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Getting Around a Spanish City on a Bus

11 of 12 in Series: The Essentials of Going Out on the Town in Spanish-Speaking Countries

Don’t want to rent a car or pay for a taxi? No problem! You can get around many Spanish cities by taking a bus. In fact, you may prefer riding a bus compared to the more expensive transportation alternatives available to you.

To make getting around by bus a little easier, check out the following useful Spanish phrases:

  • ¿Hay paraderos de buses? (ahy pah-rah-deh-rohs deh bvoo-sehs) (Is there a bus stop?)

  • ¿Hay buses para ir al centro? (ahy bvoo-sehs pah-rah eer ahl sehn-troh) (Are there buses for downtown?)

  • ¿Se compran los boletos antes? (seh kohm-prahn lohs bvoh-leh-tohs ahn-tehs) (Do I buy the tickets beforehand?)

If you want to get an idea of how a conversation about taking a bus might go in real life, consider the example of Juanita, a woman who is tired from her flight, can’t find a taxi, and suddenly spots a bus outside the airport. Is the bus going where she needs to go? Will she have to walk far with her luggage? Here’s how she finds out:

Juanita:

¿Este bus va al centro?
ehs-teh bvoos bvah ahl sehn-troh
Is this bus going downtown?

Bus driver:

¿A qué calle va?
ah keh kah-yeh bvah
What street are you going to?

Juanita:

Avenida Pilcomayo.
ah-bveh-nee-dah peel-koh-mah-yoh
Pilcomayo Avenue.

Bus driver:

Sí le dejo cerca. Suba.
see, leh deh-Hoh sehr-kah. soo-bvah
Yes, I’ll leave you close. Come on up.
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