UL – Travel Phrasebook

Feb 2015: The Talking People Travel Phrasebook

February 2014: I’ve been gathering some sentences for your dialogues. I’ll be recording them soon, but I’m going to wait a bit in case you want to suggest some more! You can post your suggestions below.

November 2015: worked a bit more on this. Please, post your sentences before I start recording!


  • Where’s the ticket office?
  • A ticket to…, please.
  • A return / roundtrip ticket to…, please.
  • Can I have a timetable, please?
  • How much is a ticket to…?
  • Can I pay with this?
  • Can I buy the ticket on the bus?
  • Which platform? (andén)
  • Where are the platforms?
  • Does it make stops?
  • When is the next coach/train to…?
  • How often do buses/trains run to…?
  • When does the coach/train to … arrive/leave?
  • There’s a delay.
  • It’s been delayed.
  • I’m looking for a vending machine. I need some water.
  • Does this bus stop at…?
  • I need to get off at…
  • This is my stop.
  • Do you mind if I open the window?
  • Do you mind if I leave my bag here?
  • Please, take all your luggage and personal belongings with you.
  • Keep an eye on your bags.

On the plane

  • Hello.
  • Would you like a drink? / Would you like something to drink?
  • Yes, please. Can I have a …, please? / I’d like a/some…
  • No, thanks. / No, thank you.
  • Nothing for me.
  • Thank you very much.
  • You’re welcome.
  • Sorry? / Pardon?
  • Excuse me, could I have a/some…?
  • Excuse me, where are we now?
  • Excuse me, what time / when are we landing?
  • My earphones are not working. Could I have another pair?
  • Can I have a pillow, please?
  • I’m really cold. Could I have a blanket?
  • I’m really thirsty. Could I have some water, please?
  • I need to go to the toilet. Where is it?
  • The toilet has been busy for the past 45 minutes!
  • Goodbye, thank you.

At the airport


  • Where is the check-in counter?
  • Which gate?
  • Go to gate number …
  • My flight number is …
  • Where are the toilets?
  • Can I see your passport, please?
  • Here is my plane ticket.
  • Can I carry this with me?
  • Do I have to check in this bag?
  • What cabin baggage can I carry?
  • What’s the excess baggage charge?
  • What time does the boarding gate close?
  • Can I carry this onboard?
  • I’d like a refund. My flight was cancelled/delayed.


At the Tourist Information Desk

  • Do you have / Have you got any brochures of …?
  • Can I have a map, please?
  • Can we have some information about …?
  • Which are the opening (and closing) hours?
  • We’d like to visit … on (day of week).
  • We’d like to go by train.
  • What time does the first train leave?
  • Can we go by coach?
  • What time does it arrive?
  • Is there a toilet on the bus?
  • A single ticket to Toledo, please.
  • Which platform?
  • I’m sorry. Can you say that again, please?
  • That’s OK.
  • Perfect. Thanks.
  • Cheers.


  • Excuse me, where’s the station?
  • Excuse me, how can I get to the airport from here?
  • Excuse me. Is there a restaurant near here?
  • When do shops open, please?
  • What are the opening hours of banks?
  • Could you tell me the way to the coach station?
  • Go straight on, past the traffic lights, and then turn right.
  • It’s on the right. You can’t miss it.
  • Walk on till you get to the roundabout. You’ll see/find it on the left.
  • I’m sorry. I didn’t understand it all.
  • Let me see if I understood. I need to check I got it right!
  • Thanks SO much! You’ve been very kind.
  • Could you speak more slowly, please?
  • Could you show me on the map?
  • How can I get here?
  • You can take a bus or the underground (subway / tube).
  • How much is the fare?

On the phone

  • Hello. Could I speak to…, please?
  • Hello. María speaking.
  • Who is it?
  • It’s María.
  • Is that Peter Smith?
  • Speaking.
  • This is María Pérez.
  • It’s engaged.
  • I’ll call back later. Thanks.
  • I think you’ve got the wrong number.
  • She’s not in at the moment.
  • Can I leave a message?
  • Would you like to leave a message?
  • I’ll let her know.
  • He’s out. – When will he be back?
  • He’s away. He’ll be back next month.
  • Please, call me tonight.
  • Tell him/her I’ll be at …
  • Tell him/her he/she can reach me at … till (time)

Tourist shopping

  • Do you speak English/Spanish?
  • Could I have … stamps for Spain?
  • Do you have / Have you got any envelopes / camera batteries?
  • How much is this / that?
  • How much are these / those?
  • One of these/those, please.
  • Thanks a lot. Have a nice day.

How much is that?

  • Can I change this 20€ bill, please?
  • I don’t have / haven’t got any change — I’m sorry.
  • Can I have a/some…, please?
  • Could I have a/some…?
  • Could I borrow a pen? Thank you very much.
  • Can I pay by credit card?
  • Just a moment, please.
  • Here you are.
  • Anything else?
  • Thanks.
  • Not at all.

Buying clothes

  • Can I help you?
  • No, thanks. I’m just looking.
  • Yes, please. I’m looking for a warm sweater.
  • What size (are you)?
  • I’m a small / medium / large / extra large.
  • What colo(u)r would you like?
  • Can I try it / them on?
  • Where are the changing rooms?
  • Over there!
  • You can just take 5 clothing items.
  • Does it suit you?
  • It’s / They’re a bit too big/small.
  • OK. I’ll take it / them.
  • I like it. / I love it!
  • Can I pay by cheque?

At the hotel

  • Do you have any rooms (with a view to…), please?
  • Do you have any rooms with ensuite bathroom?
  • I would like to have a single room for three nights, please.
  • How much is / Can we have an extra (rollaway) bed?
  • Could we have an extra blanket?
  • Could you please wake me up at … tomorrow?
  • Can I make a reservation, please?
  • Good morning. I have a reservation. My name’s …
  • Would you like a single/double room?
  • Where’s the elevator/lift?
  • It’s over there.
  • Do you need help with your bags?
  • How much is it a night?
  • The flush/air-conditioning/light in the bathroom/heating system doesn’t work. Could you send someone to fix it?

On the beach

  • Is there a lifeguard near here?
  • Is it safe to swim here / in this area?
  • Are there any jellyfish?
  • A jellyfish stung me! What can I do?
  • You can visit (name of beach) – it’s sandy / it’s rocky.
  • Can you dive here without danger?
  • Be careful. There’s a strong current over there/today.
  • When is high/low tide?
  • Do you know the coastal path? It runs from … to …

At the restaurant

  • A table for three, please.
  • Are you being served?
  • I’d like (name of dish), please.
  • I’ll have (name of dish), please. (spontaneous decision)
  • Could I have some vegetable soup?
  • What do you recommend?
  • What is this? Is it (e.g. fish, sweet or savory)?
  • Can I have the (name of dish) without the garlic?
  • Can we have some tap/bottled water, too, please?
  • Spaghetti for me, please.
  • Would you like some dessert?
  • No, thanks. I’m OK/all right.
  • Yes, please. I’d like …
  • Have you tried (the) (name of dish)? It’s really good.
  • Try this! It’s delicious!
  • Did you like it? (Yes, I did. It was yummy! / Not much, really.)
  • Can we smoke here?
  • Do you have / Have you got a light?
  • Could we have the check/bill, please?
  • Excuse me, where is the toilet?
  • Can I pay by credit card?
  • Excuse me, I think there is a mistake in the bill. We didn’t ask for … / You didn’t bring the …

Meeting People

  • Hello! My name’s…
  • How are you? / How are you doing?
  • Nice to meet you (hello)
  • Nice meeting you (goodbye)
  • Where are you from? / Where do you come from?
  • Where in …?
  • I’ve never been there.
  • Are you (nationality)? (British, not English!)
  • I was born … but I’m …
  • It’s a lovely day.
  • The weather is really good today.
  • Are you enjoying your stay here?
  • Do you like this beach?
  • Have you tried paella?
  • My favo(u)rite beach bar is…
  • In this place you can eat the best …
  • Have you been to … (tourist site, o place)?
  • Would you like to join us? (invitation)
  • I’d love to.
  • Sorry. I’m leaving tomorrow. I need to get up early tomorrow.
  • I need to leave now. Have a nice day.

At the chemist’s / pharmacy

  • I have earache / a headache / stomachache / a pain in my back. Do you have something for it?
  • I need a painkiller / condoms / contraceptives / sanitary pads / a sun screen / an after sun lotion/cream / a tanning cream
  • What are the side effects?
  • Have you taken the medicine before?
  • Who is the medicine for?
  • What are your symptoms?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • What action has already been taken?
  • Are you taking any other medication for this or any other reasons?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of antibiotics?
  • These are drops. One drop, three times a day for five days. Would you like anything else?
  • Plaster and toothpaste. Will that be all?
  • I ate too much yesterday evening, I think I have indigestion.
  • Are you allergic to anything?
  • If it doesn’t improve by tomorrow, go and see your doctor.
  • I feel dizzy, my nose is running, my eyes are itching.
  • I have a rash.


  • We need a doctor.
  • Please, can you help me/us?
  • Our car broke down. Can I use/borrow your mobile phone, please?
  • Quick! Call an ambulance / the doctor / the police!
  • Help!
  • Fire! Fire! (also if someone is attacking you – unfortunately, this works better than Help!)
  • I need to make a phone call. It’s urgent.
  • I need some petrol. It’s an emergency.
  • Where can I find a cash machine / an ATM?
  • I’m looking for a chemist’s / pharmacy.
  • I’m lost.
  • Go away. Leave me alone.

5 Responses to UL – Travel Phrasebook

  1. Pingback: Travel Phrasebook | C1 Course by MF 2015-16

  2. rociotable says:

    Fantastic an amazing work!

  3. MF says:

    Thanks! ❤ 🙂

  4. carlos says:

    Creo que si me aprendo esto, ya no necesito ir a clase… 🙂
    Es muy completo y difícilmente se ha escapado algo.
    Como inglés de supervivencia es perfecto, sirve para desenvolverte con cierta dignidad en cualquier país angloparlante.
    Michelle, gracias por la aportación.

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