5 European Portuguese Travel Verbs

Hello! I know that it is not so easy to travel now, unfortunately. But, let’s believe that in the future it will be possible to do it without any problems. If you are in the mood to come to Portugal and already want to prepare yourself before coming, keep watching this video. Today I am going to talk to you about 5 European Portuguese Travel Verbs that can be useful when traveling.

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5 Portuguese Travel Verbs

1. So today’s first verb is: Apanhar (“to catch”)

This verb can be used to say that we are going to:

  • Apanhar o comboio – Catch the train
  • Catch the plane – Apanhar o avião
  • Catch the bus – Apanhar o autocarro

In Portuguese, “apanhar alguma coisa” is “to catch something” (the train, the plane, the bus…).

5 European Portuguese Travel Verbs

2. The second verb is: Reservar (“To reserve / To book”)

Normally, when we travel by plane, we say that we are going to book a trip, or a flight.

In addition, we may also want to reserve a place to sit. On some airlines, this is possible.

So, if you want to sit next to someone specific – as it happens when we travel with our family or friends, for example – you can call the company and ask to reserve a place. Or, you can do it online which is even easier!

An alternative to this verb is “fazer uma reserva” (“to make a reservation“).

Therefore, I can say “vou reservar alguma coisa” (“I am going to book something”) or “fazer uma reserva” (“make a reservation”).

3. European Portuguese Travel Verbs – Fazer o check-in (“To check in)

This Anglicism (that is, this word that was imported from English), is used together with the verb “fazer” (“to do / to make”) when we want to register our flight or even when we arrive at the hotel or hostel where we are going to stay. Likewise, we also say “fazer o check-out” (“check out”) when we leave the hotel.

4. The fourth verb is: Despachar (“To dispatch / To check in”)

Usually, before we leave for our trip, if we go by plane, we have to check the luggage. In other words, we have to check in, weigh and even possibly pay something, so that our luggage can be transported in the hold of the plane. And I am going to give you this extra verb: when we arrive at our destination, we have to “recolher a bagagem” (“collect the luggage”), that is, we have to go and get it.

5. European Portuguese Travel Verbs – Embarcar (“To board”)

After checking in, checking your bags and drinking a “águinha” (“little water”) and having a “xixizinho” (“pee”), it’s time to get on board. We board when we finally get on the plane.

This is where the real journey begins. Now, sit back and enjoy your trip (at least in your dreams)!

5 European Portuguese Travel Verbs

And this is it! These were some Portuguese travel verbs that can be useful for your future trips. I hope we can travel soon.

Tell me in the comments: Are you already looking forward to travel to Portugal? Do you already have plans to do so?

If so, you may also be interested in this blog post about 35 simple phrases in Portuguese that you should know before traveling to Portugal.

Beijinhos and see you next time!


2 thoughts on “5 European Portuguese Travel Verbs

  1. Useful Travel Tips , Thank you very much

    1. Thank you for your comment! I am glad you liked the article 🙂

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