How to buy tickets for public transport in Italian

If you do not arrive in Italy by car, and do not rent one, it is advisable that you learn how to buy public transport tickets in Italian. In Italy we have trains and buses that allow you to move between the various locations.  Here on Elba, being an island, we also have ferry connections.

So, let’s see together how to buy tickets for public transport in Italy, expressing ourselves in a clear, correct and polite manner. Let’s take as an example the place that hosts our Italian school, Porto Azzurro, on the island of Elba.

How to buy tickets for the train in Italian

You are at the station and you have to buy train tickets. Here are some phrases you can use

  • Vorrei un biglietto per Piombino Porto, per favore. [I’d like a ticket for Piombino Porto, please]
  • Vorrei un biglietto andata/ritorno per Piombino Porto, per favore. [I would like a return ticket for Piombino Porto, please]
  • Potrei avere un biglietto regionale per Piombino Porto, per favore? [Could I have a regional ticket for Piombino Porto, please]
  • Potrei avere un biglietto di prima classe per Piombino Porto, per favore? [Could I have a first class ticket for Piombino Porto, please?]

 If you need more tickets:

  • Vorremmo due/tre/quattro biglietti per Piombino Porto, per favore. [We would like two / three / four tickets for Piombino Porto, please.]
  • Potremmo avere due biglietti per Piombino Porto, per favore? [Could we have two tickets for Piombino Porto, please?]
  • Vorremmo due biglietti andata e ritorno per Piombino Porto, per favore. [We would like two return tickets for Piombino Porto, please.]

And if you do not know the departure times?

  • Quando parte il treno per Piombino Porto? [When does the train for Piombino Porto leave?]
  • Mi potrebbe dire quando parte il treno per Piombino Porto? [Could you tell me when the train leaves for Piombino Porto?]

How to buy bus tickets in Italian

In Italy bus tickets can be of different types: urban and extra-urban. They have different prices and cover different distances. Let’s see how to buy them from the tobacconist, in a bar or at an authorized dealer.

  • Vorrei due biglietti urbani, per favore. [I’d like two city tickets, please ]
  • Potrei avere due biglietti urbani, per favore? [Could I have two city tickets, please?]
  • Vorrei due biglietti per Porto Azzurro, per favore. [I would like two tickets for Porto Azzurro, please]
  • Mi potrebbe dare due biglietti per Porto Azzurro, per favore? [Could you give me two tickets for Porto Azzurro, please?]

How to buy ferry tickets for the island of Elba

The Island of Elba can only be reached by sea, through private boats or the ferry. To get to our school in Porto Azzurro, there are two ports where you can disembark: Portoferraio and Rio Marina. So let’s see how to buy ferry tickets.

  • Vorrei due biglietti per Rio Marina, per favore. [I would like two tickets for Rio Marina, please ]
  • Potrei avere due biglietti per Rio Marina, per favore? [Could I have two tickets for Rio Marina, please?]
  • These are the questions to ask if you have to reach Elba from Piombino. Let’s see how to request tickets for the return:
  • Vorrei due biglietti per Piombino, per favore. [I would like two tickets for Piombino, please ]
  • Mi potrebbe dare due biglietti per Piombino, per favore? [Could you give me two tickets for Piombino, please?]

How to learn italian

We explained briefly how to buy tickets for public transport in Italy and on the island of Elba, but the best way to learn Italian is to study it here on the spot. Our language school ABC Elba is located in Porto Azzurro, on the island of Elba, and is hosted at Villa Teresa, a charming residence surrounded by greenery and only a few kilometers from the sea.

Thanks to our Italian courses you will learn to buy not only tickets for public transport, but to talk in many other situations, from leisure to work.

If you want to spend a linguistic stay in Italy and on the island of Elba, contact us without obligation.

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