Soaring hundreds of meters above the Earth, these bridges may not be for those with a fear of heights. The world's tallest bridges can be found in every corner of the Earth, from Europe to Asia to North America. A bridge's height is determined by measuring the distance between the highest possible point of a bridge to the lowest possible point (this point has to be visible, i.e., it cannot be underground or underwater).
The World's 10 Tallest Bridges
1. Millau Viaduct, France (343 m)
The Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge in the world. It was opened in December 2004, and is located in southern France. The Millau Viaduct has a total span of four lanes. The reason behind its construction was to present congestion, much of which was caused by people driving from France to Spain and back. The Millau Viaduct is taller than the Eiffel Tower.
2. Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Turkey (322 m)
The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge in Turkey is the world’s second tallest bridge. It carries both vehicular and train traffic and has been open since August 26, 2016. The bridge has eight lanes for car traffic and two for railway traffic.
3. Russky Bridge, Russia (320.9 m)
Russia’s Russky Bridge is the world’s third tallest. It was open to the public in July 2012. It is located in Vladivostok, which is in Russia’s east. The bridge took only 43 months to complete.
4. Sutong Yangtze River Bridge, China (306 m)
Sutong Yangtze River Bridge, in China’s Jiangsu province, is the world’s fourth tallest bridge. It was opened on May 25, 2008, five years after its construction began. The bridge helped the economic development of the city of Nantong by improving its accessibility to and from Shanghai.
5. Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong (288 m)
Stonecutters Bridge of Hong Kong is the world’s fifth tallest. It was opened on December 20, 2009. The bridge was notoriously difficult to construct, partially due to the fact that it had to be built to withstand the strong typhoon winds that Hong Kong is sometimes prone to.
6. Chishi Bridge, China (288 m)
The Chishi Bridge was completed in October 2016. It is found in China’s Hunan Province. The bridge has been compared to the Millau Viaduct in appearance.
7. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Japan (282.8 m)
The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge of the Akashi Strait in Japan is the world’s seventh tallest. It has been in use since 1998. The bridge was intended to serve as an alternative to the ferries that had previously served the strait, and had been prone to the effects of strong winds.
8. Yi Sun-sin Bridge, South Korea (270 m)
Yin Sun-Shin Bridge can be found in southern South Korea. It is 270 metres tall, and has been in use since 2012. The bridge connects the island of Myodo-dong with the city of Gwangyang.
9. Duge Bridge, China (269 m)
China’s Duge Bridge is the world’s ninth tallest. It was opened on December 29, 2016. The bridge took around five years to complete.
10. Jingyue Bridge, China (265 m)
Jingyue Bridge is the tenth tallest bridge in the world. It is found in Hubei, China. The bridge has been open since June 2010.
The 30 Tallest Bridges In The World
|1||Millau Viaduct||343 metres (1,125 ft)|
|2||Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge||322 metres (1,056 ft)|
|3||Russky Bridge||320.9 metres (1,053 ft)|
|4||Sutong Bridge||306 metres (1,004 ft)|
|5||Stonecutters Bridge||298 metres (978 ft)|
|6||Chishi Bridge||288 metres (945 ft)|
|7||Akashi Kaikyo Bridge||282.8 metres (928 ft)|
|8||Yi Sun-sin Bridge||270 metres (890 ft)|
|9||Duga Bridge||269 metres (883 ft)|
|10||Jingyue Bridge||265 metres (869 ft)|
|11||Yachi River Bridge||258.2 metres (847 ft)|
|12||Great Belt East Bridge||254 metres (833 ft)|
|13||Zhongzhou Yangtze River Bridge||247.5 metres (812 ft)|
|14||Gongshuihe Bridge||245 metres (804 ft)|
|15||Jiujiang Fuyin Expressway Bridge||244.3 metres (802 ft)|
|16||E'dong Bridge||242.5 metres (796 ft)|
|17||Mezcala Bridge||236 metres (774 ft)|
|18||Osman Gazi Bridge||234.425 metres (769.11 ft)|
|19||Incheon Bridge||230.5 metres (756 ft)|
|20||Golden Gate Bridge||227.4 metres (746 ft)|
|21||Xiamen Zangzhou Bridge||227 metres (745 ft)|
|22||Jiashao Bridge||227 metres (745 ft)|
|23||Zolotoy Bridge||226 metres (741 ft)|
|24||El Carrizo Bridge||226 metres (741 ft)|
|25||Xiangshan Harbor Bridge||225.5 metres (740 ft)|
|26||Langqi Bridge||223 metres (732 ft)|
|27||Yangpu Bridge||223 metres (732 ft)|
|28||San Marcos||223 metres (732 ft)|
|29||Fourth Nanjing Yangzte Bridge||223 metres (732 ft)|
|30||Tatara Bridge||220 metres (720 ft)|