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Episode 03

Tess and Ravi talk about one of the most emblematic forms of transport in London. You guessed it! The big, red double-decker buses! Jo and Adam join them in speaking about transport.

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Exercise

Leave a comment below!

  • What is your favourite transport?
  • How do you get to work or school or university?
  • Is there a special form of transport that tourists use in your country, like the Routemaster buses in London?
  • Have you ever ridden on the big red buses in London?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.

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Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Hi everyone,

I have just read previous comment of Jmajo from Uruguay. It is a great idea to ride on a bike to a work, a shop and for the relax trips. I would like to ride on my bicycle everywhere like Jmajo.

I am from Poland. I lived in Warsaw where there was my favourite public transport - the underground. I was going to my work on the underground and a bus or a tram. There are two lines of the underground in Warsaw. They are still going to built new lines.

In Poland we have a very good public transport. There are single-decker buses and very long single-decker buses. There are the new and modern buses in Warsaw. Each of them is available to older and disabled passengers. Also all trams are without stairs. You can come in to the trams or the buses through each of doors. You should to buy the ticket before the journey from the automatics ticket machine. You can charge the long term ticket on your ticket Warsaw card there. If you have a one month card you can travel on all buses, trams, the underground and trains in the Warsaw area. It is a brilliant idea. I had a one month ticket and used it to public transport in Warsaw.

Many young people and tourists use city electric bicycles and city electric scooters. We have a lot of these vehicles points. You may pay with debit card for an hour.

There are many of bicycle paths in Warsaw and they still built new paths. Some people ride their bicycles to work and schools but they should have a safe place for bicycle parking there.

I use the underground lines in London. I like it because there are many lines. I can achieve my travel aims on the underground faster than London buses. Apart of that buses and the underground in London do not have one payment system if you use a prepaid card. One system is when you use the long term oyster card only. But if you travel only five days a week or less the prepaid card is cheaper than the long term oyster. The prepaid card it can be your debit card. It is convenient in London public transport.

I was travelling on the London double-decker buses when my guests visited me. We had the weekly oyster tickets. That were a excellent travels on the buses in London. I showed to my guests a lot of the London attractions. We even travel in the Emirate airline cable car. There were cheaper tickets with the oyster cards. That were brilliant views from the cable car. Every guest was enjoy.

Best wishes for everyone,
Bye

My favourite transport is my mountain bicycle and I use it always to get everywhere but I use de public transport(bus) when it's raining though.
To get to my work I use my bicycle because luckily there are lots of bike paths to use riding bicycles or rollers, skates and electric bikes, although I use the public transport in the rainy and very cold days of winter, I try to use my bicycle every time I can because I think it's more healthy and it's the most environment-friendly way of transport. Lots of people here complains about the time they lost in the traffic travelling for short distances but every year they still buying lots of new cars instead of use green transport like electric bikes or bicycles when they need to travel short distances to get to work.
There is not a special form of transport here for tourists to use, they usually use taxis or they rent cars or others services like that.
I have never ridden on the red big double-decker buses in London because I've never been to London.

Thanks for the episode.
Great site!!!

I have a question about the task. To reply to the question ''How much does it cost?'' , the appropriate answer is '' Seven pounds return with a student card.'' I don't know what it means. Does it cost seven pounds? Or you can get seven pounds back if you use your students card? but in this case, how much does it cost ? Please tell me what it means.

Hi Qoo,

Good question! It means the ticket costs seven pounds, and it is a return ticket (for going and coming back, not just one way). This price is for people who have a student card.

Does that make sense?

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

In this city the public transport is not best to travel. I don't have anything against public transport. I think it is great for the environment and if I could use bikes I will, but this city is full of hills, so my favorite transport is the car that is fast to arrive at your destination and comfortable. Here used to be a railway that communicates both countries and works for transported goods between countries. The Railway is not working anymore. I would like to see a more healthy public transport in this city.

In my opinion the best way to get somewhere is by car. Whatever you do, I mean, you travel or just go to work or even feel a bit down to psych up. When you drive a car, you can go as fast or slow as you want in full comfort without being surrounded by other people. You are always in time to work if there’re not so much of traffic jams in tour hometown. Having a car means no restrictions, you are sort of free. When it’s raining and cold outside you’re always dry and happy. Tune music you like on your way to somewhere and things gonna be better. Car as means of transport is very good choice, isn’t it?

In my country there is no special facilities for tourists , they can take taxi, bus or subway for transportation. I usually take a taxi to get to work in the mornings and back home by bus or subway.
I'd rather to take a taxi or use my car to commute but when I get back from work I can use bus because it is the first station and I can seat on the bus while usually it is hard to find an empty seat on the other stations.

Hello

How I travel:

I live in a village. I walk to work because the place where I work is in the same street where I live.
There is a general practitioner and a dentist where I live. When I want to see other doctors I have to travel to one of the towns (mainly the biggest one) in the same district. I buy almost everything by mail order. So, about once a month I travel by train. The train station is behind my house. If the train can't come I can also travel by bus. The bus station is close to the the train station.

Bye

I like train in the travel .we have some transportation in our city like cars, buses and taxi .when I was in the university I was taking the bus . I really want to ride on the red double-decker buses in London

hi guys,
I never see routemaster bus live in my life but I wonder how it seem. I use to my foot while I go to work because my work is near at home. I can go to work within twenty five minutes. For the first in life I am very lucky. I live in istanbul and there are a lot of transports. my favourite transport is metrobus. it is abreast with main road and very useful. it has got special road without vehicles. there is no traffic and traffic jam and light. it is comeing one more vehicle two or three minutes later. you can get on another one if you miss the metrobus. I guess it look like undergraound. you can go to where you want in time so it is very good but there is important detail.
everybody prefer use to metrobus because of is there is little bit people traffic. good night everyone.

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