If you’re having some serious wanderlust this one is for you. Best scenic tram rides in the world.
We’ve scoured the earth and gathered together the best scenic tram rides in the world. Feast your eyes on some of the most beautiful views in the world!
1. Grenoble- Bastille Cable Car- Grenoble, France:
The Grenoble-Bastille cable car has connected Grenoble to the summit since 1934. This tram ride takes four minutes and takes visitors from the banks of the Isere River to the ancient Bastille fortifications. On a clear day, visitors have sweeping views of the city of Grenoble and gorgeous Alps, including the iconic Mont Blanc. Just amazing! Which is why it is considered the best scenic tram ride.
2. Stanserhorn Cabrio- Stans, Switzerland:
This tram opened in June 2012 and is the world's first double-decker, open-top tram. This cable car takes visitors 3,737 feet to the top of Stanserhorn. It takes just six and a half minutes to get to the 360 degree panoramic views of the fresh mountain area.
3. Ngong Ping 360- Hong Kong, China:
It is hailed as being one of the world’s best cable car experiences and with its choice of cabins, incredible views and cultural village, it’s easy to see why! This tram ride takes visitors between Tung Chung Town and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. The views include the South China Sea, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, the International Airport and the flora and fauna of North Lantau Country Park.
4. Langkawi SkyCab- Langkawi, Malaysia:
The Langkawi SkyCab is located at the oldest part of South East Asia, takes around fifteen minutes and has three parts to the tram ride. The first base station is located at the foot the Machincang Mountain. The second station is in the middle at an elevation of 650 m above sea level that provides views of the main island. And the top station sits at an elevation of 708 m above sea level. If you ride it all the way to the top you will see views from the island's second highest peak, Mount Machincang.
5. Hakone Ropeway- Hakone, Japan:
The Hakone Ropeway is one of the world’s busiest gondolas with over two million riders a year! This ride takes thirty minutes and takes visitors 2.5 miles from Togendai Station on the shores of Lake Ashi to Sounzan Station in Hakone. Visitors will see amazing views of the snow-capped Mount Fuji, clear waters of Lake Ashi and volcanic fumes of Owakudani.
6. Dubrovnik Cable Car- Dubrovnik, Croatia:
This cable car only takes four minutes and goes 1,329 feet up in the air. The original cable car was opened in 1969 was bombed out during the 1991 Balkan conflicts, but has since been replace and re-opened in 2010. This is the best way to take in the Dalmatian coast!
7. Skyline Gondola- Queenstown, New Zealand:
This tram takes visitors 450 meters above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak. It is the steepest of its kind in all the Southern Hemisphere and the views are not the only thing waiting for you at the top… Visitors have many activities to choose from- Paragliding, bungee jumping, luge racing, mountain biking trails, stargazing tours and scenic dining options as well.
8. Telluride Gondola- Colorado, US:
The Telluride Gondola opened in 1996 and offers incredible 360 views of the San Juan Mountains. The tram ride is thirteen minutes long and takes you between Telluride and Mountain Village. It’s welcome to everyone (dogs included), equipped with ski/snowboard/bike racks, and it’s FREE! Which has to make it the coolest form of public transportation.
9. Sandia Peak Tramway- Albuquerque, US:
Is North America’s longest aerial tram and has the world’s third longest single span. 2.7 miles long the tram provides views of the Sandia Mountains. The tram was constructed in 1966 and is said to be one of the most difficult tramway construction projects because of the terrain. The ride is fifteen minutes long and has an elevation change of about 4,000 feet and temperature drop of 30 degrees.
10. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway- Cape Town, South Africa:
This is one of the three trams in the world where each circular cabin rotates a full 360 degrees during the ascent to top. The tram was opened in 1929 and was one of Cape Town’s first tourist attractions. The ride takes five minutes and provides spectacular views of Cape Town, Table Bay, nearby mountains and Table Mountain National Park.
11. Gibraltar Cable Car- Gibraltar, Spain:
This cable car has been around since 1966. The ride to the top only takes six minutes, but visitors are provided with an audio guide that gives you all the information you need to know about the history of the area. At the top, your views include: two continents, three countries and the meeting point of two great bodies of water!
12. Roosevelt Island Tram - New York City, US:
It is one of America’s only aerial tramways used for urban mass transit. More than two million commuters and tourists use this tram a year- connecting Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Each cabin can hold up to 110 people and the trip only takes 3 minutes.