9 Unique Modes Of Public Transport Across The Globe

There are buses and trains and cars and planes, and then there are modes of transport so unique and indigenous to certain places, they almost seem bizarre!

Now for locals, of course, travelling by these is just a way of life. But for us thirsty travellers, they’re bound to be an experience of a lifetime. So buckle up and take notes!

1. Jeepney, Philippines

After World War II, these mammoth U.S. military jeeps were modified by the Filipinos and hit the roads in the 1950s. Since then, they’ve become the most economical mode of transport in the country.


2. Dog Sleds, Alaska

This age-old form of transport is even a popular sport and still very much in use by tourists. Try this fun ride in the winters when Alaska is covered in a blanket of snow!


3. Barco de Totora, Peru

Legend has it that Totora boats were used to ward off evil in the primaeval Inca times. That’s probably why these reed watercrafts, created by locals, resemble a dragon. 


4. Bamboo Train, Cambodia

Built using an electric generator engine and a makeshift bamboo platform for seating, these trains, locally known as ‘Nori’, run on railway tracks at a speed up to 40km/h.


5. Tuk Tuk, Thailand

Named after the sounds made by their engine, these sputtering cousins of our Indian autorickshaws can be found all over the streets of Thailand. Messily decorated in amusing colours, lights, and swaying trinkets, these three-wheeled contraptions are chaotic and fast!


6. Suspended Monorail, Germany

These hanging trains in the German city of Wuppertal have been operational since 1901 and transport close to 82,000 passengers daily.


7. Amfibus, Netherlands

A versatile vehicle that can run on water as well as land, the Amfibus is a popular attraction in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. It has a seating capacity of 50 people.



Another amphibious vehicle is a distinctive yellow truck called DUKW that is used by tourists to experience the sights of London by land and on the river Thames.


9. Felucca, Egypt

These traditional Egyptian sailboats in Egypt are made of wood and rely entirely on the wind to propel them. They’re an integral part of Egyptian’s culture and have been around for thousands of years.


Fascinating, right?

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