Modes of Transport

Buses, boats, and trains! What’s your little favorite transportation system? There are many modes of transportation that allow us to move from one part of the world to another, and learning about them is one the first things that little ones do as soon as they start communicating with their families.

During early childhood, children are dependant on their parents to carry them around before they start walking, they hop up into their little strollers and travel the city with mom and dad guiding them. As soon as they start getting older, children start playing with toy cars, learning how to drive through their houses, which turns out to be a great an exercise for children’s spatial awareness. As they reach a certain age, bicycles are the way to go for many kids that wish to set out on adventures with family and friends!

So, talking about the different types of transportation comes almost naturally to the little ones. But there’s more to this topic than just learning names of vehicles: it’s also important to learn to express the action of using the different transportation systems. When talking about transport, we can use prepositions or verbs to express us. Let’s learn the most common vocabulary about transportation and also verbs related to transportation.



Types of Transportation


Depending on the destination, there is a myriad of vehicles that are suited to travel to various places. For example, you can go by land if there are roads and highways available; or maybe by air if the distance is too long; or even by water if you live on an island. Let’s check out the different means of transport there are.


Air transport

Is the fastest mean of transport, and it consists of a vehicle traveling by air.


Modes of transport

helicopter


Hot air balloon - Modes of transport

hot air balloon 


Airplane - Modes of transport

airplane (plane)


Dirigible - Medios de transporte

blimp


Rocket - Modes of transport

rocket

spaceship

space shuttle

zeppelin



Airport Vocabulary


airport

aircraft

air traffic control

airline 

baggage

aisle seat

window seat

boarding pass

cabin

carry-on luggage

check-in desk

copilot

pilot

customs

flight

landing

flight attendant

jet lag

round trip

seat belt

terminal

take-off



Water transportation

It refers to all the transport made over a body of water, such as a lake, an ocean, a sea, a river, or a canal.


Sailboat - Modes of transport

sailboat


Cruise Ship - Modes of transport

cruise ship


Cargo ship - Modes of transport

cargo ship


Speedboat - Modes of transport

speedboat


Jet ski - Modes of transport

jet ski


Pirate

pirate ship


boat

ship

submarine

yacht

canoe

amphibious vehicle

gondola

kayak

tugboat

airboat

ferry

raft

coast guard ship



Sailing Vocabulary

port

starboard

anchor

launch

hatch

sails

course

pier

quay

stern

bow

harbor

paddle

lifeboat

dam

embark

scuttle

lighthouse

fleet

rudder 

breakwater 

merchant ship

shipyard

aboard



Land transport

It refers to all the vehicles that can transport people or objects by land.


Bicycle - Modes of transport

bicycle


Car - Modes of transport

car


Bus - Modes of transport

bus


Train - Modes of transport

train


Truck - Modes of transport

truck


Van - Modes of transport

van


Taxi - Modes of transport

taxi


motorcycle (motorbike)

tram

subway

scooter

tricycle

pick-up truck

tractor

cable car

airship

SUV

trolley bus

garbage truck

ambulance 

wagon

convertible

dogsled

forklift

go-cart

golf cart

hybrid

patrol car

snowmobile

tractor

tow truck

Segway

sedan

school bus

scooter

limousine

double-decker



Train vocabulary


dining car

platform

ticket office

ticket collector

railway station

track

first class

booking

single ticket

return ticket

one way ticket

timetable

coach

express train

luggage rack

sleeping car


After having taken a look at the types of transports, let’s learn about the several ways to say how do you get to a certain place. For this, we can use prepositions or verbs.


Let’s check out the way to use prepositions to talk about transportation:


by air

by road

by car

by subway

by bus

by bicycle

by sea

by train

on foot



Now, let’s see some verbs to talk about traveling, these express the actions done when taking a specific mean of transport.


to drive

to walk

to stroll

to fly

to sail

to ride a bike

to take the bus

to take the train

to take the subway



Travel Vocabulary and Expressions

There’s a lot of different expressions that can be used when talking about transportation with our little ones, we can talk about the type of transportation system used or maybe use phrases that belong to a certain mean of transportation.


Public transport

Is a system formed by buses, trains and other vehicles that have fixed routes and also fixed schedules, and that are widely used by the citizens of a place, and the general public.


Private transport

It’s a service that’s not available to the general public, such as yachts or planes.


Journey

It means to travel from one place to another. It’s mostly used for vehicles.


Commute

Is a frequent journey that’s made from the house to work or school.


Arrival

Is the time when we get to a destination


Departure

Is the time when we leave a location.


Passenger

Is the person that travels inside a vehicle or means of transport. 


Change/Transfer

Is the change of transportation system a passenger has to do when there's no direct journey to their destination. 



Useful Expressions for Traveling


Hi, I would like a return ticket to Valencia, please.

What platform does it leave from? 

How long is the journey?

Is it an express train or do I have to change trains?

How do you go to school?

How do you get to work?

I ride my bike to school. 

We always walk to the park. 

My mom goes to work by bus. 

Is there a flight to Toronto, please?

Can I have a window seat?

I prefer an aisle seat, thanks. 

What times does it take off?

How long is the flight?

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