How to say goodbye in French in 45 useful ways

Saying goodbye the right way is very important in any language and part of any cultural etiquette.

Whether you are networking with potential business partners in Genève, meeting a new friend in Montréal, or just being polite in a French vegetable store, this is one of the first things you will, and should, learn.

Saying goodbye might be equally, or even more important, than saying hello. After all, it’s your chance to make a positive, long lasting impression… or to make a terrible faux pas ! Just joking, you should never be afraid to speak a foreign language, even if you make mistakes! In the worst case, everyone will have a good laugh.

But to set you off on a great start and avoid awkward situations, we have compiled more than 40 ways to say goodbye in French.

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How to say goodbye in French

Let’s start with the most common and generic ways to say bye in French. You can use the expression and words below in practically any circumstances, but we specify the context just in case. Pratique, non ?

EnglishFrenchFrench pronunciationContext
Goodbye.Au revoir.oh ruh-vwarAll purpose
Goodbye, until next time.Au revoir, à la prochaine.oh ruh-vwar, ah-la-pro-shenAll purpose
See you soon.À bientôt.ah-be-uhn-tohAll purpose
Goodbye, have a nice day.Au revoir, bonne journée.oh ruh-vwar, bun-jour-nehAll purpose
Have a good night.Bonne nuit.bun-new-eeAll purpose
Good afternoon.Bon après-midi.bun-ah-prey-me-deeAll purpose
Good evening.Bonne soirée or Bonsoir.bun-swar–eh or bun-swarAll purpose
See you later.À plus tard.ah-plu-tarAll purpose
Later.À plus or À +.ah-plewsInformal
See you in a bit.À tout de suite or À tout à l’heure.ah-too-duh-sweet or ah-too-tah-lureAll purpose
See you tomorrow.À demain.ah-demahnAll purpose
Until we meet again.Au plaisir.oh-pleh-zirAll purpose
See you on Monday.À lundi.ah-lund-eeCan be used with any day of the week.
Take care.Prends soin de toi or Fais attention à toiprahn-swahn-duh-twah or fey-ah-tahn-cion-ah-twahInformal
Say hi to your dad for me.Passe le bonjour à ton père.pass-leuh-bon-jour-ah-tahn-pearInformal
Kisses.Bisous or Bises.bee-zoo or beezInformal
Let’s call each other.On s’appelle.uhn-sa-pelleAll purpose
Let’s keep in touch.On se tient au courant.uhn-su-tiuhn-oh-coo-rahnAll purpose
Hugs and kisses.Je t’embrasse.juh-tahn-brassInformal
Good luck.Bon courage.bun-coo-hageAll purpose
I’m leaving.J’y vais.gee-veyAll purpose

How to say goodbye in French formally

Woman says goodby in French formally.

French is a rather formal language. Choosing between “tu” and “vous” is already a challenge for English speakers. But don’t worry, we have you covered with these ways of saying goodbye in French formally. This article on How to say thank you and you’re welcome in French can also be helpful.

Je vous en prie !

Looking forward to seeing you again.Au plaisir de vous revoir.oh-pleh-zir-duh-vou-ruh-vwar
Nice to have met you.Ravi(e) d’avoir fait votre connaissance.rah-vee-dah-vwar-fey-vot-co-ney-sahns
All the best.Bonne continuation.bun-cohn-tee-new-ah-see-uhn

How to say goodbye in French slang

Slang is always a great way to make friends and sound like a local. We have compiled a few expressions to say bye in French slang. Love slang? Don’t miss these 275 French slang words!

EnglishFrenchFrench pronunciation
Let’s keep in touch.On se tient au jus.uhn-suh-tiuhn-oh-jew
Later in the bus.À plus dans l’bus.ah-plus-dahnl-boose
I’m out of here.Je me casse or Je me tire.Juh-muh-cahs or juh-muh-teer
See you.À la revoyure.ah-lah-ruh-vwar-ure
See ya.À tout’.ah-toot
See you again.À un de ces quatre.ah-uhn-duh-seh-catre
Let’s call each other and go to eat.On s’appelle on s’fait une bouffe.uhn-sah-pell-uhn-sfey-uhn-bewf

How to sign off in an email in French.

Using the proper term to say goodbye in French is especially important in writing, since the intonation component, facial expression and body languages are not there to support what you want to convey. Whether it’s a business email or a friendly message, the expressions below are sure to help.

Man writes a sign off email in French.

EnglishFrenchFrench pronunciationContext
Kind regards.Bien (friendly)
Best regards.Cordialement.cor-dia-luh-montFormal
Yours faithfully.Mes salutations respectueuses.meh-sah-luh-tah-cion-res-pec-too-uhzFormal
Distinguished salutations.Mes salutations distinguées.meh-sah-luh-tah-cion-dees-tahn-geyFormal
Sincere regards.Amitiés sincèresah-mee-tieh-sahn-sareInformal
Yours.Bien à vous or Bien à toibeeuhn-nah-voo or beeuhn-nah-tuwahFormal (vous), informal (toi)

Ways to say goodbye in French borrowed from other languages

Les Français are very protective of their beautiful “ langue de Molière ”. However, with globalization and the normal evolution of language, some foreign expressions managed to sneak in the French “spoken” dictionary.

Here are a few common ways to say goodbye in French that have been borrowed from other languages.

EnglishFrenchFrench pronunciationContext
Bye.Bye.Same as EnglishAll purpose
Bye.Bye bye.Same as EnglishInformal
Bye.Ciao or Tchao or Tch’ô.chowAll purpose
See you soon.Hasta la vista.hasta la vistaFormal
I’m leaving.J’y go.gee-gohAll purpose

The best songs to say goodbye in French

Sometimes, words are not enough to express feelings. Heureusement, music can help!

Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais, Serge Gainsbourg

A mythic French song about a painful break up.

Au revoir, Gilbert Bécaud

A poetical song about the passing of time.

Puisque tu pars, Jean-Jacques Goldman

A beautiful, heartfelt song about farewell from one of the most popular French singers/songwriters.

Au revoir, Daniel Balavoine

A classic goodbye song from a French artist who said goodbye too soon.

Au revoir, Bigflo et Oli

A modern, rap song from this popular duo who reflects on their life and career.

Au revoir, à la prochaine

Do you find French very difficile? Don’t say au revoir to French learning just yet. You can start with small steps, such as learning the French alphabet. And we couldn’t finish this article on how to say goodbye in French without the famous, célébrissime farewell from former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estain.

Sur ce, à bientôt les amis !

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