If you’re learning Spanish, it’s very likely that you already know a few basic expressions to say ‘goodbye’. However, when interacting with Spanish speakers, most learners realize that these basic expressions are not always applied by native speakers.
For that reason, on this list, we compiled 13 common ways to say ‘goodbye’ in Spanish. All of these expressions are well known by Spanish speakers and the main difference between them is the contexts and the countries where you can apply them.
If you want to learn other words other than adiós, this list will be perfect for you! By the end of it, you’ll have other options that you can use when saying goodbye in Spanish.
1. Adiós – Goodbye / Bye
Adiós is one of the most standard and common ways to say ‘goodbye’ in Spanish. One of the advantages of this word is that you can use it both in formal and informal situations. Additionally, it’s very popular in all Spanish speaking countries. Depending on the context, adiós can be translated either as ‘goodbye’ or bye’
Adiós, ¡que tengan un buen fin de semana!
Bye, have a nice weekend guys!
Dile adiós a tus abuelitos porque ya nos vamos
Say goodbye to your grandparents because we’re leaving
¿Ya te vas? Bueno, pues, adiós, fue un gusto verte, amigo
Are you leaving? Well, goodbye, then, it was very nice to see you, my friend
Take Note: As an expression or farewell, adiós can be placed at the beginning, middle, or end of the sentence.
2. Ahí te ves – See ya!
Ahí te ves is a popular, but informal farewell in Mexico. This way to say goodbye is quite popular among all the population, but it’s only suitable for casual conversations. If you want to sound like a Mexican native speaker when talking to your friends or relatives, ahí te ves is the perfect option for you. In order to use this expression correctly, keep in mind that:
- Ahí te ves → It addresses ‘tú’.
- Ahí se ven → It addresses ‘ustedes’
¡Ahí te ves, Pedro! Me saludas a Carmen
See ya, Pedro! Say hi to Carmen
¡Qué tengas un buen fin de semana! ¡Ahí te ves!
Have a nice weekend! See ya!
Ya me voy porque tengo clase de español, ahí se ven
I’m leaving because I have Spanish, see ya!
Take Note: ‘Ahí te ves’ is a very informal farewell. As a result, make sure you use it in proper situations. Additionally, keep in mind that this expression is only popular in Mexico.
3. Hasta luego – See you later
Hasta luego is another standard and common way to say goodbye in Spanish. This farewell is slightly more formal than ‘adiós’. Although it’s not a written rule, ‘hasta luego’ is used to say ‘goodbye’ to people that you’re not very familiar with.
As a result, this farewell is perfect for formal situations or when you want to say goodbye to an acquaintance. Even though ‘hasta luego’ is the direct translation of ‘until later’, but it is used when you want to say ‘see you later’. As a result, in some formal contexts, it would be closer in meaning to ‘goodbye’ or ‘bye’
¡Hasta luego! ¡Qué esté bien!
Bye! I hope you’re doing well!
Gracias por haber venido, ¡hasta luego!
Thank you for coming, see you later!
Fue un gusto verlo, ¡hasta luego!
It was very nice to see you, goodbye!
This farewell has some popular variations that you can also use to say goodbye in Spanish:
- Hasta entonces – until then
- Hasta pronto – see you soon / see you later
Take Note: Hasta entonces is quite popular in Spain, but it’s not as common in Latin American Spanish speaking countries.
4. Nos vemos – See you
Although nos vemos is an informal way to say goodbye in Spanish, this expression is another standard and common farewell. Just keep in mind that this expression is meant to be used in casual conversations rather than formal situations. ‘Nos vemos’ is one of the direct translations of ‘see you later’ and it’s more informal than ‘hasta luego’.
Additionally, depending on your intention, there are other variations that you could also use:
- Nos vemos luego – see you later
- Nos vemos al rato – see you in a few
- Nos vemos pronto – see you soon
¡Ya se me hizo tarde! ¡Nos vemos!
I’m late! See you!
¡Qué gusto verte! ¡Nos vemos luego!
It was very nice to see you! See you later
Nos vemos al rato, voy a ir a una reunión
See you in a few, I’m going to a meeting
Take Note: As you may notice, these variations have a small, but important nuance in meaning. Nos vemos al rato is used when you’re saying goodbye for a small period of time. You could use it, for instance, if you’d be seeing this person later that day. Nos vemos luego and nos vemos pronto are a little more ambiguous about the period of time that you and this person are going to be apart.
5. Cuídate – Take care
Even though it’s not a direct translation of ‘goodbye’, in Spanish, cuídate can also work as a caring farewell. This word means ‘take care’ and just like its English counterpart, cuídate is one of the last things people say when saying goodbye.
Generally speaking, this word is used as a farewell when you have a close relationship with the other person. On top of this, since cuídate is the verb form of cuidarse, you may need to follow this phrase structure in order to customize it:
[Cuidarse conjugated in imperative form]
Take care, boys!
¡Salúdame a tus hermanos! ¡Cuídate!
Say hi to your brothers! Take care!
Espero saber pronto de ti otra vez, ¡cuídate!
I hope to hear from you again soon, take care!
6. Que te vaya bien – Have a good day
In Spanish, que te vaya bien is a polite and caring way to say goodbye to people. This expression can be used both in formal and casual situations. The only rule that you need to keep in mind is that, normally, this phrase is told to the person who is leaving a place. ‘Que te vaya bien’ means ‘have a good day’ or ‘have a nice day’.
Que + [indirect pronoun] + vaya + bien
¡Que les vaya bien, niños! Pórtense bien
Have a nice day, kids! Be nice
Fue un placer ayudarte, que te vaya bien
It was a pleasure to help you, have a good day
¡Que les vaya bien! Les abro la puerta del estacionamiento
Have a good day! I’ll open the parking door for you
Related Resource: What Does Que Te Vaya Bien Mean?
- Que tengas un buen día – Have a nice day.
¿Ya te vas? Que tengas buen día
Are you leaving? Have a nice day
7. Ahí nos vemos – See you later
Ahí nos vemos is very similar to the Mexican expression ‘ahí te ves’. Unlike this Mexican farewell, ‘ahí nos vemos’ is a very popular and common way to say goodbye across Latin American Spanish speaking countries.
This expression is slightly more casual than ‘nos vemos’ and ‘hasta luego’, as a result, it’s perfect for using among friends, family and casual conversations. ‘Ahí nos vemos’ can be translated as ‘later’ or ‘see you later’.
Ahí nos vemos, ya se me hizo tarde
See you later, I’m running late
Me divertí mucho, chicos, ahí nos vemos
I had a lot of fun, guys, see you later
Ahí nos vemos, Adrián, gracias por invitarme
Later, Adrian, thanks for inviting me
Take Note: In some contexts, ‘ahí nos vemos’ can be used to agree or confirm that you will be meeting with a person in a certain place. In this situation, ‘ahí nos vemos’ would be translated as ‘see you there’. However, be aware that this phrase is also very popular as a farewell.
8. Hasta… – See you on…
When it comes to farewells, hasta is very useful and if you combine it with a noun, it provides you with a huge amount of variations. In this situation, ‘hasta’ is used to say goodbye in Spanish, but also to inform when you and this person are seeing each other again.
Notice that the translation of this expression would depend on the noun that you’re adding. But, generally speaking, these phrases would mean ‘see you on…’. Here is the phrase structure you need to use.
Hasta + la/el + [noun]
Hasta la vista, chicas
See you later, girls
Hasta el viernes, ¡no vayan a llegar tarde!
See you on Friday, don’t be late
¡Qué tengan un buen fin de semana! Hasta el lunes
Have a nice weekend! See you on Monday
Take Note: Unlike many people believe, hasta la vista is not a very popular farewell. Although Spanish speakers know it, this phrase is not as used as often as other expressions.
9. Te veo luego – See you later
Te veo luego is another Spanish farewell that means ‘see you later’. This expression is another casual way to say goodbye in Spanish. For that reason, it’s quite popular in conversations and other informal contexts. Here is the phrase structure that you need to follow in order to customize your farewell:
[Direct Object Pronoun] + [ver conjugated] + luego
Te ve luego, mamá, ya me voy
See you later, mom, I’m leaving
Ana, me voy a casa, te veo luego
Ana, I’m going home, see you later
Chicos, los veo luego, tengo que ir a trabajar
Guys, I’ll see you later, I have to work
Take Note: Like many other expressions, te veo luego is a little bit ambiguous about the time when the speakers will meet again.
10. Nos estamos viendo – See you later / Bye
In some Latin American countries, nos estamos viendo is a popular and casual way to say goodbye in Spanish. This expression implies that the speakers are going to keep in touch with each other. Some of the countries where you can use this expression include:
Nos estamos viendo, carnal
See you later, buddy
Amiga, me tengo que ir, nos estamos viendo
Pal, I have to go, see you later
Me dio gusto que vinieras a la fiesta, nos estamos viendo
I’m glad you came to the party, see you later
11. Despídeme de… – Say goodbye to…
Despídeme de… is a polite and formal way to ask someone to say goodbye for you. This expression comes in very handy when for, some reason, you weren’t able to say goodbye to a person and you want someone else to do it on your behalf. Despídeme de… can be used both in formal and informal situations. Here is the phrase structure you need to follow.
Despídeme de + [person]
Despídeme de Lucy, por favor
Say goodbye to Lucy for me, please
Samuel, despídeme de Carla, me tengo que ir y no la veo
Samuel, say goodbye to Carla for me, I have to go and I don’t see her
Oye, ya llegaron por mí, despídeme de tus papás, por favor
Hey, they came for me, say goodbye to your parents for me, please
Take Note: Decir adiós de mi parte is a slightly more casual variation of ‘despídeme de…’. If you want to use this expression, make sure to use the following phrase structure.
[Decir] + [indirect pronoun] + adiós a + [person] + de mi parte
Dile adiós a Lucy de mi parte, por favor
Say goodbye to Lucy for me, please
12. Chao – Ciao
Just like in English, in Spanish, you can use ‘ciao’ or ‘chao’ as a farewell. Using this expression depends more on the speaker’s personal preferences, but in general, it’s only used in casual situations. ‘Chao’ is very popular in South American Spanish speaking countries.
¡Me voy a la oficina! ¡Chao!
I’m going to the office! Ciao!
Chao, te veo el lunes, entonces
Ciao, I’ll see you on Monday, then
Bueno, chicas, yo me retiro, chao
Well, girls, I’m leaving, ciao
13. Ve con Dios / Que Dios te Acompañe – May God Be with You
Among elderly people, ve con Dios or que Dios te acompañe is a very common way to say goodbye. Although young people may not use this farewell as much as grown-ups, they’re still very familiar with it. Both of these expressions are formal and caring.
Que Dios te acompañe, hijo, avísame cuando llegues
May God be with you, son, let me know when you arrive
|Tú: ¡Hasta luego, doña Julia!||You: Goodbye, Ms. Julia!|
|Tu vecina: ¡Que dios te acompañe!||Your neighbor: May God be with you!|
Take Note: For young Spanish speakers, this farewell is a little bit outdated, but it’s still common to hear it from an elder person like your grandmother or grandfather.
Learning different ways to say ‘goodbye’ in Spanish not only will help you build more vocabulary, but it will also allow you to sound more natural and fluent in your conversations.
For that reason, in this article, we compiled 13 expressions that you can use as farewells. Now, you’re ready to go out there and start incorporating these words into your vocabulary.