A zip line is a thrilling experience. Think fast speeds and – if you can keep your eyes open – some pretty spectacular views of the scenery.
There are some incredible zip lines around the world that are sure to make for a ride of a lifetime, whether you’re exploring the clouds in Costa Rica’s rainforest, taking in unrivalled views of Niagara Falls, or ticking the world’s fastest zip line off the bucket list.
They’re not just for adrenaline junkies either – it can be a fun way to get some sightseeing done, and there are even some family-friendly options if you’re travelling with kids.
Get an aerial view of the world and its wonders on these 10 incredible zip lines…
1. Ziptrek, Quebec, Canada
With five double mega zip lines – the longest in Quebec – this eco aerial adventure whisks the whole family for 2.5 miles over the trees from the top to the base of Mont- Tremblant. Accompanied by guides, the three-hour activity also includes the ascent of Mont-Tremblant aboard a panoramic gondola, three forest walks with stop-offs at the best vantage points, as well as presentations on ecology. Minimum age seven.
How much? Tickets from £57 (99 CAD). Find out more at tremblant.ziptrek.com.
2. WildPlay Zipline, Niagara Falls, Canada
Feel the rush of the thundering waters of the American Falls as you ride, hands-free, towards the Canadian Horseshoe Falls on the spectacular WildPlay Zipline. Alternatively, zip-line in the dark, when both sets of falls are illuminated in a cascade of dancing colours as you hurtle towards the Niagara River Gorge below.
After arriving at the Landing Deck enjoy close-up views of the Horseshoe at an exclusive area for zip-line riders. A Zipline Express will take you back up.
How much? Prices from £30 (49.99 CAD). Find out more at niagarafalls.wildplay.com.
3. Mont 4 Zipline, Verbier, Switzerland
Perched 10,925ft above sea level and reaching speeds of up to 62mph, the stats of Mont 4 are enough to make your head spin! Launched in August, it is the highest zip line in the world, overtaking the one above Val Thorens in France.
Stretching for almost a mile, it takes the title of the longest zip line in the Alps too.
The experience begins above the Tortin glacier and descends between Mont-Fort and Les Gentianes. Breathtaking mountain views come as standard.
How much? Adult tickets from £7 (45 CHF), plus lift pass costs. Find out more at mont4Zipline.ch.
4. Sky Trek Costa Rica
Feel the force of nature in Monteverde, home to a fascinating cloud forest. Its high altitude means it has a variable climate with high biodiversity, making it a flourishing habitat for wildlife. Begin with an open-air gondola ride to an observation area at the highest point of the mountain. Then enjoy the zip-line circuit that stretches across canyons and between treetops.
How much? Adults £64 ($84), children £44 ($58). Find out more at skyadventures.travel.
5. XLine Dubai Marina, UAE
On the world’s longest urban zip line, launch from one of the Amwaj Towers to whizz for more than half a mile between skyscrapers and over Dubai Marina before landing at Dubai Mall.
Look out for Princess Tower, the world’s tallest all-residential tower, and Cayan Tower, the tallest twisted tower.
The XLine reaches speeds of nearly 50mph at 557ft above ground and has double zip lines so friends and family can ride in tandem.
How much/ Adults from £126, children from £105. Find out more at xline.xdubai.com.
6. Flying Fox, Jodhpur, India
See Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur’s most impressive site, from a new perspective on the Flying Fox zip lines. Perched on a cliff, more than 400ft above the city, the fort has been home to Maharajas since the 15th century.
There are six spectacular zip lines, up to 984ft long, totalling 3,543ft of flight, lasting around 90 minutes.
Glide over the Chokelao Gardens and enjoy views over Jodhpur’s blue houses. Launch off a battlement accessed by a hidden tunnel, fly over Ranisar Lake and zoom into the heart of Rao Jodha Park before landing on the tip of a 98ft tower to look back at the fort in all its glory.
How much? Adults £17 (1,700Rs), children £15 (1,500Rs). Find out more at flyingfox.asia.
7. Cloudscraper ZipRider, Colorado, USA
A lofty 1,200ft above the Arkansas River, the Cloudscraper is the highest zip line in America.
State-of-the-art harnesses and an automatic breaking system on the hands-free adventure allow you to sit back and enjoy a journey offering views of the Royal Gorge and the USA’s highest bridge.
8. Go Below, Goliath Zip, Snowdonia
Why go over a mountain when you can go through it? Abseil, zip line, scramble, traverse, boat and climb your way around abandoned mines with Go Below. Just choose your adventure level… Ultimate Extreme features a heart-in-mouth freefall and the world’s deepest and longest underground zip line at 420ft.
How much? Ultimate Extreme £99pp. Find out more at go-below.co.uk.
9. Zip World, Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, Gwynedd
In the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, Zip World is home to a host of outdoor adventures.
The world’s fastest and Europe’s longest zip line, Velocity 2’s four parallel lines span for almost a mile over a quarry lake.
Race against friends, reaching possible speeds of over 100mph.
How much? Prices from £65pp. Find out more at zipworld.co.uk.
10. Zipline over the Boardwalk, Harmony of the Seas
Ride over the Boardwalk on Royal Caribbean cruise ship Harmony of the Seas. Launched from nine decks up, adventurers get
a cheer from passengers as they fly down the 82ft wire. The ride is included in the fare, no reservation required. If this whets your appetite for thrills, take a 10-storey plunge down Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea.
How much? Western Mediterranean Cruise on Harmony of the Seas from £603pp, kids from £99. Find out more on royalcaribbean.com.