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Spanish Lesson Beginner 21 Travel Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡Hola a todos!

Today, we are going to see how to manage when travelling in a Spanish speaking country. When you are on holiday or on a business trip in Spain or Latin America you have the perfect opportunity to really speak with the locals as you find your way around the country. In this video lesson I will provide you with essential vocabulary and phrases that will help you to ask for information, buy tickets and understand prices.

Let´s see first some basic travelling vocabulary:

• Transporte: Transport
• Billete: Ticket
• Ida: Single
• Ida y vuelta: Return
• Billete de ida: Single ticket
• Billete de ida y vuelta: Return ticket
• Bono: Travel card/Season ticket
• Precio: Price
• Taquilla: Ticket office
• Plaza: Seat
• Información: Information
• Día: Day
• Salir: To leave
• Sale: It leaves
• Llegar: To arrive
• Llega: It arrives
• Reservar: To book
• De ……a………..: From….. to…….
• De Barcelona a Madrid: From Barcelona to Madrid

Let´s see now how to buy a travel ticket and how to ask for travel information in Spanish:

• Necesito información sobre…: I need information about…
• Necesito información sobre el tren de Madrid a Sevilla: I need information about the train from Madrid to Sevilla
• Necesitamos información sobre…: We need information about….
• ¿Para qué día?: For what day?
• Para el día (date): For the (date)
• ¿A qué hora sale el tren de Madrid a Sevilla?: At what time does the train from Madrid to Seville leave?
• ¿A qué hora llega el tren de Madrid a Sevilla?: At what time does the train from Madrid to Seville arrive?
• ¿Puedo reservar una plaza?: Can I book a seat?
• Quiero un billete de ida y vuelta de Madrid a Sevilla: I want a return ticket from Madrid to Seville
• ¿Cuánto cuesta un billete de ida y vuelta de Madrid a Sevilla?: How much is a return ticket from Madrid to Sevilla?
• ¿Cuánto es?: How much is it?
• Aquí tiene: Here you are
• Vale/Bien: OK

With all this information I hope that you will feel much more confident the next time you travel in Spain or Latin America. Try to get stuck in and speak Spanish right from the start. Speaking well is a lot about confidence and the best way to get over any nerves is to jump right in. Don’t forget that you can always ask the person to repeat something you haven’t understood by saying: “¿Puedes repetir?”. Or ask them to speak slower by saying: “Más despacio, por favor”. For sure they will really appreciate you trying to communicate in their language and you may surprise yourself at how much you know!

Enjoy your Spanish studies and any future trip you take to Spain or Latin America. I hope that the locals look after you and you have a fantastic time!

¡Hasta pronto!

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Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.


  1. Bob Friedman:

    I enjoy your lessons, but I have a suggestion regarding translation of some of the terms pertaining to travel:

    In the U.S., a more appropriate translation of “ida” (regarding travel tickets), would be “one-way” and, for “ida y vuelta,” a better translation would be “round trip.”

  2. lee Allen:

    thank-you for your lessons, they are easy to understand. The terms you have used to explain the travel (return and one-way) are correct, a return is not a “round trip” it is a “RETURN” thank-you for using correct ENGLISH and not some backwater variation to please thick Americans who think the world revolves around them.