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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

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RENFE is the Spanish national railway company. It stands for Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles (National Network of Spanish Railways). AVE stands for Alta Velocidad Española (Spanish High Speed) and is the name given to the Spanish high-speed train. Un ave (feminine) is also a word that means bird.

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

antiguo/aold
barato/acheap
caro/adear/expensive
lento/aslow
rápido/afast
cómodo/acomfortable/convenient
incómodo/auncomfortable
moderno/amodern
práctico/apractical/convenient
ruidoso/anoisy
tranquilo/aquiet
viejo/aold
el aeropuertoairport
la estación de trenestrain station
la estación de autobusesbus station
el vueloflight
¿Dónde está ...?Where is ...?

And here are some useful verbs to use when you are talking about travelling.

bajarto get off/go down
circularto go along (in a car)/drive around
esperarto wait
hacer colato queue up
llegar (a)to arrive (at)
llevarto carry
mojarseto get wet
pagarto pay for
olvidarto forget
recogerto pick up
salir (de)to leave
subirto get on/go up
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. Prefiero viajar en metro porque es un modo de transporte muy práctico y los trenes son modernos. Sin embargo, pienso que los billetes son caros.

Complete the table with one advantage and one disadvantage for each mode of transport.

TransportAdvantageDisadvantage
bicycle
underground
TransportAdvantageDisadvantage
bicyclehealthyslow/you get wet when it rains
undergroundpractical/moderntickets are expensive

Translation:

The bicycle is a very healthy means of transport, but it's slow and, if it rains, you get wet. I prefer travelling on the underground because it's a very practical mode of transport and the trains are modern. However, I think the tickets are expensive.

Question

No me gusta viajar en autobús. Es lento y bastante incómodo. En cambio, es barato. El tranvía aquí en esta ciudad es muy rápido. Es mas cómodo que el autobús, pero es un poco ruidoso.

Complete the table with one advantage and one disadvantage for each mode of transport.

TransportAdvantageDisadvantage
bus
tram
TransportAdvantageDisadvantage
buscheapslow/uncomfortable
tramfast/comfortablenoisy

Translation:

I don't like travelling by bus. It's slow and quite uncomfortable. On the other hand, it's cheap. The tram here in this city is very fast. It's more comfortable than the bus, but it's a bit noisy.