20 Ways to Say Good Afternoon in Spanish: Formal, Informal & Slang Phrases

While the world-famous Spanish “buenas tardes” is great, exploring how to say good afternoon in Spanish might open up your conversational skills in a new language. This guide covers 20 different ways to wish someone a good afternoon a good rest or a good afternoon in Spanish.

Here’s a quick, short video from Spring Spanish (a project I co-founded) to practice all the Spanish greetings you know:

In this blog post, you’ll learn how to greet a close friend, a co-worker, or service worker – no matter the formality!

Get ready to “saludar la tarde!” like a pro with these essential chunks in Spanish!

1. Formal ways to say good afternoon in Spanish – Buenas tardes

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Learning to say “buenas tardes” (good afternoon in Spanish) is one of the first Spanish phrases many students learn. It’s the most common and widely accepted way to greet someone in the afternoon hours across Spanish-speaking countries.

This formal greeting addresses the time of day and shows respect. This makes it suitable for professional settings or when speaking to someone you don’t know well. You’ll often hear “buenas tardes” at banks, offices, or when being welcomed at a hotel or restaurant after lunchtime:

  1. Buenas tardes [Good afternoon]
  2. Buenas tardes tenga usted [Good afternoon to you – very formal]
  3. Felices tardes [Happy afternoons]

The first phrase, “buenas tardes”, is the most straightforward and common way to say good afternoon in Spanish. The second, “buenas tardes tenga usted”, is extremely formal. The third, “felices tardes”, wishes someone happy afternoons in the plural form.

Here’s how it could look like in a real-life conversation:

Barista: Buenas tardes, bienvenido. ¿Qué le puedo ofrecer? [Good afternoon, welcome. What can I get for you?]
You: Buenas tardes. Me puede dar un café con leche, por favor. [Good afternoon. Can I get a cafe au lait, please.]
Barista: En un momento. Por cierto, linda tarde, ¿no? [One moment. By the way, lovely afternoon, isn’t it?]
You: Sí, felices tardes. [Yes, happy afternoons.]

2. Informal ways to say good afternoon in Spanish – Buenas

While “buenas tardes” is always appropriate, you may want some more casual ways to greet friends or acquaintances in the afternoon. These informal Spanish phrases are good for making small talk.

  1. Buenas [G’day]
  2. ¿Qué más? [What else?]
  3. ¿Qué hubo? [What’s up?]
  4. ¿Todo bien? [Everything good?]

Just saying “buenas” on its own is a very casual shortened version of “buenas tardes”. The next three examples ask some variation of “what’s up?” They’re common greetings or follow-up questions after greetings used among friends and family.

Let’s imagine you’re meeting your friend:

You: ¡Oye Marta! ¿Todo bien? [Hey Marta! Everything good?]
Marta: ¡Buenas! Sí, aquí paseando al perro. ¿Qué hay de nuevo? [G’day! Yes, just walking the dog. What’s new?]
You: Nada, la misma rutina. Oye, ¿quieres tomar un café conmigo? [Nothing, the same routine. Hey, you want to grab a coffee with me?]
Marta: ¡Claro, vamos! [Sure, let’s go!]

good afternoon in spanish with golden retriever running in a dog park

3. Say good afternoon in Spanish – to a woman

In Spanish, certain words change depending on the gender of the person you’re addressing. Here are some polite afternoon greetings for women:

  1. Buenas tardes, señora/señorita [Good afternoon, ma’am/miss]
  2. Buenas tardes, bella dama [Good afternoon, beautiful lady]
  3. Buenas tardes, hermosa [Good afternoon, lovely]
  4. Buenas tardes, preciosa [Good afternoon, precious]

While “señora” and “señorita” are respectful, the other examples add a little bit of flirtatious element by complimenting her beauty. Use discretion with the last three phrases unless you know the woman well!

When talking to your female neighbour:

You: Buenas tardes, señora Ramírez. ¡Qué hermosa está hoy! [Good afternoon, Mrs. Ramirez. You look lovely today!]
Neighbor: Buenas tardes. Qué amable, muchas gracias. [Good afternoon. How kind, thank you very much.]

4. Say good afternoon in Spanish – to a man

Similarly, here are some ways to say good afternoon to a man in Spanish:

  1. Buenas tardes, señor [Good afternoon, sir]
  2. Buenas tardes, caballero [Good afternoon, gentleman]
  3. Buenas tardes, amigo [Good afternoon, friend]
  4. Buenas tardes, compadre [Good afternoon, buddy]

The first two use the respectful titles “señor” and “caballero”. The last two are more casual, with “amigo” meaning friend and “compadre” having a friendly, familiar sense like “buddy.”

And let’s see an imaginary barbecue:

You: ¡Buenas tardes, compadre! ¿Cómo estás? [Good afternoon, buddy! How’s it going?]
Friend: ¡Buenas! Todo bien por acá. [G’day! All good over here.]

5. Say good afternoon in Spanish with Spanish slang

Without learning some Spanish slang, your vocabulary won’t sound complete! These informal phrases are very common in Latin American countries like Mexico and Colombia:

  1. ¿Qué ondón? [What’s up?]
  2. ¿Qué tranza? [What’s up?]
  3. ¡Epa, ¿cómo estás? [Hey, how are you?]
  4. ¿Qué hay de nuevo? [What’s new?]
  5. ¡Buenas tardísimas! [Good very late afternoon!]

The first two are slang variations of “what’s up?” used by younger people. The third is a very casual way to say “Hey, how’s it going?” The fourth asks “What’s new?” And the fifth, “buenas tardísimas,” is for greeting someone in the late afternoon or evening hours after 5 or 6 pm.

Tip: You can learn more about Spanish-speaking countries on our website.

Let’s walk up to your friends house (at least, to practice Spanish sentences a little bit):

Friend: ¡Epa! ¿Qué ondón, chavo? [Hey! What’s up, dude?]
You: ¡Qué tranza! Nada, pasando a saludar. [What’s up! Nothing, just coming to say hi.]
Friend: Buenas tardísimas. Pensé que ya no venías. [Good very late afternoon. I thought you weren’t coming.]

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7. Learn Spanish words and phrases for afternoon greetings with Conversation Based Chunking

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