8 Spectacular Transporter Bridges That’s in Use Today

A ferry that travels through the air? That’s essentially what a transporter bridge is. The gondola is usually attached to a tall metal frame by long wires. Electric motors bring the gondola from one to the opposite side of a river. Some transporter bridges carry cars, while others only are used for people and bikes. We’ve found 8 of these ferry bridges that are still in service – Watch them all in action here!

The Newport Transporter Bridge, Wales, United Kingdom

The Newport Transporter Bridge crosses the River Usk in Newport, Wales. The bridge carries cars and passengers on foot and opened in 1906.

The Newport Transporter Bridge, Wales, United Kingdom

The Newport Transporter Bridge crosses the River Usk in Newport, Wales. The bridge carries cars and passengers on foot and opened in 1906.

Transporter Bridge Osten–Hemmoor, Germany

Osten Transporter Bridge over the Oste River was completed in 1909. Passengers are allowed on foot, bike, motorcycle, or in a German veteran car (“Oldtimer”).

Transporter Bridge Osten–Hemmoor, Germany

Osten Transporter Bridge over the Oste River was completed in 1909. Passengers are allowed on foot, bike, motorcycle, or in a German veteran car (“Oldtimer”).

Vizcaya Bridge, Bilbao, Spain

Opened in 1893, this is the first and oldest transporter bridge in the world. Passengers are welcome on foot or in a car.

Vizcaya Bridge, Bilbao, Spain

Opened in 1893, this is the first and oldest transporter bridge in the world. Passengers are welcome on foot or in a car.

Puente Transbordador, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Puente Transbordador crosses the Riachuelo River in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was inaugurated in 1914. It carries cars and passengers on foot.

Puente Transbordador, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Puente Transbordador crosses the Riachuelo River in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was inaugurated in 1914. It carries cars and passengers on foot.

Rendsburg High Bridge, Germany

Rendsburg High Bridge, completed in 1913, is a railway bridge with a transporter bridge hanging below. It crosses the Kiel Canal and welcomes passengers on foot as well as bikes.

Rendsburg High Bridge, Germany

Rendsburg High Bridge, completed in 1913, is a railway bridge with a transporter bridge hanging below. It crosses the Kiel Canal and welcomes passengers on foot as well as bikes.

Le Pont Transbordeur de Rochefort, France

The transporter bridge in Rochefort, France, crosses the Charente River. The crossing is possible on foot, bicycle, or moped. It is open from April until the end of October every year.

Le Pont Transbordeur de Rochefort, France

The transporter bridge in Rochefort, France, crosses the Charente River. The crossing is possible on foot, bicycle, or moped. It is open from April until the end of October every year.

Tees Transporter Bridge, United Kingdom

The Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough crosses the River Tees. It’s the longest transporter bridge in the world at 259 meters. The gondola carries cars and passengers on foot.

Tees Transporter Bridge, United Kingdom

The Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough crosses the River Tees. It’s the longest transporter bridge in the world at 259 meters. The gondola carries cars and passengers on foot.

Hamrstejn Gondola Bridge, Czech Republic

The Hamrstejn Gondola Bridge crosses the Lusatian Neisse river in the Czech Republic. It’s a self-service transporter bridge that can carry six people or two cyclists. It opened in 2010.

Hamrstejn Gondola Bridge, Czech Republic

The Hamrstejn Gondola Bridge crosses the Lusatian Neisse river in the Czech Republic. It’s a self-service transporter bridge that can carry six people or two cyclists. It opened in 2010.

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