How to buy a ticket in Italian

How exactly do you buy a ticket in Italian? What’s more appropriate to say depending on the relationship between you and the other person? What do you have to ask to buy a round-trip ticket? How about asking how much that ticket is?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways you can buy a ticket during your visit to Italy. Read on to learn them all!

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How do you buy a ticket in Italian?

Say buongiorno or buonasera

Whenever you meet someone you are not on familiar terms with, such as a train station operator selling tickets, you will need to greet them in a formal way.

There are many greetings in Italian, but the ones you have to pay attention to here are just two:

Pronunciation: boo-on-jor-noh

Buongiorno, buon giorno
Good morning
Compound: From buono, “good”, and giorno, “day”

Buongiorno is suitable to use in the morning and throughout the day until the sun sets, just as the English greetings Good morning and good day.

Buongiorno. Un caffè, per favore.
Good morning. A coffee, please.

Buongiorno, mi può cambiare queste banconote?
Good morning, could you change these bills for me?

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The other greeting, which you will use only after sunset, is buonasera.

Pronunciation: boo-on-ah-seh-rah

Buonasera, buona sera
Good evening
Compound: From buona, “good”, and sera, “evening”

Buonasera, vorrei un Martini.
Good evening, I would like a martini.

Buonasera a tutti!
Good evening everyone!

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A ticket to…

Next in your quest of buying a ticket in Italian, is the request itself. Usually, you will start by saying the equivalent of the English sentence a ticket to/for [what you need], which is un biglietto per [x]. Biglietto is the Italian translation for ticket.

Un biglietto per…
A ticket to…

Followed by what you need, which could be a ticket to some destination, a cinema ticket, etc. Some examples are:

Un biglietto per Milano Centrale.
A ticket to Milan Central Station.

Un biglietto per L’era giaciale.
A ticket for the Ice Age movie.

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In case you are asking for a ticket so some place, remember that this will always be a one-way ticket unless you expressively ask for a round-trip ticket, with…

Un biglietto di andata e ritorno per Milano Centrale.
A round-trip ticket to Milan Central Station.

Biglietto di andata e ritorno is round-trip ticket. If you want to specify you need a one-way ticket, use the word biglietto di sola andata.

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Un biglietto di sola andata per Lucca.
A one-way ticket to Lucca.

Of course, you might want more than one ticket. In this case, you need to use the plural form of ticket in Italian, which is biglietti. You will also need a number: in the table below I’ve listed the first 10 Italian numbers.

Italian numbers 1-10

1Uno
2Due
3Tre
4Quattro
5Cinque
6Sei
7Sette
8Otto
9Nove
10Dieci

Wondering why it’s un biglietto and not uno biglietto? Learn why in the Italian indefinite articles lesson!

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Now, how do you ask for, let’s say, three tickets to the beautiful city of Siena?

Tre biglietti per Siena.
Three tickets to Siena.

Or two round-trip tickets to Florence…

Due biglietti per Firenze.
Two tickets to Florence.

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Say per favore and grazie

When you buy a ticket in Italian, or ask a stranger for anything, it’s always a good idea to add per favore, please, at the end of your request or question, and grazie after your request has been fulfilled. Polite manners will be much appreciated!

Quattro biglietti per La traviata, per favore. Grazie!
Four tickets for La traviata, please. Thank you!

Now let’s see how to ask how much is a ticket in Italian.


How much is it?

When you buy a ticket in Italian, you might also want to know how much you are going to spend.

To ask how much one ticket costs, say…

Quanto costa un biglietto aereo per…?
How much does a plane ticket to … cost?

Quanto costa un biglietto aereo per Roma?
How much does a plane ticket to Rome cost?

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If you need to buy more than one ticket, say…

Quanto costano [num] biglietti per…?
How much are [num] tickets for …?

Quanto costano sei biglietti per il concerto di stasera?
How much are six tickets for tonight’s concert?

To ask how much anything costs, always begin your sentence with either quanto costa, if you are talking about something in the singular number, and quanto costano if you want to know the price for something in the plural number (numbers higher than 1).


Travelling with young children

Sometimes, children who are below a certain age (usually 12) may pay a discounted price. This is especially common in museums. How to buy a ticket in Italian when you are traveling with kids and want to know if you can save some money? Use this:

È previsto un biglietto con prezzo ridotto per bambini?
Is there a reduced-price ticket for children?

In case there’s a discounted ticket for kids (biglietto ridotto), a ticket for an adult may also be called biglietto intero, full-priced ticket.

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And that’s it, now you know how to buy a ticket in Italian!


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