Arabic Travel-Related Words and Phrases
Traveling in Arabic-speaking countries can be confusing especially if you can’t read the signs or understand the instructions you’re given. Learning a few useful Arabic travel-related words and phrases before you begin traveling can save you time and reduce your frustration level.
Here are a few general travel-related terms that everyone should know before making the big trip.
riHla (flight, trip)
Haqiiba, Haqaa‘ib (suitcase(s))
jawaaz safar (passport)
istilaam al-amti‘a (baggage claim)
Saalat al-wusuul (arrivals area)
Saalat al-intiDHaar (waiting [departure] area)
Tickets and reservations
While traveling in an Arabic-speaking country, you often need to make or change your travel arrangements. The following words can help you with the reservation and ticket-buying process.
maw‘id ar-riHla (departure time)
ad-daraja al-uulaa (first class)
ad-daraja ath-thaaniya (second class)
The following phrases are some of the most common questions that you might need to ask when making travel arrangements in Arabic-speaking countries.
‘uriid an ashtarii biTaaqa. (I would like to buy a ticket.)
‘uriid an usaafar ilaa . . . (I would like to travel to . . .)
‘indii Haqiibatayn. (I have two suitcases.)
‘indanaa thalaath Haqaa’ib. (We have three suitcases.)
mataa taSil aT-Taa’ira? (When does the plane arrive?)
hunaa jawwaz safarii. (Here is my passport.)
hunaa biTaaqatii. (Here is my ticket.)
‘uriid an usaafar bi-Taa’ira. (I want to travel by plane.)
‘uriid an usaafar bi-sayyaara. (I want to travel by car.)
bi-kam al-biTaaqa? (How much is the ticket?)
ayna-l-baab? (Where is the gate?)
Although many of the larger hotels in Arabic-speaking countries have English-speaking staff, you rarely find that in the smaller hotels and in the smaller towns. It will be helpful to learn a few Arabic words that can help you with booking a room at a hotel.
HawD as-sibaaHa (pool)
mukayyifa al-hawaa‘ (air conditioning)
sariirayn (two beds)
The following phrases can help you make or change your hotel reservations.
‘indii Hajz. (I have a reservation.)
hal ‘indakum ghurfa? (Do you have a room?)
‘ufaDDil ghurfa bi . . . (I prefer a room with . . .)
bikam al-ghurfa? (How much is the room?)