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.
hot air balloon
✈️ 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.
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.
🚂 Train Vocabulary
dining car / platform / ticket office / first class
ticket collector / railway station / track / 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 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:
🗒️ Let’s See Some Verbs To Talk About Traveling
These express the actions done when taking a specific meaning of transport.
to ride a bike
to take the bus
to take the train
to take the subway
🗺️ Useful Travel Vocabulary
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.
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.
It’s a service that’s not available to the general public, such as yachts or planes.
It means to travel from one place to another. It’s mostly used for vehicles.
Is a frequent journey that’s made from the house to work or school.
Is the time when we get to a destination
Is the time when we leave a location.
Is the person that travels inside a vehicle or means of transport.
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.
Elliot 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?
Modes of Transport Printable Flashcards 🖍️
Playlearn with Lingokids!
At Lingokids, we know that when learning is fun, kids love to learn! That’s why the Lingokids app is full of exciting games that will help your little ones learn the names of different modes of transport in English! Take a look at them:
Car Wash Game
Can your little ones help wash the cars?