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Geschäftsreise auf Englisch - Unterwegs mit der Bahn

Schlagwörter: Geschäftsreise auf Englisch, Englisch Geschäftsreise, Business Trip Englisch, Englisch, Unterwegs mit der Bahn, Train

At some time during childhood, nearly everyone receives a make-believe set containing a conductor’s hat, play tickets, ticket puncher, and whistle. There’s a magic about travelling by train that children recognize right away. Even as adults travelling on today’s urban commuter lines, we sometimes sense hints of the magic of travel as it used to be — in the style of Agatha Christie, on the luxurious orient express.

It’s efficient, safe, comfortable, affordable, and fun, and for this reason, travel by rail will likely never die. But the way we travel by train has changed. As we rely more and more on other forms of travel for our free time, trains have become the mainstay of business travel. Still, the vocabulary of rail travel’s rich history remains.

At the station
If you don’t have a monthly pass , season ticket , e-ticket , or unlimited rail pass , and you’re not buying your ticket at an automat, you’ll have to visit the booking office ( in North America, ticket office ) — where you can also request copies of the rail line’s timetable and ask about connections to other destinations. Most likely, you’ll need to buy a single ticket or return ticket ( in North America, one-way ticket and round-trip ticket ) depending on your travel itinerary , and pay the required fare for your journey. If you don’t have any ticket at all before you board the train, you’ll have to buy one from the ticket inspector ( in North America, conductor ). In this case, be prepared to pay a penalty fare ( or hide in the buffet car ( dining car in North America ) if you think you can get away with it ).

If your train won’t be departing for some time, you might decide to wait in the waiting room , take a table in one of the station’s restaurants or cafes, or even spend a bit of time waiting on the platform . Be sure you check the arrivals and departures board to know which platform your train will be boarding on. For crowded trains, especially those departing during rush hour , it’s worth having a reservation with an assigned seat number. Depending on the type of train you’ll be riding, however, this isn’t always possible. Commut er trains usually have no assigned seating.

On the train
Before you sit and make yourself comfortable, be sure you’re on the correct carriage , as many carriages can have the same seat number. Once you’ve boarded the correct carriage, check your ticket to find out if you’ve been assigned a seat in an open-plan carriage or if you’ve been assigned to a compartment
On shorter train routes, types of service are similar to what you’d expect on an airline. In most areas, including most of Europe, First Class is spacious and sometimes comes with a free meal. Business Class is a step down from that, and Coach Class is for those who commute daily or wish to keep costs down and comfort is not an issue. On very long journeys ( more than 8-10 hours on a single train ), sometimes First implies a sleeper carriage. On such trains, there is usually no Business Class.

Once you’re on board, a ticket inspector will come through from time to time to check tickets. In Northern Europe, ticket inspectors generally wish only to see the tickets of passengers who have recently boarded. In other countries, ticket inspectors may check everyone’s ticket on a regular basis. In the UK, ticket inspection is more relaxed on commuter lines. Inspectors there worry less about fare dodgers because there are inspectors on the train platform checking to make sure everyone who approaches the boarding area already has a ticket. Without a ticket, these platform inspectors will never let you through to the train.

If you’re hungry, you’ll probably be able to buy light refreshments and snacks from the trolleys that go through the aisles from time to time. If you’re in the mood for a full meal you’ll need to make your way to the buffet car. In the US, the dining car works differently than in Germany — you can’t just show up and take a seat. Someone will go through the train and ask if passengers would like to make a reservation. Diners are then assigned a specific time slot and a table. Passengers in the US are often surprised to find that tables in the dining car work more like a table in a beer garden: strangers may be assigned to your table during your timeslot. For Americans, this is a culturally unusual situation, but it provides an opportunity for unexpected conversation.
As much as everyone would like trains to run on time, the fact is that they rarely do. The trains in Germany do, however, tend to be more punctual than trains elsewhere. In the US, for example, AmTrak doesn’t own most of the tracks it uses for its crosscountry routes: the local freight companies do. The freight trains are often given priority on rail segments where no passing is possible, leaving passenger trains waiting on long, slow container trains that have first right to the tracks. A coast-to-coast trip in the US usually requires three nights without layovers . No matter where you are, in any country, you’ll often hear that there is a delay up ahead, and the train will resume its course as soon as possible.

Useful phrases

Excuse me, where’s the booking office?

When’s the next train to Leeds?

I’d like a first class return to Birmingham, please.

How often do the trains run to Poole?

I’d like a seat in a compartment. Are there any available?

Are there any reductions for off-peak travel?

I’d like to return on Tuesday.

What platform does the train depart from?

Schlagwörter: Geschäftsreise auf Englisch, Englisch Geschäftsreise, Business Trip Englisch, Englisch, Unterwegs mit der Bahn, Train

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