Travelling

Useful language

Useful sentences

  • I'm going to England next week.
  • We're going by bus / car / train / ferry / plane / boat / cruise / ...
  • It's my first time visiting the country.
  • I haven't been there before.
  • How long until we arrive at our destination?
  • What's the price of a taxi ride / train ride / boat trip / plane ticket / ...?
  • I missed my flight / boat / train. When does the next one leave?
  • We're on a road trip through the western part of Wales.

Means of transportation

Transportation Picture
car
convertible
SUV
taxi
bus
motor home
(mini)van
bike
motorbike
subway - the tube
tram
train
plane
helicopter
(cruise) ship
sailboat
speed boat

Grammar help: transportation prepositions


'BY'

You use ‘by’ when you’re talking about general ways to travel. For example: by car, by bike, by train, by bais, by plane …

You can also use ‘by’ to talk about the environment and surface area of your transportation. Either by sea, by land or by air when you’re talking about the environment. And by rail, by road or by water when you’re talking about the surface.

'ON' vs 'ON'

You only use 'in' if you must sit inside the vehicle: in a car, in a truck, in a helicopter … it is near impossible to stand in them.

You use 'on' if you can stand or walk on the vehicle: on a ship, on a bus, on a train …

Exception: you go on a bike.

Walking

You can either use by foot or on foot. You will find that native speakers mix these two up.