PLP 033 - Beginners - Buy train tickets in Portugal

Topic: Phrases to use when traveling by train in Portugal.

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Welcome to the second episode about the train in Portugal. In this episode you will learn some action formulas (asking for directions inside the train station, buying a ticket, understanding information about the trip - departure date and time, duration, etc.).

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1)

Bom dia. Good morning.

Boa tarde. Good afternoon.

Boa noite. Good evening/night.

2) Bom dia, desculpe, onde é a estação de comboios?

Good morning, excuse me, where is the train station?

To better understand the directions you receive, please check episodes 1 and 2 of the podcast, that focus on this topic.

Let's find our way inside the train station.

3) Bom dia, desculpe, onde é a bilheteira?

…where is the ticket office?

4) Bom dia, desculpe, onde é a máquina de bilhetes?

…where is the ticket machine?

5) Bom dia, desculpe, onde é a linha 2?

…where is line 2?

6) Bom dia, desculpe, onde é a escada rolante?

…where is the escalator?

In all these cases you can substitute, where is it? with how do I go to?.

7) Como vou para a bilheteira?

How do I go to the ticket office?

8) Como vou para a a linha 2?

How do I go to line 2?

Now you are ready to buy a ticket. If you do it at the machine, and if it gets too complicated you can change the language on the screen. But if that doesn't help, you can ask someone for help.

9) Bom dia, desculpe, pode ajudar-me?

Good morning, excuse me, can you help me?

Pode, from the verb poder, to be able to, conjugated in the 3rd person, for formal treatment. To this verb you just add the infinitive of the main verb, to help, ajudar. And finally, the pronoun me.

 
 
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If you are buying the ticket at the ticket office:

Let's say we are in Lisbon and want a ticket to Porto.

10) Queria um bilhete para o Porto.

I would like a ticket to Porto.

11) Queria um bilhete de ida para o Porto.

I would like a one-way ticket to Porto.

  • um bilhete de ida - a one-way ticket

12) Queria um bilhete de ida e volta para o Porto.

I would like a two-way ticket to Porto.

13) Queria três bilhetes de ida e volta para o Porto.

I would like three two-way tickets to Porto.

14) ueria três bilhetes de ida e volta para o Porto em primeira classe.

I would like three two-way tickets to Porto in first class.

  • em primeira classe - in first class

15) Queria três bilhetes de ida e volta para o Porto em segunda classe.

I would like three two-way tickets to Porto in second class.

  • em segunda classe - in second class

16) Queria três bilhetes de ida e volta para o Porto em segunda classe na segunda-feira.

I would like three two-way tickets to Porto in second class on Monday.

  • na segunda-feira - on Monday

17) Queria três bilhetes de ida e volta para o Porto em segunda classe na segunda-feira às 3 da tarde.

I would like three two-way tickets to Porto in second class on Monday at three in the afternoon.

  • às 3 da tarde - at three in the afternoon

 

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But maybe you don't know when the train goes to Porto. This is what you want to ask:

18) Quando é o comboio para o Porto?

When is the train to Porto?

19) A que horas é o comboio para o Porto?

At what time is the train to Porto?

  • a que horas - at what time

20) A que horas é o próximo comboio para o Porto?

At what time is the next train to Porto?

21) O próximo comboio para o Porto é na segunda-feira às três da tarde.

The next train to Porto is on Monday at three in the afternoon.

Now, if you don't receive this information, here is something you should ask.

22) Tenho de mudar de comboio?

Do I have to change trains?

23) Sim, tem de mudar em Coimbra.

Yes, you have to change in Coimbra.

This structure uses the verb ter, to have + preposition de + infinitive of the main verb.

Let's use this with another example:

24) Tenho de comprar um bilhete.

I have to buy a ticket.

After you pay for the ticket, you remember you want to know which way you need to go to get on the train:

25) De onde parte o comboio? From where does the train leave?

  • de onde - from where

It uses the verb partir, to leave.

Possible answer:

26) O comboio parte da linha 2.

The train leaves from line 2.

And you still have one final question:

27) Quanto tempo dura a viagem?

How long does the trip last?

  • quanto tempo - how long

The verb here is durar, to last.

So you are heading up the escalator to go to line 2. There is a train arriving, but you are not sure, if this is the one you want. You ask the person standing next to you:

28) Bom dia, desculpe, para onde vai o comboio?

Where does the train go to?

  • para onde - where to

The verb here is ir, to go.

Possible answer:

29) Vai para o Porto.

It goes to Porto.

Hey, that's the one you want, don't miss it!

30) Boa viagem! Have a nice trip!

 

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