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Riding the Bus, Part 1: Getting a Ticket
In the UK, the bus is a popular mode of transport, because it’s convenient and often a cheap way to travel. Buses are commonly used to get around big cities and towns, while long-distance buses are a good option when travelling further.
When using city buses, you usually pay your fare as you get on. If taking a long-distance bus, then you can buy your ticket online, over the phone, at the station, or perhaps at an independent agency.
Paying for your ticket on a city bus is easy. Fares are usually written at bus stops, or you can ask the driver if you’re not sure. The question to ask is:
“How much is it?” (natural speed)
“How much is it?” (slow speed)
“How much is it?” (natural speed)
Make sure that you have some change, preferably in coins, to pay for the ticket.
The easiest way to buy a ticket for a long-distance bus is either online or over the phone. But just to teach an extra phrase in this lesson, let’s pretend that you’re buying at a station counter. First, let’s pick a city. For this example, we’ll choose Manchester. So you can say: “A single ticket to Manchester, please.”
To break it down, ‘a single ticket’ means that you just want to go to Manchester, while ‘to Manchester’ is your destination. By adding ‘please’ at the end, we make the request polite. So, altogether, we have: “A single ticket to Manchester, please.”
If you want to come back from Manchester, then you would say: “A return ticket to Manchester, please.”
Okay, to close out this lesson we’d like you to practice what you’ve just learned. I’ll provide you with the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So good luck!
- How much is it?
- A single ticket to Manchester, please
- A return ticket to Manchester, please


Alright! That’s going to do it for this lesson. Bye!