30 Thrilling Cable Cars Rides [30 pics]

Scary Cable car ride Langkawi, Malaysia

Scary Cable car ride Langkawi, Malaysia
Photo credit: Farhana Haque

Introduction

Heights, some people love ’em and some hate ’em, but putting up with heights is a requirement if you intend to use cable cars as a mode of transportation to see some very spectacular scenes. In the 1920s, cable cars really caught on as a leisurely way to see the sights. In fact, riding can shave hours off of long hard hikes. While cable cars and aerial trams offer some of the safest ‘modern’ transportation, there have been some brutal accidents, some of which included fatal disasters. How you feel about heights might influence how you feel about riding in a car suspended by a cable, yet it’s really all about perspective. Taking an aerial ride in the dark or heavy fog would tend to add elements of mystery and perhaps danger. But for folks who hate heights, maybe when fog or a heavy snowstorm envelops a cable car, it might make that ride a bit easier to take? Whether cable cars seem fabulous or frightening to you, here is a look at 30 thrilling cable car rides.

[30 Pictures]

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Langkawi by cable car

Langkawi by cable car
Langkawi Island, Malaysia. View from the top of the cable car ride. This is the same place as photo #1 on a nice day. It’s all about perspective, you see?
Photo credit: Andrew Lawson

Little girl unafraid on the glass floor in the Ngong Ping 360 Crystal Cabin

Little girl unafraid on the glass floor in the Ngong Ping 360 Crystal Cabin
The Ngong Ping 360 Crystal Cabin comes with a glass bottom for awesome views of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. Before it was built, the only way to reach some of the attractions was access via a mountain road.
Photo credit: jayneandd

Crystal Cabin view of Kayaks in Tung Chung Bay

Kayaks in Tung Chung Bay
As seen through glass bottom of Crystal Cabin cable car. The cableway is supported by 8 towers. The cabin is designed to hold 10 seated passengers and standing room for another 7. The system has a capacity of 3,500 people per hour in each direction.
Photo credit: Paulo Ordoveza

Crash - Ngong Ping Cable Car accident at scene

Ngong Ping Cable Car accident
For those of you thinking you won’t have your mind changed about heights or accident potential for the glass-bottomed cabled car, in June 2007, there was a crash. During a brake test and annual examination of the cable, an empty Ngong Ping Cable Car cabin fell off the cable and crashed into a hilly area.
Photo credit: Dennis Y.C. Wong

Cable cars arrive in Grenoble France

Cable cars arrive in Grenoble France
The photographer noted, “Grenoble is a city of great history and culture, but the most noticeably unique aspect of the city are “Les Bulles” — these are the egg-shaped cable cars that can carry four or five people per egg up the steep hill to the ‘Bastille.’ (For a tourist like me, I have to be reminded that this is not “the Bastille” after which Bastille Day is named, but the fortifications built on the top and side of this steep hill just on the other side of the Isère river.)”
Photo credit: theilr

Sunset view of cable cars in Singapore

Meanwhile in Singapore…
Sunset view from Sentosa Boardwalk overlooking Harbour Front with strings of cable cars above the sky.
Photo credit: William Cho

Cable cars (playing with golden ratio)

Cable cars in Switzerland
The photographer wrote, “Cable cars (playing with golden ratio).”
Photo credit: Michele M. F.

St Anton Austria, Cable Car

St Anton Austria, Cable Car
Photo credit: Thomas Tolkien

Zhangjiajie Cable Car

Zhangjiajie Cable Car in China
This 243 square mile park is full of karst pillars of sandstone and is covered with sub-tropical rainforest. The park is often covered in fog, adding mystery but obscuring views.
Photo credit: John Philip

glass-paneled cable car on Rio de Janeiro's peak

Glass-paneled cable car on Rio de Janeiro’s peak
The photographer explained,”Rio de Janeiro’s peak, Sugarloaf (background right) and Botafogo Beach. The mountain is only one of several monolithic morros of granite and quartz that rise straight from the water’s edge around Rio de Janeiro. A glass-paneled cable car (in popular Portuguese, bondinho – more properly called teleférico), capable of holding 75 passengers, runs along a 1400-metre route between the peaks of Pão de Açúcar and Cara de Cão every half hour. The original cable car line was built in 1912. So familiar is this peak, the mere sight of it in a film is sufficient to establish the setting as Rio de Janeiro. The cable car goes from the base, not the peak of the Babilônia mountain, to the Urca mountain and then to the Pão de Açúcar mountain.”
Photo credit: Rodrigo Soldon

Pão de Açúcar

Pão de Açúcar
Same ride as in #12, but during the day. The photographer noted, “Sad I know but I couldn’t help thinking of the Bond movie Moonraker the whole time we were on the cable-car. If you’re in Rio don’t miss the chance to visit Sugar Loaf, the views are the best in Rio.”
Photo credit: P – A – S

Xiamen's Gulangyu Cable Cars

Xiamen’s Gulangyu Cable Cars
From the top of the mountain on Gulangyu island you can see a lot. You can either walk up or take the cable cars. The photographer said, “Guess what I did? I walked, and then found out there were cable cars. Haha. Good for the health, anyway!”
Photo credit: Jakob Montrasio

Cable cars (playing with golden ratio)

Almost Sunset
Photo credit: Schristia

Grindelwald to Männlichen cable car

Grindelwald to Männlichen cable car in Switzerland.
This is the third longest passenger-carrying gondola lift in the world.
Photo credit: Simon Aughton

Viewing Tianmen Mountain from a great distance

Viewing Tianmen Mountain from a great distance
Photo credit: MetaFilter

Vallee Blanche Aerial Tramway

Vallee Blanche Aerial Tramway
Another accident happened in August of 1961. A military plane split the hauling cable of the Vallee Blanche Aerial Tramway on the Aiguille du Midi in the Mont Blanc massif. Six people were killed.
Photo credit: Xraver

Hoher Kasten - Switzerland

Hoher Kasten – Switzerland
The photographer wrote, “This mountain belongs to the Alpstein area and is accessible with a cable car from Brülisau. In May 2008 a new revolving restaurant was opened on the top. Altitude of the peak 1795 m.ü.M. / 5889 ft ASL. Switzerland.”
Photo credit: Kecko

Star Virgo parking at the Harbour Front, Singapore

Star Virgo parking at the Harbour Front, Singapore.
Above is the cable car services ferrying tourists to Sentosa island.
Photo credit: William Cho

Star Virgo parking at the Harbour Front, Singapore

The cable that connects the Shelter Pavilion at the Turin Ref, Italy.
The pavilion refuge can be reached via cable car departing from the glaciers of the first station located at La Palud.
Photo credit: Giorgio Ravera

Squaw Valley Gondola Snow blows off of Squaw Peak as the gondola passes by

Squaw Valley Gondola Snow blows off of Squaw Peak as the gondola passes by.
In April 1978 there was an accident during a storm when two carrying ropes of the Squaw Valley Aerial Tramway in California fell from the aerial tramway support tower. One of the ropes partly destroyed a cabin, killing four and injuring 32.
Photo credit: Rennett Stowe

Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail in Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail in Hong Kong.
Photo credit: Jakub Halun

Grouse Mountain Skyride over Vancouver

Grouse Mountain Skyride over Vancouver.
Photo credit: Andrea Schaffer

Ropeway between Bozen and Oberbozen in South Tyrol

Ropeway between Bozen and Oberbozen in South Tyrol in Italy.
Photo credit: Herbert Ortner

Serene Slide cable car ride to reach Manakamana Temple in Nepal

Serene Slide cable car ride to reach Manakamana Temple in Nepal
The photographer wrote, “Though there was the Cable-Car (Aerial tramway), we hiked up-hill (6 tough hours) to reach Manakamana Temple. Our route followed the Cable-Car above. Manakamana is well known as the wish fulfilling goddess.
Photo credit: Dhilung Kirat

Rotating Titlis Cable car in the Alps

Titlis Cable car, near Engelberg in the Urner Alps of Switzerland.
The rotating construction of the Titlis gondola provides passengers better view.
Photo credit: Audrius Meskauskas

The Aiguille du Midi cable car

The Aiguille du Midi cable car
The cable car that leads to the ‘Aiguille du Midi and is part of the “glacier” cable car system that links between Courmayeur and Chamonix.
Photo credit: Giorgio Ravera

Shinhotaka Ropeway in Takayama, Gifu prefecture, Japan

Shinhotaka Ropeway in Takayama, Gifu prefecture, Japan
Photo credit: 663highland

New Jersey State Fair

New Jersey State Fair
These cable car riders are certainly happy.
Photo credit: Jackie (sister72)

3 Comments

  1. The terms “cable car” and “gondola” have been used incorrectly in some of these shots. Most of the photos are of gondolas, which are the smaller cars carrying 4-8 people. Cable cars are the larger variety which carry 20+ people. Another difference is that cable cars usually only have one car per cable/line, whereas gondolas can have many cars travelling on the same cable/line at once.

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