Travel Phrasal Verbs and Expressions in English

We are going to learn some phrasal verbs related to travel...


1. See off

  • Meaning: Go to the airport or station to say goodbye to someone
  • E.g. They’ve gone to the airport to see their son off.

2. Set off

  • Start a journey
  • E.g. We set off for Paris just after ten.

3. Get in

  • Arrive (train, plane)
  • E.g. The train got in late.

4. Hold up

  • Delay when travelling
  • E.g. Sorry I’m late – I was held up at work.

5. Take off

  • When a plane departs or leaves the ground
  • E.g. The plane took off an hour late.

6. Check in

  • Arrive and register at a hotel or airport
  • E.g. Please check in at least an hour before departure.

7. Get off

  • Leave a bus, train, plane
  • E.g. We get off at the next station.

8. Check out

  • Leave the hotel after paying
  • E.g. We checked out at noon.

9. Get away

  • To have a holiday or vacation
  • E.g. We're hoping to get away for a few days at Easter.

10. Get on

  • Enter a bus, train, plane, to climb on board
  • E.g. I think we got on the wrong bus.

11. Drop off

  • Take someone to a place and leave them there
  • E.g. I’ll drop you off on my way home.

12. Pick up

  • Let someone get into your car and take them somewhere
  • E.g. I’ll pick you up at the station.

13. Set out

  • Start a journey, especially a long journey
  • E.g. They set out on the last stage of their journey.

14. Speed up

  • Increase speed
  • E.g. Can you try and speed things up a bit?

15. Look around

  • Explore what is near you, in your area
  • E.g. People came out of their houses and looked around.

16. Hurry up

  • Rush and not waste time
  • E.g. Hurry up! We're going to be late.

17. Go back

  • Go the place someone is leaving from to say goodbye
  • E.g. Dave and I go back twenty years.

18. Look forward

  • Look forward to something that is going to happen in the future
  • E.g. I'm looking forward to the weekend.

19. Stop over

  • Stay somewhere for a short time during a long journey
  • E.g. I wanted to stop over in India on the way to Australia.

20. Check in

  • Confirm you are taking a flight (online or at airport)
  • E.g. I usually check in online.

21. Check in/out

  • Confirm your arrival/departure at a hotel
  • E.g. We have to check out before 11:00.

22. Drop sby/sth off

  • Take somebody/something to a place (usually by car)
  • E.g. Where do you want me to drop you off?

23. Get away

  • Escape a place (for a holidays)
  • E.g. I need to get away for a few days.

24. Get in

  • Arrive at the station/airport
  • E.g. What time does your flight get in?

25. Get on/off

  • Get onto/off a bus, a train, plane
  • E.g. Get on the northbound train at Penn Station.

26. Pick sby/sth up

  • Go to where somebody is leaving from to say goodbye
  • E.g. Will you come to see me off at the airport?

27. Set off/out

  • Begin a journey
  • E.g. We have to set off very early on Saturday.

28. Stop over

  • Stay at a place on the way to your final destination
  • E.g. On my way to Rio, I stopped over in Paris for a night.

29. Take off

  • Leave the ground (planes)
  • E.g. The plane’s going to take off. Hold my hand!

30. Touch down

  • Land (planes)
  • E.g. Our flight touches down before midday.

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