The simplest mode of transportation includes walking, which is performed in real time. Certain controls can be used to toggle between walking, running, and sprinting. Respectively, these three modes of foot travel span from slowest to fastest.
A third option includes the ability to pay a carriage driver to transport the Dragonborn to inaccessible or burdensome places to travel. For example, a carriage outside of a major city may transport the Dragonborn from that city, to a city they have never been before. In Hearthfire, the Dragonborn can have his/her steward hire a carriage driver for the Dragonborn's homestead. These carriage drivers do not charge for transport and can take the Dragonborn to numerous places that the city carriage drivers will not.
In Dawnguard, the option to pay a ferryman for transportation to the coastal cities of Solitude, Dawnstar and Windhelm was introduced. The price is 50 Septims for each trip and 500 Septims for transportation to an island near the High Rock border. In Dragonborn, a ferry is used for travel betweeen the port of Windhelm on the mainland and Raven Rock on isle of Solstheim.
Horses can be purchased, or in some instances stolen, from stables and rode around as a form of transportation. This method of transportation is quicker than walking, but may make navigating mountainous areas more difficult.