Top 10 Longest Suspension Bridges in the world


Back in the 1400s, some Japanese men thought of building an engineering marvel that could not only make it easier to travel but be a miracle in itself. Unfortunately, it was in the 1800s that the dream was fulfilled and the first suspension bridge was constructed. Length of the main span, or the length of the suspended roadway between the bridge’s tower, is what makes suspension bridges even more interesting.
Whether you are an engineer or an architect who wants to marvel at these iconic designs, or a traveler who wants to feel the vibrations on a suspension bridge, or even if you are an online reader looking for information, here is the list of the ten Longest Suspension Bridges in the world, according to their main span, just for you.

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Longest Suspension Bridges

1.Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe, Japan (6,532 feet)

With a length of almost four kilometers, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world. Opened to the public in 1991, it is an engineering feat that is yet to be paralleled. This bridge connects the Japanese city of Kobe to the beautiful Awaji Island, an island famous for Naruto whirlpools.
Not only does the bridge has a main span of almost two kilometers, but it also has a series of observation hallways underneath, for those who want to see the construction. These hallways are famously called the Maiko Marine Promenade. Also, the Bridge Exhibition center in Kobe is a go-to.

How to reach:
To reach Kobe, you can take a flight to Tokyo and then a high-speed train or a shinkansen, as it called in Japan, to Kobe. The train journey takes three hours but may be expensive for some. Also, you can take an overnight bus to Kobe for a lesser amount. The bridge is a short walk from the JR Santo Line in Kobe.


2. Xihoumen Bridge, Zhoushan, China(5, 413 feet)

The Xihoumen Bridge Zhoushan forms the last part of the expressway that connects the Zhoushan Archipelago to the mainland. The island that constitutes the Zhoushan Archipelago is famous for the fishery, their beautiful shores, and the remarkable Taoist culture. The bridge connects Cezi Island to Jintang. Zhoushan is also famous for the Mt. Putoshan Scenic spot, near which is a Buddhist temple. Not only this, to reach the bridge itself, you will be happy to cross two beautiful bridge and a railway tunnel.

How to reach:
To reach Zhoushan, you can take a flight from Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, and Tianjin to Zhoushan Putoshan International airport. And then you can travel to Lidiao, and then to Fuchi Island, via the Zhoushan Expressway. Then you can take the railway to Cezi Island, from where you can visit the bridge.

3. Great Belt Bridge, Zealand, Denmark (5,328 feet)

The Great Belt Bridge just like the Xihoumen Bridge is a part of an expressway, called the Great Belt Fixed Link. The Great Belt Fixed Link links the Danish Islands Zealand and Funen. First proposed in the 1850s, it took almost a century for the link to come into existence. It is a link that took a new law to be enacted, and a lawsuit to be won to finally start being constructed. Not only this, a commission was established in 1948, to investigate the implications of this construction. The Great Belt Bridge, which is a part of this link, is also called Storebælt Bridge, connects Nyborg to Korsør. It is one of the few bridges open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This makes the bridge famous for the heavenly sunrises and sunsets.

How to reach:
To reach Zealand for watching Great Belt Suspension Bridge, you can take a flight from anywhere in the world to Copenhagen and then take a train to Zealand. The trains are available throughout the day and take only half an hour, and are operated by the Danish Railways. Or if you want a taxi, you can take one, but it’s usually five to ten times the train tickets.


4. Osman Gazi Bridge, Turkey (5090 feet)

This bridge connects the Turkish city of Gebze to the Yalova Province, over the Gulf of Izmit. Named after the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman Gazi, who was the founder of the empire that ruled for centuries before the first world war. Not only is the bridge named after the Ottoman Empire Founder, but it is also one of the bridge’s that are considered engineering feats due to the bridge in one of the most seismically active areas in the world. This bridge is a part of the Otoyol-5 motorway in Turkey.

How to reach:
You can catch a flight to Istanbul from almost anywhere in the world. Then, you can take an hour-long train, bus or taxi to the city of Gebze. The railway station is only 15 kilometers away from the bridge.

5. Yi Sun-Sin Bridge, South Korea (5069 feet)

Located near the south coast of South Korea, this bridge objects the city of Gwangyang to Yeosu. The bridge is named after the South Korean Admiral who built the first ironclad warships, also called turtle ships in 1545. These ships helped the Koreans beat the Japanese in the Imjim war. The Yu Sun Sun bridge has also made it to the finalist for Outstanding Structure Award in 2013. One visit to the bridge will almost leave you gawking.

How to reach:
To reach the Yeosu side of the bridge, you can take a flight from Seoul. Also, taxis are available. Trains are also available which take roughly three and a half hours from Seoul to Yeosu. Buses are even cheaper, but take almost double the time.

6. Runyang Yangtze River Bridge, China (4,888 feet)

There are two marvelous bridges that connect the city Yangzhou to the city of Jiangsu ( Zhejiang province) across the Yangtze river, with Yangzhou to the north and Zhejiang to the south. The South Bridge is a suspension bridge and one can reach it Zhejiang. The place is famous for its fragrant black vinegar, the recipe for which dates back to the 1400 years. While you are there, don’t forget to see the natural spring and try the mouth-watering delights. The scenic beauty of beauty has been an inspiration for various Chinese painters.

How to reach:
The province of Zhejiang lies between the major train line connecting Nanjing and Shanghai, and one can visit from either side. Also, regular train s, bullet trains, and buses are available from nearby destinations. The bus travel is cheaper but can take two times longer than train journeys.

7. Nanjing Fourth Yangtze River Bridge, China(4652 feet)

Originating from the city of Nanjing, this bridge connects the towns of Hengliang, Long Pao, Xianling and Qilin. If you want to visit, you can make various pitstops along the way, and enjoy the food and culture. Also, this bridge is a part of the Nanjing-Nantong Highway, which means that your journey to Nantong could be an unforgettable experience if you choose to use the bridge.

How to reach:
The Nanjing Lukou international airport has flights arriving from the whole of China, and also Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Germany. If you want to fly in from countries other than these, you can take a flight to any of the major cities and then travel to Nanjing. The airport is about 35kms from the city center and you can take a shuttle bus or a subway to the city center.

8. Humber Bridge, United Kingdom (4626 feet)

Humber Bridge, United Kingdom
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The Humber bridge is a not so famous suspension bridge in the United Kingdom. It connects the counties of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. This bridge will relay you from the Hessle to Barton upon Humber. Though the planning for the bridge began in the 1930s, it wasn’t until 1981 that the bridge was opened for the public by Queen Elizabeth ii herself. For those who want to enjoy this bridge, they should take the lane for pedestrians and bicyclists. If you arrive on the first Sunday of any month, you can also witness the Humber Bridge Farmers Market in its own glory. Also, the Humber Bridge Fun Race and Humber Bridge Marathon are organized every summer. Along with being one of the longest suspension bridges, this bridge is, unfortunately, one of the most popular suicide spots in the world.

How to reach:
The bridge can be reached from either Lincolnshire or Yorkshire. To reach from Hessle, you can fly into the Robin Hood Airport and then travel four more hours to reach Hessle. The bridge is about a fifteen-minute walk from the Hessle Ferriby.
To arrive from Barton-Upon-Humber, you can take trains from London, Nottingham, Peterborough, and Leicester.

9. Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Turkey (4619 feet)

Named after the ninth Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Selim, this bridge was opened to the public in the presence of dignitaries from various countries. Selim was the Sultan who expanded the empire into the Middle East and North Africa. Interestingly, this bridge connects the two parts of the national capital Istanbul, which are separated by the Bosphorus, a water channel. The toll for the bridge is a little higher, and also there is an ongoing debate about the name of the bridge. This bridge should not be if you plan on venturing to the Turkish Capital anytime soon.

How to reach:
The bridge is only a twenty-seven-minute drive from the airport and a taxi can easily take you there.

10. Jianying Bridge, China (4,544 feet)

The fourth Chinese bridge in the list, it is yet another bridge constructed over the Yangtze River. It connects Jiangyin to Jingjiang, with Jiangyin lying to the south of the bridge and Jingjiang to the north. This bridge was opened in 1977 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Revolution. Interesting, I must admit.

How to reach:
You can fly into Shanghai Pudong Airport and then travel to Jingjiang via taxi( takes about two and a half hours), a bus( takes roughly five hours), or you could fly to Nanjing and take a bus to Jingjiang.