If trains leave at 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45... how would you describe this in English?

I'm sure "Trains leave at every 45 minutes." is wrong, but I have no idea how to describe this.


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You can say:

(The) trains leave every hour at (a) quarter to the hour.


(The) trains leave hourly at (a) quarter to the hour.

Travel information

  • 1
    In the UK it is reasonably common to hear '...at forty-five minutes past each hour'. An exact-minded person might add: 'the first leaves at six forty-five and the last at ten forty-five'. Jul 5, 2022 at 16:19
  • 'Quarter to/past' tend to be favoured by people who learned to tell the time on clocks with hands. Jul 5, 2022 at 17:23
  • 1
    Native speakers would very readily understand (in writing): 'Buses leave at xx:45 between 06:45 and 23:45'. Jul 6, 2022 at 19:08

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