Travelling the world is quite a thrilling experience, and trains, cars, planes and buses aren’t the only way to get around. There are lots of other unique and unusual modes of transport from around the world. From trains made of bamboo to sleds pulled by reindeer, these types of transport are sure to be a memorable experience.

Here are 12 of the most unusual modes of transport from around the world:

1Suspension Railway – Wuppertal, Germany

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Opened in 1901, the Suspension Monorail (or the “Schwebebahn”) is the oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars. It was built using 19,200 tonnes of steel. Over 85,000 passengers use it every day to travel around Wuppertal.

2Coco Taxi – Havana, Cuba

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These yellow taxis shaped like hollow coconuts can be seen in Havana and in Varadero. They are faster and less expensive than regular taxis. The black taxis are used by locals, while the yellow ones are used by tourists.

3Monte Toboggan – Madeira, Portugal

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Originating in the 19th century, this unusual transportation started as a fast and fun way of getting down the hill from Monte to Funchal. Wicker toboggans can be found near the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church. From here, you can slide down the 2 km curved street, which takes about 10 minutes. It is a wonderful and exhilarating experience.

4Bamboo Train – Battambang, Cambodia

tourists doing Bamboo train in Cambodia

Cambodian bamboo trains (known locally as nori) are made up of an electric generator and a makeshift bamboo platform as seating. They run along the railway tracks at speeds of up to 40km/h. While the unmaintained tracks make for a bumpy ride, the fares are low and this is a once in a lifetime experience. 

5Maglev – Shanghai, China

Shanghai China Maglev train high speed

This isn’t your regular train to the airport. The Maglev (short for Magnetic Levitation) is something more. It can take its 30km journey to Pudong Airport in just 7 minutes, using magnetic repulsion to keep itself inches above the track, and can reach speeds of up to 431km/h.

6DUKW – London, U K

London Duck Tour amphibious DUCW vehicle

These amphibious trucks were designed by the American military during World War II to run over both land and water. Known as DUKW (pronounced ‘duck’) now offer rides past famous London landmarks before launching into the River Thames to get views from the water.

7Dog Sleds – Alaska, USA

dog sled alaska

Near the Arctic Circle in Alaska, you will find sleds being pulled by packs of 4 to 6 trained dogs. You can glide across the ice and through snow via a variety of types of sleds. This mode of transportation is celebrated each year with a 1,150-mile race from Anchorage to Nome.

8Gondola – Venice, Italy

Venice, Gondola on Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Venice is famous for its large network of canals, and the best way to get around them is by using a traditional wood-carved gondola boat They are the perfect way to see a lot of the city’s attractions. However, gondolas today are mostly reserved for tourists; locals favour the somewhat less glamorous Traghetto.

9Barco de Totora – Lake Titicaca, Peru

Reed Boat In Puno, Peru On Lake Titicaca The World's Highest Navigable Lake

If you’re visiting Lake Titicaca, one of the best ways to get across this vast and beautiful stretch of water, is aboard the iconic Totora Boats. Fashioned from dried bundles of Totora reeds by Uros who live on the lake, they resemble dragons.

10Underground Funicular – Beyoglu, Turkey

Tunel the underground railway in Istanbul, Turkey.

Funiculars (or inclined railways where a tram moves up and down a hill) can be found around the world, but the Tünel is quite unique. Opened in 1874, it lies underground and covers the 60m between the quarters of Karakoy and Beyoglu in Istanbul.

11Reindeer Sled – Lapland, Finland

People in Reindeer sledge caravan safari in winter forest in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

In the northern Lapland region of Finland, there are almost as many reindeer as there are people. The area is inhabited by the Sami people, and they often use the reindeer to pull sleds along the snow.

12Felucca Boats – Egypt

A traditional boat sailing through the Nile River in a late afternoon in Egypt

Feluccas are traditional wooden sailing boats used on the Nile and the Red Sea in Egypt. Their lateen-rigged sails move the boat slowly, giving you lots of time to appreciate the beauty of the Nile at a quieter pace.

It is not only a place that attracts tourists but also the unusual modes of transport found there. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets and get going to explore these unusual modes of transport.

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