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The bus is an important means of transportation but it’s not so widely used in Iranian cities. However, before starting your trip, you probably need to buy a ticket. For local commuting in Iran, the fare is around 100 toomans. You may purchase tickets at the little kiosks near bus stations, which are called dake bilit foroushi. Upon entering the bus, you must show or give your ticket to the driver.
Let’s imagine you are in Tehran, since it’s easiest to buy tickets there—all stops inside the city, regardless of distance, cost the same. The sentence for “one ticket, please” will be
Yek bilit, lotfan.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Yek bi - lit, lot - fan.
Once more:
Yek bilit, lotfan.
First we have yek (“one”).
Next comes bilit, meaning “ticket.”
(slow) bi - lit
Don’t forget to add lotfan for “please” at the end!
So the whole request (“One ticket, please”) is
Yek bilit lotfan.
Before you buy a ticket, you’ll want to know how much it costs.
Yek bilit chandeh?
(slow) yek bi – lit chan - deh?
Yek bilit chandeh?
In case you’re not travelling in Tehran, you might want to be more specific and ask for a “bus ticket”:
Yek bilit otobus, lotfan.
(slow) Yek bi – lit o – to – bus, lot - fan.
Yek bilit otobus, lotfan.
All we did was add otobus, the Persian word for
“bus,” before bilit.
(slow) o - to – bus
“A bus ticket, please.”
Yek bilit otobus, lotfan.