Asking and giving directions

You will find these English expressions useful if you are lost or want to get to a particular place or give directions to others.

Asking directions

excuse me, could you tell me how to get to …?
the bus station
excuse me, do you know where the … is?
post office
I'm sorry, I don't know
sorry, I'm not from around here
I'm looking for …
this address
are we on the right road for …?
Brighton
is this the right way for …?
Ipswich
do you have a map?
can you show me on the map?

Giving directions

it's this way
it's that way
you're going the wrong way
you're going in the wrong direction
take this road
go down there
take the first on the left
take the second on the right
turn right at the crossroads
continue straight ahead for about a mile (one mile is approximately 1.6 kilometres)
continue past the fire station
you'll pass a supermarket on your left
keep going for another …
hundred yards (about 91 metres)
two hundred metres
half mile (about 800 metres)
kilometre
it'll be …
on your left
on your right
straight ahead of you
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