Spanish Vehicle Types, Car Part Names And Verbs Of Movement

Written byJada Lòpez

One really important (and often overlooked) topic that Spanish students need to cover is transport. 🚗🏍️

This encompasses vehicle types, car part names (necessary for repairs or buying/selling) and crucially, movement verbs (take, drive, ride, sail, etc.).

In this lesson, I'll teach you all these nouns and verbs, along with some sample dialogues.

If I miss any, let me know!

Common vehicle names in Spanish

Here I've provided a table of almost every vehicle type in Spanish with their English translations.

In the second column, you'll find the plural forms.

Singular Form Plural Form English Translation
automóvil automóviles car
motocicleta motocicletas motorcycle
camión camiones truck
autobús autobuses bus
bicicleta bicicletas bicycle
barco barcos boat
avión aviones airplane
helicóptero helicópteros helicopter
tren trenes train
triciclo triciclos tricycle
patineta patinetas skateboard
caravana caravanas caravan
carrito de golf carritos de golf golf cart
camioneta camionetas SUV
furgoneta furgonetas van
coche deportivo coches deportivos sports car
bote botes boat
planeador planeadores glider
submarino submarinos submarine

Essential Spanish verbs for transportation

  • Conducir (to drive): automóvil, motocicleta, camión, autobús, furgoneta, coche deportivo
  • Montar (to ride/mount): bicicleta, motocicleta, caballo
  • Navegar (to sail/navigate): barco, bote
  • Volar (to fly): avión, helicóptero, planeador
  • Viajar (to travel): tren, autobús, caravana
  • Remar (to row): bote, canoa, kayak
  • Patinar (to skate): patineta
  • Pilotar (to pilot): avión, helicóptero
  • Conducir a vela (to sail): velero, catamarán
  • Conducir un barco a motor (to drive a motor boat): lancha, yate
  • Conducir un vehículo todo terreno (to drive an ATV): cuatrimoto, quad
  • Conducir un carro de golf (to drive a golf cart): carrito de golf


Here are the present tense conjugations of the verbs above.

NOTE: If the table appears cut off, you can scroll horizontally.

Infinitive Yo Él/Ella/Usted Nosotros/Nosotras Vosotros/Vosotras Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes
Conducir conduzco conduces conduce conducimos conducís conducen
Montar monto montas monta montamos montáis montan
Navegar navego navegas navega navegamos navegáis navegan
Volar vuelo vuelas vuela volamos voláis vuelan
Viajar viajo viajas viaja viajamos viajáis viajan
Remar remo remas rema remamos remáis reman
Patinar patino patinas patina patinamos patináis patinan
Pilotar piloto pilotas pilota pilotamos pilotáis pilotan

And here are the same verbs in the past tense (indicative mood):

Infinitive Yo Él/Ella/Usted Nosotros/Nosotras Vosotros/Vosotras Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes
Conducir conduje condujiste condujo condujimos condujisteis condujeron
Montar monté montaste montó montamos montasteis montaron
Navegar navegué navegaste navegó navegamos navegasteis navegaron
Volar volé volaste voló volamos volasteis volaron
Viajar viajé viajaste viajó viajamos viajasteis viajaron
Remar remé remaste remó remamos remasteis remaron
Patinar patiné patinaste patinó patinamos patinasteis patinaron
Pilotar piloté pilotaste pilotó pilotamos pilotasteis pilotaron

Car parts in Spanish

If you're living in a Spanish-speaking country and need to get your car fixed (or buy a car), you'll need to know some Spanish vocabulary related to car parts.

Below you'll find a detailed list of important car parts in singular and plural form.

Important: Some of these words will vary depending on country and region.

Singular Plural English
el acelerador los aceleradores accelerator
la batería las baterías battery
el capó los capós hood/bonnet
el cinturón de seguridad los cinturones de seguridad seat belt
el embrague los embragues clutch
el escape los escapes exhaust
el faro los faros headlight
el freno los frenos brake
el indicador de combustible los indicadores de combustible fuel gauge
el motor los motores engine
la palanca de cambios las palancas de cambios gear stick/shift lever
el parabrisas los parabrisas windshield/windscreen
la llanta las llantas tire/wheel
la manija de la puerta las manijas de las puertas door handle
el radiador los radiadores radiator
el retrovisor los retrovisores rearview mirror
el tanque de gasolina los tanques de gasolina gas tank/fuel tank
el volante los volantes steering wheel

Sample sentences for beginners in Spanish

Here are some helpful sample dialogues (present tense) at a beginner level using some of the vocab above.

Conduzco mi carro al trabajo cada día.

I drive my car to work every day.

Necesito montar el autobús para ir a la escuela.

I need to take the bus to go to school.

Navegamos en un barco durante nuestras vacaciones.

We sailed on a boat during our vacation.

Me encanta volar en avión porque es muy emocionante.

I love flying in a plane because it's very exciting.

Mi hermana viajó en tren a la ciudad para visitar a su amigo.

My sister traveled by train to the city to visit her friend.

Remamos en el lago durante la tarde.

We rowed on the lake during the afternoon.

Me gusta patinar sobre hielo con mis amigos en el invierno.

I like ice skating with my friends in the winter.

Mi abuelo pilota un avión como su trabajo.

My grandfather pilots a plane for his job.

Conduzco un carro de golf cuando juego al golf en el campo.

I drive a golf cart when I play golf on the course.

El mecánico revisó el motor y reparó el radiador del coche.

The mechanic checked the engine and fixed the car's radiator.


Quite a few of my students have asked me for a detailed lesson on transport, so I hope this covers everything.

Next time you're in Spain or Latin America, you can discuss vehicle hire and get your car fixed (hopefully you won't need to!). 🙂

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