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Chinese Phrasebook: Directions and Transport

Chinese Language Phrasebook: Transport

Apart from for aeroplanes, you don’t generally get return tickets in China.

General Transport Chinese Phrases
English Pinyin Chinese
Vehicle (bus, train or taxi) Chē
Luggage Xínglĭ 行李
I want to go to… Wǒ xiăng qù... 我想去...
What time does it leave/arrive? Jĭdiăn kāi/dào 几点开/到
How long does it take? Huā duōcháng shíjiān? 花多长时间
I want to get off (at…) Wǒ xiăng (zài…)xià chē 我想(在...)下车
Single/Return Ticket Dānchéng/ fănwăng piào 单程/返往票
Get a taxi (slang) Dădī 打的
(Get) underground/subway (Zuò) dìtiĕ (坐)地铁
When is the next bus/train Xià yìbān chē jĭdiăn kāi? 下一班车几点开
When is the first/last bus/train? Tóu/mò bān chē jĭdiăn kāi? 头/末班车几点开

Chinese vocabulary and phrases related to taking trains, buses and planes
Train (station) Huǒchē (zhàn) 火车(站)
Hard seat Yìngzuò 硬座
Hard sleeper Yìngwò 硬卧
Soft seat Ruănzuò 软座
Soft sleeper Ruănwò 软卧
Which (number) platform? Jĭhào zhàntái? 几号站台?
Bus (stop) Qìchē (zhàn) 汽车(站)
Long distance bus station Chángtú qìchē zhàn 长途汽车站
Taxi Chūzūqìchē 出租汽车
Use the meter Dăbiăo 打表
Aeroplane Fēijī 飞机
Boarding pass Dēngjì kă 登记卡
Airport Fēijīchăng 飞机场
Boat Chuán
Dock/Ferry port Mătóu 码头
Rickshaw (tricycle) Sānlúnchē 三轮车
Bicycle Zìxíngchē 自行车

How much per day/hour? Yìtiān/yígè xiăoshí duōshaǒ qián? 一天/一个小时多少钱?

Chinese Language Phrasebook: Directions, Distances and Asking the Way

Beijingers usually know which direction is North, and the city is laid out in a grid pattern, so they may well tell you the way in terms of compass direction.

English Pinyin Chinese
Where is … ...zài năr? ...在哪儿
What’s the best way to … ...zuì hăo zĕnme qù ...最好怎么去
Is it far? Yuăn ma? 远吗
How far? Duō yuăn? 多远?
100 metres Yībăimĭ 一百米
1km Yīgōnglĭ 一公里
Which way is North? Năge fāngxiàng shì bĕi? 哪个方向是北
Walk (North) Wăng (bĕi) zǒu 往(北)走
South Nán
East Dōng
West 西
Turn left/right Wăng zuǒ/yòu zhuăn 往左/右转
Go straight Yìzhízǒu 一直走
Map Dìtú 地图
No.3 3 hào3号
Street Jiē
Road


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