How to Ask for & Give Directions in English

Useful English Phrases for Asking for & Giving Directions ...


You will find these English expressions useful if you are lost or want to get to a particular place or give directions to others.

Asking for directions

  • How can I get to ...?
  • Where is the ...?
  • How far is the ... from the ...?
  • Is there a ... around here?
  • Could you tell me how to get to ...?
  • How do I find ...?
  • Pardon me, I'm lost. how do I get to ...?
  • Which is the best way to ...?
  • Could you direct me to ...?
  • Which way do I go to get to ...?
  • What's the best way to ...?
  • Excuse me, do you know where the … is?
  • Is this the right way for …?

...

Giving directions

  • Go straight ahead.
  • Turn back./Go back.
  • Turn left/right.
  • Go along …
  • Cross …
  • Take the first/second road on the left/right.
  • It's on the left/right.
  • Go past.
  • The easiest way is to ...
  • The best way is to ...
  • It's on the corner
  • It's in the middle of the block.

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Examples

1. A: Excuse me sir. Is there a bank around here?

    B: Yes, there is one right across the street next to Library.

2. A: Can you give me directions to the petrol station?

    B: Of course I will, just follow this road until you come to the main road. Turn right and then continue for about 100 metres. You will see the petrol station on the left.

3. A: Is there a bank near here?

    B: Yes, there is one in Orange Street. Orange Street is the third road on your right.

4. A: Excuse me, where is the School?

    B: It is across from the police office.

5. A: Excuse me! Could you tell me where the nearest bank is, please?

    B: Walk two blocks and turn left at the bookstore. The bank will be across the street, next to the post office.

   A: Is it far from here?

   B: No, it's just a ten-minute walk.

   A: Thank you very much.

   B: You're welcome.

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