5 Ways To Ask for Directions In English

These expressions are a great way to start a conversation and get the help you need when you are lost!

1. Excuse me

This phrase is used frequently. You hear it all the time on the street or in a shop. People say “Excuse me” before asking another person to do something (like showing you the way to the theater!).

Excuse me? Where is the nearest souvenir shop?

2. Sorry to bother you…

It’s another way to let a stranger know that you’re asking something from them and you appreciate their help.

Sorry to bother you, but would you mind showing me the way to post office?

3. May I ask…?

You can use this expression to start a question in a courteous manner.

May I ask where the Marriott hotel is?

4. Could you please…?

You follow this expression with a verb such as “show,” “point,” “help” etc.

Could you please point me in the direction of the main square?

5. I am (I’m) lost.

Excuse me? I’m lost. Could you please help me find 5th Avenue?

We hope these expressions help you on your next trip!

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