75 Ways to Say Goodbye in Spanish: Formal, Informal & Slang Words and Phrases

Hola, amigos! Welcome to the colorful world of Spanish farewells!

Imagine you’re at a fiesta in Madrid, sipping sangria and chatting with new friends. As the night comes to an end, you realize it’s time to go, but wait – how do you say goodbye in Spanish?

And can you say goodbye in Spanish the same way to your in-laws and to your friends?!

Juan from Spring Spanish (a project I co-founded) tells you a little secret about saying goodbye in Spanish:

But there’s more than 17 ways to say goodbye in Spanish, and you don’t even have to be overly romantic. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the most common ways to bid farewell, and we’ll also share different scenarios where you can say goodbye.

1. Adiós [Goodbye]

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“Adiós” is a universal and formal way to say goodbye in Spanish. It can be used in most situations, from casual to formal, and is appropriate for both acquaintances and strangers.

It’s often used when you don’t expect to see the person again soon.

A real-life example could be:

María: Gracias por tu ayuda, señor. Adiós. [Thank you for your help, sir. Goodbye.]
Shopkeeper: Adiós, que tenga un buen día. [Goodbye, have a good day.]

2. Hasta luego [See you later]

This phrase is informal and used among friends, family, or colleagues. It implies that you’ll see the person again relatively soon, though not necessarily at a specific time.

In a real Spanish conversation:

Carlos: Me tengo que ir. Hasta luego, Ana. [I have to go. See you later, Ana.]
Ana: Hasta luego, Carlos. Cuídate. [See you later, Carlos. Take care.]

3. Hasta pronto [See you soon]

Similar to “hasta luego,” this phrase is informal and suggests you’ll see the person again in the near future. It’s slightly more specific about the timeframe than “hasta luego.”

Check this example:

Lucía: Fue un placer verte. Hasta pronto. [It was a pleasure to see you. See you soon.]
Diego: Igualmente, Lucía. Hasta pronto. [Likewise, Lucía. See you soon.]

4. Chao [Bye]

Chao” is a very casual and informal way to say goodbye, used among friends and young people. It’s derived from the Italian “ciao” and is more common in some Spanish-speaking countries than others.

You could say goodbye to a group of friends like this:

Elena: Bueno, me voy a casa. Chao, chicos. [Well, I’m going home. Bye, guys.]
Friends: Chao, Elena. Nos vemos. [Bye, Elena. See you.]

5. Nos vemos [See you]

This informal phrase is similar to “see you” in English. It’s used between friends and implies you’ll see each other again, though not specifying when.

A short conversation between Pablo and Sofía.

a person with long hair waving goodbye in spanish

Pablo: Me tengo que ir al trabajo. Nos vemos, Sofía. [I have to go to work. See you, Sofía.]
Sofía: Vale, nos vemos. Que tengas un buen día. [Okay, see you. Have a good day.]

6. Hasta mañana [See you tomorrow]

This phrase is used when you know you’ll see the person the next day. It’s common among colleagues, classmates, or friends who meet regularly.

You can say see you tomorrow like this:

Teacher: La clase ha terminado. Hasta mañana, estudiantes. [The class is over. See you tomorrow, students.]
Students: Hasta mañana, profesora. [See you tomorrow, teacher.]

7. Buenas noches [Good night]

Buenas noches” is used to say goodbye in the evening or at night. It can also be used as a greeting when arriving somewhere in the evening.

This is the most common way to say good night in Spanish:

Father: Es hora de dormir. Buenas noches, hija. [It’s time to sleep. Good night, daughter.]
Daughter: Buenas noches, papá. Que descanses. [Good night, dad. Rest well.]

8. Que te vaya bien [Have a good one]

This informal phrase is a way to wish someone well as they leave. It’s common between friends and acquaintances.

Check this Spanish dialogue:

Javier: Me voy a la entrevista de trabajo. Deséame suerte. [I’m going to the job interview. Wish me luck.]
Miguel: Mucha suerte. Que te vaya bien. [Good luck. Have a good one.]

9. Hasta la próxima [Until next time]

This phrase is used when you’re not sure when you’ll see the person again, but you’re certain there will be a next time. It’s relatively informal and friendly.

Like this:

Roberto: Gracias por venir a la fiesta. Hasta la próxima. [Thanks for coming to the party. Until next time.]
Isabel: Gracias por invitarme. Hasta la próxima. [Thanks for inviting me. Until next time.]

10. Cuídate [Take care]

Cuídate” is an informal, caring way to say goodbye. It literally means “take care of yourself” and is often used among friends and family.

Take care in Spanish:

Marta: Me voy de viaje mañana. Nos vemos en dos semanas. [I’m leaving for a trip tomorrow. See you in two weeks.]
Laura: Que tengas un buen viaje. Cuídate. [Have a good trip. Take care.]

11. Que tengas un buen día [Have a good day]

This phrase is a friendly way to wish someone a good day as you’re saying goodbye. It’s suitable for both formal and informal situations.

You can say this in both formal and informal situations:

Cashier: Aquí tiene su cambio. Que tenga un buen día. [Here’s your change. Have a good day.] Customer: Gracias, igualmente. Que tengas un buen día. [Thank you, likewise. Have a good day.]

12. Me voy [I’m leaving]

While not strictly a goodbye, “Me voy” is often used to announce one’s departure, usually followed by a more specific farewell.

Bid farewell with “me voy” like this:

Pedro: Bueno, me voy. Tengo que llegar temprano a casa. [Well, I’m leaving. I need to get home early.]
Sara: Vale, Pedro. Nos vemos mañana. [Okay, Pedro. See you tomorrow.]

13. Nos vemos luego [See you later]

This informal phrase is similar to “hasta luego” but more specific about seeing the person later the same day or in the near future.

waving goodbye in spanish in a dreamy land

An imaginary conversation between Alex and Beatriz:

Alex: Voy a almorzar. Nos vemos luego en la reunión. [I’m going to lunch. See you later at the meeting.]
Beatriz: De acuerdo, nos vemos luego. [Alright, see you later.]

14. Hasta la vista [Until we meet again]

This phrase is somewhat formal and less common in everyday speech. It’s associated with the famous line from the Terminator movies!

Do you remember?

Grandfather: Me alegro de haberte visto. Hasta la vista, nieto. [I’m glad to have seen you. Until we meet again, grandson.]
Grandson: Gracias por todo, abuelo. Hasta la vista. [Thank you for everything, grandfather. Until we meet again.]

15. Que le vaya bien [Have a good one (formal)]

This is the formal version of “que te vaya bien.” It’s used in more formal situations or when addressing someone older or in a position of authority.

A conversation between an employee and and employer:

Employee: Gracias por la reunión, señor García. Que le vaya bien. [Thank you for the meeting, Mr. García. Have a good one.]
Mr. García: Gracias a usted. Que le vaya bien también. [Thank you. Have a good one too.]

16. Other common ways to say goodbye in Spanish

Saying goodbye in Spanish is an art form. And this isn’t a joke. It really shows the warmth that’s lying beneath the feet of the Spanish culture.

Just as we mentioned it in the intro, let’s explore some common scenarios and the appropriate ways to bid farewell in each.

Leaving a friend’s house

As you depart from the warm embrace of your friend’s hospitality, choose a casual yet affectionate goodbye.

Me voy, gracias por todoI’m leaving, thanks for everything
Nos vemos pronto, un abrazoSee you soon, hugs
Hasta la próxima, cuídateUntil next time, take care
Gracias por recibirmeThanks for having me
Me la pasé genial, nos vemosI had a great time, see you

Ending a phone call

Wrapping up a phone conversation requires a swift yet polite farewell. These phrases will help you.

Hablamos luegoWe’ll talk later
Hasta la próxima llamadaUntil the next call
Cuídate, adiósTake care, goodbye
Te dejo, un abrazoI’ll let you go, hugs
Nos mantenemos en contactoLet’s keep in touch

Departing from a restaurant

As you leave the Spanish culinary delights behind (Spanish food vocabulary on the blog!), express your gratitude and bid farewell to both staff and dining companions with these common Spanish phrases.

Gracias por la comida, adiósThanks for the meal, goodbye
Que tengan buena nocheHave a good night
Hasta luego, estuvo deliciosoSee you later, it was delicious
Gracias por el servicioThank you for the service
Que les vaya bienHave a good one

Leaving work or school

End your day at work or school with a friendly goodbye that sets a positive tone for the next meeting.

Hasta mañana, que descansesSee you tomorrow, rest well
Buen fin de semanaHave a good weekend
Nos vemos el lunesSee you on Monday
Que tengas una buena tardeHave a good afternoon
Hasta la próxima claseUntil the next class

Ending a conversation with a stranger

Finish a brief interaction with a stranger politely.

Fue un placer conocerleIt was a pleasure to meet you
Que tenga un buen díaHave a good day
Adiós, cuídeseGoodbye, take care
Gracias por su ayudaThank you for your help
Hasta luegoSee you later

Closing a letter or email

End your written Spanish communication with a formal or semi-formal closing that matches the tone of your message.

Saludos cordialesBest regards
Un cordial saludoKind regards
Quedo a la espera de su respuestaI look forward to your reply
Hasta prontoUntil soon

If you’re interested, you can learn how to write a letter in Spanish with Effortless Conversations.

Leaving a store or shop

As you exit a place of business, offer a polite farewell to the staff. These phrases show appreciation for their service and leave a positive impression.

Gracias, hasta luegoThank you, see you later
Que tenga un buen díaHave a good day
Adiós, gracias por su atenciónGoodbye, thank you for your attention
Hasta la próximaUntil next time
Que le vaya bienHave a good one

Saying farewell at an airport or train station

Bid a heartfelt goodbye to loved ones or colleagues as they go on on their holiday. These phrases express good wishes for safe travels.

Buen viajeHave a good trip
Que tengas un vuelo seguroHave a safe flight
Escríbeme cuando lleguesWrite to me when you arrive
Hasta tu regresoUntil your return
Que te vaya bien en tu viajeHave a good journey

Concluding a formal event or ceremony

Wrap up a formal meeting with phrases that show respect and appreciation.

Gracias por su asistenciaThank you for your attendance
Ha sido un honorIt has been an honor
Hasta el próximo eventoUntil the next event
Que tengan una buena veladaHave a good evening
Les agradecemos su participaciónWe thank you for your participation

Finishing a class or lecture

As the lesson comes to an end, use these phrases to dismiss the class or thank the instructor, depending on your role.

Eso es todo por hoyThat’s all for today
Gracias por su atenciónThank you for your attention
Nos vemos en la próxima claseSee you in the next class
Hasta la semana que vieneUntil next week
Que tengan un buen díaHave a good day
A person with long hair and a bright jacket waves goodbye in spanish to another person who is walking away

Leaving a party

Say goodbye to your fellow partygoers with these friendly and appreciative phrases as you make your exit.

La pasé genial, graciasI had a great time, thanks
Me tengo que ir, un abrazoI have to go, hugs
Gracias por invitarmeThanks for inviting me
Nos vemos en la próximaSee you at the next one
Que siga la fiestaLet the party continue

Saying goodbye after a brief encounter on the street

End a chance meeting with an acquaintance using these quick farewells.

Me alegró verteIt was nice to see you
Cuídate, hasta prontoTake care, see you soon
Que tengas buen díaHave a good day
Nos vemos por ahíSee you around
Un gusto saludarteIt was a pleasure to greet you

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