In this article, you will see the top 10 longest bridges in the world. A bridge is a useful tool that can connect distant points separated by water, marshland or difficult terrain. Whether traveled on foot or by car or rail, bridges are as essential for transporting goods and services as they are for cutting down the travel time between two distant points.
But bridges represent something else, too. Something far more difficult to quantify. Something perhaps best described as a feeling – the type of emotion just as likely to arise when viewing a famous of work of art. This sense of awe and beauty draws people to bridges not only for their utilitarian function, but as iconic points worth admiring in their surrounding landscapes. Think of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, with its Art Deco towers rising out of the mist like cathedral spires. Or the majestic Tower Bridge that spans the river Thames in London.
Whether as part of one’s daily commute or as a vital artery that keeps an economy moving, these bridges have something else in common: their incredible length. A testament to human ingenuity, here are 10 of the longest bridges in the world, connecting lives — and breaking records while doing it.
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10. Line 1 Wuhan Metro, China
In the city of Wuhan in Hubei, China, there is an elevated metro rail line simply named “Line 1.” Although this may seem like a rather inauspicious name, Line 1 is actually a world record holder. At 23.5 miles (38 kilometers) in length, Line 1 is not only the tenth-longest bridge, but also is one of the longest continuous metro viaducts in the world.
9. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, USA.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana is the only bridge in the United States to rank among the world’s longest bridges. At nearly 24 miles (39 kilometers), this southern Louisiana bridge comes in at ninth on our list. The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is actually comprised of two parallel bridges of nearly the same length, with the first bridge opening in 1956 and the second bridge in 1969. At an imprecise mark, motorists are usually not able to see land on either side of the bridge. The bridge is so long that it is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the “longest bridge over water in the world (continuous),” and at its center there is a bascule (another name for drawbridge) that can raise to let ships pass.
8. Beijing Grand Bridge, China.
The Beijing Grand Bridge is situated south of its namesake city of Beijing. This bridge is one of several located in China that have made the list and, like several others, is part of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway system. The Beijing Grand Bridge, which officially opened in 2011, is 30 miles (48 kilometers) in length, which puts it in eighth place among the world’s longest bridges. It was built to connect the Yangtze River Delta and the Bohai Economic Rim on China’s Eastern coast; both regions require railway transportation to export their supplies of agricultural and natural resources.
7. Bang Na Expressway, Thailand.
The Bang Na Expressway in Thailand may be the seventh-longest bridge in the world, but it could probably hold a second title as the world’s longest car bridge. While the first six-longest bridges in the world are used exclusively for high-speed rail, the Bang Na Expressway is a six-lane elevated highway with toll stations on each end. The Bang Na Expressway is 34 miles (55 kilometers) in length and allows drivers to zip across Bangkok without getting held up in the traffic of the Bang Na-Trat Highway (or National Highway route 34), which runs below it.
6. Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, China
When the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge opened in October 2018, it became the world’s sixth-longest bridge. The bridge connects Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau and consists of a series of three cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel and four artificial islands. The bridge is 34 miles (55 kilometers) long, it is both the longest sea-crossing bridge and the longest open-sea fixed bridge in the world.
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