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Spanish Travel Vocabulary: At the Airport Experience

With this post you will learn about the Spanish travel vocabulary used at the airports.

In addition, there are plenty of examples with audios to help you better understand the concepts and to practice your listening skills.

Spanish Travel Vocabulary

Having a good understanding of vocabulary is essential in order to understand and speak better in a second language. This is specially important when you travel and you need those language skills to “survive”. In this case, travel vocabulary comes into play, including Spanish travel vocabulary, if you are traveling to Spanish speaking countries.

If you want to improve your travel vocabulary, an enormous amount of resources are available everywhere, including internet. But it is not always the same when you need something more specific, such as vocabulary used at airports.

Spanish Vocabulary for travel

The reasons to learn a language can differ among people. There are people who need languages for work, others who want to communicate with their in-laws, or even the ones who enjoy the great benefits of such an activity. In addition, I am sure most of you would also want to improve your language skills for travel.

Make Travel Easier and More Enjoyable

When you know the language that is spoken in the country you are visiting, things such as asking for a drink, buying a souvenir, or trying to make friends, become much simpler.

Also, you get a better understanding of the culture and people when you are able to communicate with the locals.

Additionally, what about understanding what is being said at the airports or on a plane? For example, sometimes, the speaker systems used to communicate do not help at all, such as poor sound or unclear voices, which makes it difficult to understand.

At the airport

When you have traveled abroad you probably have had some issues understanding what they said about your flight. Have they just changed my boarding gate? Have they just delayed my flight? Similarly, why don’t I understand the safety instructions the flight attendants give? But the main question is; why do people speak as fast when I am not fluent in a foreign language?

If you are planning to travel to Spain or any other Spanish speaking country, this post will interest you. Also, if you are worried about not understanding anything during your time at the airport and on your plane, this post is for you. And of course, if you just want to learn new vocabulary in Spanish, feel free to read on.

Person looking up to the flight schedules
Person looking up to the flight schedules

Spanish Travel Vocabulary List For Airports and Planes

Here is a list with the most common Spanish travel vocabulary people use at airports and planes with their English translations. A list that certainly will help you when you travel.



La aduana

El área designada
Designated area
El asiento
El asiento al lado de la ventana

Window seat
El asiento al lado del pasillo

Aisle seat
El aterrizaje
El aterrizaje de emergencia
Emergency landing
Los auriculares
Los cascos
El avión
El billete de avión
Plane ticket
El/la azafato/a de vuelo
El/la auxiliar de vuelo
El/la asistente de vuelo
Flight attendant
La cabina
La cabina de mando
La cabina del piloto
Flight deck
El/la capitán/a
El carrito
El chaleco salvavidas
Life jacket
La cinta transportadora (de recogida) de equipaje/s
Baggage carousel
El cinturón de seguridad

La clase de negocios
Business class
La clase turista
La clase económica
Tourist class
Economic class
El compartimiento (superior) para equipaje
Baggage compartment
El control de seguridad
Security checkpoint
El/la copiloto
El desembarque
El despegue
La despresurización
El detector de metales
Metal detector
El edificio de la terminal

Terminal building
El embarque
El/la encargado/a del equipaje
Baggage handler
El equipaje
El equipaje de mano
Hand luggage
Carry-on luggage
El equipaje demasiado grande
Over-sized baggage
El equipaje facturado
Checked baggage
Checked luggage
La escala
El exceso de equipaje
Excess baggage
El exceso de reservas
La sobreventa
La facturación
La fila
El jet lag
Jet lag
El límite de equipaje
Baggage allowance
Las llegadas
La máscara de oxígeno
Oxygen mask
La mesita
El mostrador de facturación

Check-in desk
Objetos perdidos
Lost property
El/la oficial/a de aduana
Customs officer
El/la oficial/a de inmigración
Immigration officer
El pasaporte
El pasillo
El/la piloto
La pista de despegue
La pista de aterrizaje
El portaequipaje
El compartimiento superior
Overhead locker
El precio del billete
El precio del pasaje
La tarifa aérea
La presurización

La primera clase
First class
La puerta de embarque
Boarding gate
Las salidas

La salida de emergencia
Emergency exit
La tarjeta de embarque
Boarding pass
Boarding card
La terminal
La tienda libre de impuestos
Duty-Free Shop
La torre de control
Control tower
La tripulación
El/la tripulante de cabina
El/la tripulante de pasajeros
Crew member
Crew cabin
La turbulencia
El vuelo directo
Direct flight
El vuelo de conexión
Connecting flight
La zona de pre-embarque
Departure lounge
La zona de recogida de equipajes
Baggage claim area
Baggage reclaim area


To fasten
To land
To assist
To help
To confiscate
To declare
To unfasten
To disembark
To take off

To board
To embark

To check
Tocar tierra
Touch down

Final Thoughts

Hopefully this post helps you learn the Spanish travel vocabulary you need at airports and planes.

We advise you to practice with the audios here and try to use the vocabulary in your conversations.

If you want, we can help you practice with this vocabulary by using it while having a conversation during our online Spanish conversation classes.

Additionally, we can practice in the comment section below by answering the following questions:

  • ¿A qué hora aterrizó el último avión que cogiste?
  • ¿Llevaste equipaje de mano?

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