If you have a basic knowledge of Portuguese and need to learn a few travel vocabulary before embarking on a flight to Brazil, here is a list that might be helpful. Learn the basic travel vocabulary in Portuguese so you do not get confused at the airports in Brazil. Whether you are arriving at your destination or making a connection before continuing your trip, get off to a good start!
Before the Flight – Travel Vocabulary in Portuguese
Número da reserva
It is the number used to identify a passenger’s booking. It is usually located in your booking email or e-ticket.
The ticket you need before embarking on a plane.
Seguro de viagem
This kind of insurance protects you from unexpected costs and losses that may occur while traveling. It covers costs like medical expenses, flight cancellations, lost luggage, and more.
At the Airport – Travel Vocabulary in Portuguese
The place you must go to in order to take the plane for your trip.
The vehicle with wings that will fly and get you to your destination.
Bagagem de mão
Small luggage you can take with you on board the plane.
Bagagem or Mala
Suitcases or other bags that are used to pack personal belongings for traveling.
Cartão de embarque
It is the ticket that is given to a passenger upon check-in at the airport.
The process of confirming your presence at the flight to the airline company. We do not have a Portuguese word for Check-in. It is used the same as in English. The difference is that we hyphenate it.
The company that owns the airplane and is responsible for your flight.
Conexão or Escala
When you need to reach your final destination by taking two or more flights.
It is the part of the airport responsible for dealing with passengers that are arriving.
When you hand your suitcases over to the airline so they store them in the cargo hold of the plane.
It is the part of the airport responsible for dealing with passengers that are taking a flight somewhere.
An official document containing personal information needed for international travels.
It is the area where passengers board the aircraft. Each airport has a number of different «doors» for each flight. You should pay attention to the correct area when before embarking on your flight.
Flights within a specific country’s boundaries.
The flight that goes from one country to a different one.
At the plane – Travel Vocabulary in Portuguese
Aeromoça or Comissário de bordo
The airline staff who will assist you during your flight. In Brazil, the word ‘Aeromoça’ is very popular, but only used for women. On the other hand, you can use ‘Comissário/Comissária de bordo’ for both men and women. ‘Comissário/Comissária de voo’ is also correct.
The chair passengers travel on during the flight.
Unlike the business class or first class, this is the cheapest and least comfortable type of seat on an aircraft.
A type of premium seat in a flight, although not as luxurious as first class.
The aisle seat.
The window seat.
The most exclusive category of seating on a plane. These seats have more space, comfort, premium service, and privacy.
Travel Vocabulary: Airport Vocabulary in Portuguese
|Boarding pass||Cartão de embarque|
|Business class||Classe Executiva|
|Carry on luggage||Bagagem de mão|
|Check in Luggage||Despachar mala|
|Domestic flight||Voo doméstico|
|Economy class||Classe econômica|
|First class||Primeira classe|
|Flight attendant||Comissário de bordo or Aeromoça|
|International flight||Voo internacional|
|Reservation number||Número da reserva|
|Travel insurance||Seguro viagem|
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