A runabout was a small warp-capable vessel, similar to a shuttlecraft, but providing for more interior space and crew amenities for extended interstellar trips.
The Federation Starfleet Danube-class of starships were refered to as runabouts. (DS9 episode: "Hippocratic Oath")
A type of runabout was assigned to the USS Voyager. (VOY novel: Cybersong)
The Cardassians also operated runabouts, such as the Defense runabout. (DS9 novelization: The Way of the Warrior)
In an alternate timeline, in 2372, Starfleet also developed the Yellowstone-class runabout; a very similar design to the Danube-class, featuring tetryon plasma warp nacelles. (VOY episode: "Non Sequitur")
In the alternate reality created by Nero and Spock, Starfleet used runabouts. (ST - Starfleet Academy novel: The Gemini Agent)
Runabouts of unknown classEdit