57 classic, cute and informal ways to say goodbye in German

When learning German, it’s best to start with the basics. The first thing you learned was probably how to say hi in German, but soon enough you’ll have to say goodbye, as well.

It’s not only crucial in all business contexts, from politely ending a meeting or job interview to signing off an email. Every personal conversation also eventually ends with goodbye, so there’s no way around saying it.

We know goodbyes can be hard but as always, we’re here to support you. So we’ve listed all the different ways to say Goodbye in German - from formal to silly - plus some helpful phrases on how to gracefully end a conversation and sneak out of any situation.

Man driving away in his car saying goodbye in German.

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How to say goodbye in German

Goodbye in German is “Auf Wiedersehen” [aʊ̯f ˈviːdɐˌzeːən]. Pronounced “Ouf weeder-zeh-hen”. It’s a formal way of saying “To meeting again”, with a cheerful undertone, like a toast. Ironically, it’s used more often with strangers, so with people you actually won’t see again.

In more casual contexts between colleagues or friends, you’re more likely to hear a simple “Tschüss” [t͡ʃyːs], starting with a harsh “tch”-sound, followed by the ‘ü’, and ending with a sharp, whistling ‘s’. It fittingly sounds a bit like a choo-choo training leaving the station with a t-chug and a whistle.

GoodbyeAuf Wiedersehen​​[aʊ̯f ˈviːdɐˌzeːən]
Bye byeTschüss Tschüss[t͡ʃyːs t͡ʃyːs]
Goodbye, until next timeAuf Wiedersehen, bis zum nächsten Mal​​[aʊ̯f ˈviːdɐˌzeːən bɪs t͡sʊm ˈnɛːçstən maːl]
FarewellLebe wohl[ˈleːbə voːl]
See you soonBis bald[bɪs ˈbalt]
See you thenBis dann[bɪs ˈdan]
See youMan sieht sich[man ziːt zɪç]
Bye, my friendAuf Wiedersehen, mein FreundBye, my friend
Bye, friendsAuf Wiedersehen, FreundeBye, friends
Bye, my loveAuf Wiedersehen, mein SchatzBye, my love
Goodbye, have a nice dayTschüss, schönen Tag[t͡ʃʏs ˈʃøːnən taːk]
Good eveningGuten Abend[ˈɡuːtn̩ ˈaːbn̩t]
Good nightGute Nacht[ˌɡutə ˈnaxt]

How to say goodbye in German formally

Saying goodbye to a stranger, like the cashier or your server in a restaurant, it will be enough to say thank you in German and then leave with a simple “Tschüss” or “Auf Wiedersehen”.

In a business context, you’re more likely to meet the other person again. So just like you tell your colleagues “See you on Monday” after the workweek, in German it’s also common to specify when you’ll see them again. Knowing the days of the week in German comes in handy, but we’ve also listed them all here.

Woman saying goodbye formally in German by shaking hands.

See you againAuf Wiederschauen[aʊ̯f ˈviːdɐˌˈʃaʊ̯ən]
Hear you againAuf Wiederhören[aʊ̯f ˈviːdɐˌhøːʁən]
Have a good nightEinen schönen Abend noch[ˈaɪ̯nən ˈʃøːnən ˈaːbn̩t nɔx]
Have a good dayEinen schönen Tag noch[ˈaɪ̯nən ˈʃøːnən taːk nɔx]
Until tomorrowBis morgen[bɪs ˈmɔʁɡn̩]
Until the day after tomorrowBis übermorgen[bɪs ˈyːbɐˌmɔʁɡn̩]
Until MondayBis Montag[bɪs ˈmoːnˌtaːk]
Until TuesdayBis Dienstag[bɪs ˈdiːnsˌtaːk]
Until WednesdayBis Mittwoch[bɪs ˈmɪtˌvɔx]
Until ThursdayBis Donnerstag[bɪs ˈdɔnɐsˌtaːk]
Until FridayBis Freitag[bɪs ˈfʁaɪ̯taːk]
Until SaturdayBis Samstag[bɪs ˈzamstaːk]
Until SundayBis Sonntag[bɪs ˈzɔnˌtaːk]

How to say goodbye in German informally

Bye in German is “Tschüss” [t͡ʃʏs]. If you want to be extra casual, you can add an i to the word and make it a little cuter that way: Tschüssi!

Need a more elegant way to end a conversation than a straight “Tschüssi”? You’re trying to leave the party early or don’t want to participate in a survey? Here are some useful phrases to save you.

Bye byeTschüss Tschüss[t͡ʃʏs t͡ʃʏs]
Take careMach’s gut[maxs gu:t]
Clear outHau rein[haʊ̯ ʁaɪ̯n]
Get offHau ab[haʊ̯ a:p]
I gotta get up early tomorrowIch muss morgen früh aufstehen[ɪç mʊs mɔɐ̯gən fʁy: aʊ̯fʃte:ən]
I gotta run an errandIch hab ‘was zu erledigen[ɪç ha:p vas t͡su: ɛɐ̯le:dɪgən]
I have some more work to doIch muss noch etwas arbeiten[ɪç mʊs nɔx ɛtvas aɐ̯baɪ̯tən]
I gotta goIch muss los[ɪç mʊs lo:s]
I’m in a hurryIch hab’s eilig[ɪç ha:ps aɪ̯lɪç]
Please excuse meEntschuldigen Sie mich[ɛntʃʊldɪgən zi: mɪç]
I’m not feeling wellMir geht es nicht gut[mi:ɐ̯ ge:t ɛs nɪçt gu:t]
Sorry, I’m getting a phone callEntschuldigung, ich bekomme gerade einen Anruf[ɛntʃʊldɪgʊŋ ɪç bəkɔmə gəʁa:də aɪ̯nən anʁu:f]

Additionally, if you’re looking to up your German colloquialism, you can read more about informal slang phrases and expressions in German here.

How to sign off in an email in German

There’s a number of ways to sign off an email. All the ways to say goodbye in person usually work in writing as well, but here are a few extra ones specific to signing off a letter or an email.

Woman writes an email to say goodbye to a work colleague.

With friendly greetingsMit freundlichen Grüßen[mɪt fʁɔʏ̯ntlɪçən gʁʏsən]Used in a formal context with a stranger
I’m looking forward to your reply.Ich freue mich auf Ihre Antwort.[ɪç fʁɔʏ̯ə mɪç aʊ̯f i:ʁə antvɔɐ̯t]Used in a formal context with a stranger
Many regardsViele Grüße[fi:lə gʁʏsə]Used in both formal and casual settings
Friendly regardsFreundliche Grüße[fʁɔʏ̯ntlɪçə gʁʏsə]Used in both formal and casual settings
Warm regardsHerzliche Grüße[hɛɐ̯t͡slɪçə gʁʏsə]Used in a casual setting
Kind regardsLiebe Grüße[li:bə gʁʏsə]Used in a more casual setting

See you later, alligator!

If you’re a fan of dad jokes or your sense of humor is so funny it occasionally makes some people roll their eyes, you might also be prone to using expressions like “See you later, alligator” and “In a while, crocodile”.

Well, Germans can be funny, too! Here’s a list of silly goodbyes in German that rhyme.

Man saying goodbye over the phone.

See you later, PeterBis später, Peter[bɪs ʃpɛ:tɐ pe:tɐ]
Clear out, HainHau rein, Hain[haʊ̯ ʁaɪ̯n haɪ̯n]
Bye, granolaTschüssli, Müsli[tʃʏslɪ mʏsli:]
Ciao, cocoaCiao, Kakao[t͡sɪa:ɔ kaka:ɔ]
Ciao, meowCiao, Meow[t͡sɪa:ɔ me:ɔ]
Until then, SvenBis denn, Sven[bɪs dɛn svɛn]
Bye bye, mashed potatoesBye bye, Kartoffelbrei[bi: bi: kaɐ̯tɔfəlpʁaɪ̯]
Take care, sugar loafMach’s gut, Zuckerhut[maxs gu:t t͡sʊkɐɐ̯hu:t]
Byeee with a kissTschüssi mit Küssi[tʃʏsi: mɪt kʏsi]

All good things come to an end

Trips to German-speaking countries, language exchange visits and German conversations - eventually all good things unfortunately come to an end - including this guide on how to say goodbye in German, but don’t worry!

We have plenty more resources for you. There’s always another German-class to take when one ends and another article to read!

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