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Transport

Spain has a large variety of public transport options, much like the UK, including an extensive bus, coach and train network.

Articulated lorry on wet country road

un camión

A lorry

Here is some useful vocabulary for describing journeys and modes of transport:

barato/acheap
caro/adear, expensive
lento/a slow
rápido/afast
cómodo/acomfortable, convenient
incómodo/auncomfortable
moderno/amodern
práctico/apractical, convenient
ruidoso/anoisy
tranquilo/aquiet
viejo/aold
el aeropuertoairport
la estaciónstation
el vueloflight
¿Dónde está...?Where is...?

And here are some useful verbs to describe travel:

bajarto get off
esperarto wait
hacer cola to queue up
llegar (a)to arrive
llevarto carry
mojarseto get wet
pagarto pay for
olvidarto forget
recogerto pick up
salir (de)to leave
subirto get on
viajarto travel
volarto fly

Read these passengers' opinions about different forms of travel. What do they say about the advantages and disadvantages? Write the answers in English.

Question

La bicicleta es un modo de transporte muy saludable, pero es lento y, si llueve, te mojas.

Complete the table in English:

TransportAdvantageDisadvantages
bicycle
TransportAdvantageDisadvantages
bicyclehealthyslow/you get wet when it rains

Translation:

The bicycle is a very healthy means of transport, but it's slow and, if it rains, you get wet.

Question

El metro es un modo de transporte muy práctico. Los trenes son modernos, pero, en cambio, las estaciones son muy viejas.

TransportAdvantagesDisadvantage
underground
TransportAdvantagesDisadvantage
undergroundconvenient/modernstations are old

Translation:

The underground is a very convenient means of transport. The trains are modern but, on the other hand, the stations are very old.

Question

No me gusta viajar en autobús. Es lento y bastante incómodo. En cambio, es barato.

TransportAdvantageDisadvantages
bus
TransportAdvantageDisadvantages
buscheapslow/uncomfortable

Translation:

I don't like travelling by bus. It's slow and quite uncomfortable. On the other hand, it's cheap.

Question

El tranvía aquí en esta ciudad es muy práctico. Es cómodo, pero un poco ruidoso.

TransportAdvantagesDisadvantage
tram
TransportAdvantagesDisadvantage
tramconvenient/comfortablenoisy

Translation:

The tram here in this town is very convenient. It's comfortable but a bit noisy.

Question

Me gusta mucho viajar en el AVE porque es moderno y muy rápido. Lo peor es que también es muy caro.

TransportAdvantagesDisadvantage
high-speed train
TransportAdvantagesDisadvantage
high-speed trainmodern/fastexpensive

Translation:

I like travelling on the high-speed train very much because it's comfortable and very fast. The worst thing is that it's also very expensive.