Different types of trasport
There are a range of different types of transport available to us; the type we choose to use will depend on the purpose for travelling, length of the journey and anyone you may be travelling with. Increasingly cost is becoming a deciding factor in the types of transport we use, especially due to the increase in fuel costs we all wish to avoid.
The most popular type of transport, most people use cars daily for short and long journeys. Cars have many advantages such as their ease of use and convenience, getting you exactly where you want to be without additional buses, trains or walking needed to get to your final destination. To save money you can carpool with friends or work colleagues when possible.
Numbers of cyclists are fast increasing as it is a cheap and environmentally friendly method of transport. There are now incentive schemes which businesses can run, making bikes cheaper for their employees who are going to use them to travel to work. The main disadvantage is being exposed to the elements on wet days!
Buses are available in all cities, towns and most villages. They are ideal for those short journeys from one part of a town to another. Short journeys may take longer than expected on a bus due to the frequent stops and routes which cover a lot of the area to accommodate everyone. Buses are however a cheap method of transport, if you use the buses a lot there are a range of travel cards, passes and long term tickets to help you save more money!
Rail transport is used for both goods and people and is a popular method of public transport. Many towns have a train station but there are still a lot more than don’t which would make travelling by train difficult to get to some destinations and will require further transportation by bus, car or taxi. Shopping around and buying your tickets in advance will help you save money which may make travelling by train more affordable than a car or even bus.
Domestic travel by air in the UK, thanks to low cost airlines is becoming increasingly popular with many, especially for business trips with lots of advantages making it a relatively simple type of transport to use. Aeroplanes can travel from one city to another in a matter of hours, much faster than bus, car or even train. The main problem many have is the location of the airports and needing to use an additional method of transport to get to and from the airport and your final destination.
Travelling by sea is usually by ferry or cruise ship. Ferries are often used for short sea crossings to the continent or many of the islands around mainland Britain such as the Isle of Man. You can take your vehicle with you to use when you reach your destination which can make this a more convenient option compared to a plane or train.