Longest Bridges in the World

How Long are the Longest Bridges Spanning Water or Valleys?

The longest bridges in the world which span rivers or valleys are either cable-stayed bridges or suspension bridges. Cable stayed bridges are supported by cables anchored to pylons. Suspension bridges have ropes on both banks rooted deep into the ground. The longest bridge in the world with the largest span width (1,991 m) is the Akashi Kaikyö* suspension bridge in Japan. The world’s longest bridge, with cable-stays and the largest span, is the Russky Bridge in Russia. Other bridge types include historic arched stone bridges, beam bridges, frame bridges, girder bridges and pendulum terminal bridges.

  • 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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Longest Bridges in the WorldSpan (m)Span (feet)Country/LocalityTotal length (m)Total length (feet)Bridge TypeHigh (m)High (feet)Opened
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (aka Pearl Bridge)19916532Japan, Kobe391112831Suspension bridge.2979741998
Xihoumen Bridge16505413China, Zhoushan27008858Suspension bridge.2116922008
Great Belt (East Bridge)16245328Denmark, Zealand679022777Suspension bridge.2548331998
Osman Gazi Bridge15505085Turkey, Gulf of Izmit26828799Suspension bridge.2417912016
Yi Sun-sin15645131South Korea, Kwangyang22607415Suspension bridge.2738962013
Runyang (south bridge)14904888China, Zhenjiang14904888Suspension bridge.2157052005
4th Nanjing Yangtze Bridge14184652China, Nanjing543717838Suspension bridge.2297512012
Humber Bridge14104626UK, Lincolnshire22207283Suspension bridge.1555091981
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge14084619Turkey, Bosphorus, Istanbul21647100Suspension bridge.32210562016
Jiangyin Bridge13854544China, Jingjiang307110075Suspension bridge.1906231997
Tsing Ma Bridge 13774518China, Hong Kong21607087Suspension bridge.2066761997
Hardanger Bridge13104298Norway, Hordaland14004593Suspension bridge.2006602013
Verrazano-Narrows12984260USA, NYC20396690Suspension bridge.1986501964
Golden Gate12804200USA, San Francisco27378980Suspension bridge.2277451937
Yangluo Yangtze12804200China, Wuhan27258940Suspension bridge.1705582007
Höga Kusten12103970Sweden, Härnösand18676125Suspension bridge.1805811997
Aizhai Bridge11763858China, Jishou, Hunan15345033Suspension bridge.33611022012
Mackinac11583799USA, Mackinaw803826371Suspension bridge.1685511957
Qingshui River Bridge11303707China, Guizhou21887178Suspension bridge.2307552015
Huangpu Bridge11083636China, Guangzhou, Guangdong701623018Suspension and stayed bridge combined.2016592008
Minami Bisan-Seto11003609Japan, Okayama and Kagawa prefectures16485407Suspension bridge.1655411989
Fatih Sultan Mehmet10903576Turkey, Istanbul15104954Suspension bridge.1695541988
Baling River Bridge10883570China, Guizhou Provence, Guanling county22377339Suspension bridge.37012142009
Taizhou North Bridge10803543China, Jiangsu Province682122379Suspension bridge.1926302012
Ma’anshan Left Stream Bridge10803543China, Anhui ProvinceSuspension bridge.2013
Bosphorus10743524Turkey, Istanbul15605118Suspension bridge.1655411973
George Washington Bridge10673501USA, NYC14514760Suspension bridge.1846041931
Kurushima-Kaikyo (third)10303379Imabari, JapanSuspension bridge.1999
Kurushima-Kaikyo (second)10203346Imabari, JapanSuspension bridge.1999
Ponte 25 de Abril10133323Portugal, Lisbon22787474Suspension bridge.1906231966
Forth Road Bridge10063301UK, Scotland, Fife25128241Suspension bridge.1565121964
Kita Bisan-Seto Bridge9903248Japan, Okayama and Kagawa prefectures15385046Suspension bridge.1988
Severn Bridge9883241UK, joins Wales & England16005249Suspension bridge.1364461966

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