Talk Portuguese - Transport

How to get around by public transport

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Key language: Getting around by public transport
  • Português
  • Há um /uma ...?
    Is there a ...?
  • um autocarro *
    a bus
  • um comboio
    a train
  • um carro *
    a car
  • um táxi
    a taxi
  • um barco *
    a boat
  • um avião
    a plane
  • uma camioneta
    a coach
  • de autocarro *
    by bus
  • de comboio
    by train
  • de eléctrico
    by tram

* Pronunciation guide

  • um autocarro, um carro, um barco
    A single r at the beginning or a double r in the middle of a word is gently rolled.
Key language: Buying tickets and asking for details
  • Português
  • um bilhete
    a ticket / one ticket
  • Queria um bilhete para o Porto, se faz favor
    I would like a ticket for Oporto, please
  • para…
    for… / to... (+ destination)
  • de ida
    one way / single
  • de ida e volta
    return ticket
  • Queria dois bilhetes de ida e volta
    I'd like two return tickets
  • Queria um de segunda classe
    I'd like a second class ticket
  • Quanto é?
    How much is it?
  • De que linha parte o comboio?
    From which platform does the train leave?
  • Da linha número um
    From platform one
  • Há um autocarro para a Costa da Caparica?
    Is there a bus to Costa da Caparica?
  • Tem às dez horas
    There is one at ten o’clock
  • Quanto tempo leva para chegar?
    How long does it take?
  • Cerca de quarenta minutos
    Around forty minutes
  • Tenho de mudar?
    Do I have to change?
  • Não, não tem de mudar
    No, you don't have to change
  • É directo
    It's direct
  • A que horas parte o último barco de volta?
    What time is the last boat back?
  • Às dezoito horas
    At 18:00 (6pm)
  • Pode repetir, por favor? **
    Can you repeat that, please?
  • Boa viagem
    Have a nice trip
  • De nada
    You're welcome

** Grammar notes

  • Posso/pode/podemos
    These are all forms of the verb poder, to be able to in the present tense.
    They are also very useful as key phrases in the question form: Posso? - May I?
    Pode? - Can you? and
    Podemos? - May we?
    They’re usually followed by a verb:
    Pode repetir, por favor? - Can you repeat that please?
    Posso falar com o Senhor ...? - May I speak to Mr…?
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Cultural notes - Means of transport

A description of transport in Lisbon In Lisbon, you may find some unusual ways of getting around, for example by tram, O eléctrico or the funicular, O elevador. In the north, trains take you on remarkable journeys through high mountain passes and you can also enjoy boat trips on the major rivers.


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