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Modes of Transport

By land, by air, or by water! Talking about transportation is important for children's language development and their general knowledge. Here you'll find the names of vehicles, and lots of transportation vocabulary.

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 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 ourselves. 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


Hot air balloon - Modes of transport

hot air balloon

Airplane - Modes of transport

airplane (plane)

Dirigible - Medios de transporte


Rocket - Modes of transport


spaceship - english for kids - Lingokids


space shuttle - English for kids - Lingokids

space shuttle

zeppelin - English for kids - Lingokids


✈️ Airport Vocabulary

airport / aircraft / air traffic control

airline / baggage / aisle seat / cabin

window seat / boarding pass / 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



Cruise Ship - Modes of transport

cruise ship



Cargo ship - Modes of transport

cargo ship



Speedboat - Modes of transport




Jet ski - Modes of transport

jet ski




pirate ship



boat- English for kids - Lingokids



ship - English for kids - Lingokids




Submarine - English for kids- Lingokids



yatch - English for kids - Lingokids



canoe - english for kids - lingokids




amphibious vehicle - english for kids - lingokids

amphibious vehicle



gondola - english for kids - lingokids




Kayak - English for kids - Lingokids




tugboat - english for kids - lingokids



airboat - english for kids - lingokids







raft - english for kids - lingokids




coast guard ship- English for kids - Lingokids

coast guard ship

Sailing Vocabulary

port / starboard / anchor / launch

hatch / sails / course / pier

quay / stern / bow / harbor / aboard

paddle / lifeboat / dam / embark

scuttle / lighthouse / fleet / rudder

breakwater / merchant ship / shipyard

️ Land Transport

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


Bicycle - Modes of transport




Car - Modes of transport




Bus - Modes of transport




Train - Modes of transport




Truck - Modes of transport




Van - Modes of transport




Taxi - Modes of transport




motobike - English for kids - Lingokids

motorcycle (motorbike)



subway - English for kids - Lingokids




subway - English for kids - Lingokids



scooter - English for kids - Lingokids



tricycle - English for kids - Lingokids



pick up track - English for kids - Lingokids

pick-up truck


tractor - English for kids - Lingokids



cable car - English for kids - Lingokids

cable car

airship - English for kids - Lingokids



SUV - English for kids - Lingokids



trolley bus - English for kids - Lingokids

trolley bus


garbage truck - English for kids - Lingokids

garbage truck


ambulance - English for kids - Lingokids



wagon - English for kids - Lingokids



convertible - English for kids - Lingokids



dogsled - English for kids - Lingokids



forklift - English for kids - Lingokids



go-cart - English for kids - Lingokids



golf cart - English for kids - Lingokids

golf cart


hybrid car - English for kids - Lingokids


snowmobile - English for kids - Lingokids




transport - English for kids - Lingokids

tow track



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