Getting around in Minecraft can be challenging. Water, ravines, and much more can cross your path. Luckily, bridges are the perfect way to travel fast from one point to another! From super simple to incredibly complex, let’s look at some of the most exciting ways to build bridges in Minecraft!
The best place to start when designing your first bridge is the old and reliable wooden block bridge. All good survival players have to begin humbly, and trees are everywhere in Minecraft. Try building a wooden bridge out of wooden planks like oak, birch, spruce, dark oak, acacia, or jungle!
After building a wooden bridge, you’re ready to start getting fancy! There are so many different ways to make your bridge stand out. From choosing different materials, using funky shapes and designs, adding colors and textures, Minecraft makes sure you have a multitude of blocks to choose from to make your designs pop!
Try adding different blocks to the floor to create a path, add torches for light, even try other railings! Fences and stone walls can be a speedy and straightforward way to spice up a build and add a barrier so you don’t fall off!
One of my other favorite ways to improve a bridge’s design is to add a roof. Roofs are perfect for escaping the rain or a diving phantom. Try using trapdoors, slabs, stairs, and other blocks for an eccentric roof style.
Stone bridges are the obvious step up from a wooden bridge. Using a pickaxe, mine different stone blocks to find the style you like best: stone, cobblestone, sandstone, diorite, andesite, granite, quartz, prismarine, bricks, or nether bricks. Using a stone cutter will give you access to different types of blocks from the ones you’ve mined.
Try combining different stone blocks, slabs, and stairs with other materials like wood or leaves to create your bridges. Test different numbers of supports or include a handrail for an interesting design!
Suspension bridges are some of the most iconic bridges you can build and help expand your base in a fantastic, unique way. All a suspension bridge consists of is the base and the connecting cords. Try different blocks to create the look of the cables. My favorite are wooden fences, stone slabs, fence gates, even sea lanterns for a super futuristic feel!
Suspension bridges are perfect for city builds, and you could even try building the Golden Gate Bridge like this person.
Alter the number of cords or towers to make your suspension bridge unique to you; you can even try making a curved or rounded path!
Are you building a base hidden deep within the jungle? A treehouse base wouldn’t be complete without some hanging rope bridges. A rope bridge is very similar to the suspension bridge but has a different feel. Try incorporating it into the landscape and add things like foliage or vines. This Youtuber even got creative with leads to create ropes in Minecraft!
A rope bridge would also be fantastic high up in a mountain. Have you ever connected two cliffs before?
Draw bridges can be a fantastic way to begin world-building and add character to your creations. While they may not move like real draw bridges, build one of these near your castle moat or battle fort for the ultimate defense.
Try building a couple of drawbridges. Are they down or up? Build one almost lowered so you could get out, but no one else could get in! Banners and turrets would be the perfect way to transform this bridge into a medieval settlement.
Arched bridges are a classic choice for your Minecraft world. Arched bridges are perfect for any terrain and look cool no matter how big. I love seeing arched bridges in gardens and cute little villages.
Arched bridges are super fun and straightforward to build. Experiment with stairs and slabs when making your pathway. Try using cobblestone to make your bridge look old and cracked.
Another way I like to see people experiment with their builds is by how many arches they include in their bridge. How many will you have?
Moving through a ravine or high up on a mountain can be treacherous when playing Minecraft; falling can mean a lot of damage. Build a path using wood or dirt alongside a mountain’s side or on the wall of a ravine and add blocks like wool or fences to give the appearance of it hanging for a thrilling bridge to add to your world.
Logging companies use log driving to move wood harvested to a sawmill by floating it down a river. Try building a bridge with logs floating underneath. A log bridge would be great to add to an industrial area or forest.
Japanese Foot Bridge
This Japanese-style footbridge is perfect if you use texture packs when playing Minecraft. After creating a lovely cherry blossom garden, the perfect addition would be a deep red bridge over a small stream! Use lots of stairs to achieve a round shape, and don’t forget to add lots of bamboo on either end. This bridge would be perfect for the inside of a panda enclosure at your world’s zoo!
Large bridges are perfect for connecting large builds. Traveling on foot through the landscape can take a long time and even be dangerous, but connecting builds with a large bridge is a way to make getting between them even quicker. Try adding a minecart track so you can ride with ease, or send deliveries in minecart chests.
In my opinion, these types of bridges look best when they use a couple of different blocks rather than just one. Use planks and logs for a wooden bridge or logs and cobblestone for a medieval bridge. Try adding turrets or other landmarks.
Depending on how big your Minecraft city is, think about how you would like to layout your roads. Creating a system of highways can be an excellent way to make your world feel more realistic, and adding overpasses is a great way to keep the flow of traffic! Building bridges with overpasses can make your builds more dynamic and visually engaging. What about a futuristic city with floating vehicles! A tree colony with branches for roads? Use any blocks to build an overpass bridge.
Have you ever found the most amazing areas when exploring your Minecraft world but can’t decide where you’d like to make your home base? No need to choose; live in the middle! Create a bridge with a base to have a place to live wherever you are. Build a tower tall enough so you can see all the world around your base!
Check out this person’s recreation of London’s iconic Tower Bridge!
Plants and flowers are a must when creating the cottagecore world of your dreams; why not include your bridges in this too! Try using leaves, flowers, vines, dirt, and candles to make a magical bridge made of plants. Try using some glow lichen or warped planks for added flair.
A bridge made of plants would be perfect for a wizard’s village or a greenhouse.
Creating a theme for your Minecraft world can be an exciting way to make your world feel cohesive. Try building a bridge that follows a natural path like a river or the ocean with buildings and connecting pathways. A boardwalk would be a fun addition to a beach or fair. Use cheap blocks, like wood or stone, so that you can build even bigger!
All the bridges we’ve seen so far have been fairly regular, but Minecraft isn’t a fairly regular game! With zombies, dragons, mines, magic, elytra, the nether, and more, the sky (and beyond!) is the limit for your imagination in Minecraft. Here are some unconventional ways to place bridges in your Minecraft world.
Lily pads are a super simple way to make a bridge quickly. After harvesting lily pads (I recommend finding a swamp biome!), place them on the water between two points to connect them. Lily pads are adorable in swamps, streams, and other vegetation.
Stepping stones are a unique way to add some fun to your builds. Using a variety of blocks like stones, buttons, stone walls, fences, lily pads, and even glowstone, try building a stepping stone bridge from one side of a stream to the other. The more random your block placement is, the more natural it will feel. A stepping stone bridge would be perfect for exploring a flower biome, a cottage in the woods, or a fairy grotto. Use the new glow lichen blocks for a truly magical feel!
Gravity is weird in Minecraft, and not all blocks in Minecraft follow its rules! Go ahead and build this kind of bridge any way you’d like; there is no need to support it! Watch out for sand and gravel- those blocks are off-limits for this bridge design because gravity affects them.
Try making a bridge with balloons or propellors to take your bridge to the next level!
Be careful on this bridge, or you might just slip off! Building a bridge out of ice can be a fun challenge to add to your world if you choose to make your base somewhere freezing. Ice can be obtained with a tool enchanted with a silk touch. Look for ice in icebergs and frozen lakes and oceans.
Make an ice bridge with many twists and turns for an awesome racing game with friends. All you need is ice and a boat to make a course!
Traveling through the nether using nether portals becomes necessary when expanding your Minecraft world. Build a nether hub with a series of connecting bridges for a super-efficient transportation system. This design for an ice bridge can help you travel nearly 73 blocks per second in the nether, equal to about 584 blocks per second in the overworld! I recommend building your bridges with high guardrails because this type of bridge is one of the fastest ways to travel in Minecraft; super fast!
Build with flame-resistant materials like stone or nether wart blocks, so your bridge doesn’t burn down.
As your Minecraft world starts to expand, you might be worried you’re going to run out of space. Don’t fear, look up! Creating some floating islands is an excellent way to expand your world, and they look fabulous too. I love the way rope bridges between the natural-looking islands. Many floating space ships with connecting bridges would also be an exciting build. Try this without a water bucket for an added challenge!
Who says bridges have to be walking only? Parkour is an entertaining way to explore Minecraft; why not add one to your base? There are many different ways to build a parkour bridge in your world! You could make one inside your megabase to keep your diamonds safe or create one to scale a mountain! Don’t forget to put some slime at the bottom!
Honey blocks are a weird and sticky block in Minecraft, perfect for slowing down your fall. Create a wall of honey blocks and stick yourself to it for an innovative and fun way to travel down a steep slope.
The Slime jump is a classic way to travel between two points with style, and it’s super easy to make too! All you have to do is place a slime block at the bottom of a hole or pit between two platforms and jump! You can bounce on slime, so falling on it will not hurt you. Keep moving forward to complete the jump and land on the next platform.
Shulkers are hostile mobs that live in The End dimension. Be careful not to get hit by one of their shulker bullets, or you’ll be cursed with levitation for 10 seconds. But we use those shulkers to build an amusing bridge!
Create two platforms with a shulker at each. After getting hit by one of the shulker’s bullets, don’t forget to start moving to the next platform! After 10 seconds, the effects wear off, and you will fall.
Elytra are one of the best ways to get around in Minecraft. After finding yourself a pair, in the end, try making an elytra course as a fun way to entertain yourself as you fly from one place to another in your world. Hoops are the best way to start your track. Build them in between buildings or through the jungle for an added challenge. You can even add Redstone elements like tripwires or targets to make fun minigames. Connect them to dispensers with fireworks for a show in the sky. Don’t forget your rockets!
Red Stone Bridges
Automatic bridge builder
Did you know some bridges can build themselves? If you’ve ever wanted to automate your bridge building, check out this super simple design for a self-building bridge using Redstone, water, and lava.
A bridge like this would be a great starting point if you wanted to build a large bridge between builds in your world!
Automatic bridges are not confined to just the overworld. Using a Redstone gadget of his invention, YouTuber Mumbo Jumbo created his self-building bridge for the nether. The bridge creates a path of basalt using soul sand and ice. Check out his video here:
If you’ve ever played Minecraft with friends, you know diamond thieves are everywhere. If you need a safe place to keep your diamonds so your friends can’t get to them, a hidden bridge is a perfect project. Using Redstone to keep your bridge secret, try stowing away this contraption deep in a mine or behind a wall in your base.
Ever felt like launching yourself to your destination instead of walking? Luckily, you can do that! Slime launchers are relatively simple Redstone contraptions that bounce you to your goal. Set up one and a platform to land on for a safe and fast transportation method. Set up another on the other side for quick transport between locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How do you make a good bridge in Minecraft?
Answer: Follow a tutorial and be creative. Nobody says you need to design all of your bridges. Get inspired by what other people make, and imagine what you can do with your bridge.
Question: How to build a bridge in Minecraft?
Answer: Try watching one of the videos above or look at the designs suggested. Try sketching your design first if you find it hard to make a bridge.
Question: How to build a simple bridge?
Answer: Use wooden blocks and fences to create a simple bridge. Exchange with different blocks to make different kinds of bridges.
Question: What do I need to build a bridge?
Answer: Bridges can be made out of any material as long as you can walk on them, like wood or stone. Spiderwebs and minecart rails are not good options.
Question: Does a bridge have to go over water?
Answer: No, a bridge does not have to go over water. A bridge can connect any two pieces of land. Get creative!