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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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