Unusual modes of transportation around the world

In day-to-day life, transportation is an inevitability. Whether it’s the train you take to work, a big yellow school bus, your four-door sedan or even your own two feet, you’re constantly reliant on different forms of transportation. For travelers, transportation can be even more important, as you wouldn’t get very far without the convenience of airplanes, boats, buses and all the other modes that allow us to traverse the globe. If you’re looking for a different way to travel, check out some of these quirky modes of transportation. Or, if you prefer to keep it simple, try out Skyscanner’s car rental service for an efficient way to travel.

Unusual modes of transportation around the world

1. Jeepney, Philippines


An adaptation of the jeeps used by the American military presence during World War Two, jeepneys are considered to be the country’s most popular mode of transportation. That is partially due to the large number of jeepneys that are on the roads, making it a cheap and convenient way to get around. These modified jeeps are often colorful and have two benches lining the inside. Jeepneys may take visitors some getting used to, as each one follows a specific route, making it tricky to spot your stop if you’re unfamiliar with the area.

2. Dog sled, Alaska

Dog sled

Though probably not ideal for daily transportation, this unique mode of travel isn’t just limited to racing. In fact, you can tour some of Alaska’s sights and wildlife on a dog sled. Or, if you’re particularly interested in learning about this fun and furry way to travel, there are tour options that will allow you to explore the kennels and learn about methods of training—even spend some time with their adorable puppies! Dog sledding isn’t always the smoothest form of travel, however visitors to Alaska may want to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind experience.
3. Tuk-tuk, Thailand


If you’re planning on visiting Thailand, consider this option if you’re looking for something more unique than a taxi. Picture a cross between a three-wheeled motorcycle and an open-air taxi and you start to get the idea. Tuk-tuks originated in Thailand, although they are now used in several other countries including Cambodia and India. The open-air carriage allows better views of the city and the unique structure of the vehicle promises a ride like no other. Be aware that drivers will sometimes inflate prices, so be prepared to haggle before you start your ride.
4. Bamboo train, Cambodia

Bamboo train

Also know as a norry or a nori, the bamboo train draws many to Battambang, where the train is sourced. The structure is fairly simple, with slats of bamboo laid across the frame, forming a platform of sorts. One thing that makes this very different from other trains? If another train is heard on the track or two bamboo trains cross paths, one must be disassembled, allowing the other to pass. Though its slow speed doesn’t make this ideal for those in a hurry, it is a reasonably priced way to spend a day exploring the beautiful Cambodian countryside. 
5. Monte Toboggan, Madeira

Monte Toboggan

Visitors to Madeira don’t need to wait for snow to go for a sleigh ride. The Monte Toboggan, which began as a way to travel quickly between Monte and Funchal in the mid-nineteenth century, now serves as one of the most exhilarating modes of transportation you could hope to find. The wicker contraption has two seats and is typically steered by two men, ensuring a safe journey through the streets. This is a particularly great mode of transportation for the adventurous, as the sled can go up to 48 km/hr.

6. Chunnel Train

Chunnel Train

While high-speed trains at this point may not be much of a novelty, this particular journey promises to be a memorable one. That’s because this train crosses under the English channel, allowing those aboard passage between England and France. The Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel, is 23.5 miles long, with high-speed trains that allow you a fun and exciting way to travel between two of Europe’s most glamorous countries.  The speed of the train makes this a functional means of travel, while the unique location adds flair, making this a necessary experience for anyone planning a Euro-trip.