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!

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
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
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
See youNos vemosnos̬ ˈβemosnos veh-mos
See you aroundNos estamos viendonos ɛsˈtamos̬ ˈβjɛ̃ndonos es-tah-mos vee-en-doh

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!).

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.

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!”.

English Spanish IPA spelling Spanish pronunciation Context
A mug broke and now everyone’s going home. Aquí se rompió una taza y todos para su casa aˈki se rõmˈpjo ˈuna ˈtasa i̯ ˈtoðos ˈpaɾa su ˈkasa ah-key say rom-pee-oh oo-nah tah-sa e toe-dos pah-rah sue cah-sah Random 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 ves Random wordplay
See you later, egg head. Hasta luego, cara de huevo ˈasta ˈlweɣo ˈkaɾa ðe ˈweβo ahs-tah loo-ay-go, cah-rah day woo-ay-voh Random wordplay, most apt for children
I’m out, vampire Me las piro, vampiro me las ˈpiɾo bãmˈpiɾo may las pee-roh, vam-pee-roh Random wordplay
Bye fish Chao pescao ˈʧao pɛsˈkao chao pes-cao More common in Caribbean and Central American countries
Goodbye Sayonara saʝoˈnaɾa sah-yo-nah-rah Loan word from Japanese
Until later, baby Hasta la vista, baby ˈasta la ˈβista ˈbaβi ahs-tah la vees-tah, baby Used in a sassy or cheeky way, as a reference of the movie The Terminator
Bye Baygón bai̯ˈɣõn bah-e-gon Mosquito repellent brand
Make sure to wash it Te la lavas te la ˈlaβas tay la lah-vas Random wordplay
See you around Ahí te ves aˈi te ˈβes ah-e tay ves Translates directly into “you’ll see yourself”
Later Al rato al ˈrato al rah-toe Literal translation of “in a while”
See you around Ahí nos vidrios aˈi nos̬ ˈβiðɾjos ah-e nos vee-dree-os Random wordplay
Bye Salú saˈlu sah-loo Comes from word “salud”, which means health
Alright, then Órale, pues ˈoɾale ˈpwes oh-rah-leh poo-es Very casual goodbye
We’re set Así quedamos aˈsi keˈðamos ah-see kay-dah-mos Commonly used after discussing important stuff
I’m leaving! ¡Me largo! me ˈlaɾɣo may lar-go Snarky way to say you’re leaving immediately
Bye Abur aˈβuɾ ah-boor Random slang
I’ll see you later Nos pillamos después nos piˈʝamos̬ ðɛsˈpwes nos pee-ya-mos des-poo-es Most 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.

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 tranquiloˈdwɛɾme 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!

English Spanish IPA spelling Spanish pronunciation
Sincerely Atentamente atɛ̃ntaˈmɛ̃nte ah-ten-tah-men-teh
Yours truly Muy atentamente mwj atɛ̃ntaˈmɛ̃nte moo-e ah-ten-tah-men-teh
Cordially Cordialmente koɾðjalˈmɛ̃nte core-dee-all-men-teh
Greetings Saludos saˈluðos sah-loo-dos
A greeting Un saludo ũn saˈluðo oon sah-loo-do
Cordial greetings Saludos cordiales saˈluðos koɾˈðjales sah-loo-dos core-dee-all-es
Thanks Gracias ˈɡɾasjas gra-see-as
Thanks a lot Muchas gracias ˈmuʧas̬ ˈɣɾasjas moo-chas gra-see-as
Affectionately Con cariño kõn kaˈɾiɲo kon kah-ree-nyo
Hug Un abrazo un aˈβɾaso oon ah-brah-so
Big hug Un fuerte abrazo ũm ˈfwɛɾte aˈβɾaso oon foo-air-tay ah-brah-so
Kisses Besos ˈbesos bay-sos
I’m at your disposal for anything you may need Para cualquier cosa, quedo a su disposición ˈpaɾa kwalˈkjɛɾ ˈkosa ˈkeðo a su ðisposiˈsjõn pah-rah coo-all-key-heir ko-sah, kay-doh ah sue dis-poh-see-see-on
I appreciate your cooperation in advance Le agradezco de antemano su cooperación le aɣɾaˈðɛsko ðe ãnteˈmano su koopɛɾaˈsjõn lay ah-gra-des-co day ahn-tay-mah-no sue coh-oh-pay-rah-see-on
Thanks in advance Gracias de antemano ˈɡɾasjas̬ ðe ãnteˈmano gra-see-as day ahn-tay-mah-no
I look forward to hearing from you Quedo a la espera de su respuesta ˈkeðo a la ɛsˈpɛɾa ðe su rɛsˈpwɛsta kay-doh ah la es-pay-rah day sue res-poo-es-tah
We’ll be in touch Estamos en contacto ɛsˈtamos ɛ̃n kõnˈtak̚to es-tah-mos en kon-tac-toe
With all my appreciation Todo mi agradecimiento ˈtoðo mj aɣɾaðesiˈmjɛ̃nto toe-doh me ah-gra-day-see-me-en-toh
Best wishes Mis mejores deseos mis̬ meˈxoɾes̬ ðeˈseos mees may-hore-es day-say-os
Eine Frau mit ihrem Laptop in einem Café winkt den anderen Teilnehmern ihres Online-Sprachkurses zu.

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!

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.

English Spanish IPA spelling Spanish pronunciation
Go with God Vaya con Dios ˈbaʝa kõn ˈdjos vah-ya con dee-os
God bless you Dios lo bendiga ˈdjos̬ lo βɛ̃nˈdiɣa dee-os low ben-dee-gah
God help you Dios le ayude ˈdjos̬ le aˈʝuðe dee-os lay ah-you-day
God be with you Que Dios lo acompañe ˈke ˈðjos̬ lo akõmˈpaɲe kay dee-os low ah-com-pah-nye
Take the good path Vaya por el buen camino ˈbaʝa poɾ ɛl ˈβwɛ̃n kaˈmino vah-ya pore elle boo-en kah-me-no
Sweet dreams Que sueñes con los angelitos ˈke ˈsweɲes kõn los ãnxeˈlitos kay 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:


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 ðɛspeˈðiɾno 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!