Talking about the means of transport: ~で

So far, we have learnt that the particle で is used to indicate a place where an activity occurs. In this unit, we will see that it can also be placed after the means of transport by which you travel.

Revise vocabualry: Transport

  • ひこうきで by aeroplane
  • 電車で by train
  • とっきゅうで by special express
  • しんかんせんで by bullet train
  • ちかてつで by subway
  • じてんしゃで by bicycle
  • ふねで by boat
  • フェリーで by ferry
  • タクシーで by taxi
  • バスで by bus
  • 車で by car
  • つぎの電車で by the next train
  • 東京行きのバスで by the bus bound for Tokyo
  • あるいて on foot (あるきます→てfor)


Read as ~ゆき or ~いき, this is written after the destination (place) to mean ‘bound for’.


  • 東京行きの電車で行きます。I’ll go by the Tokyo-bound train.
  • 大阪にJALで行きます。I’ll go to Osaka by/on JAL.
  • 東京えきまで、ちかてつで行けますか。Can I get to Tokyo station by subway?
  • つぎのフェリーで行きたいです。I want to take the next ferry.

More on ~で

This particle can also be used to indicate the instrument by which an action is performed.

  • ペンでかいてください。
  • テレビでそのニュースを見ました。


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