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Geschäftsreise auf Englisch - Mit dem Zug durch Großbritannien

Schlagwörter: Geschäftsreise auf Englisch, Englisch Geschäftsreise, Business Trip Englisch, Reservierung

British rail travel is generally recognised as being the most expensive in Europe, and probably the world. Just to give you an example, the ( discounted! ) annual season ticket from London to Brighton ( standard 2nd class ) as of January 2011 costs over £3200 for 54 miles ( 87 km ), whilst an annual DB 100 BahnCard, which entitles you to one year’s travel on the entire German rail network, costs almost the same. When buying a ticket, you will be faced with a bewildering array of ticket types, i.e. Advance, Off-peak and Anytime, First and Standard Class, Single, Return, Day Return and Open Return. Choose the best one to suit you.

At the station
Before you catch your train you will arrive at the station. Most of the main stations are old Victorian buildings. There is normally a large board above the concourse that provides information about arrivals and departures to and from the station and displays times, platform numbers, origins and destinations. If you don’t have a ticket, you can go to the ticket office – where there is usually a long queue – or you can use a ticket machine. If you have time, there are shops including newsagents where you can pick up a book or a paper, gift shops for last-minute presents and food shops where you can get a coffee and a sandwich.

At the ticket office
If you buy a ticket from the ticket office you can use the following request:
I would like a single/return to Liverpool.
The clerk will ask you for further information, such as:
Are you travelling today ( Sir/Madam )?
For travel today?
When are you coming back?
What time are you travelling?
First or second class?
Direct train?

He or she will then offer you a ticket which best suits your requirements and ask:
Would you like to reserve a seat?
which may be
window or aisle, forwards or backwards facing
You could ask:
Which platform does the train leave from?
Do I need to change?
How long does the journey take?
Is there a cheaper ticket?


On the platform
You can ask a porter:
Excuse me, is this the Liverpool train?
He may reply:
I’m sorry sir/madam but it’s the delayed 9:15 to Manchester. The Liverpool train will be departing from platform 5.

On the train
If you have made a reservation, you will find a code on your ticket, e.g. C10. The carriages are denoted by a letter, the seat by a number. After you find your seat, you can store your luggage on the rack above your head, in the space behind your seat ( if available ) or in the luggage compartment near the door. On some trains there is a buffet car; on others just a trolley that serves food and drink. You can enquire about an empty seat next to someone:
Excuse me, is this seat taken?
Someone may be sitting in the seat you have reserved, in which case you can say:
Excuse me, but I believe I have reserved this seat.
Don’t be surprised if the person has also reserved the same seat. It’s a common problem! On a busy train there may be standing room only. You can ask a member of staff:
Excuse me, where is seat C10?
Where is the buffet car?
Where is the toilet?

Possible answers include:
At the end of the carriage on the left next to the window
It’s the third coach from the rear.

You will probably encounter a ticket inspector at least once on your journey. The inspector’s arrival on the carriage will be announced by a shout of:
Tickets, please!
This is a cue to get your ticket ready for inspection. He may ask:
Excuse me sir/madam, can I see your ticket, please?
If you didn’t have time to buy a ticket before boarding the train, you can buy one from the inspector, although this is the most expensive option.

A story
Years ago, I was travelling from Munich to Vienna on the train. I didn’t speak much German. The ticket inspector punched my ticket and then chatted cordially a bit, gesticulating expansively. I just nodded occasionally to show him I was interested.
When he had gone, another Englishman who happened to be on the train asked if I spoke German.

“No”, I admitted.
“Then that explains”, he said, “why you didn’t bat an eyelid when he said you were on the wrong train.”

Schlagwörter: Geschäftsreise auf Englisch, Englisch Geschäftsreise, Business Trip Englisch, Reservierung

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