Arrive in, at or to? – ISE I Trinity Subject Area: Travel

Arrive in, at or to?

ISE I Trinity Subject Area: Travel

 A typical mistake made by students is using the preposition “to” with the verb “arrive”.

For example: We arrived to Madrid”.
The preposition “to” can never follow the verb “arrive” because it is a preposition of movement and the verb is not.
Instead of “to”, we can use “at” or “in”.

What is the difference between “arrive to” and “arrive in“?

  • We use “at” when we get to a small place such as a station, airport or village.
Ex.: The pupils arrived at school quite late.
  • We use “in” when we get to a large place such as a country or a city.
Ex.: The Normans arrived in Britain in the 11th century.
 
Sometimes it’s not so easy and you can find examples like:
They arrived at Bristol
As Bristolis a big town, “in” should have been used, but “at” is correct because we actually mean arrive at Bristolstation or airport!

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