Five key phrases for asking for directions

Are you travelling to an English speaking country? If you are, one of the most important things you are going to need to know is how to ask for directions: so here are some useful phrases.

Remember to be polite when asking for directions, and don’t forget to say “thank you”!

“How do I get to …” – This is the simplest way to ask someone for directions. When you use this phrase, the other person will either tell you which mode of transport (bus, underground) to take or will explain your route.

“Could you tell me the best way to get to …” – This is a very polite way to ask for directions.

“Where exactly am I?” – Now, if you are travelling to an English speaking country and you ask for directions, you still might get lost. And in order to get new directions, you might need to find out where exactly you are, for example which street you are on. If this is the case, ask this particular question.

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“What is the quickest way to get to …” – Let’s pretend you have to catch a bus and this bus comes at certain times in the day. So you need to get to the bus stop quickly. If you need to go somewhere fast, ask this question.

“Where is …” – This phrase is also useful when asking for directions. I use this phrase mostly with “Where is the bathroom.” Usually, this phrase is used when you know you are very close to your destination, you just need a little guidance in finding the place.

Now you are ready to travel to an English speaking country and to ask for directions. Enjoy your travels and have fun!