What’s the Difference: Using “I take” vs. “It takes” to talk about travel

To go to Las Vegas, I took a plane. It took three hours to get there

My friend took a bus to Las Vegas. It took her 16 hours to get there.

The red pattern (Person + take + vehicle) tells HOW a person got to a place.

  • They took a bus to Seattle.
  • I take my bike to work.
  • He will take a car to the beach.


The blue pattern (It + take + time) tells HOW LONG a journey lasts.

  • It takes me 15 minutes to drive to work.
  • It took her 12 hours to fly home.
  • It will take just five minutes to walk there.