41 key French travel words and phrases to master

Travel tips

Nothing enhances travelling like learning the language – whether it's being able to interact with locals and chat to fellow customers in the queue of a Parisian boulangerie or simply finding your way around a foreign city. Not to mention the fact that trying to speak the native language is always a nice gesture when abroad, so you'll get an extra warm welcome.

For anyone dreaming of a holiday in France, we've come up with a list of key French words and phrases so that you can get the most out of your trip.

Learn a bit of the language to enhance your trip to France

Learn a bit of the language to enhance your trip to France

Greeting words & phrases
Hello! Bonjour !
Goodbye. Au revoir !
My name is [ ... ]. Je m'appelle [ ... ].
How are you? Comment ça va ?
I'm well, and you? Je vais bien, et vous ?
Please. S'il vous plaît.
Thank you. Merci.
You’re welcome. De rien.
Good morning. Bonjour !
Have a good day! Bonne journée !
Good evening. Bonsoir.
Good night. Bonne nuit.
See you later! À plus tard !
Questions
Excuse me, could you help me? Excusez-moi, pouvez-vous m'aider ?
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais ?
I don't understand. Could you repeat, please? Je ne comprends pas. Pouvez-vous répéter, s'il vous plaît ?
How much does it cost? Combien ça coûte ?
May I have the bill? Puis-je avoir l'addition ?
Where is the toilet? Où sont les toilettes ?
How do you say [ ... ] in French? Comment dit-on [ ... ] en français ?
Order 'escargots' (snails) in French like a local

Order 'escargots' (snails) in French like a local

Food & drink
I’d like to have a beer. Je voudrais une bière.
I’d like to have a bottle/glass of wine. Je voudrais une bouteille/un verre de vin.
I’d like to have a glass of water. Je voudrais un verre d'eau.
I’ll have a coffee, please. Un café, s'il vous plaît.
I’ll have a tea, please. Un thé, s'il vous plaît.
The menu, please. La carte, s'il vous plaît.
I’m vegetarian. Je suis végétarien/végétarienne.
I’m allergic to seafood/nuts/eggs. Je suis allergique aux fruits de mer/fruits à coque/œufs.
I’m lactose/gluten intolerant. Je suis intolérant(e) au lactose/gluten.
I don't drink alcohol. Je ne bois pas d'alcool.
French food is the best in the world. La cuisine française est la meilleure au monde.
Directions
Where are we? Où sommes-nous ?
I'm looking for [ ... ]. Je cherche [ ... ].
How do I get to the city centre/airport? Comment faire pour me rendre au centre-ville/à l'aéroport ?
Is it far away? Est-ce que c'est loin ?
Where is the nearest metro stop? Où est la station de métro la plus proche ?
Where is the train station? Où est la gare ?
Where is the bus station? Où est la gare routière ?
Emergency
Help! Au secours !
I am lost. Je suis perdu(e).
Where is the nearest police station/hospital? Où est le commissariat/l'hôpital le plus proche ?

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