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We just learned some useful Chinese vocabulary for air travel, so the next step is to actually buy a ticket. Sure, you can just buy a ticket online, but it’s still quite common in China to buy your travel tickets from an actual office. To help you out, let’s learn how to buy a plane ticket in Chinese.
Read the conversation in Chinese/pinyin first. You can reference the air travel vocabulary post or a dictionary if there are some words you don’t know. When you are ready, go ahead and check out the English translation.
nǐ hǎo qǐng wèn, nǐ men mài fēi jī piào ma
mài de. nǐ yào qù nǎ lǐ
wǒ yào mǎi yī zhāng dào shàng hǎi de piào
nǐ yào dān chéng hái shì lái huí piào
lái huí de
hǎo de, shén me shí hou zǒu
wǒ yào xià gè xīng qí wǔ zǒu
wǒ kàn, xià gè xīng qí wǔ shì èr shí hào. nǐ yào zǎo shàng hái shì xià wǔ de háng bān
zǎo shàng de shì shén me shí hou chū fā
zǎo shàng bā diǎn bàn
hǎo, nà shì shén me háng kōng
shì zhōng guó háng kōng. nǐ shén me shí hou yào huí lái
èr shí wǔ hào huí lái
hǎo de. Èr shí wǔ hào cóng shàng hǎi dào běi jīng yǒu zǎo shàng qī diǎn, hái yǒu xià wǔ sān diǎn bàn
wǒ yào xià wǔ de háng bān huí lái
qǐng wèn, nǐ yào mǎi shén me cāng
gōng wù cāng duō shǎo qián
wǒ kàn, gōng wù cāng yī gòng wǔ qiān wǔ bǎi
yǒu diǎn guì, wǒ mǎi jīng jì cāng ba
méi wèn tí, jīng jì cāng yī gòng sān qiān kuài. nǐ yào fù xiàn jīn hái shì shuā kǎ
wǒ yào shuā kǎ
hǎo de, qǐng gěi wǒ nǐ de hù zhào
gěi nǐ le
qǐng shāo děng yī xià… qǐng qiān nǐ de míng zì
kě yǐ gěi wǒ fā piào ma
kě yǐ, zhè shì nǐ de fǎ piào
xiè xiè nǐ
bù yòng le, zhù nǐ lǚ yóu yú kuài
Hello excuse me, do you sell plane tickets?
Yes we do. Where do you want to go?
I want to buy a ticket to Shanghai.
Do you want a one-way or round-trip ticket?
OK, when do you want to leave?
I want to leave next Friday.
Let me see, next Friday is the 20th. Do you want a morning or afternoon flight?
What time does the morning flight depart?
7:30 in the morning.
OK, what airline is that?
It’s Air China. When do you want to return?
(I want to) return on the 25th.
Alright. On the 25th from Shanghai to Beijing we have 7AM and also 3:30PM.
I want an afternoon flight back.
Excuse me, what class do you want to buy?
How much is business class?
Let me see, business class is 5,500 total.
That’s a little expensive. I’ll buy economy.
No problem. Economy is 3,000 total. Do you want to pay cash or with a credit card?
I want to use a card,
OK, please give me your passport.
Here you are.
Please wait a minute. Please sign your name.
Can you give me an invoice?
Sure, here’s your invoice.
You’re welcome, wish you a pleasant trip!
Peggy Laoshi has an awesome video about buying plane tickets where she elbow drops a dude who tries to run off with her suitcase. Check it out and get some more practice!
Alright – now you’ve got your ticket and you’re ready to fly! Too bad you still have to get to the airport, check in for your flight, go through security, find your gate, board the plane, order drinks, go through customs, and get your bags. Flying is the best, isn’t it? We’ll have another post or two to help you get deal with flying in Chinese, so stay tuned!