Language Tips

to arrive in a vehicle

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Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at phrasal verbs and verbs that mean to arrive in a vehicle:



get in or come in if a train, plane, bus or boat gets in or comes in, it arrives:

  • What time does your flight get in?
  • The ferry gets in to Brindisi at 10.30.
  • The train from Edinburgh comes in on platform 2.

pull in if a train pulls in, it arrives at a station:

  • The train pulled in right on time.

land if an aircraft lands, it comes down to the ground:

  • Their plane landed two hours late.

Land also means to arrive in a place by plane or boat:

  • It was after midnight by the time we landed.
  • Give me a call when you land.

dock if a ship docks, it arrives at a port at the end of a journey:

  • We docked at Liverpool when we came back from India.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘to arrive‘.

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