Must-Know Travel Phrases

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Between my partner and I, we know 12 languages and we try to learn the language of every country we travel to. Over the years we’ve perfected becoming “travel fluent”, that is, being able to get through travel scenarios in any country.

We’ve dialed in the most common phrases we repeatedly use, without fail in almost every country. These are all of the words we learn to say in our target language.

We then consult with a tutor on italki to get the local translations. We recommend getting a tutor as opposed to using google translate as you’re guaranteed to get a natural and accurate translation.

Related: An italki Review by Language Obsessives — 200+ Lessons, 10+ languages

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Basic Phrases

  1. Bye!
  2. Goodbye!
  3. Hello!/Hi!
  4. Good morning/Good day!
  5. Good evening!
  6. Yes
  7. No
  8. Please
  9. Thank you
  10. You’re welcome
  11. Excuse me (to get someone’s attention)
  12. Excuse me (to get through a crowd)
  13. Excuse me (when bumping into someone)
  14. Do you speak English?

Common Travel Questions

  1. How much does it cost?
  2. Where is the bathroom?
  3. What is the wifi password?
  4. Do you have WiFi?
  5. Where can I find a taxi?
  6. Is this seat free?
  7. What time is it, please?
  8. Where can I buy tickets?
  9. Where is the bathroom?


  1. Hello
  2. How are you?
  3. It’s a pleasure (to meet you)
  4. Hello (on the phone)

Asking for Help

  1. I’m lost.
  2. Could you help me?
  3. Is there anyone who speaks English?
  4. Can I help you?

Polite phrases

  1. I’m sorry
  2. Excuse me (informal)
  3. Don’t worry about it / It doesn’t matter
  4. Excuse me (when requesting to let you pass in a crowd)

Dining Phrases

  1. Can I have the bill?
  2. A table for two, please.
  3. The menu, please.
  4. I would like…
  5. The bill, please.
  6. I am allergic to…
  7. What do you recommend?
  8. I’d like to book a table for tonight.
  9. A table outside/inside, please.
  10. Do you have any vegetarian/vegan options?
  11. Is this dish spicy?
  12. Bottle of water
  13. Glass of wine

Conversational Phrases

  1. What’s your name?
  2. Where are you from? (informal)
  3. Where are you from (formal)
  4. My name is…
  5. Thank you!
  6. What do you do for a living?
  7. I like…
  8. Sorry, I don’t understand.
  9. Can you repeat, please?
  10. Do you like it here?
  11. What do you do in your free time?
  12. I speak a little {target language}
  13. See you soon!
  14. Have a good day
  15. Have a good night
  16. Have a good trip!
  17. See you later!

Sightseeing Phrases

  1. Where is the museum?
  2. How much is the entrance fee?
  3. Is it open today?
  4. I’d like a guide in English.
  5. Where can I buy tickets?
  6. Is there a guided tour?
  7. Can you take a picture of me?
  8. Would you like a photo?
  9. Is it possible to take photos here?
  10. When does it close?

Shopping Phrases

  1. How much is this?
  2. Do you accept credit cards?
  3. I’ll pay with card
  4. I’m looking for…
  5. I’m just looking, browsing
  6. I need…
  7. Do you have size…?
  8. Can I try it on?
  9. Where are the fitting rooms?
  10. Do you have something less expensive?
  11. Can I pay with cash?

Transportation and Getting Around

  1. Where is the station?
  2. One ticket to…, please.
  3. How long does it take to get to…?
  4. What time does the train leave?
  5. What time is the next bus/train?
  6. Which stop is for…?
  7. Is this seat taken?
  8. Where is the bus stop?
  9. Does this bus stop at…?
  10. How much is a ticket to…?

Travel Directions

  1. Can I have directions to…?
  2. How far is…from here?
  3. Is this the right way to…?
  4. Where can I catch the bus?
  5. I’m looking for this address.
  6. Is it far from here?
  7. Which road should I take?
  8. Straight
  9. To the left
  10. To the right
  11. Near
  12. Far

Phrases at the Market

  1. I’d like to buy…
  2. How much per kilo?
  3. Can I taste?
  4. What are these?
  5. Do you have…?
  6. Can I have a bag?
  7. Do you accept card payment?
  8. What time does the market close?

Other important phrases

  1. I don’t know
  2. There is/There are
  3. Let’s go!
  4. So/Then
  5. Maybe
  6. Okay/Fine/All right
  7. I understand
  8. With
  9. Without
  10. Also/Too
  11. Always
  12. Never
  13. Very/Much
  14. Little/Not much
  15. and
  16. or

Link to view and download: Travel fluent phrases

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