Travel Vocabulary

Traveling abroad, whether for business or pleasure, is a wonderful way to expand your horizons. Being able to experience other cultures first-hand is a valuable experience that adds an extra dimension to your outlook on life.

Besides being exposed to new sights and new food, foreign travel also gives you the chance to communicate in another language. China and Taiwan are great places to practice your Mandarin Chinese because relatively few people speak English.

Practice Before You Leave

Since Mandarin is one of the harder languages to learn, give yourself plenty of study time before your trip. With its tones and written characters, Mandarin can be more challenging than other Western languages.

If you can master the tones and a few simple phrases, however, doors will open when you visit China, Taiwan, Singapore or Malaysia, making your visit all the more rewarding.

This vocabulary list of traveling words and phrases will come in handy when you first arrive, and also for traveling around the country.

Click on the links in the Pinyin column to hear the audio files.


EnglishPinyinTraditional CharactersSimplified Characters
airportfēi jī chǎng飛機場飞机场
train stationhuǒ chē zhàn火車站火车站
bus stationgōng chēzhàn公車站公车站
bus stopgōng chē tíngkào zhàn公車停靠站公车停靠站
planefēi jī飛機飞机
trainhuǒ chē火車火车
busqì chē汽車气车
shuttle busjiē bó chē接駁車接驳车
taxijì chéng chē計程車计程车
return ticketlái huí piào來回票来回票
boarding passdēng jī zhèng登機證登机证
check indēngjì登記登记
passporthù zhào護照护照
timetableshí kè biǎo時刻表时刻表
gatedēng jī mén登機門登机门
Where can I buy a ticket?Zài nǎli mǎi piào?在哪裡買票?在哪里买票?
How much is a ticket to …?Yī zhāng dào ... de piào duō shǎo qián?一張到...的票多少錢?一张到...的票多少钱?
I would like a ticket to …..Wǒ mǎi yī zhāng dào ... de piào.我買一張到...的票。我买一张到...的票。