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30 Unique Types Of Transport Around The World


There are unique methods of transportation to be found all over the world, and it all adds to the culture and experience of each location. Here is the list of 30 unique types of transport in the world.

1. Reindeer Sled in Lapand, Finland.

Reindeer sledding is the oldest form of transport in the north, and an ancient part of Sami culture. People of all ages can participate on this very “soft” adventure.


2. Trams in France

Trams are enjoying a comeback in France. From Nantes to Marseille, city planners are building new, high-tech streetcar lines as central elements in urban redevelopment. And they haven’t forgotten any of the French flair the world has come to love.

Trams in France

3. Suspension Railway in Wuppertal, Germany

Its full name is “Electric Elevated Railway (Suspension Railway) Installation, Eugen Langen System” (Anlage einer elektrischen Hochbahn (Schwebebahn), System Eugen Langen). It is the oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars in the world and is a unique system.

Suspension Railway

4. Hydrofoil in Aegina, Greece

Greek tourism depends a lot from the Greek ferries as well as all kinds of other vessels like the catamarans and hydrofoils that connect the Greek islands.

Hydrofoil in Aegina, Greece

5. Gondola in Venice, Italy

Aboard a traditional wood-carved gondola boat, look out for top Venice attractions such as Rialto Bridge and listen to Italian songs; it’s a must-do in Venice.

Gondola in Venice

 6. Toboggan in Madeiran, Portugal

The Monte Toboggans first originated in the early 19th century as Funchal´s first means of “downhill” public transportation. Presently and for a number of years now, the “Carro de Cesto” is used to transport tourists.

Toboggan in Madeiran

7. Trolley Bus in Russia

Trolley buses in St Petersburg Russia are cheap and efficient, but also slow so they are not always a convenient way to get around the imperial city.

Trolley Bus in Russia

8. Aerial Tramway in Klein Matterhorn, Switzerland

An aerial lift is a means of cable transport in which cabinscarsgondolas or open chairs are hauled above the ground by means of one or more cables. Aerial lift systems are frequently employed in mountainous territory where roads are relatively difficult to build and often found in touristic landmarks.

 Aerial Tramway in Klein Matterhorn

9. Underground Funicular in Beyoglu, Turkey

The Tünel is a short underground railway line in Istanbul. It is an underground funicularwith two stations, connecting the quarters of Karakoy and Beyoglu.

Underground Funicular in Beyoglu

10. Hovercraft in Portsmouth, UK

The Isle of Wight Hovercraft is the last remaining commercial hovercraft service in the world. It operates a regular timetable transporting passengers between Ryde and Southsea in Portsmouth, with excellent connections to both road and rail networks on either side.

Hovercraft in Portsmouth

11. Terra Bus in Athabasca Glacier, Canada

The Terra Bus wheeled vehicle is one of the few snow coach type vehicles currently produced. It is an all-wheel-drive, three axle, off-road bus which is specially constructed for use in Arctic climates by the Canadian specialty vehicle manufacturer Foremost, based in Calgary.

Terra Bus in Athabasca Glacier

12. Zipline above the canopy in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is world-renowned for its canopy tours, also known as zip-lines. Imagine sailing through the treetops hundreds of meters in the air with a chance to spot some of the country’s diverse wildlife.Though many of Costa Rica’s national parks offer canopy tours, the best are in Monteverde, Arenal and Manuel Antonio.

Zipline above the canopy

13. Coco Taxi in Varadero, Havana, Cuba

The Cuba coco taxis are some yellow cars, with small dimensions, can be seen inHavana and in Varadero.

Coco Taxi

14. Ice Angel in Wisconsin, US

Madeline Island is the only one of Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands that is inhabited and it is connected to Bayfield on the mainland by ferry in the summer and by a two-mile ice highway in the winter when the waters of Lake Superior freeze over. However, during that transitional stage, when the ice is not strong enough to support a vehicle, the connection is serviced by ice boats with air propellers.

Ice Angel in Wisconsin

15. Dog Sleds in Alaska

A dog sled is a sled pulled by one or more dogs used to journey over ice and through snow. Several types of sleds are used, depending on their purpose.

Dog Sleds

16. Barco De Totora in Lake Titicana, Peru

If you’re visiting Lake Titicaca, the Barco de Totora is a wonderful, unique method of getting across the vast and beautiful stretch of water.

Barco De Totora

17. Bamboo Train in Battambang, Cambodia

Passengers sit on a makeshift bamboo ‘train’ (basically just a bamboo platform) powered by an electric generator engine, perched just inches above the railway tracks and travelling at up to 40km/h.

Bamboo Train in Battambang, Cambodia

18. Maglev in Shanghai, China

The train has actually exceeded 500kph in testing. It does the 19 mile journey to Pudong airport in 7 minutes!

Maglev in Shanghai

19. Dubai Trolly in Dubai

To span a distance of 7 km, Dubai Trolley will serve as an exotic, easy-to-access connecting link between the various iconic attractions in Downtown Dubai including Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and The Dubai Mall, the world’s most-visited retail and lifestyle destination.

Dubai Trolly

20. House Boat in Kerala, India

The houseboats of the Southwestern Indian state of Kerala, known as Kettuvallam, navigate the area’s winding backwaters and offer visitors one of the most relaxing and unique methods of travel to be found in India. Although modern Kettuvallams serve principally as a tourist attraction, these boats have a long history deeply tied to the economy of Kerala.

House Boat

22. Elephant in Luang Prabang, Laos

Often at the entrance there are a group of elephants you can ride and feed, convenient if you can’t be bothered going on a formal tour to one of the nearby elephant camps.

Elephant in Luang Prabang

 23. Tangah in Faisalabad, Pakistan

Visitors may use rickshaws or taxis in Pakistan but riding tangah is a great experience. This is a kind of cart powered by one or two horses. Because of the wooden wheels, do not expect it to be comfortable ride but expect it to give a great experience.


24. Habal Habal in Philippines

Habal-Habal, or Skylab, is the unique mode of transport where ten people can travel on the side of a two-wheeled vehicle and it is a common site in many areas of Mindanao, in southern Philippines.

Habal Habal

25. Tuk-Tuk in Thailand

Tuk-tuks or ‘sam lor’ (three-wheeled) used to be everyone’s favourite way of getting around Bangkok before the BTS, MRT and colourful taxis took over.


26. Cyclo in Vietnam

The cyclo is a three-wheel bicycle taxi that appeared in Vietnam during the French colonial period after a failed attempt to introduce rickshaws. A double seat (for Vietnamese – an average foreigner would find riding with a companion a bit of a squeeze) is supported by the two front wheels, with the driver sitting behind.


27. Shotover Jet in New Zealand

Experience fully the power of the mighty rivers of Queenstown on a jet boat ride that will have you gripping the handrails in sheer exhilaration as you are taken on the ride of your life.

Shotover Jet

28. Matatu in Kenya

A matatu is usually a minibus or some such form of public transportation in Kenya. Away from the cities, the matatu transforms into a pickup truck, with a cover on the bed.

Matatu in Kenya

29. Felucca in Nile and the Red Sea, Egypt

A felucca is a traditional wooden sailing boat used in protected waters of the Red Sea and eastern Mediterranean including Malta, and particularly along the Nilein Egypt, Sudan, and also in Iraq.

Felucca in Nile

30. Jeepney in the Philippines

When the American troops pulled out of the Philippines at the end of World War II, surplus jeeps were left and the locals stripped them down and added roofs for shade. This vehicle has then transformed into a vehicle for public transportation. It is still used and still the popular way to go around cities.


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