Means of Transport in Portuguese

5 de January de 2016

Learning the Means of Transport in Portuguese

Say you’ve just landed in Rio de Janeiro, and you need to get to your hotel. How do you call a cab in Portuguese? Or how do you find the closest bus stop? Wait, how do you even say “bus”? Don’t you wish you had your own Portuguese tutor close by, just to guide you through the ins and outs of it all? In today’s Dica we’ll tell you all about means of transport in Portuguese. So don’t panic! You’ll be able to move around just fine from the airport to your hotel and to Rio & Learn for your Portuguese lessons! So let’s go!

Most Common Means of Transport in Portuguese

Carro Car
T谩xi Taxi
脭nibus Bus
Trem Train
Metr么 Subway
Moto Motorcycle
Avi茫o Airplane
Bicicleta Bicycle
Cavalo Horse
P茅 Foot

You can watch this video made by one of our Portuguese teachers聽to learn the pronunciation of the means of transport in Portuguese:

Where is the Nearest Bus Stop?

So now you know that聽么nibus is how we say “bus” in Portuguese. But what if you need to get a bus? Where do you get it? And how do you ask someone where the nearest bus stop is? Here’s a list of locations where you can catch any means of transport in Portuguese:

o ponto de 么nibus bus stop
a esta莽茫o de 么nibus / a rodovi谩ria bus station
a esta莽茫o de metr么 subway station
a esta莽茫o de trem train station
o aeroporto airport

Onde fica o ponto de 么nibus mais pr贸ximo?
Where is the nearest bus stop?

Onde 茅 o aeroporto Santos Dumont?
Where is the Santos Dumont airport?

Going from Here to There:聽Ir Para… De…

First things first, you’d better have learned the present tense of ir in Portuguese. Remember that bit about prepositions? Those are very important! We need the use either聽para or聽a to indicate the place we’re going to. For example:

Eu vou para o trabalho.
I go to work.

So far, so good? Great! Now, what if you want to specify how you intend to go somewhere? Essentially, how do you talk about the means of transport that you use? For that you’ll need either the preposition de or a. Let’s take a look:

Eu vou para o trabalho de trem.
I go to work by train.

Eu vou para o trabalho聽a p茅.
I go to work on聽foot.

Keep in mind that聽de and聽a are not interchangeable. We use聽de with all means of transport in Portuguese with the exception of only two:聽p茅 and聽cavalo. Essentially, if you need some sort of non-living device to get you from one place to another, you need to use de.

Examples with Ir Para… De…

Eu vou para a festa de metr么.
I聽go to the party聽by subway.

N贸s vamos de carro para B煤zios.
We go to聽B煤zios聽by car.

Eles v茫o para a fazenda a cavalo.
They聽go to聽the farm聽by horse.

Means of Transport in Portuguese + Andar

Andar? Isn’t that聽to walk? Yes, yes, I know, it sounds confusing. Brazilians sure are strange creatures. But that’s no reason to give up on learning Portuguese, right? Essentially, we can use聽andar to talk about using a particular means of transport in Portuguese.

Examples with Means of Transport +聽Andar

Eles nunca andam de avi茫o.
They never travel by airplane.

N贸s andamos de bicicleta todo domingo em Copacabana.
We ride a bicyle every Sunday in Copacabana.

脡 mais barato andar de 么nibus do que andar de t谩xi.
It’s cheaper to travel by bus than to travel by taxi.

Ela adora andar a cavalo.
She loves riding a horse.

Catching a Cab

Now, let’s be done with it! How do you ask for a cab?? Or how do you say you want to catch a bus? We use a very simple verb for all public means of transport: pegar. It also applies for cabs and ubers, though it doesn’t really work with聽carro,聽moto or聽bicicleta. Oh, and don’t worry, pegar is聽a regular verb!

Examples with Means of Transport in Portuguese and Pegar

Eu sempre pego um t谩xi para ir para a Lapa.
I always聽get a cab to go to Lapa.

N贸s聽pegamos um 么nibus para ir para Petr贸polis.
We take a bus to go to Petr贸polis.

Eles聽pegam o avi茫o聽para S茫o Paulo hoje.
They take the plane to S茫o Paulo today.

Voc锚聽pega o metr么 para ir para o trabalho?
Do you take the subway to go to work?

Onde聽pego o trem?
Where do I take the train?

Now it’s your turn!

A) Fill in the blank with the聽ir and a聽means of transport:

  1. Eles _____ para casa __________.
  2. Hoje n贸s __________ para a Lapa.
  3. Voc锚 __________ para a escola?
  4. Amanh茫 eu __________ para o Sul.
  5. Voc锚s _____ para a Pedra da G谩vea __________?

B) Complete the sentences with andar聽and the correct means of transport in Portuguese:

  1. Na Holanda, muitas pessoas __________.
  2. Eu n茫o __________ porque tenho medo de ficar em subsolos.
  3. O brasileiro __________ para ir para a Europa.
  4. N贸s __________ quando estamos na fazenda.
  5. Voc锚 n茫o __________ porque tem sempre muito tr芒nsito.

C) Write a sentence with聽pegar by following the example:

(n贸s – t谩xi – casa) N贸s pegamos um t谩xi para casa.

  1. (eu – metr么 – Cinel芒ndia)
  2. (eles – 么nibus – aeroporto)
  3. (voc锚 – avi茫o – Brasil)
  4. (ela – uber – Jardim Bot芒nico)
  5. (n贸s – trem – Minas Gerais)

Special Means of Transport in Portuguese: VLT

There are some honorable mentions to add to the list of means of transport in Portuguese. What most people would call a “tram”, for example, most Brazilians know only the acronym VLT. VLT stands for聽ve铆culo leve sobre trilhos聽(light vehicle over trails). It’s a feature of a lot of capital cities in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Macei贸, Fortaleza and Recife, for example. And a lot of other cities plan on building VLT rails soon.

Means of Transport in Portuguese. Example: Eles pegam o VLT para ir para a RioLIVE!

The most common means of transport in Rio is the bus. What about in your country?
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Present Tense of Ir in Portuguese
Verb to go in the past
As Barcas


Answers (A)

  1. Eles v茫o聽para casa de metro/de carro/a p茅/etc.
  2. Hoje n贸s vamos _______ para a Lapa.
  3. Voc锚 vai _______ para a escola?
  4. Amanh茫 eu vou ______ para o Sul.
  5. Voc锚s聽v茫o para a Pedra da G谩vea __________?

Answers (B)

  1. Na Holanda, muitas pessoas andam de bicicleta.
  2. Eu n茫o聽ando de metr么 porque tenho medo de ficar em subsolos.
  3. O brasileiro anda de avi茫o聽para ir para a Europa.
  4. N贸s andamos a cavalo聽quando estamos na fazenda.
  5. Voc锚 n茫o andam de carro/t谩xi porque tem sempre muito tr芒nsito.

Answers (C)

  1. Eu pego um/o metr么 para a Cinel芒ndia.
  2. Eles pegam um/o 么nibus para o aeroporto.
  3. Voc锚 pega um/o avi茫o para o Brasil.
  4. Ela pega um uber para o Jardim Bot芒nico.
  5. N贸s pegamos um/o trem para Minas Gerais.