“I have been travelling” or “I had been…” or “I was…”?

My teacher asked me where had I been because I was very late.

What would be the best answer?

  1. I have been travelling from my hometown to here, so I have came late
  2. I had been travelling from…
  3. I was in travel / travelling from…

(Note: that morning I was in my hometown where is far away from my university .. so it took me 1.5hr to come to my class)


The first and third excuses are reasonable, the second is not so good.

I would use “had” but in a different sense, to make it seem as though it was not your fault.

I had to travel from my home town, and I caught the first bus out.

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