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A minecart, one method of transportation

Transportation involves the methods by which players move around the world or between dimensions (the Overworld, the Nether and the End).

Methods[edit | edit source]

NOTE: For speed measurements on any method of Transportation, all speeds are shown in SI Units. 1 m/s equals 3.2 ft/s and 1 km/h equals 0.621 MPH. It is important to remember that 1 block is 1 m3, therefore 1 m/s is equal to 1 block per second.

Method Conditions Running start? Average speed (m/s) Average speed (km/h) Works in Nether Average speed (m/s) Overworld equivalent[note 1] Average speed (km/h) Overworld equivalent

Flat terrain No 4.3 15.5 Yes 34.4 124.0

Flat terrain No 5.6 20.2 Yes 44.8 161.6

Flat terrain No 1.3 4.7 Yes 10.4 37.6


Powered Track
Yes, small 8.0 28.8 Yes 64.0 230.4
14 slope track No 7.1 25.6 Yes 56.8 204.8

[note 2]
14 slope rapids Yes, small 7.3 26.4 No, no water can be placed N/A N/A
14 slope rapids No 7.0 25.2 No, no water can be placed N/A N/A

Flat ice

Flat packed ice
No 40.0 144.0 Yes 320 1152

Flat water
No 8.0 28.8 No, no water can be placed N/A N/A


Flat terrain No 4.0 14.4 Yes 32.0 115.2
Flat terrain, using
carrot on a stick
Yes 8.0 28.8 Yes 64.0 230.4

[note 3]
Flat terrain No 9.675 34.83 Yes 77.4 278.6
Flat terrain, fastest possible horse breed No 14.57 52.45 Yes 116.6 419.6


Flat terrain No 7.525 27.125 Yes 60.2 217.0

Zombie horse

Skeleton horse
Flat terrain No 8.62 31.03 Yes 68.9 248.2

Still water, surface[note 4] No 2.20 7.92 No, no water can be placed N/A N/A
Still water, underwater[note 5] No 1.97 7.09 No, no water can be placed N/A N/A
Upstream, underwater No 0.39 1.40 No, no water can be placed N/A N/A
Downstream, underwater No 1.81 6.52 No, no water can be placed N/A N/A
Downstream, underwater, standing No 1.37 4.93 No, no water can be placed N/A N/A

Flying (horizontal)[note 6]

Creative Mode
Yes 11.0 39.6 Yes 88.0 316.8
Sprint-flying Yes 22.0 79.2 Yes 176.0 633.6

Ender Pearl
Thrown 15º above horizontal No ~23.0 ~82.8 Yes ~184.0 ~662.4

Gliding at 0° pitch Yes, small 30.0 108 Yes 240 864
Continuous rocket boost No 36.0 129.6 Yes 288 1036.8
  1. Certain transportation methods are also valid methods of transportation if used in the Nether. Since one block in the Nether is equal to eight blocks in the Overworld, using the Nether for transportation effectively multiplies transportation speeds by eight.
  2. The time taken by a boat to reach maximum speed is 9.4 seconds—the difference in time between a running start and not, is half that, or 4.7 seconds.
  3. Horses vary in speed. They are the fastest method of land transportation on open terrain.
  4. The swimming speeds are not affected by Swiftness potions. The surface speed refers to "skimming" across the top of the water by holding the spacebar.
  5. Underwater refers to any part of the body submerged in water and walking on flat terrain. The Player travels the same speed regardless of if the water is 1 block deep or 2 (in observed cases).
  6. Flying speed can be varied.

Potions[edit | edit source]

Using potion effects (including beacon effects), walking and sprinting speeds become competitive with other methods of transportation.

Each additional level of
allows the player to walk at nearly the sprinting speed of the previous level, and sprinting with Speed II allows the player to keep pace with a minecart on fully powered rail. With adequate food and potion supplies, sprinting may be more cost-effective than building high-speed transportation systems.

Effect level Walking speed (m/s) Sprinting speed (m/s)
none 4.317 5.612

5.181 6.735

Speed II
6.044 7.857

Commands[edit | edit source]

Using the /effect command, extremely high or low speeds become reachable. At exceedingly high levels (100+), the player moves faster than chunks can load.

Effect level Sneaking speed (m/s) Walking speed (m/s) Sprinting speed (m/s)

Speed 50
14.25 47.49 61.74

Speed 127
34.19 113.97 148.17

Speed 256
67.61 225.36 292.96

Vertical transportation[edit | edit source]

There are some examples of purely vertical transportation methods:

Method Conditions Average speed (m/s)

Jumping [note 1]
Climbing slope without stairs, pillar jumping, etc 2.0

Ascending 3.2
Descending 3.6

Ascending 2.35
Descending 3.0

No adjacent blocks 2.0
Ascending, with adjacent blocks 0.6
Descending, with adjacent blocks 3.4

Using a Potion of Fire Resistance 0.8


Falling No blocks below player 86.7
  1. The player can jump up a distance of 1 14 blocks. With Jump Boost I, that increases to 1 1516 blocks, and with Jump Boost II, that increases to 2 12 blocks.

Falling speed is more complex: Every tick (120 second), non-flying players and mobs have their vertical speed decremented (less upward motion, more downward motion) by 0.08 blocks per tick (1.6 m/s), then multiplied by 0.98. This would produce a terminal velocity of 3.92 blocks per tick, or 78.4 m/s. However, the sky isn't quite high enough for that: Falling from layer 256 to bedrock takes about 5.5 seconds, with impact at 3.5 blocks per tick (70 m/s). (In creative mode, you can fly higher, and could potentially reach terminal velocity falling from "above the sky".)

A function to calculate the speed of a (free)falling player is the following: v(t) = (0.98t - 1) × 3.92. The velocity v is in blocks/tick (or meters/tick), and the time t is in ticks. The usual downward velocity will be negative.

Integrating the previous yields a formula to find the distance fallen by tick: d(t) = 3.92 × (99 - 49.50×(0.98t+1) - t) . Again, distance fallen is negative.

Other modes of transportation[edit | edit source]

  • Players are also able to use pistons for transport.
  • Dying is an instant mode of transportation that will take you to your bed or spawn point, but at the cost of all of your items and XP (if the keepInventory gamerule is disabled) and your world (on Hardcore).
  • Standing next to an explosion will send you flying for a certain distance, depending on the strength of the explosion.
  • It is possible to mount minecarts and boats as long as they are within 4-5 blocks (inclusive) from the player. Placing minecarts in a straight line allows for extremely fast transport. This also works with saddled pigs, provided they stay in position (placed on posts).

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Pocket Nintendo
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On A Rail Travel by minecart to a point at least 500m in a single direction from where you started. Travel by minecart to a point at least 500 m from where you started. Distance is measured in a straight line. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Gold
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Beam Me Up Teleport over 100 meters from a single throw of an ender pearl Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver
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Super Sonic Use elytra to fly through a 1 by 1 gap while moving faster than 40 m/s Yes Yes Alt Yes 60G Gold
Alt Yes 30G

Advancements[edit | edit source]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Subspace Bubble Use the Nether to travel 7km in the Overworld Nether Use the Nether to travel between 2 points in the Overworld with a minimum horizontal distance of 7000 blocks between each other. minecraft:nether/fast_travel

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

? Added water. Before this update, walking was the only form of transportation.
Seecret Friday 1 Added minecarts.
Seecret Friday 2 Added saddles, which made it possible to use pigs as a (somewhat unreliable) method of transportation.
Seecret Friday 5 Added boats.
1.1.1 Added sneaking.
1.2.0 Added the Nether, which could be used as a fast travel zone since any distance covered in the Nether is multiplied by 8 in the Overworld.
1.5 Added powered rails, which removed the need for "booster" minecarts.
1.8 Sprinting and flying were added in the Adventure Update.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre2 Added ender pearls, which can be thrown, teleporting the player to where it lands.
Beta 1.9-pre3 Speed potions added, allowing for faster travel.
1.3.1 12w23a Boats were made faster.
1.4.2 12w36a Added carrot on a stick, which made it possible to control saddled pigs.[1] They start slow but will end up going up to 5 blocks per second (5m/sec).[2]
Before this update, the player had no control over the pig's wandering, so this was not a practical form of long-distance transportation. After this update, however, the pig did not jump when being controlled, so transportation was still limited (to the same height or downhill directions).
12w37a Saddled pigs now jump over blocks when being directed with the carrot on a stick.
12w38a Teleportation by Nether Portal is now instantaneous in creative mode.
1.6.1 13w16a Added horses.
13w16b Made horses slower and reduced the amount of gliding.
1.7.2 13w36a Added ability to "sprint" in minecarts, boats and horses, and while flying in Creative Mode, speeding them up slightly.
1.8 14w05a Added Spectator mode, one of the fastest methods of transportation due to its no-clip ability and adjustable flying speed.
1.9 15w41a Added elytra, which is currently the fastest legitimate method of transportation in the game.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]