In Russian when we are walking to a bus stop or a tram station we can say, "I am going on (Russian "на") the bus/tram" which would mean - " I am going to the bus stop/tram station and am going to travel somewhere by bus/tram" not just stand there or be there for no reason.

What do you say in that case in English when you mean the actions of arriving at a bus stop/tram station and boarding the transport in order to travel somewhere?

  • I'm going by bus. – Teacher KSHuang May 16 '17 at 8:00
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    I will be going by bus? Although "I'm going by bus" does not have to mean you are already on the bus. "How are you getting there? How will you be getting there? I'm going by bus. I'll be going by bus." Or had I misunderstood your question? – Teacher KSHuang May 16 '17 at 8:39
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    "I'm going to the bus" would not necessarily imply that we are getting on. And "I'm going on the bus" is not idiomatic. "I'm getting on the bus" would probably be the better choice. – Teacher KSHuang May 16 '17 at 8:52
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    Heh, I see. I find the subway here to be more crowded so actually, I prefer the bus myself :D. With less assaulting and more taking. – Teacher KSHuang May 16 '17 at 8:53
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    "Catch" would be a more visual word for me and would almost imply for me that I'm in a bit of a hurry to "take" that bus. – Teacher KSHuang May 16 '17 at 8:54

In English one might say

I'm taking a bus/train/plane.
I'm catching a bus/train/plane.

The reason your sentence's meaning works in Russian is because its implied.

In Russian there are different verbs for walking (идти) and riding (ездить), also на автобусе literally means "on the bus" but can be understood to mean "by bus" so there is an implied linguistic split in your sentence which allows for the understanding of walking then riding.

catch a bus to...
take a bus to...

means you are going to get on bus and going somewhere, but you don't know how you got to the bus, unless there is further context.

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