Trains, cars, planes, and buses aren’t the only modes of transportation available when travelling worldwide. There are many other unusual and unique modes of transportation available around the world.
Let’s take a look at the different modes of transportation available.
River bus in Germany
Fred Franken of Hamburg, Germany, became the owner of the country’s first amphibious bus, and even though the process took him four years, he overcame all of the challenges. Hafencity Riverbus is a huge tourist attraction in Hamburg that is both a bus and a boat.
Traghetto in Venice
In Venice, a traghetto is a boat used to navigate the Grand Canals, and you stand up into a Gondola with two paddlers.
Coco taxi in Cuba
Since 1990, tourists visiting Cuba have used coco taxis as a mode of transportation. The taxis are named after their bright yellow, coconut-shaped shells made of fibreglass and seats welded onto Piaggio scooters.
Coco taxis are great pedal-powered tricycles with a back seat for two people behind the driver. Aspherical opened plastic cover surrounds the vehicle. Some have a small motor that assists the driver in moving up a slope, but the driver rarely pedals. In La Havana, they are the most prevalent type.
Hydrofoil in Greece; Flying Dolphins
A hydrofoil is an underwater fin with a flat or curved winglike surface designed to lift a moving boat or ship using the reaction on its surface from the water it travels. Ships that use hydrofoils, also known as foils, are hydrofoils. Some of the later hydrofoils, particularly Russian river hydrofoils, are still used in some countries.
Trams in France
Trams have been used for two primary purposes: passenger transport and cargo transport. Passenger trams come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Did you know that travelling by train in Switzerland is the best way to see the country?
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Longtail boats in Thailand
Thailand‘s most distinctive mode of waterborne transportation is the Rua Hang Yao, “long-tailed boats.”
Longtail boats, or simply longtails, are used for more than just taking tourists on pleasure rides. Ferries, cargo boats, and fishing boats are all examples of their uses. Longtails can be large or small, and builders enjoy experimenting with different designs.
Barco de Totora in Lake Titicaca, Peru
Anglers still build and use these boats along Peru‘s northern coast (little horses). They make them out of dried totora reeds that have been tightly tied together.
Felucca in Egypt
A felucca is an open-decked boat with colourful cushions and pillows for passenger comfort and canvas shelters to protect passengers from the scorching desert sun.
Jeepney in Philippines
An interesting-looking vehicle, known locally as a jeepney or jeep, is a cheap mode of public transportation in the Philippines. Jeepneys can stop anywhere along the route to pick up or drop off passengers because they have designated routes painted on their sides or displayed on their windshields.
Mokoro in Botswana, Southern Africa
A mokoro, also spelt makoro, is a type of canoe popular in Botswana‘s Okavango Delta and Chobe River. Pushing with a pole propels it through the shallow waters of the delta or river, similar to punting.
CHIVA Express in Ecuador, South America
The Chiva Express is an adventure as well as a mode of transport. The Chiva Express opens up a whole new world to passengers as it snakes its way along with the past railway fields, plains, and forests, highlighting Ecuador in a way that few other tours can.
Canal Taxis in Thailand
The Khlong Canal Taxis are essentially water taxis, and they are used by tens of thousands of locals daily. They’re big and loud, but they’re also fun.
Reindeer Sleds in Finland
Reindeer sledging has a long and illustrious history and cultural connection with the Sami people. These indigenous people live in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and parts of Russia, with Norway having the largest population.
Junks in Hong Kong
Once, junks clogged Hong Kong’s waterways, Chinese-style three-masted wooden vessels. In Victoria Harbour, however, there is now only one left. Duckling, the Holy Duck is Hong Kong’s last remaining authentic junk boat.
Amphibious vehicle; Duck tours in Wisconsin, USA
Tours on purpose-built amphibious tour buses and modified surplus amphibious military vehicles, such as DUKWs (“Ducks”) and LARC-Vs, are duck tours. They are frequently offered tourist attractions in harbour, river, and lake cities.
Camel rides in Rajasthan, India
Camel Safari is available in several locations throughout Rajasthan, the best of which are Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Pushkar, and Jodhpur. Each of these locations provides a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable experience. Jaisalmer, also known as the Golden City, is situated in the heart of the Thar desert.
Horse ride in Matheran, India
In Matheran, horseback riding is one of the most popular modes of transportation. It is not hard to discover a horse, and it’s a great way to get around for those who don’t want to walk but negotiate the rates ahead of time. For experienced riders, thoroughbred-looking horses are available, and children and first-time riders prefer shorter horses that resemble mules.
Yak ride in Sikkim, India
Sikkim’s Yak Ride is a safari experience unlike any other, as you get to ride colourfully adorned Yaks with woolen knits over their horns and bells around their necks.
Mule ride in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir in India
When it comes to trail riding, mules are often thought to be superior to horses; there’s nothing better for riding in the steep mountains. Some people believe they are safer than horses because of their self-preservation and lack of flight response.
Elephant ride in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple are UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this area. The Sigiriya elephant rides are the most well-known activity in this area. Elephant rides are available for visitors who want to experience the city in the most thrilling way possible.
Did you know which country has the most efficient public transportation system?
Hong Kong is the leader in ground and port transportation, with high scores.
It’s impossible to find some beautiful paths without getting lost. You can’t comprehend a city unless you take advantage of its public transportation system.
I hope you enjoy these various modes of transportation as much as I did when I put them together.