How to say goodbye in Spanish in 87+ formal, funny & new ways

Master how to have a full conversation by learning how to say goodbye in Spanish.

We’ve all been there. We say hello in Spanish, have a really great conversation, and we feel like we’re on top of the world. But then, the conversation comes to an end, and we panic and forget how to say goodbye. Or maybe we do say goodbye, but we can’t help but mumble a simple adiós.

It’s totally normal for Spanish learners to mess up every now and then. But what separates great students from the rest is their ability to learn from - and even embrace - their mistakes with no shame. So, if you’ve been in a situation where you didn’t know how to properly end a conversation, this article is for you!

As you probably know, there are over 20 Spanish-speaking countries around the world. That means there are dozens of different ways to say goodbye. In this article, we’ll cover more than 85 unique and helpful ways to say goodbye in Spanish!

If you’re not sure why you’d need more than one way to say goodbye, consider the following:

  • There are different intensity levels for saying goodbye. For example, you wouldn’t say goodbye the same way to a friend you’ll see again next week as to a friend you won’t see again for a long time.
  • Words and phrases are context-specific, so knowing multiple ways to say goodbye will help you sound more laid back when you’re with friends and more professional when in formal settings.
  • Spanish is so diverse that knowing just one way to say goodbye won’t cut it. Different countries use different words, so you need to know at least a few dozen variations to understand everyone!
  • Using the right words to say goodbye will help you be more polite in public, whether you’re getting your morning coffee at a café or buying some veggies at the mercado.

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How to say goodbye in Spanish

If you’re already taking Spanish classes online or in person, you might have already heard of the quintessential word for goodbye: adiós (ah-dee-ohs). However, just because adiós is the most accurate translation of goodbye, that doesn’t mean it’s the most common way to actually say goodbye!

Couple say goodbye in Spanish over the phone.

Although adiós is still very widely used, most people favor alternative ways of saying goodbye. There is nothing wrong with adiós, per se, but it does come off as a bit dry or “textbooky.” And that’s the last thing we want for our students! We want everyone to learn Spanish well enough to sound natural and relaxed.

So, with that in mind, here are a few general ways to say bye in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPA spellingSpanish pronunciation
GoodbyeAdiósaˈðjosah-dee-ohs
ByeByeˈbʝeSame as English
Bye byeBye byeˈbʝe ˈβʝeSame as English
Goodbye, until next timeAdiós, hasta la próximaaˈðjos | ˈasta la ˈpɾoksimaah-dee-ohs, ahs-tah la procs-e-ma
FarewellDespedidadɛspeˈðiðades-pay-dee-da
See you soonHasta prontoˈasta ˈpɾõntoahs-tah prawn-toe
Goodbye, have a nice dayAdiós, que tengas un lindo díaaˈðjos | ˈke ˈtɛ̃nɡas ũn ˈlĩndo ˈðiaah-dee-ohs, kay ten-gass oon lean-doh dee-ah
Have a good nightQue tengas una linda nocheˈke ˈtɛ̃nɡas ˈuna ˈlĩnda ˈnoʧekay ten-gass oo-nah lean-da no-che
Good dayBuen díaˈbwɛ̃n ˈdiaboo-en dee-ah
Good eveningBuena tardeˈbwena ˈtaɾðeboo-en-ah tar-day
Good eveningBuenas nochesˈbwenas̬ ˈnoʧesboo-en-ahs no-chess
See you laterNos vemos luegonos̬ ˈβemos̬ ˈlweɣonos veh-mos loo-ay-go
LuckSuerteˈswɛɾtesue-air-tay
See youNos vemosnos̬ ˈβemosnos veh-mos
See you aroundNos estamos viendonos ɛsˈtamos̬ ˈβjɛ̃ndonos es-tah-mos vee-en-doh
ByeChaoˈʧaochao

How to say goodbye in Spanish formally

If you’re learning Spanish to do business or pursue academic endeavors, you’ll likely need to know a few ways to say goodbye formally. Even if you don’t anticipate speaking with businesspeople or university professors, some cultures in Latin America require everyone to use formal speech when addressing elders.

So, you never know when you’ll have to say goodbye in a formal way! Here are some more formal or polite ways to bid your friends and colleagues adieu adiós (adieu is French, though!).

How to say goodbye in Spanish at work.

EnglishSpanishIPA spellingSpanish pronunciation
Until laterHasta luegoˈasta ˈlweɣoahs-tah loo-ay-go
I bid you farewellMe despidome ðɛsˈpiðomay des-pee-doh
Excuse meCon permisokõm pɛɾˈmisocon pear-miso
Have a nice dayQue tenga un buen díaˈke ˈtɛ̃nɡa ũ̯m ˈbwɛ̃n ˈdiakay ten-gah oon boo-en dee-ah
Have an excellent dayExcelente díaɛkseˈlɛ̃nte ˈðiaex-ceh-len-tay dee-ah

How to say goodbye in Spanish slang

Without a doubt, Spanish slang is one of the best parts about learning Spanish. With slang words and phrases from Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and beyond, there are hundreds of fun and creative slang phrases that you can’t miss. Naturally, many of them involve saying goodbye.

And if you want to learn even more about Spanish slang, check out our blog posts with over 150 Spanish slang words! You are sure to have a great time learning about these funny words.

We’ve included a context column in the table below to give you more background info on some of these. However, keep in mind that most of them are just wordplay and don’t actually make any sense. Kind of like “see you later, alligator”!

EnglishSpanishIPA spellingSpanish pronunciationContext
A mug broke and now everyone’s going home.Aquí se rompió una taza y todos para su casaaˈki se rõmˈpjo ˈuna ˈtasa i̯ ˈtoðos ˈpaɾa su ˈkasaah-key say rom-pee-oh oo-nah tah-sa e toe-dos pah-rah sue cah-sahRandom wordplay
If you have a TV, watch yourself.Si tienes tele, ahí te ves.si ˈtjenes ˈtele | aˈi te ˈβes ‖see tee-eh-nes teh-leh ah-e tay vesRandom wordplay
See you later, egg headHasta luego, cara de huevoˈasta ˈlweɣo | ˈkaɾa ðe ˈweβoahs-tah loo-ay-go, cah-rah day woo-ay-vohRandom wordplay, most apt for children
I’m out, vampireMe las piro, vampirome las ˈpiɾo | bãmˈpiɾomay las pee-roh, vam-pee-rohRandom wordplay
Bye fishChao pescaoˈʧao pɛsˈkaochao pes-caoMore common in Caribbean and Central American countries
GoodbyeSayonarasaʝoˈnaɾasah-yo-nah-rahLoan word from Japanese
Until later, babyHasta la vista, babyˈasta la ˈβista | ˈbaβiahs-tah la vees-tah, babyUsed in a sassy or cheeky way, as a reference of the movie The Terminator
ByeBaygónbai̯ˈɣõnbah-e-gonMosquito repellent brand
Make sure to wash itTe la lavaste la ˈlaβastay la lah-vasRandom wordplay
See you aroundAhí te vesaˈi te ˈβesah-e tay vesTranslates directly into “you’ll see yourself”
LaterAl ratoal ˈratoal rah-toeLiteral translation of “in a while”
See you aroundAhí nos vidriosaˈi nos̬ ˈβiðɾjosah-e nos vee-dree-osRandom wordplay
ByeSalúsaˈlusah-looComes from word “salud,” which means health
Alright, thenÓrale, puesˈoɾale | ˈpwesoh-rah-leh poo-esVery casual goodbye
We’re setAsí quedamosaˈsi keˈðamosah-see kay-dah-mosCommonly used after discussing important stuff
I’m leaving!¡Me largo!me ˈlaɾɣo ‖may lar-goSnarky way to say you’re leaving immediately
ByeAburaˈβuɾah-boorRandom slang
I’ll see you laterNos pillamos despuésnos piˈʝamos̬ ðɛsˈpwesnos pee-ya-mos des-poo-esMost common in Spain

How to say goodbye before bed in Spanish

One of the most common times of day to say goodbye to people is right before bedtime. Whether you’re saying goodbye to your roommate, your host family, or your significant other, these words and phrases will help you wish someone a good night like a pro.

In fact, you don’t even have to be physically near someone to use any of these phrases. If you’re texting or talking on the phone with a friend around nighttime, you can definitely seal your conversation with wishes of restful sleep.

Friends saying good bye when they are out at night.

EnglishSpanishIPA spellingSpanish pronunciation
Good nightBuenas nochesˈbwenas̬ ˈnoʧesboo-eh-nas no-chess
See you tomorrowHasta mañanaˈasta maˈɲanaahs-ta ma-nya-nah
See you tomorrowNos vemos mañananos̬ ˈβemos̬ maˈɲananos vay-moss ma-nya-nah
Rest wellQue descansesˈke ðɛsˈkãnseskay des-kahn-sess
Sleep wellQue duermas bienˈke ˈðwɛɾmas̬ ˈβjɛ̃nkay doo-air-mas bee-en
Have a lovely eveningBonita nocheboˈnita ˈnoʧebow-knee-tah no-che
Rest easyDuerme tranquilo ˈdwɛɾme tɾãnˈkilodoo-air-meh tran-key-low
Sleep wellQue duermas bienˈke ˈðwɛɾmas̬ ˈβjɛ̃nkay doo-air-mas bee-en

How to sign off in an email in Spanish

Email etiquette tends to vary between languages, and Spanish is no exception. Next time you need to write an email, resist the urge to simply translate your go-to sign off phrase and use one of the following options instead!

EnglishSpanishIPA spellingSpanish pronunciation
SincerelyAtentamenteatɛ̃ntaˈmɛ̃nteah-ten-tah-men-teh
Yours trulyMuy atentamentemwj atɛ̃ntaˈmɛ̃ntemoo-e ah-ten-tah-men-teh
CordiallyCordialmentekoɾðjalˈmɛ̃ntecore-dee-all-men-teh
GreetingsSaludossaˈluðossah-loo-dos
A greetingUn saludoũn saˈluðooon sah-loo-do
Cordial greetingsSaludos cordialessaˈluðos koɾˈðjalessah-loo-dos core-dee-all-es
ThanksGraciasˈɡɾasjasgra-see-as
Thanks a lotMuchas graciasˈmuʧas̬ ˈɣɾasjasmoo-chas gra-see-as
AffectionatelyCon cariñokõn kaˈɾiɲokon kah-ree-nyo
HugUn abrazoun aˈβɾasooon ah-brah-so
Big hugUn fuerte abrazoũm ˈfwɛɾte aˈβɾasooon foo-air-tay ah-brah-so
KissesBesosˈbesosbay-sos
I’m at your disposal for anything you may needPara cualquier cosa, quedo a su disposiciónˈpaɾa kwalˈkjɛɾ ˈkosa | ˈkeðo a su ðisposiˈsjõnpah-rah coo-all-key-heir ko-sah, kay-doh ah sue dis-poh-see-see-on
I appreciate your cooperation in advanceLe agradezco de antemano su cooperaciónle aɣɾaˈðɛsko ðe ãnteˈmano su koopɛɾaˈsjõnlay ah-gra-des-co day ahn-tay-mah-no sue coh-oh-pay-rah-see-on
Thanks in advanceGracias de antemanoˈɡɾasjas̬ ðe ãnteˈmanogra-see-as day ahn-tay-mah-no
I look forward to hearing from youQuedo a la espera de su respuestaˈkeðo a la ɛsˈpɛɾa ðe su rɛsˈpwɛstakay-doh ah la es-pay-rah day sue res-poo-es-tah
We’ll be in touchEstamos en contactoɛsˈtamos ɛ̃n kõnˈtak̚toes-tah-mos en kon-tac-toe
With all my appreciationTodo mi agradecimientoˈtoðo mj aɣɾaðesiˈmjɛ̃ntotoe-doh me ah-gra-day-see-me-en-toh
Best wishesMis mejores deseosmis̬ meˈxoɾes̬ ðeˈseosmees may-hore-es day-say-os

How to say goodbye after meeting someone in Spanish

Meeting new people is one of the best parts about traveling to a different country. And when you’ve just met someone, you want to acknowledge that fact when you say goodbye to that person.

Note that these are only suitable when you’ve had a personal conversation with someone. In other words, don’t go around saying these phrases to just about anyone you exchange words with!

People say goodbye after meeting each other in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPA spellingSpanish pronunciation
It was a pleasureFue un placerˈfwe ũ̯m plaˈsɛɾfoo-ay oon play-ser
It was a pleasure meeting youFue un placer conocerteˈfwe ũ̯m plaˈsɛɾ konoˈsɛɾtefoo-ay oon plah-ser kon-oh-ser-tay
Much pleasureMucho gustoˈmuʧo ˈɣustomoo-cho goose-toe
Much pleasure meeting youMucho gusto en conocerteˈmuʧo ˈɣusto ɛ̃n konoˈsɛɾtemoo-cho goose-toe en kon-oh-ser-tay
It was a pleasureFue un gustoˈfwe ũ̯n ˈɡustofoo-ay oon goose-toe
We’ll stay in touchSeguimos en contactoseˈɣimos ɛ̃n kõnˈtak̚tosay-gee-mos en kon-tac-toe

Religious ways to say goodbye in Spanish

Wait… what does religion have to do with goodbye? Well, in Latin America, most things have something to do with religion. With almost 60% of the region identifying as Catholic and another 20% as Evangelist, we’re talking about more than three out of four people in Latin America practicing Christianity.

That means religion (more specifically, Christianity) has either a direct or indirect influence on many cultural aspects of Latin America. In fact, the word adiós has religious origins, as it comes from the phrase “Te encomiendo a Dios,” which means “I commend you to God.”

However, if you’re not Christian or religious, don’t worry! Latin America is slowly becoming more and more secular, in part thanks to a growing share of younger people who consider themselves non-religious. You’ll still likely hear many of the phrases below if you interact with Latin Americans, but it’ll mostly come from the elderly.

EnglishSpanishIPA spellingSpanish pronunciation
Go with GodVaya con Diosˈbaʝa kõn ˈdjosvah-ya con dee-os
God bless youDios lo bendigaˈdjos̬ lo βɛ̃nˈdiɣadee-os low ben-dee-gah
God help youDios le ayudeˈdjos̬ le aˈʝuðedee-os lay ah-you-day
God be with youQue Dios lo acompañeˈke ˈðjos̬ lo akõmˈpaɲekay dee-os low ah-com-pah-nye
Take the good pathVaya por el buen caminoˈbaʝa poɾ ɛl ˈβwɛ̃n kaˈminovah-ya pore elle boo-en kah-me-no
Sweet dreamsQue sueñes con los angelitosˈke ˈsweɲes kõn los ãnxeˈlitoskay soo-ay-nyes con los an-hay-lee-tos

Using “Hasta” to say goodbye in Spanish

One of the most useful Spanish words for saying goodbye is hasta. This word means “until,” and you can use it similarly to the English “until next time.” However, hasta is so much more versatile. You can plug in any date, time, or event after hasta and use it as a way to say goodbye and reference the next time you’ll be seeing the other person.

Careful not to use a specific date if you don’t know when you’ll be seeing the other person next, though! If you’re not sure when you’ll see them again, you can use one of the generic phrases like hasta luego or hasta la próxima.

EnglishSpanishIPA spellingSpanish pronunciation
Until laterHasta luegoˈasta ˈlweɣoas-tah loo-ay-go
Until next timeHasta la próximaˈasta la ˈpɾoksimaas-tah la prox-e-ma
Until next timeHasta la vistaˈasta la ˈβistaas-tah la vees-tah
See you neverHasta nuncaˈasta ˈnũnkaas-tah noon-cah
Until next weekHasta la próxima semanaˈasta la ˈpɾoksima seˈmanaas-tah la prox-e-ma say-ma-nah
See you soonHasta prontoˈasta ˈpɾõntoas-tah pron-toh
See you FridayHasta el viernesˈasta ɛl ˈβjɛɾnesas-tah elle vee-air-nes
Until foreverHasta siempreˈasta ˈsjɛ̃mpɾeas-tah see-em-pray

Helpful verbs for saying goodbye in Spanish

As you may have noticed, Spanish has a unique verb for saying goodbye: despedir. This verb literally means to say goodbye, and is conjugated like a regular -ir verb:

Friends practice different ways to say goodbye in Spanish.

PersonConjugation
YoDespido
Despides
Él/ellaDespide
NosotrosDespedimos
UstedesDespiden
Ellos/EllasDespiden


While it’s not very common for people to use this verb when they’re saying goodbye, it can be very helpful when speaking. For example:

EnglishSpanishIPA spellingSpanish pronunciation
I came to say goodbyeVine a despedirmeˈbine a ðɛspeˈðiɾmevee-nay ah des-pay-deer-may
You’re not gonna say goodbye?¿No se van a despedir?ˈno se ˈβan a ðɛspeˈðiɾ ‖no say vahn ah des-pay-deer
They already said goodbyeYa se despidieronɟʝa se ðɛspiˈðjɛɾõnya say des-pee-dee-air-on


Besides despedir, there are a few other verbs that you should be familiar with as they are very common in many different farewell phrases.

English verbSpanish verbIPA spellingSpanish pronunciation
To take careCuidarkwiˈðaɾkoo-e-dar
To seeVerˈbɛɾver
To restDescansardɛskãnˈsaɾdes-kahn-sar

Best songs for saying goodbye in Spanish

Julieta Venegas - Me Voy

This smooth ballad from Mexican singer Julieta Venegas will have you singing along in no time. The song’s contrast of sadness and nonchalance will give you a serene and hopeful outlook on goodbyes.

Shakira - Te Dejo Madrid

Shakira is undoubtedly one of the most famous artists to come from Colombia, and one of the most successful recording artists worldwide. This song may seem like it’s Shakira’s farewell to Madrid, Spain’s capital. But on a deeper level, Madrid is a metaphor for one of her ex-lovers!

So, sing along to Shakira and see if you can spot any of the goodbye phrases covered in this blog!

Christian Nodal - Adiós Amor

If you’re a sucker for romantic songs and are looking for something more authentic, then Christian Nodal’s discography is for you. Specifically, his song Adiós Amor can be a great way to practice different ways of saying goodbye, albeit the more dramatic ones.

Plus, you’re almost certain to run into this song at some point during your travels through Latin America. With over 1.2 billion views on YouTube, this 2017 song remains one of the biggest hits in Mexico and most of Latin America.

¡Nos vemos pronto!

Well, that’s the end of this lesson! Make sure to try out new ways to say goodbye each day so you can slowly grow your Spanish vocabulary. Remember that the more conversations in Spanish you have, the more chances you’ll have to practice different ways to say goodbye in Spanish!

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¡Hasta siempre!

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