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Highest Bridges in the World

List of the Highest Bridges in the World

The height of the bridges in our highest bridges list is measured from the deck of the bridge (which carries road, rail, transport etc.) down to the ground or water level beneath the bridge. The height of the bridge structure itself is not taken into account for this list of bridges. Currently* the highest bridge in the world is the Beipanjiang River bridge in southwestern China which is 1854 feet (565m) and opened to traffic in December 2016. Our list of highest bridges doesn’t generally include bridges still under construction, temporary bridge constructions, cliff walk bridges etc.

Highest Bridge Types
  • Suspension bridges: A pair of main suspension cables are stretched over two towers and firmly anchored into the ground. Smaller vertical suspender cables are attached to the main cables to support the deck below. Suitable for longer spans across rivers. Expensive to build.
  • Cable-stayed bridges: There are two main types:
    • Fan type: Efficient
    • Harp or parallel type: More space for fixings

    The deck is supported by cables anchored to towers. The downwards load on the bridge means the cables are under constant tension and the load is transferred to downwards force on the towers. Ideal for medium spans where stiffness is required. Does not need large ground anchors and cheaper to construct than suspension bridges.

  • Beam bridges: Vertical piers and horizontal beams. Simple to build but only suitable for short short spans, additional piers can be added for longer crossings.
  • Arch bridges: Relies on the load being transferred down through the arch and resisted by abutments at the base of the arch to prevent the arch spreading under compression. Limited span length but additional arches can be added for longer spans.
  • Bridge span = Longest span between two pillars. Bridge length = Total length including all pillars. Bridge height = From deck of bridge to ground/water level under bridge.
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Highest Bridges in the WorldHeight (m)Height (feet)LocalityCountryBridge TypeTriviaMain Span (m)Main Span (feet)Opened#
Beipanjiang Bridge Duge.5651854Dugexiang, Guizhou.ChinaCable-stayed bridge.Highest bridge in the world.720236220161
Siduhe Bridge (Sidu River Bridge).4961627Yesanguanzhen, Hubei.ChinaSuspension bridge.World’s highest suspension bridge.900295220092
Puli Bridge.4851591Pulixiang, Yunnan.ChinaSuspension bridge.628206020153
Yachi River Bridge.4401444Daguanzhen, Guizhou.ChinaSuspension bridge.800262520164
Qingshuihe River Bridge.4061332Weng’an, Guizhou.ChinaSuspension bridge.Also one of the world’s longest bridges.1130370720165
Hegigio Gorge Pipeline Bridge.3931289Otoma, Southern Highlands.Papua New GuineaSuspension bridge.World’s highest pipeline bridge.470154220056
Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge (Puente Baluarte Bicentenario).3901280El Palmito, Sinaloa.MexicoCable-stayed bridge.Highest bridge in the Americas.520170620137
Liuguanghe Bridge Xiqian.3751230Liutongxiang, Guizhou.ChinaSuspension bridge.580190320168
Balinghe Bridge (Baling River Bridge).3701214Guanling, Guizhou.ChinaSuspension bridge.1088357020099
Beipanjiang Bridge Guanxing (Beipan River Guanxing Highway Bridge).3661200Xingbeizhen, Guizhou.ChinaSuspension bridge.3881273200310
Dimuhe Bridge.3601181Liupanshui, Guizhou.ChinaSuspension bridge.5381765201611
Liuchonghe Bridge (Liuchong River Bridge).3401115Zhilin, Guizhou.ChinaCable-stayed bridge.4381437201312
Aizhai Bridge.3361102Jishou, Hunan.ChinaSuspension bridge.11763858201213
Lishuihe Bridge.3301083Zhangjiajie, Hunan.ChinaSuspension bridge.8562808201314
Beipanjiang Bridge Hukun.3181043Qinglong, Guizhou.ChinaSuspension bridge.6362087200915
Najiehe Railway Bridge.3101017Liuchangxiang, Guizhou.ChinaArch bridge.Railway bridge.3521155201616
Liuguanghe Bridge.297975Liu Guangzhen, Guizhou.ChinaBeam bridge.Highest beam bridge in the world.240787200117
Beipanjiang Railway Bridge Qinglong.295968Qinglong, Guizhou.ChinaArch bridge.Railway bridge.4451460201618
Zhijinghe Bridge.294965Dazhipingzhen, Hubei.ChinaArch bridge.4301411200919
Royal Gorge Bridge.291955Cañon City, Colorado.USASuspension bridge.Highest bridge in the USA.286938192920
Longjiang Bridge.290951Wuhexiang, Yunnan.ChinaSuspension bridge.290951201621
Xixihe Bridge Qianda.288945Honglinxiang, Guizhou.ChinaBeam bridge.190623201522
Millau Viaduct (Viaduc Millau) the277909Millau, Midi-Pyrénées.FranceCable-stayed bridge.Tallest bridge in the world.3421122200423
Beipanjiang Railway Bridge Shuibai.275902Fa’er Bouyei, Guizhou.ChinaArch bridge.World’s highest railway bridge.235771200124
Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tilman Memorial Bridge (Colorado River Bridge, Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge).271890Boulder City, Nevada.USAArch bridge.World’s highest concrete arch bridge.3231060201025
New River Gorge Bridge.267876Fayetteville, West Virginia.USAArch bridge.Listed in USA national register of historic places.5181700197726
Zongxihe Bridge.264866Weixinzhen, Guizhou.ChinaArch bridge.3601181201527
Wulingshan Bridge.263863Pengshui, Chongqing.ChinaCable-stayed bridge.3601181200928
Nanpanjiang Railway Bridge Qiubei.262860Qiubei, Yunnan.ChinaArch bridge.Railway bridge.4161365201629
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Footbridge.260853Sanguansixiang, Hunan.ChinaSuspension bridge.The world’s highest footbridge. Glass-bottomed.4301411201630
Zhongjianhe Bridge.260853Xuan’en, Hubei.ChinaCable-stayed bridge.4001312201531
Wujiang Bridge Yuqing.260853Goupitanzhen, Guizhou.ChinaCable-stayed bridge.3601181201632
Italia Viaduct (Viadotto Italia).259850Laino Borgo, Calabria.ItalyBeam bridge.Highest bridge in Italy.175574197433
Jiangjiehe Bridge.256840Weng’an, Guizhou.ChinaArch bridge.3301083199534

* Dated information last updated 1 January 2017.

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