Vocabulary related to Vehicles in French

We can’t walk everywhere we go. Sometimes we do require vehicles to travel. In this article, you will learn about different types of vehicles, and their names in French. 

Vehicles don’t only carry people from place to place, but they also carry goods from place to place. Learn about different types of vehicles in France and use them when you want to talk to anyone in French.

1. le vélo 

Meaning: a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually propelled by pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, and having handlebars for steering and a saddle like seat

English: bicycle

Example: Les enfants apprennent généralement à faire du vélo à l’âge de trois ou quatre ans. (Kids usually learn to ride a bicycle when they are three to four years old.)

2. le bateau 

Meaning:a vessel for transport by water, constructed to provide buoyancy by excluding water and shaped to give stability and permit propulsion


Example: Chaque fois que nous allons au bord de la rivière, nous nous assurons de faire une promenade en bateau. (Whenever we go to the river side we ensure we have a boat ride.)

3. le bus

Meaning: a large motor vehicle, having a long body, equipped with seats or benches for passengers, usually operating as part of a scheduled service


Example: Elle prend généralement le bus pour se rendre à l’école. (She usually takes the bus to school.)

4. la voiture

Meaning:an automobile


Example: Ils ont eu peur quand leur voiture est tombée en panne au milieu de la nuit.(They were scared when their car broke down in the middle of the night.)

5. l’hélicoptère

Meaning :a type of aircraft without wings, that has one or two sets of large blades that go round very fast on top. It can land and take off vertically and can stay in one place in the air


Example: Il l’a demandée en mariage en l’emmenant faire un tour en hélicoptère. (He proposed to her by taking her on a helicopter ride.)

6. la moto

Meaning a small, lightweight motorcycle


Example: Elle a acheté une moto, mais ne la conduit pas beaucoup. (She has bought a motorbike, but doesn’t ride it much.)

7. l’avion

Meaning: a vehicle designed for air travel, with wings and one or more engines


Example: Il était très nerveux lors de son premier voyage en avion. (He was very nervous on his first plane journey.)

8. le métro

Meaning the underground electric railway of Paris, France, Montreal, Canada, Washington, D.C., and other cities.


Example:Nous nous sommes perdus dans le métro à Paris – c’était toute une aventure.) (We got lost on the Metro in Paris – it was quite an adventure.

9. le taxi

Meaning :a car with a driver who you pay to take you somewhere


Example: Elle a réservé un taxi pour se rendre chez sa mère. (She booked a taxi to go to her mom’s place.)

10. le train

Meaning: a railway engine connected to carriages for carrying people or to wheeled containers for carrying goods


Example: Il était si en retard qu’il a également raté le dernier train pour aller à Mumbai. (He was so late he missed the last train to go to Mumbai too.)

11. le camion

Meaning :a large road vehicle that is used for transporting large amounts of goods


Example: Le camion transportait un chargement de fruits. (The truck was carrying a load of fruits.)

12. le ferry

Meaning:a boat or ship for taking passengers and often vehicles across an area of water, especially as a regular service

English: ferry

Example:Vous pouvez traverser la rivière en ferry. (You can cross the river by a ferry.)

13. le tramway

Meaning: an electric vehicle that transports people, usually in cities, and goes along metal tracks in the road

English: tram

Example: Le dernier tramway a traversé Glasgow en septembre 1962. (The last tram ran through Glasgow in September 1962.)

15.le canoë

Meaning: a small, light, narrow boat, pointed at both ends and moved using a paddle


Example: Nous avons loué un canoë lors de notre dernier voyage. (We rented a canoe on our last trip.)

16.le téléphérique

Meaning: a vehicle that hangs from and is moved by a cable and transports people up steep slopes

English:cable car

Example: Depuis le village, un trajet de 10 minutes en téléphérique vous emmène sur les pistes de Gulmarg. (From the village, a 10-minute cable car ride delivers you to the slopes of Gulmarg.)

17.le camping-car

Meaning: a motor caravan

English: camper van

Example: Un jour, j’aimerais voyager avec tous mes amis à travers le pays dans un camping-car. (Someday I’d like to travel with all my friends around the country in a camper van.)

18.le tracteur

Meaning a powerful motor-driven vehicle with large, heavy treads, used for pulling farm machinery, other vehicles, etc.

English: tractor

Example: Le tracteur était chargé de nombreuses marchandises à livrer dans tout le pays. (The tractor was loaded with many goods to be delivered around the country.)

Now that you have learnt the meanings of these words in French, be sure to use them while you visit France. For more such vocabulary in French, keep following our blog.

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