Arrive in or Arrive at?

Arrive IN vs arrive AT? Which one to use?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about the verb “arrive”. More often than not English students are not sure whether to say “arrive to”, “arrive in” or “arrive at”. The first thing you need to know is to never use “arrive to”. Simply, it does not exist. So, how do you know when to use which of the two?

“Arrive in” or “arrive at”? That is the question. Explanation is really simple and here it is:


You arrive IN a city, country, big area.

When are you arriving in Boston? I’d like to wait for you at the airport.


When did you arrive in Europe?


Foreigners who arrived in the country recently have to take a medical test.


You arrive AT a place such as a house, building, airport…


John arrived at the airport early.

Jane usually arrives at school before 7.


They arrived at the museum just before closing.


Note: We arrived home (not: we arrived at home)

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