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English Vocabulary for ESL learners 


Airport/train: Useful phrases and vocabulary for learners of English.


  • I'd like to check in for the 11 am flight to New York.
  • Could I have an aisle seat / a window seat, please?
  • Excess baggage costs xxxxx per kilo.
  • Where do I drop off my baggage?
  • What time will boarding begin?
  • What gate does it leave from?
  • Flight ABC123 is now boarding.
    • It is now time to get on the plane.

  • Passengers on flight ABC123 should proceed to Gate n° 25.
    • You should go to Gate n°25 to board the plane.

  • This is the final call for Flight ABC123.
    • Passengers on Flight ABC123 are asked to board the plane. This is the last announcement.

  • Flight XYZ234 has been cancelled. 
    • Flight EXY234 will not leave as planned. (You should go to the information desk for more information.)

  • Flight ABA has been delayed.
    • Flight ABA will arrive or leave later than planned.
      (Listen carefully to announcements.)

  • What is the purpose of your trip?
    • This question is asked to visitors arriving in a country.
        Example answers: "business", "study", "pleasure", "holiday", etc.

  • How long do you plan to stay?
    • Are you going to stay long?
      How many days/weeks do you intend to stay?

  • Do you have anything to declare?
    • Are you carrying anything in your luggage that you need to pay tax on (e.g. alcohol, cigarettes...)

  • Did you pack your bag yourself?
    • Did anyone else put anything into your bag?

  • Please do not leave your bags unattended.
    • Make sure to keep your bags with you at all times.

  • See somebody off.
    • Accompany someone to say goodbye to them.

  • Take off / leave the ground.
    • "I'm always nervous when the plane takes off."

  • Touch down (land).
    • What time did your flight touch down?


  • Where can I buy a ticket?
  • How much is a day return to London?
  • How much is a one-way ticket?
  • Is there a special rate for families?
  • What time does the next train leave?
  • What platform does it leave from?
  • How long does it take to get there?
  • Is there a buffet car on the train?
  • Is there WiFi on board?
  • The train is on time / early / 10 minutes late.


  • Where is the bus station please?
  • How do I get to the bus station?
  • Where is the bus timetable?
  • Where can I find departure and arrival times?
  • Which bus goes to ...?
  • Where is the ticket office?
  • How much does a ticket to ... cost?
  • Are tickets sold on the bus?
  • Are there any discounts for groups?
  • A one-way ticket to ... please.
  • I'd like a return ticket please.

See: Travel-Transport Idioms
Travel vocabulary

Please note that British English spelling is used on this website.

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