World’s Top 10 Cable Cars

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When you’re on holiday it’s nice to take the easy way out, and it’s lovely to see some amazing views. These two delightful concepts come together in the magical world of cable cars, whisking you up high in no time, with no hard graft required, and rewarding you with sweeping vistas. So in honour of this magnificent transportation method, we bring you the world’s top cable car rides!


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Down from the cable car - mountains and beaches

Taking you to the top of the Sugarloaf Mountains in two stages, the whole of Rio opens out below you showcasing the stunning beaches! It’s best tried at sunset – if you can beat the crowds.


Merida, Venezuela

Heading into the Andes - no snow yet!

Both the highest and the tallest in the world, this cable car starts at an astonishing 3,125m above sea level, and continues its ascent into the Andes from there. Expect sweeping mountain views!


Skyrail, Hong Kong

Out over the water in Hong Kong

Scenic views as you head out over the water to Lantau Island have made this cable car a huge hit on the Hong Kong tourist trail. Forests, Hong Kong Disneyland and much more await.


Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Lion's Peak, foothills and beach

There’s no need to hike up this iconic mountain, when you can take the cable car on a speedy trip to the top – and they are happy to improve your view too, with a rotating floor


Heaven’s Gate Mountain, China

Lush mountains
See-ming Lee

The longest cable car ride in the world is not for the feeble-hearted as it journeys 7455 m through jaw-dropping mountains. You may find yourself wondering if it’s better to walk the 999 steps to the top, it’s that scary!


The Cabrio, Lucerne, Switzerland

French Alps and the lake below

Featuring amazing views of the Swiss Alps and the world’s first open-topped cable car, The Cabrio has to be seen to be believed. If being atop the car sounds too much for you, then try the lower deck which still boasts great views thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass walls.


Genting Skyway, Malaysia

Through the jungle

This Malayisan cable car travels along at a fair old clip, whisking you over beautiful virgin forests along the way as you head for the Genting Resort, where you’ll find theme parks, restaurants and plenty to keep everyone busy.


Gulmarg Gondola, Jammu and Kashmir

Not warm as you climb the Himalayas

You couldn’t hope for more amazing views than K2 and the part of the Himalayas nicknamed the Valley of the Flowers. This impressive cable car climbs to a staggering 3,980 metres – don’t forget your camera!


l’Aiguille du Midi, France

Steep cliff and sharp rise

Rivalling the Heaven’s Gate Mountain cable car for sheer terror rating, this one operates in the Mont Blanc range and offers the highest vertical ascent in the world – so expect to see the floor drop away. Console yourself with views of Europe’s tallest mountain, Mont Blanc!


Obudu, Nigeria

Green mountains in Nigeria

Experience the peace and quiet of Nigeria at the Obudu Mountain Resort – and get there on the Obudu cable car, taking you through lush green mountains along the way. They claim it’s the world’s longest – maybe we should pop over and check.


Use our flights or holiday search to get to these destinations. And make sure you hop on a cable car when you see one, wherever you go! dealchecker favourites also include ones in Barcelona, Funchal and French Alps.