in a gondola of the Stanserhorn Cabrio cable car. Stanserhorn Cabrio is the the world’s first double deck open top cable car. | Denis Linine / Shutterstock.com

60 persons can ride this cable car which is at the top of the 6,233-foot-tall Mountain Stanserhorn in Switzerland at the same time. It is the first cable car in the world with a roofless upper deck. Easily see the mountaintop and the village of Stans during the exciting cable ride.

6. Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail on Lantau Island in Hong Kong
Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail on Lantau Island in Hong Kong is the worlds most amazing cable car experience. Big sign on cable way line background. | eWilding / Shutterstock.com

To get the best view of the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery’s beautiful garden, and a vegetarian restaurant, you will need to ride the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. The Big Buddha is a Bronze Statue overlooking Hong Kong. At 85 feet, it is quite an imposing statue.

7. Merida Cable Car, Venezuela

Mukumbari cable car in Merida, Venezuela
Mukumbari cable car in Merida, Venezuela

The second-longest cable car in the world is also the highest at 24,461 feet from the Espejo Peak. It is a 7.77-mile ride built in the 1960s to take passengers from Merida to its final station located above the clouds. It was closed between 2008 and 2016 to enable some repairs on it.

8. Queenstown Skyline Gondola, New Zealand

Queenstown Skyline Gondola during sunset
Queenstown Skyline Gondola during sunset. It’s the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the must-do activities in Queenstown, NZ. | ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com

Queenstown in New Zealand is an attraction for tourists who want to ride the Gondola uphill and experience spectacular views. As far as the entire Southern Hemisphere goes, Skyline Gondola offers the steepest cable car lift. Enjoy the scenic view of Cecil Peak, Coronet Peak, Walter among others from Bob’s Peak which is 1,476 feet above Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown.

9. Peak 2 Peak Gondola, Canada

Peak 2 Peak Gondola, British Columbia, Canada
Blackcomb mountain in British Columbia on a sunny winter day. The world’s longest free span between ropeway towers – 3.03 km, highest point above ground – 436 m, the first lift to join two side-by-side mountains, Whistler with Blackcomb | klarka0608 / Shutterstock.com

This cable car connects the Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains in an 11-minute ride. The 1.88 miles is the longest free span existing between ropeway towers. Besides having a chance to spot a black bear, other attractions include a coastal rainforest, glaciers, and volcanic peaks.

10. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, USA

View from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
View from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on the way up San Jacinto mountain, California

It was opened in 1963 and still holds the record of the largest rotating tram in the world. As passengers travel up the cliffs of Chino Canyon, they reach Mount San Jacinto Park where they find 54 miles of hiking trail which is just perfect for camping. The tram turns slowly as it ascends and descends.

11. Mi Teleférico, La Paz, Bolivia

Mi Teleferico is an aerial cable car urban transit system
Mi Teleferico is an aerial cable car urban transit system in the city of La Paz, Bolivia

This cable car was built to ease traffic problems in the city of La Paz in Bolivia. This route reaches a height of 13,615 feet at its highest altitude in the city of El Alto. Passengers are able to see city rooftops, green, red, and yellow gondolas from a different perspective.

12. Klein Matterhorn, Switzerland

Cable car to Matterhorn mountain in Zermatt, Switzerland
Cable car to Matterhorn mountain in Zermatt, Switzerland in a summer day

The Klein Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is 12,739 feet high and can be reached by a cable car. It is Europe’s highest cable car station which has existed since 1979. As it connects passengers between Zermatt and Matterhorn, they get a chance to see fantastic views.

13. Aiguille du Midi, France

Cable Car from Chamonix to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi
Cable Car from Chamonix to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi and stunning panoramic view of the mountains and town of Chamonix, France. | Nataliya Nazarova / Shutterstock.com

From Chamonix in France, this cable car reaches a height of 12,600 feet from its starting point of 3,400 feet. The 20-minute ride to Aiguille du Midi is the closest its passengers get to Mount Blanc. The world’s highest vertical-ascent cable car was opened in 1955.

14. Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Awana Skyway cable car, one of Genting Highland's most popular attractions
Awana Skyway cable car, one of Genting Highland’s most popular attractions, providing a method of travel between Awana Station and SkyAvenue mall | Hafiz Johari / Shutterstock.com

11 minutes is all you need to reach Genting Highlands from its base station which is located at Gohtong Jaya. It was opened in 1997 and holds the record of being South-East Asia’s longest and fastest cable car. 8 passengers are allowed on the 2.1-mile ride over the jungle canopy.

15. Kharkiv Lift, Ukraine

Passenger cable car in Kharkiv (Kharkov), Ukraine
Passenger cable car in Maxim Gorky Central Park for Culture and Recreation in Kharkiv (Kharkov), Ukraine | Martyn Jandula / Shutterstock.com

The cable cars built during the Soviet era are slightly different and takes 20 minutes to reach its destination. It travels between the ranges of 26 to 85 feet. There is a sense of calm as it carries its passengers over the city.

16. Masada Cableway, Israel

Desert landscape with cable car of the Masada cableway, Israel
Desert landscape with cable car of the Masada cableway, Israel

It is in Masada, Israel that you find the lowest cableway in the world. The bottom station is located about 850 feet below sea level. Riding to the plateau top of this UNESCO site offers its passengers some scenic views.

17. Hua Shan Cableway, China

The cable car of Huashan (Hua Shan) mountain, China
The cable car of Huashan (Hua Shan) mountain, China, X’ian, province Shaanxi, one of the most famous mountains | gary yim / Shutterstock.com

China has great mountains with Hua Shan which has five peaks being one of them. Its cable car lines connect the North and West peaks. There is so much to see as you ride this cable car located in Shaanxi, China.

18. Ba Na Hills Mountain Resort, Vietnam

Ba Na Hills Cable car in Danang Vietnam
Ba Na Hills in Danang Vietnam, Cable car opened to the public in March of 2009 | iamtripper / Shutterstock.com

The Ba Na Hills Cable Car was opened in 2009 to connect the resort hills. Each of its 86 cabins can hold up to 10 passengers and offers them a chance to ride enclosed, glass-encased, or open air. The cable cars travel the world’s longest single-wire cable car system which is 17,719 feet at 19 feet per second.

Enjoy the thrills of a cable car ride if you have the head for it on your next vacation! There are fantastic views to be caught from great heights as you ride them.

 

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