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I am travelling in a foreign country. If I go to some tourist attractions and want to ask the staff if there are buses that can take back to some train station that I came from and what's the schedule of the bus like. How should I say it in a way that's completely naturally and native-like.

Noted that I know my sentences above would be understood by people who do speak English but I just want to learn some more "idiomatic" form of English here.

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"Is there a bus to (that train station)?" "When is it?"

"Does the bus go back to (that train station)?"

  • what if I want to ask about the schedule. simply ask "When is it?" might sound like it is just a one time thing – Joji Apr 14 at 1:00
  • "May I see the schedule?" – user45266 Apr 14 at 1:32
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Don't worry about "being completely natural". Nobody expects that.

There are no magic words. If you put 20 native speakers of English in the same situation you would get 20 different expressions.

So "Is there a bus that can take me to ..." is completely understandable.

"When is it?" is understandable. If there is more than one bus the person will probably tell you when the next bus is. If you want the last bus of the day then "When is the last bus?" works fine. If you want to know about how often the bus leaves then "How often does the bus leave?"

But it is often easier to find the information since the timetable is printed on the bus stop. It is also usually on the internet, so you can see it with a phone.

Note that train staff don't work for the bus company (in the UK) and so won't know anything about the details of bus timetables. Similarly, you may well find that people in the tourist attraction have no idea about when buses leave.

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