These Activities have been designed to help you navigate the common situations that you may encounter while traveling to an English-speaking country. The activities cover a range of useful vocabulary, such as buying train or plane tickets, booking a hotel, asking for directions, and other situations that a traveler may encounter. By working through these activities, you will be able to communicate more effectively and confidently while traveling in an English-speaking country.
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A look at how we ask for a train ticket in Britain. This lesson looks at some common vocabulary of train travel including arrivals and departures, first or second class, platforms, single and return tickets, through trains and changes, and tickets. The lesson has a role playing component that will give you the chance to practice a typical, simple conversation about buying a train ticket.
Plan your Journey First, start by planning your journey. The easiest way to do this is by visiting redspottedhanky.com an impartial and independent ticket retailer for all train operating companies and train journeys in the UK. You won't be charged any credit or debit card fees when you buy your train ticket. You can also find out more about your destination by picking it from the handy redspottedhanky.com destination guide. Cheapest Fares Remember that the cheapest fares are usually available off-peak (weekdays after 9.30am and before 5pm, and all weekend) and booked in advance for travel on specific trains, with a seat reservation. The most expensive tickets are usually the most flexible, for travel at any time without a reservation. Buying tickets at the station Most mainline stations in the UK have a staffed ticket office or ticket machines. However, rural and suburban stations may not – or may only have a staffed ticket office during peak times – so it’s best to check before you travel. The ticket counter staff will be able to help you choose the best ticket for your journey, and advise on pricing and any discounts you may be eligible for if you’re travelling with children or have a Railcard. Buy before you Travel It’s always best to buy a ticket before you travel. It’s not possible to buy a ticket onboard some services, and you may be charged a penalty fare if you travel without a ticket. Buying Tickets Online If you’re buying tickets in advance, and don’t need to travel on the day, you might find it easier and cheaper to buy tickets online. Most major rail operators’ websites will enable you to do this, and there are also several online ticket specialists – we’ve listed just a few in the ‘external links’ box below. Buying online enables you to compare and contrast timetables, ticket types, travelling restrictions and prices, enabling you to get the best deal.
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