Monter dans, descendre de = To get on, off transportation in French (prepositions)

Look at these sentences:

Je monte dans le train.I'm getting on the train.

Aurélie descend de l'avion.Aurélie is getting off the plane.

Allez, monte dans la voiture!Come on, get in the car!

Les enfants descendent de la voiture.The kids are getting out of the car.
 

Note that you use:

monter dans to describe getting on or in + [a mode of transport]

descendre de to describe getting off or out of + [a mode of transport]

ATTENTION: 

de becomes du or des when followed by le or les, and d' in front of un/une:

Ils descendaient tous des voitures garées là.They were all getting out of the cars parked there.

Alana est descendue du train juste à temps.Alana got off the train just in time.

J'ai vu Sharon Stone descendre d'une limousine.I saw Sharon Stone get out of a limo.

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Les enfants descendent de la voiture.The kids are getting out of the car.
Allez, monte dans la voiture!Come on, get in the car!
Nous sommes descendus de la montgolfière.We got off the air balloon.
J'ai vu Sharon Stone descendre d'une limousine.I saw Sharon Stone get out of a limo.
Ils descendaient tous des voitures garées là.They were all getting out of the cars parked there.
Alana est descendue du train juste à temps.Alana got off the train just in time.
Les passagers sont descendus du bateau, sains et saufs.The passengers got off the boat, safe and sound.

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Je monte dans le train.I'm getting on the train.

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Aurélie descend de l'avion.Aurélie is getting off the plane.
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