How Much Does a Bungy Jump Cost?

by Ant Stone on May 25, 2010

in Features

Bungy jumping is a rite of passage for today’s travellers. The height of the bungy jump, is effectively your travel penis: Mine’s bigger than yours. Mine was more beautiful. Mine went wrong. Mine splashed me. However, such mighty adventure sports can come at extremely high prices, and bruise even the tightest budget. Take your phallus in hand, and discover where the cheapest bungy jump in the world is.

The Cost of Bungy Jumping

Bungy Jumping Price Wars

I was filled with perky joy, as I tottered off with my giddy fingers to the bushy fringes of Googleland to fill this page with bungee jumping facts. Unfortunately I was thwarted at every turn. I had thought to bring you the ridiculous precursor to bungee jumping, and explain exactly how land diving works. I then thought to bring you a break down of the Five Highest Bungee Jumps on Earth. Seemed someone had beaten me to it. Seemed I had to find a new angle. (Seemed everyone spelled bungy differently.)

Then it hit me in the face, like the barren wasteland below an urban crane. We buy vegetables by the weight. We buy beer by the pint. We book hostels by the night. So, lets look at the price of bungy jumping around the world, by the metre. Lay your eyes upon this tangerine-tanned table, and marvel at the excel-lent break down of the real cost of bungee jumping.

Bungy Jump Locations Height (m) Cost (£) Cost (£)/
Height (m)
Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa 216 £59 £0.27
Longqing Gorge Bungee, China 50 £15 £0.30
The Last Resort, Nepal 160 £55 £0.35
Victoria Falls Bungy, South Africa 211 £81 £0.39
Ponte Colossus, Veglio, Italy 152 £77 £0.51
Colorado River, Costa Rica 81 £45 £0.55
Macau Tower, Hong Kong 233 £145 £0.62
Corinth Canal, Greece 79 £52 £0.66
Niouc, Switzerland 190 £126 £0.66

Jungle Bungy, Pataya, Thailand 50 £35 £0.69
Verzasca Dam, Switzerland 220 £152 £0.69
Victoria Falls Bridge, Zambia 111 £79 £0.71
Stockhorn, Interlaken, Switzerland 134 £101 £0.76
The Nevis Bungy, Queenstown, New Zealand 134 £117 £0.88
Morrison’s Quarry, Ottawa, Canada 61 £72 £1.19
Auckland Bridge Bungy, New Zealand 40 £55 £1.38
Viaduc de la Souleuvre, Normandy, France 61 £86 £1.40
Bali, Indonesia 45 £68 £1.52
Cairns, Australia 50 £79 £1.59
The Ledge Bungy, Queenstown, New Zealand 47 £77 £1.63
Kawarau Bridge Bungy, Queenstown, New Zealand 43 £83 £1.93

The cheapest bungy jump…

This threw up some interesting facts about bungy jumping. When you consider the price as a cost per metre, the Bloukrans Bridge jump in South Africa — the third highest bungy jump in the world — worked out to be the world’s cheapest commercial bungy jump.

I’m getting my travel penis out here; I’ve jumped the Stockhorn. Having done that 134m bungy jump, I can say with confidence I wouldn’t do another one. I actually believe it gave me a small fear for heights, which I didn’t previously have. This was enhanced by the feeling that my loose trainers were slipping off my heels, as I dangled upside down, 200ft above an Alpine lake.

The research also proved my most obvious assumption: That New Zealand exploits the fact that people associate bungy jumping with the island nation. I doubt whether the major operators are solely to blame (the Father of Bungee Jumping is Kiwi, AJ Hackett who now operates bungy jumping sites in seven countries). I dare say the government are fearful of more bungy jumping accidents, and thus crank up the insurance premiums, sending the price of the popular adventure sport higher and higher.

… or, the best bungy jump?

It’s also obvious, that the more off-the-beaten-track you venture, the cheaper your leap shalt be. However, this all begs the question: what is it that attracts us to skim the surface of death so freely, and pay so handsomely for the ‘pleasure’? It seems to be one of the biggest paradoxes of today’s backpacking culture: Lie on nice beaches; Enjoy local cuisine; Hike in beautiful countryside; Learn a new language; Visit endless cathedrals, galleries and museums; Get hurled off a bridge by someone you just met.

Have you done any of these bungy jumps? Was the risk, worth the price? Did you tell your mum beforehand? How much would be too much to pay?

[image credits: marlonius]

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom Volpe June 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Buying a bungee jump by the meter, I love it! What could you measure scube diving in? That would be too expensive by the metre, how about per fish? Thanks for making me smile this morning, I’ll be back! :o )

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Ant June 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Fish, bubbles, minutes — the possibilities are endless. Great comment, looking forward to welcoming you back Tom.

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niv September 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

i’ve done bungy jumps all over the world. macau tower, verzasca dam, austria, and new zeland… and i can honestly say it was worth every dime. the adrenaline, facing fear and the feeling of accomplishment afterwards is just amazing.

oh btw you have a mistake in the table. the victoria falls bungy is in zambia and it’s 111 and not 211 u wrote it twice.
the top five are:
#1 Macau Tower, China – 760 feet (233 m)
#2 Verzaca Dam, Switzerland – 720 feet (220 m)
#3 Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa – 708 feet (216 m)
#4 Europabrucke Bridge, Austria – 630 feet (192 m)
#5 Niouc, Switzerland – 623 ft (190 m)
my next stop is south africa.. on the way to complete all 5.

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