TRANSPORT

USEFUL VOCABULARY

an aeroplane / a plane
a bicycle / a cycle
a boat
a bus
a car
(aero)plane(s)
(bi)cycle(s)
boat(s)
bus(es)
car(s)
a helicopter
a lorry
a moped
a (motor)bike
a ship
helicopter(s)
lorry(lorries)
moped(s)
(motor)bike(s)
ship(s)
a submarine / a sub
a tanker
a taxi
a train
a tram
submarine(s) / sub(s)
tanker(s)
taxi(s)
train(s)
tram(s)
an underground train / a tube train
a van
a yacht
tube train(s) /
underground train(s)
van(s)
yacht(s)

How do you get there?

BY AIR
an aeroplane / a plane
At the airport. / On the runway. / In the air.

a helicopter

At the airport. / On the helipad. / In the air.

BY ROAD

a car

On the motorway. / On the road. / In the garage.

a taxi

At the taxi rank. / On the road. / In the garage.

a moped

On the road. / In the garage.

a bus

At the bus stop. / On the road. / In the garage.

a lorry

On the road. / In the garage.

a tanker

On the road. / In the garage.

a van

On the road. / In the garage.

BY SEA

a ship

In the port. / In the harbour. / On the water.

a submarine / a sub

In the port. / In the harbour. / Under the sea.

a yacht

In the harbour. / On the water.

BY RAIL

a train

At the platform. / On the tracks. / In the station.

BY TUBE / UNDERGROUND

an underground train / a tube train

On the tracks. / In the station.

ON FOOT
on foot
Making enquiries Making enquiries
QUESTIONS ABOUT TRAINS / BUSES
  • Could you tell me the time of the next train / bus to Cardiff, please?
  • Is it an express train / bus, or do I have to change trains / buses?
  • Is there a buffet car?
  • What platform / stop does it leave from?
  • What time does it depart?
  • What time does it arrive?
  • How long is the journey?

 

BUYING A TRAIN TICKET
  • I’d like a ticket to London, please.
    • Single or return?
  • Return. How much is the fare?
    • That’s £150.00 peak time, or if you travel off-peak between 10am and 3pm it’s only £65.00.
  • I’ll travel off-peak then thanks. Can I reserve a seat?
    • Yes, but it’s an extra £5.00.
QUESTIONS ABOUT FLYING
  • Is there a flight to London, please?
  • Is it a direct flight, or do I have to change planes?
  • Do they serve food?
  • What terminal does it leave from?
  • Is there an airport bus?
  • Can I have a window/aisle seat?
  • What time do I have to check in?
  • What time does it take off?
  • What time does it land?
  • How long is the flight?
BUYING A PLANE TICKET
  • I’d like a ticket to London, please.
    • Single or return?
  • Return. How much is it?
    • That’s £150.00 business class, or £65.00 budget.
  • Budget then thanks. Can I have a window / aisle seat, please?
    • Yes, certainly.

DIALOGUE

MR SMITH IS CHECKING IN AT THE AIRPORT.
Checking in at the airport – Conversation
Clerk: Good Morning.
Mr S : Is this the right desk? My flight is BA123.
Clerk: Yes, that’s right. I need your passport and your ticket, please.
Mr S: There you go.
Clerk: Thank you. Do you have any luggage to check in Mr Smith?
Mr S: Yes, these two suitcases.
Clerk: Could you put them on the conveyor belt, please.
Mr S: Sure. I don’t think they are over.
Clerk: No. That’s fine. Would you like a window or an aisle seat?
Mr S: A window seat, please.
Clerk: … Here are your luggage tags and your boarding card. Your seat is 36B.
Mr S: Thank you. What is the boarding time?
Clerk: The plane is boarding in 30 minutes. You leave from Gate 15. Have a good flight.
Mr S: Thank you. Goodbye.

 

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