Spanish Phrases for Tourist: +100 Phrases & Words


I’ve lived in Mexico my whole life. And over the years, I’ve seen many tourists trying to communicate in Spanish with little success. To avoid this, if your next vacation is going to be in a Spanish-speaking country, it wouldn’t hurt to learn some basic Spanish phrases for traveling. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, you may find people that speak English. But since it’s better to be safe than sorry, in this guide, I’ve compiled a list of useful Spanish phrases that you can use on your next trip. To keep things organized, I’ve divided this guide into:

  • Top 14 Questions in Spanish for Travelers
  • Top 8 Phrases in Spanish for Traveling
  • Spanish Phrases & Vocabulary for Touristic Places
    • Basic Greetings
    • Vocabulary at the airport
    • Spanish words for hotel and accommodations
    • Basic phrases and words to ask for directions
    • Spanish at a restaurant

No matter what your command of the language is, these Spanish phrases for tourists will be really handy on your next vacation. 

Top Questions in Spanish for Travelers

Below, there is a list of the most common questions that, as a tourist, you’ll need to communicate with other people. Most of them can be applied to different contexts, while others are specific for certain situations. 

Keep reading so you learn how to use these basic Spanish questions for tourists. 

1. ¿Dónde está…? – Where is…?

In Spanish, ¿dónde está…? allows you to ask about someone or something’s location. Since you’re likely to use this question very often, you should get familiar with it. To customize it, you simply need to add the place or thing that you’re looking for. 

Here is how to do it:

¿Dónde está + [el/la] + [noun]?

Disculpe, ¿dónde está la parada?
Excuse me, where is the bus stop

¿Dónde está el baño de mujeres?
Where is the women’s restroom

Buenos días, ¿dónde está el Museo de Antropología?
Good morning, where is the Museum of Anthropology

For advanced Spanish learners: if you want to take this Spanish phrase for tourists to the next level,  notice that we conjugate the verb ‘estar’ either in its singular or plural form. In this case, its conjugation depends on the noun you’re using. 

Señorita, ¿dónde están los baños?
Miss, where is the bathroom?

Take Note: When asking for the bathroom in Spanish, it’s very common to use the question ¿dónde están los baños? By using this question, you don’t need to specify if you’re looking for the men’s or women’s restroom. 

2. ¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much is it?

As a tourist, it’s likely that you’re going to buy different things during your trip. So, you need to know how to ask for prices. The most common way to do this is by using the question ¿cuánto cuesta?

Now, you can use ‘¿cuánto cuesta?’ by itself as long as it’s clear what object you’re referring to. If it’s not, you’ll need to provide more information:

¿Cuánto cuesta + [este/esta/el/la] + (noun)? 

Señora, ¿cuánto cuesta esta pulsera?
Ma’am, how much is this bracelet

Disculpe, ¿cuánto cuestan los sombreros?
Excuse me, how much are the hats?

¿Cuánto cuesta esta camisa?
How much is this t-shirt?

Notice that the conjugation of the verb varies depending on whether the noun is singular or plural. 

Take Note: ¿Qué precio tiene…? is a common and more formal variation of ‘¿cuánto cuesta?’. This is a good option if you want to improve your Spanish vocabulary. 

Señora, ¿qué precio tiene esta pulsera?
Ma’am, how much is this bracelet

3. ¿Cómo llego a…? – How do I get to…?

When traveling to another country, it’s common that people need some extra directions to get to a specific place. If that’s your case, you can use the more advanced question ‘¿cómo llego a…?’, which means ‘how do I get to..?’. 

As you can imagine, completing your question is as simple as adding the name of the place that you want to get to. 

¿Cómo llego a + (el/la) + [place]?

Buenas tardes, ¿cómo llego al museo?
Good evening, how do I get to the museum?

Hola, ¿cómo llego a Machu Picchu?
Hi, how do I get to Machu Picchu?

Disculpe, ¿cómo llego a la catedral?
Excuse me, how do I get to the cathedral? 

4. ¿Qué lleva…? – What is in…?

A simple Spanish phrase for restaurants that tourists need to know is ¿qué lleva…? Unless you’re willing to eat as a local asking no questions, this phrase can be a lifesaver since it allows you to inquire about the ingredients in your dish. 

To apply it, you only need to add the name of the dish that you’re asking about. Notice that the conjugation can be singular or plural depending on the dish.

¿Qué lleva/llevan + [el,la,los,las] + [dish]?

Joven, ¿qué llevan los tacos?
Waiter, what is in the tacos?

¿Qué llevan las tapas?
What is in the tapas?  

Señorita, ¿qué lleva el pozole?
Miss, what is in the pozole?

Take Note: If you want to improve your Spanish, you can tweak this question to practice your food vocabulary. 

¿[Dish] + [lleva/llevan] + [ingredient]?

¿Las enchiladas llevan queso?
The enchiladas contain cheese?

5. ¿A qué hora…? – What time…?

Another basic question that you need to add to your traveling vocabulary is ‘¿a qué hora?’. You’ll use this question to ask when a certain action will take place. As you can see, this can be useful in an airport, hotel or other touristic places. 

Here is how you use this question. Beware that you’ll need to use a verb to describe the activity you’re referring to:

¿A qué hora + [verb conjugated] + (noun)?

Disculpe, ¿a qué hora aterrizamos?
Excuse me, what time do we land?

¿A qué hora cierran el restaurante?
What time does the restaurant close?

Señorita, ¿a qué hora sale este vuelo?
Miss, what time does this flight leave?

Take Note: Do not confuse ¿a qué hora? vs ¿qué hora? In Spanish, the first question is used to ask about when a specific event will take place, while ‘¿qué hora?’ is just used to ask for the time

6. ¿Hay…? – Is there…?

Even if you’re one of those people with excellent planning skills, it’s likely that you may not be aware of all the things that a place has to offer you. So, if you need to know the features or places in a city, you can use the question ¿hay…?, which means ‘is there…?’.

As usual, the question will be followed by the name of the thing that you’re looking for:

¿Hay + (algún/alguna) + [noun]?

¿Hay algún hospital por aquí?
Is there a hospital around here?

Buenas tardes, ¿hay algún restaurante cerca?
Good afternoon, is there a restaurant nearby?

Disculpe, ¿hay recorridos en la tarde?
Excuse me, are there tours in the afternoon?

7. ¿Nos puede tomar una foto? – Can you take us a picture?

If you want to ask a native speaker to take you a picture, you should use either of the questions:

  • ¿Me puede tomar una foto?Can you take me a picture?
  • ¿Nos puede tomar una foto?Can you take us a picture?

As you can see, using either of these questions depends on how many people are going to be in the picture. But it’s not a big deal if you make a mistake. 

8. ¿Qué me recomienda? – What do you recommend?

In Spanish, ¿qué me recomienda? is a polite question that you can ask in a restaurant if you need some advice about a dish you should try. However, you can also use this question in other situations to ask for recommendations. Here is how you do this:

¿Qué + [noun] + me recomienda?

¿Qué museos me recomiendas?
Which museums would you recommend? 

¿Qué lugares me recomiendas visitar?
What places would you recommend me visiting?

Señorita, ¿qué recorrido me recomienda?
Miss, what tour would you recommend?

9. ¿Pica? – Is it spicy?

A Spanish phrase for traveling to Mexico that you cannot miss is ¿pica? Since this question inquires if a dish is spicy, you can only use it when talking about food. But, trust me, after seeing many tourists sweating because of how spicy their food was, this phrase can be a lifesaver.  

If you don’t know food vocabulary, you can simply point at the dish while asking this question. If you know some words, don’t be afraid to use them:

¿La salsa pica?
Is the sauce spicy?

¿Pica? No como chile. 
Is it spicy? I don’t eat chili.

¿Los tacos pican?
Are the tacos spicy?

10. ¿Qué es…? – What is…?

As a tourist, you will hear or read a lot of new Spanish words. In many cases, you may not be sure about their meaning. If this is your case and you want to know what something is, you can use the question ¿qué es…?to ask for further information. 

¿Qué es + (el/la) + (noun)

¿Qué es esto?
What is this?

Señorita, ¿qué es la ‘longaniza’?
Miss, what is longaniza?

Disculpe, ¿qué es la paella?
Excuse me, what is paella?

If you don’t know the name of the object, you can simply use the question ¿qué es esto? Just make sure to point out whatever you’re referring to. A variation of this question is ¿qué significa?

11. ¿Me podría…? – Could you…?

‘¿Me podria…?’ is a very polite way to request something. Since you can use it in a wide variety of contexts, you definitely need to include this question in your Spanish vocabulary for traveling. To complete your question, it’s necessary to add a verb after ‘¿me podría…?´. 

Keep in mind that the verb you add will help you describe what you want people to do. Here are some examples:

Buenos días, ¿me podría traer más jugo?
Good morning, could you bring me more juice?

¿Me podría decir dónde está la catedral?
Could you tell me where the cathedral is?

Buenas tardes, ¿me podría mandar más toallas a la habitación 202?
Good afternoon, could you send me more towels to room 202?

12. ¿Va para…? – Are you going to…?

Nowadays, it’s very common to use taxis or different ride-hailing services as a means of transportation. However, if you’re using other types of transportation, you need to make sure that you’re going to the right place

To do so, you ask the driver ‘¿va para…?’, which means ‘are you going to?’. Here are some examples:

¿Va para + (el/la) + [place]?

Disculpe, ¿va para el centro?
Excuse me, are you going downtown?

¿Va para el Palacio de Bellas Artes?
Are you going to the Palace of Fine Arts?

Buenos días, ¿va para Madrid?
Good morning, are you going to Madrid?

Take Note: Since this question is used to ask about destination, you could also hear or use it at the airport. 

13. ¿Tiene otro…? – Do you have another…?

Whether you’re in an airplane, restaurant or shopping, ‘¿tiene otro…?’ and ‘¿tiene más…?’ can be useful questions for tourists since they allow you to ask for another object or options

For example, if you needed another fork or a different t-shirt size, you would use this question to ask for these objects. ‘¿Tiene otro?’ means:

  • Do you have another…?
  • Can I have another…?
  • Do you have more…?

These questions are very polite. Just make sure you mention the thing that you’re looking for:

Disculpe, ¿tiene más tallas?
Excuse me, do you have more sizes?

Señorita, ¿tienen otros colores?
Miss, do you have other colors?

Joven, ¿tiene otro tenedor? Se me cayó el mío. 
Do you have another fork, young man? I dropped mine. 

If you’re an advanced student or want to improve your Spanish, notice that otro agrees in number and gender with the noun. 

14. ¿Puede hablar más lento? – Could you speak more slowly? 

Chances are that if you’re asking questions in Spanish, people will answer you back in Spanish. If you feel overwhelmed by the language and its speed, you can ask people to slow down by using one of these questions:

  • ¿Puede hablar más lento?
  •  ¿Puede hablar más despacio?

Here are some examples of elements that you can use to make these questions more polite:

No hablo español, ¿puede hablar más lento?
I don’t speak Spanish, can you speak more slowly?

Perdón, ¿puede hablar más despacio?
Sorry, can you speak more slowly?

Top Phrases in Spanish for Travelers

In addition to questions, there are also some useful Spanish phrases that tourists can use to communicate during their trip. Below are some examples and descriptions of how and when to use each one of these phrases. 

1. Con permiso – Excuse me

In Spanish, con permiso is a polite way to ask people to let you through. So, we use this phrase in crowded places or when walking on the street. ‘Con permiso’ is the direct translation of ‘excuse me’ or ‘pardon me’.  

A variation of this phrase would be ¿me da permiso? 

¡Con permiso, gracias!
Excuse me, thank you!

Con permiso, muchachos.
Excuse me, boys.

Señorita, ¿me da permiso?
Pardon me, miss. 

graphic showing what con permiso in spanish is

Although it’s the direct translation of ‘excuse me’, keep in mind that ‘con permiso’ is only used when you need to ask people to let you pass. 

2. No tengo cambio – I don’t have change

If you’re paying with cash, you run the risk of people asking you if you have a smaller bill or, ideally, the exact amount that you need to pay.

A quick way to get around this is by simply saying ‘no tengo cambio’ which means “I don’t have change”. You can even get ahead of yourself and say this phrase while handing over a big bill. 

Lo siento, no tengo cambio
I’m sorry, I don’t have change. 

No, no tengo cambio.
No, I don’t have change

No tengo cambio, es todo lo que traigo. 
I don’t have change, that’s all I have. 

Take Note: the person who is charging you can also use the phrase ‘no tengo cambio’. 

3. Quiero… – I want

In Spanish, the verb ‘querer’ can help you talk about the things and activities that you want to do. So, as you can imagine, this verb can be applied in different contexts for tourists, such as when you’re in a restaurant, hotel, museums, etc. 

When using quiero you’ll need to use a noun to refer to the thing you want or a verb to explain the activity that you want to do. If you want to sound more polite, you can use ‘quisiera’ instead of ‘quiero’. 

Here are some examples:

Quiero + [noun] + [complement]

Quiero dos tacos sin chile, por favor. 
I want two tacos without sauce, please. 

Disculpe, quiero una talla más grande. 
Excuse me, I want a bigger size

Quiero + [verb] + [complement]

Quisiera ordenar otro refresco, por favor.
Hi, I would like to order another soda, please. 

Buenos días, quiero comprar estos recuerdos. 
Good morning, I want to buy these souvenirs. 

4. No funciona… – It doesn’t work

When being in an airplane, a restaurant or your hotel room, you’ll have to deal with some devices. If you’re lucky, they’ll work perfectly. But if you’re not, you’ll need to let people know so they can fix this for you. To do this, you use the phrase no funciona

In this case, you can mention the name of the object that is not working or, if possible, you point it out with your finger. Here are some examples of this phrase:

No funciona + [el/la] + [noun] 

Hola, no funciona el agua caliente
Hi, the hot water doesn’t work

No funciona la televisión, ¿tiene otra?
The TV doesn’t work, do you have another one?

No funciona, ¿me lo puedes cambiar?
It doesn’t work, can you replace it?

A popular variation of this phrase is no sirve.

5. No hablo español muy bien – I don’t speak Spanish very well

A basic Spanish phrase for tourists is no hablo español or no hablo español muy bien. These phrases can be very handy since they’ll let people know more about your Spanish skills. With this in mind, they’ll slow down or find a better way to communicate with you. 

Spanish speakers are eager to help tourists, especially when we see that you’re making an effort to speak our language. So don’t hesitate to use these phrases. 

Perdón, no hablo español
Sorry, I don’t speak Spanish. 

Lo siento, no hablo español muy bien. 
I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish very well. 

¿Puedes hablar más lento? No hablo mucho español. 
Can you speak slower? I don’t speak a lot of Spanish. 

6. Estamos listos – We’re ready 

In Spanish, estamos listos means “we’re ready” and it’s a common expression that you’ll use in restaurants, airports and other contexts to let people know that you’re ready to do something. 

Estamos listos is in the plural form, so you’ll use it to speak on behalf of a group of people. If it’s only you, you’ll say estoy listo or estoy lista. Here are some examples:

Estamos listos + para + [activity]

Disculpe, estamos listos para ordenar
Excuse me, we’re ready to order

Sí, estamos listos para ir al museo. 
Yes, we’re ready to go to the museum. 

SpanishEnglish
Mesero: ¿Están listos para ordenar?Waiter: Are you guys ready to order?
Tú: Sí, estamos listos.You: Yes, we’re ready. 

7. Estoy buscando… – I’m looking for…

A common phrase that you can use to express that you’re looking for a place or an object is estoy buscando which means “I’m looking for…”. As you can imagine, you can use this phrase to shop in Spanish or when asking for directions.  

Here is how you do it: 

[Estoy/estamos] + buscando + (un/una/el/la) + [noun]

Hola, estoy buscando un regalo para mi mamá. 
Hi, I’m looking for a present for my mom.

Qué tal, estamos buscando el museo de arte
Hi, we’re looking for the museum of art

Buenas tardes, estoy buscando un buen restaurante.
Good afternoon, I’m looking for a good restaurant.

Take Note: If you’re worried about improving your grammar, notice that we use Spanish definite articles (el and la) when talking about specific places

8. Disculpe – Excuse me

As a tourist, it’s likely that you’ll need to talk to native speakers multiple times. To grab their attention in a polite way, you can use the word ‘disculpe’ which is the direct translation of ‘excuse me’

As you can imagine, you can use this word in all the situations that you’ll encounter when traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. 

Disculpe, ¿me puede traer la cuenta?
Excuse me, can you bring me the bill?

Disculpe, ¿me puede tomar una foto?
Excuse me, can you take me a picture?

Disculpe, ¿hay alguna farmacia por aquí?
Excuse me, is there a pharmacy nearby?

Take Note: Both con permiso and disculpe mean ‘excuse me’, but they’re not synonyms. ‘Con permiso’ is exclusively used to excuse yourself from a place or to ask people to let you through. ‘Disculpe’ is a polite way to grab people’s attention. 

Spanish Phrases & Vocabulary for Touristic Places and Travel Situations

Now that you know some basic questions and phrases that you can apply in multiple situations, it’s time for you to know more specific words and expressions that you’ll use in touristic contexts. 

To improve your communication, you can mix this new vocabulary with the phrases and questions that you learned in the previous sections. 

Basic Greetings & Expressions 

Spanish greetings are simple words that will help you sound more polite when addressing a native Spanish speaker. As a result, you can use them in many situations. Make sure you place them in front of your phrases. 

SpanishEnglishFormal vs Casual
HolaHi / HelloCasual
¿Qué tal?How is it going? / HelloCasual
Buenos díasGood morningFormal 
Buenas tardesGood afternoon / Good eveningFormal
Buenas nochesGood nightFormal 

Take Note: In Spanish, the letter ‘h’ is silent when followed by vowels. This means that hola is pronounced ola

Spanish Words for the Airport

Chances are that, at the airport, you’ll find many people that speak English. As a result, this is a good environment for you to start practicing your Spanish. Below is a list of common vocabulary and expressions that you can use in this place. 

SpanishEnglish
AbordarTo board
Abrocharse el cinturónTo fasten your seatbelt 
AduanaCustoms
Aeromoza / AzafataFlight attendant
AsientoSeat
AterrizarTo land
BeberTo drink
BebidaDrink / Beverage 
BoletoTicket
Cambiar dineroTo exchange money
Casa de cambioBureau de change
Cinturón de seguridadSeatbelt 
Desabrocharse el cinturónTo unfasten the seatbelt 
DespegarTo take off
Documentar / FacturarTo check-in
EquipajeLuggage
Equipaje de manoCarry-on bag
EscalaStopover
Exceso de equipajeExcess baggage
Hora de salidaTime of departure 
MaletaSuitcase
MonedaCurrency
Oficial de aduanasCustom officer
PasilloAisle / Hall
Puerta de embarqueBoarding gate
RestrasoDelay
TarifaRate / Fee
TripulaciónCrew
TomarTo drink / To take
VentanillaWindow
VueloFlight
Vuelo de ida y vueltaRound-trip flight

And here are some real-life examples of how to use this vocabulary:

Señorita, ¿a qué hora aterrizamos?
Miss, what time do we land?

Disculpe, ¿me podría dar otra bebida?
Excuse me, could you give me another beverage?

Buenas tardes, ¿cómo llego a la puerta 49?
Good afternoon, how do I get to gate 49?

Hola, quisiera cambiar 200 dólares a pesos
Hi, I would like to exchange 200 dollars for pesos. 

Capitán, estamos listos para despegar
Captain, we’re ready to take off. 

Phrases & Vocabulary for Hotel & Accommodations

Whether you’re staying in a hotel or Airbnb, there’s some basic Spanish vocabulary for accommodations that can help you communicate better in this situation. Below are some words that you need to know:

SpanishEnglish
Alberca / PiscinaPool
CobroCharge
CobrarTo charge
DesayunoBreakfast
Desocupar el cuartoTo check-out
ElevadorElevator
Habitación / CuartoRoom
Hacer una reservaciónTo make a reservation
IncluirTo include
MucamaMaid
LimpiarTo clean
LimpiezaCleaning
LlaveKey
Piso / PlantaFloor
RegaderaShower
ReservarTo book
ReservaciónReservation
Sábanas Sheet
SalidaCheck-out
Servicio a la habitaciónRoom service 
ToallaTowel 

Buenas noches, mi llave no funciona. 
Good evening, my key doesn’t work. 

¿A qué hora es la salida?
What time is the check-out?

Quisiera pedir servicio a la habitación, por favor. 
I would like to order room service, please. 

¿La reservación incluye desayuno?
Is breakfast included with the reservation?

Take Note: There are many expressions and words related to accommodations that you can learn. For example, in this article, you’ll learn more specific phrases to book a hotel in Spanish.

Basic Phrases for Asking Directions

As a tourist, it’s very likely that you’ll need to use Spanish to ask for directions. There are many words that you could learn for this purpose, but I’ve just compiled the most common ones that you’ll use. 

Beware that most of this vocabulary will be used by the native speaker since they will be the ones giving you directions. 

SpanishEnglish
Al ladoNext to
CaminarTo walk
Catedral Cathedral
CuadraBlock
¿Cómo llego a…?How do I get to…?
Dar vuelta To turn
De distanciaAway
DerechoStraight
DerechaRight
¿Dónde está…?Where is…?
EnfrenteAcross / In front of
EstarTo be
Estoy buscando el / laI’m looking for…
IrTo go
IzquierdaLeft
La siguienteNext
MuseoMuseum
¿Puede decirme cómo llegar a…?Can you tell me how to get to…?
SeguirTo keep going / To continue

Here are some examples of how to apply this vocabulary:

SpanishEnglish
Turista: Disculpa, ¿dónde está el banco?Tourist: Excuse me, where is the bank?
Hablante: Está a dos cuadras, enfrente de la farmacia. Speaker: It’s two blocks away, in front of the pharmacy. 
SpanishEnglish
Turista: ¿Me puedes decir cómo llegar al museo?Tourist: Could you tell me how to get to the museum? 
Hablante: Sí, camine por tres cuadras y vuelta a la derecha. El museo está al lado de un hotel. Speaker: Yes. Walk three blocks and turn right. The museum is next to a hotel. 

Spanish Phrases for Shopping

Even if you’re not a big spender, at some point, you may need to buy food or souvenirs for your family and friends. Here is a list of basic Spanish phrases and words that tourists can use for this situation. 

SpanishEnglish
¿Buscaba algo en especial?Were you looking for something special?
Camiseta / PlayeraT-shirt
¿Cuánto cuesta?How much is it?
¿Cuánto es?How much is it?
¿Cuánto va a ser?How much will it be?
Dulces típicosTraditional candies
Estoy buscando…I’m looking for
GrabadoEngraved
LlaveroKey-chain
No me quedaIt doesn’t fit
NúmeroShoe size 
PrecioPrice
ProbadorDressing room 
PulseraBracelet
¿Qué talla busca?What size are you looking for?
RecuerdosSouvenirs 
TallaSize
TamañoSize
TazaCup / Mug
Tenemos estos coloresWe’ve have it on these colors
¿Tiene…?Do you have…?
TípicoTraditional / Typical 

¿Tiene llaveros o dulces tradicionales?
Do you have key-chains or traditional candies?

Buenos días, ¿cuánto cuestan las pulseras?
Good morning, how much are the bracelets

SpanishEnglish
Vendedor: Buenas tardes, ¿buscaba algo en especial?Seller: Good afternoon, were you looking for something special?
Turista: Sí, estoy buscando recuerdos para mis amigos. Tourist: Yes, I’m looking for souvenirs for my friends. 

When it comes to this vocabulary, keep in mind that: 

  • ‘Talla’ refers to clothing or shoe size
  • ‘Tamaño’ refers to an object’s size (such as mugs, paintings, bags, etc). 
  • ¿Cuánto cuesta?’ is used to ask for something’s price.
  • ¿Cuánto es?’ and ‘¿cuánto va a ser?’ are used when we buy multiple items and we want to know the total price to pay. 

Phrases to Use at the Restaurant 

Restaurants are another place where you need to apply some basic Spanish phrases for tourists. Below, you’ll find some basic words and phrases you can use. If you want a more thorough guide to ordering food in Spanish, I recommend you check this article. 

SpanishEnglish
CucharaSpoon
CuchilloKnife
CuentaCheck / Bill
De tomarTo drink
Especialidad de la casaSpeciality of the house
¿Me puede traer la cuenta?Could you bring me the check?
MenúMenu 
Mesero / MeseraWaiter / Waitress
MesaTable
Necesito unos minutosI need a few minutes
OrdenarTo order
PlatilloDish
PlatoPlate
PostreDessert
¿Qué desea ordenar?What would you like to order?
¿Qué va a ser?What is it going to be?
TazaCup
TenedorFork
VasoGlass 
Yo quieroI want

Señorita, la cuenta, por favor. 
Miss, the check, please. 

Disculpe, ¿qué platillo me recomienda?
Excuse me, what dish would you recommend to me? 

¿Me podría traer un cuchillo y un vaso de agua?
Could you bring me a knife and a glass of water?

SpanishEnglish
Mesero: ¿Están listos para ordenar? ¿Qué va a ser?Waiter: Are you guys ready to order? What is going to be?
Turista: Yo quiero dos tacos y un refresco. Tourist: I want two tacos and one soda. 

Take Note: In small or more informal restaurants, waiters typically use the question ¿qué va a ser? when taking our order. 

Wrapping Up

Many tourists visiting Spanish-speaking countries face communication difficulties. Let’s face it, there might be some people that speak English and will be able to help you. But chances are that, at some point, you’ll need to use some Spanish. When in Rome do as the Romans do, right?

To help you with that, I’ve prepared this Spanish guide for tourists with basic phrases, questions and words that you’ll use in most traveling situations. Hopefully, this guide will help you keep basic conversations. ¡Buena suerte and enjoy your vacation! 

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