Transport announcements

Listen to some transport announcements to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



The next train to arrive at Platform 2 is the 12.20 to Bristol Temple Meads, calling at Reading, Oxford and Bristol Parkway. Platform 2 for the 12.20 to Bristol. First class is in the rear carriage.


This is a platform announcement for passengers for the 12.20 service to Bristol Temple Meads. This train is delayed by approximately 8 minutes. The train will now depart from Platform 9. Passengers for the 12.20 train to Bristol, please make your way to Platform 9.


Passengers for Flight EB380 to Paris please make your way to Gate 13 for boarding. Gate 13 for flight EB380 to Paris. Please have your passports and boarding passes ready. Your flight is ready to board.


This is a London Underground service to Liverpool Street. The next station is Liverpool Street. Upon arrival, the first set of doors will not open. Customers in the first carriage, please move towards the rear doors to leave the train. The next station is Liverpool Street. Change here for Central Line, Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line and Metropolitan Line and Main Line Suburban rail services. Please mind the gap between the train and the platform. This train terminates at Redbridge.

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Submitted by BRIGITTE49124 on Mon, 11/05/2020 - 17:32

Hello, I don't know the exact translation of : "the rear carriage" Tank you
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Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 12/05/2020 - 07:54

In reply to by BRIGITTE49124


Hello BRIGITTE49124,

Trains are made up of a number of carriages. The rear carriage is the last one – the one at the back.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Parisa on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 08:08

The next train to arrive at Platform 2 is the 12.20 to Bristol Temple Meads, ""calling at Reading,""" what does this sentence mean????

Hello Parisa

In the context of travelling by train, 'to call at' means 'to stop in'. 'to call' can mean 'to visit' -- see the sixth entry (in purple) in the Cambridge Dictionary entry. 

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by S.S on Mon, 20/04/2020 - 16:53

I often travel by train because it is closer than plane.

Submitted by Lauracastanos on Wed, 15/04/2020 - 02:47

when I worked and was in my city Medellin, every day

Submitted by Daudau0601 on Wed, 01/04/2020 - 16:09

i have not ever travel by plane but i have ever traveled by train. i don't remember that feeling when i sit in the train but i think that is so excited

Submitted by yuper on Wed, 01/04/2020 - 11:27

Anybody here could explain this sentence for me: "Change here for Central Line, Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line and Metropolitan Line and Main Line Suburban rail services". I don't understand what is "line" in this sentence. I think it's a rail to another station, right? Thank you.

Hello yuper,

Underground train networks (metro systems or the Tube in London) are organised into lines which run from one point to another with stations along the way. A journey might be all on one line, or it might involve changing lines, which you can do at certain stations where the lines meet.

You can see a map (diagramme) of the London Underground network on this page. The lines are in different colours.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by crept aurelie on Sat, 28/03/2020 - 09:39

I love travel and I travel a lot. my travel often with train is three to four times a year from Paris to see my family. I take a plane two times each year, one time to go to Corsica and one time to go trough the isle of the world.

Submitted by Eswar on Wed, 18/03/2020 - 15:43

thoroughly i would love to travel by train from Delhi to Mumbai. Generally it takes 2 hours of journey. in that journey i would love make friends .and it's very entertaining for me.

Submitted by jason2295 on Fri, 13/03/2020 - 16:43

I almost never travel by plan or train, I usually drive my car or take a bus to go somewhere.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Sat, 01/02/2020 - 11:15

My country, Iran approximately is big and traveling with a car is boring. For example, if you plan to go from Tehran to Bandarabbas in the south of Iran, you must trip about 24 hours and this is very boring. Therefore, I prefer a train or plane for traveling.

Submitted by MaryaSun on Mon, 27/01/2020 - 15:22

hello, in the last 2 years i have travelled by train a lot, so much times that i have never taken train as often in my whole life. Only for love, only for meet my boyfriend who lives and work about 711 km from me. Sometimes i took the first daily train from my city and i returned to my city with the last one. But i also have taken plane about 3 times in the last two years to meet my sister who lives and works more than 1000km far to me

Submitted by Hevi.m on Fri, 24/01/2020 - 21:13

Hello could you please help me to understand that What the meaning of this sentence : " Calling at Reading " ? and why it uses ? Thanks
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Submitted by Peter M. on Sat, 25/01/2020 - 08:44

In reply to by Hevi.m


Hello Hevi.m,

In railway station announcements, 'calling at...' is used to tell us which stations the train is stopping at. Thus, 'calling at Reading' means that the train will stop at Reading railway station.



The LearnEnglish Team

I see Thanks so much for answering and explaining Mr. Peter

Submitted by Dariusz on Mon, 20/01/2020 - 02:02

I rarely travel by plane because I usually don't go for a far trip I also rarely travel by train because I prefer travel by my car but sometimes I use rail services.

Submitted by minh lộc on Wed, 08/01/2020 - 12:48

i never travel by plane or train . But if i can go to trip , i will choose plane. Because i heard that moving by plane will be save time and convenience. Beside i can see the cities from the hight. i think it will be deeply specular and beautiful

Submitted by Fredandy on Fri, 03/01/2020 - 10:12

To be honnest, at the moment, i have travel with car

Submitted by Maxim on Wed, 25/12/2019 - 12:48

I prefer to travel by car. I think It's more reliable than a plain. I travel by plain if I doesn't have an other opportunity to move. Last time I flew by plane in 2018.
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Submitted by Mohamad-Altaha on Mon, 23/12/2019 - 19:18

I always use the underground train.

Submitted by salehisalehi65 on Wed, 11/12/2019 - 06:07

we have'nt a wide rail way service in our country and the existence service drive by diesel engine and cause of our rail deficiency its Cant move with more thsn 90 km per hour.... so traveling by train in my country irsn make you bored...

Submitted by f.agadr on Thu, 14/11/2019 - 10:45

f.agadr I travel by plane and train at many times in the year.

Submitted by Maksmatt on Fri, 25/10/2019 - 12:15

I travel by plane 2-3 times a year. I don't travel by train very much.

Submitted by ikmalzulkifli on Thu, 03/10/2019 - 07:48

good good good ayy

Submitted by dunstanmaringai on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 08:21

Nice pretty good

Submitted by Raqueline Monteiro on Thu, 12/09/2019 - 12:29

Hi everyone! I have hardly ever traveled by train, but generally I have been travelling by airplane or bus. But, I prefer airplane, because is more faster than bus.

Submitted by César Árraga on Sat, 31/08/2019 - 14:56

To be honest, for the moment, it isn't yet necessary for me to travel by train or plane.

Submitted by HaVietNam on Sun, 25/08/2019 - 10:53

I have traveled by plane and by train but i like more by train because i can see mountain,sea,rive,villages beautiful

Submitted by chris-kutte on Sat, 20/07/2019 - 14:20

I travel two or three times a month by train. Also I travel by train if I need to go to the airport. It is the easiest and fastest way to reach the airport.
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Submitted by mtalebi on Sun, 05/05/2019 - 13:50

I seldom travel by train, but almost once a year by plane.

Submitted by pacha809 on Fri, 03/05/2019 - 16:46

I almost never travel by train. But I travel by plane up to 3 to 5 times a year from Carcassonne in France to Charleroi in Belgium to see my family. It's very easy. The Carcassonne's airport is only at 40 minutes from our home and it's the same distance from Charleroi's airport to my daughter's home. The flight takes only one hour and a half.

Submitted by cleitoniida on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 22:24

I couldn't understand why the train in items A and B is going to Oxford as stated true in question 3 task 1. The other question is what does the "calling at Reading, Oxford and Bristol Parkway" means? Could you help me figure out both questions?
Hello cleitoniida 'calling at Oxford' means that the train will stop in Oxford so that passengers can get on or off the train there. This is why the question 3 is true. Does that make sense? All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Bayram Ozkaya on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 04:54

I sometimes travel by plane. It's enjoyable and so fast to arrive where you wanted.

Submitted by Sara elyas on Sat, 13/04/2019 - 12:10

I have traveled by plane but I haven't traveled by train,I just use train for moving from palce to another in my city to market, school and to club