Transportation vocabulary

Here are some English words you can use when talking about transportation and transport. We list the wordpart of speechdefinition, and an example sentence.

transport (noun): A system or way of moving people or goods from place to place. – The transport of crude oil by air is impracticable.
transport (verb): Carry people or goods from one place to another place using a vehicle such as a car, train or plane. – The majority of crude oil is transported by ship.
transportation (noun): The action or process of transporting people and goods. – Both ships and pipelines are used for the transportation of crude oil.

airport (noun): A large, flat area of land where airplanes can take off and land. – Many airports can accommodate both passenger and cargo flights.

cargo (noun): Goods or products carried on a ship, truck, airplane etc. – Upon inspection, the ship was carrying a cargo of rice.

carrier (noun): A company or vehicle that transports goods or passengers. – The airline is a reliable carrier for international travel.

commute (verb): To travel regularly between home and work or school. – He commutes by train every day.

conveyance (noun): The act of transporting or carrying something from one place to another. – The conveyance of the supplies was carefully organized.

dispatch (noun): The act of sending something or someone to a specific destination. – The dispatch of emergency services was prompt.

flight (noun): An act of flying, especially on an aircraft. – Our flight to Paris was delayed due to bad weather.

freight (noun): Goods or cargo transported by truck, train, ship or aircraft. – The freight was loaded onto the cargo ship.

goods (noun): Things being transported that are not passengers.

haul (verb): To transport goods over a long distance. – The truck driver hauled the cargo across the state.

journey (noun): A trip from one place to another, usually taking a considerable amount of time. – The journey across the country was breathtaking.

passenger (noun): A person travelling in or on a vehicle (car, bus, plane etc) who is not the driver or crew. See cargo. – The plane took off with fifty-two passengers on board and no cargo.

pipeline (noun): A system of large pipes or tubes used to transport liquids or gases over long distances. – The oil pipeline extends for hundreds of miles.

port (noun): A town with a harbour or access to river or sea where ships load and unload. Ports for airplanes are called airports. – That ship will be leaving port tomorrow.

shipping (noun): The process of sending goods or cargo from one place to another (can be by any means of transport, not only ships). – The shipping of the products took longer than expected.

shipping container (noun): A standardized metal box used for transporting goods by ship, train, or truck. – The shipping container was filled with various electronics.

shuttle (noun): A vehicle or aircraft that travels back and forth between two points. – The airport shuttle takes passengers to the terminal.

traffic (noun): The movement of vehicles on roads or the conveyance of goods and people. – The heavy traffic delayed our arrival.

transfer (verb): To move from one mode of transportation to another during a journey. – We had to transfer to a different airplane at Dubai.

transit (noun): The act of passing through or moving from one place to another. – The city has an efficient public transit system.

travel (verb): To go from one place to another, often for leisure, work, or exploration. – They traveled to Europe for their vacation.

vehicle (noun): A means of conveyance, especially a motorized one like a car or bus. – The taxi was the quickest vehicle available.

vessel (noun): A ship or large boat used for transporting goods or people over water. – The fishing vessel returned with a huge catch.