Travel vocabulary

This is a list of vocabulary items related to travel

I go by, I go on means of transport

I go by plane or I fly
car I drive
ship I sail
bicycle/bike   I ride
I go on horse   I ride
foot   I walk

Useful travel expressions

General travel vocabulary

Public transportation (British public transport) is a system of vehicles such as buses and trains which operate at regular times on fixed routes and are used by the public.

Means of transport

The road / the highway / the port / the airport

Arrival / departure time

Where's the information desk, please?

To commute is to make the same journey regularly between work and home.

It's exhausting commuting from Brighton to London every day.

A journey is traveling from one place to another, especially in a vehicle.

I love going on long journeys.

To journey (verb - usually used with adverb or preposition) = to travel somewhere.

We journeyed south.

At the airport

Show me your passport, please!

l'm here on business / vacation

l'm traveling alone / with my family

Customs is the place at a port, airport or border where travellers' bags are looked at to find out if any goods are being carried illegally

Customs officer is a person whose job is to look inside travellers' bags to make certain they are not taking goods into a country without paying taxes

Anything to declare?

No, there's nothing to declare / Nothing to declare

You've got a lot of baggage! Why don't you use the baggage cart

How much is a one-way ticket (British usually single) to New York?

If you make a round trip, you go on a journey and return to where you started from.

A journey in an aircraft is a flight. Flight also means an aircraft that is making a particular journey

I'll never forget my first flight.
Flight 474 to Buenos Aires is now boarding at gate 9

First class / Business class / Economy class

What time does the plane for.... take off / land?

Check-in is the place at an airport where you show your ticket so that you can be told where you will be sitting.

A representative from the tour company will meet you at the check-in.

At the train station

How much is a ticket to...?

Direct / transfer train

Is there a reduced fare for children / large families?

Where is the station?

Where can we buy tickets?

What time will the train leave?

Where is platform number ...?

By ship / boat

A ferry (boat) is a boat or ship for taking passengers and often vehicles across an area of water, especially as a regular service.

We're going across to France by/on the ferry.

A cruise is a journey on a large ship for pleasure, during which you visit several places

By bus / coach

Where is the the bus station, please?

When does the bus leave for...?

How many stops before...?

A bus with/without air-conditioner

By car

Where is the parking lot, please?

Where can I park my car?

Can I park my car here?

Where can I rent a car?

I would like to rent a car for.... days / weeks.

The car costs £30 a day to rent, but you get unlimited mileage (= no charge for the miles traveled)

A car breakdown

I had a breakdown (= my car stopped working) in the middle of the road

A garage is a place where cars are repaired.

The car's still at the garage getting fixed.
Where can I find a garage to repair my car?


I'll need to take out extra car insurance for another driver.

Related materials:

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