how to say goodbye spanish

How to Say Goodbye in Spanish: 70+ Practical Farewell Words and Phrases for All Occasions

“Goodbye” is one of those basic phrases that you just have to know in any language you speak.

And there are many ways to bid farewell in Spanish.

Whether you want a formal “take care” or a more casual “see you later,” this list has got you covered.

So don’t say bye just yet!

Read on for 70 ways to say goodbye in Spanish and when to use each one.


Most Common Ways to Say Goodbye in Spanish

A family waves goodbye to someone on a train

You’ll notice a common theme among many ways to say goodbye in Spanish.

Adiós — Goodbye

Adiós should be your basic go-to word whenever you’re not sure how to appropriately say goodbye.

That’s because it’s incredibly common and can be used formally or informally.

It’s also the closing you’d use when an absence is long-term or permanent. It’s the Spanish word that most literally translates to “goodbye.”

Adiós, nos vemos mañana. (Goodbye, see you tomorrow.)

Hasta luego — See you later

Hasta luego is an informal phrase that literally means “until then.”

It’s used like “see you later” is used in English, but it isn’t literal. That is, you can use it even if you don’t plan to see the person in the near future.

Gracias por la reunión. Hasta luego. (Thank you for the meeting. See you later.)

This phrase is very common, so it’s one you’re likely to hear often.

It’s also a pretty good song—there’s just something appealing in singing about goodbyes!

Hasta mañana — See you tomorrow

This is another informal phrase that literally means “until tomorrow.”

It’s used to mean “see you tomorrow,” and is something you’d say to a coworker or someone else you’ll probably see the next day.

Gracias por tu ayuda hoy. Hasta mañana. (Thank you for your help today. See you tomorrow.)

Hasta pronto — See you soon

Hasta pronto is an informal phrase that literally translates to “until soon.” It’s like saying “see you soon” in English.

Unlike hasta luego, though, it’s usually used when you’ll actually see someone soon.

Me encantó la comida. Espero verte de nuevo. ¡Hasta pronto! (I loved the food. I hope to see you again. See you soon!)

Hasta la próxima — Until next time

This informal phrase literally translates as “until the next one.”

Use it to mean “until next time,” like when you’re saying goodbye to your weekly trivia team, parting ways after your kid’s PTA meeting or in any other situation where you’d see the same people again in a similar setting.

Fue genial pasar tiempo contigo. Hasta la próxima reunión. (It was great spending time with you. Until the next meeting.)

Hasta… — Until…

Yes, you can make your own informal Spanish closing! All you have to do is fill in the blank after hasta with the next time you plan to see someone.

For instance, at a regular weekend event, you might depart from your friends by saying:

Hasta el próximo sábado (Until next Saturday)

Te veo — See you

Te veo is an informal phrase that literally translates to “I see you.”

However, its actual meaning is decidedly less creepy: it comes across similarly to “see you” or “see ya.”

You can also pair it with when you’ll see the person next. For instance, you might say, “te veo mañana” (see you tomorrow).

Mañana nos encontramos en el parque. Te veo entonces. (Tomorrow we’ll meet at the park. I’ll see you then.)

Nos vemos — See you

Nos vemos literally means “we see each other,” as in “we’ll see each other,” but it’s also used to mean “see ya.”

Keep in mind that it’s informal!

Gracias por la cena. Nos vemos el próximo fin de semana. (Thank you for dinner. We’ll see each other next weekend.)

Nos vemos por ahí — See you around

Use nos vemos por ahí if you don’t know exactly when you’ll see each other again.

And again, this way to say “see you around” is very informal!

Estoy deseando volver a coincidir. Nos vemos por ahí. (I’m looking forward to running into you again. See you around.)

Encantado / Encantada — Pleased to meet you

This one literally means “enchanted.”

It’s often said just after being introduced, but it can also be used again as you part ways with this new person to tell them “pleased to meet you!”

Mucho gusto, soy Elena. Encantada de conocerte. (Nice to meet you, I’m Elena. Pleased to meet you.)

Cuídese — Take care

Informal: Cuídate 

This means “take care” and has slightly different forms depending on the formality: Cuídese is formal, while cuídate is informal.

Gracias por su ayuda. Cuídese. (Thank you for your help. Take care.)

Diviértase — Have fun

Informal: Diviértete 

Diviértase is in the affirmative imperative form, so you’re not just telling someone to “have fun!”—it’s a command!

¡Nos vemos más tarde en la playa! Diviértete. (See you later at the beach! Have fun.)

Que tenga un buen día — Have a good day

Informal: Que tengas un buen día

This simply means “have a good day.”

Like cuídese/cuídate, this phrase can be used formally or informally with minor modifications: que tenga un buen día is formal, while que tengas un buen día is informal.

Note the minor but crucial difference in conjugation!

Le agradezco por su ayuda. Que tenga un buen día. (I appreciate your help. Have a good day.)

Formal Goodbyes in Spanish

People at a business meeting

Le saludo atentamente — I send you my respectful regards

This is a very formal closing phrase, often used in written correspondence. It can be translated to “I send you my respectful regards.”

Agradezco mucho su colaboración en este asunto. Le saludo atentamente. (I greatly appreciate your cooperation in this matter. I send you my respectful regards.)

Que le vaya bien — May it go well for you

This is similar to saying “May it go well for you” in English, which is a courteous way to say goodbye.

Le agradezco por su tiempo. Que le vaya bien en sus proyectos. (I thank you for your time. I hope everything goes well for you in your projects.)

Me despido — I bid you farewell

Ha sido un placer hablar contigo. Me despido. (It has been a pleasure talking with you. I bid you farewell.)

Con permiso — With permission

Con permiso. Tengo otra reunión. (With permission. I have another meeting.)

Excelente día — Have an excellent day

Gracias por su ayuda. ¡Le deseo un excelente día! (Thank you for your help. I wish you an excellent day!)

Quedo a su disposición para cualquier cosa — I remain at your disposal for anything

Si necesita alguna otra información, quedo a su disposición para cualquier cosa. (If you need any further information, I am at your disposal for anything.)

Casual Goodbyes in Spanish

A hand waving goodbye

Me voy — I’m going

Me voy literally translates to “I’m going,” so it should come as no surprise that this is an informal way to say goodbye. I’m going… away!

Gracias por la visita, pero me voy. (Thank you for the visit, but I’m leaving.)

Al rato — Later

This one really means “shortly after” or “in a while.”

However, the figurative meaning is equivalent to the English goodbye word “later!”

Necesito irme. Al rato. (I need to go. Later)

Chau / Chao — Bye

This is a very informal, colloquial way to say “bye.”

It’s likely derived from the Italian ciao, but unlike its Italian cousin, it’s usually only used between friends or in informal situations.

Ya me voy, chau. Nos vemos mañana. (I’m leaving now, bye. See you tomorrow.)


It may not be exotic. It may not be intriguing. It may not even really be Spanish.

But the fact of the matter is, bye is sometimes used as a colloquial, informal closing in Latin America.

So, there’s no need to have your hearing checked—that native Spanish speaker might actually have used this word as you parted ways!

Gracias por la cena. Bye. (Thanks for dinner. Thanks.)

Hasta la vista — Until we see each other again

This informal closing literally means “until the view,” but it’s interpreted more as “until we see each other again.”

Fue un placer conocerte. Hasta la vista. (It was a pleasure meeting you. Until we meet again.)

It’s hard to separate this one from its pop culture reputation, and we can’t deny that it’s tempting to say it with an Austrian accent, baby.


Nos vemos luego — We’ll see each other later

This is an extended version of “Nos vemos” and means “We’ll see each other later.”

Gracias por la ayuda. Nos vemos luego en la oficina. (Thank you for the help. See you later at the office.)

Adiósito — Bye

This is a diminutive form of “adiós” which adds a friendly and informal tone.

Adiósito, espero verte pronto. (Goodbye, I hope to see you soon.)

Chauito — Bye

Another diminutive form of “chao,” giving it a more informal and affectionate feel.

Chauito, mi hija. (Bye, my daughter.)

Slang and Colloquial Goodbyes in Spanish

A man juggles in a plaza

Hasta luego, cocodrilo — See you later, alligator 

This is a playful and rhyming way to say “see you later, alligator.”

Me voy a casa, ¡hasta luego, cocodrilo! (I’m going home, see you later, alligator!)

Hasta la vista, baby — See you later, baby

This is borrowed from English and became popular thanks to movies. It’s an informal way to say “see you later.”

Me voy a trabajar, hasta la vista, baby. (I have to work, see you later, baby.)

Hasta el infinito y más allá — To infinity and beyond

Borrowed from Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase in Spanish, it means “To infinity and beyond!” It’s a playful and friendly way to say goodbye.

Estoy deseando explorar el mundo. ¡Hasta el infinito y más allá! (I’m looking forward to exploring the world. To infinity and beyond!)

Que la fuerza te acompañe — May the force be with you

Another borrowed phrase, this time from “Star Wars,” meaning “May the Force be with you.”

Te deseo éxito en tu nueva aventura. Que la fuerza te acompañe. (I wish you success in your new adventure. May the Force be with you.)

Saludos a tu madre — Greetings to your mother

Literally, “Greetings to your mother.” This is a casual and playful way of saying goodbye.

A la granuja — To the rascal

This is a playful way to say goodbye, which can be loosely translated to “to the rascal.”

Ya me voy, a la granuja. Nos vemos pronto. (I’m off, you little rascal. See you soon!)

Nos pillamos — We’ll catch each other

This means “we’ll catch each other.” It’s a casual and friendly way to say goodbye.

Voy a hacer algunas compras y luego nos pillamos en el café. (I’m going to do some shopping and then we’ll catch each other at the café.)

Ahorita nos chismeamos — We’ll gossip in a little while

This means “we’ll gossip in a little while.” It’s a friendly and casual farewell.

Me tengo que ir por ahora, pero ahorita nos chismeamos. (I have to go for now, but we’ll gossip in a little while.)

Al ratón perezoso — See you later, lazy mouse

This is a playful and rhyming way of saying “see you later, lazy mouse.”

Me tengo que ir. ¡Al ratón perezoso! (I have to go. See you later, lazy mouse!)

¡Hasta las ranas! — Until the frogs!

This means “Until the frogs!” It’s a humorous and informal way to say goodbye.

Ya me voy, ¡hasta las ranas!” (I’m off, until the frogs!)

¡Nos vemos en el quiosco! — See you at the kiosk

This literally means “See you at the kiosk!” It’s a quirky and informal way to say goodbye.

Gracias por el café. ¡Nos vemos en el quiosco!” (Thanks for the coffee. See you at the kiosk!)

¡Hasta el infinito! — Until infinity!

This means “Until infinity!” It’s a playful and informal way to bid farewell.

Te quiero mucho. ¡Hasta el infinito!” (I love you so much. Until infinity!)

Me las piro, vampiro — I’m out, vampire

A fun way to bid farewell that rhymes.

Bueno, ya me voy. Me las piro, vampiro. (Well, I’m leaving. I’m out of here, vampire.)

Hasta luego, cara de huevo — See you later, egg head

Don’t ask where this fun farewell originated from, but also don’t deny that it’s really fun to say. It’s a lighthearted and informal farewell. Here’s an example sentence:

Me voy a casa. Hasta luego, cara de huevo. (I’m going home. See you later, egg face.)

Te la lavas — Make sure to wash

This is a colloquial expression in Spanish, which literally means “You wash it.” However, it is often used to suggest that someone is exaggerating or not being honest. It’s a somewhat informal way to convey skepticism or disbelief.

¡Esa historia es completamente falsa! Te la lavas. (That story is completely false! You’re exaggerating.)

¡Me largo! — I’m out of here!

“¡Me largo!” is a colloquial way to say “I’m out of here!” in Spanish. It’s an informal expression used to convey that someone is leaving quickly or abruptly.

Esto no tiene sentido. ¡Me largo! (This makes no sense. I’m out of here!)

Goodbye in Different Spanish-speaking Countries

Medellin Colombia at night

Nos vidrios — See you later

This is a playful play on words used in Mexico, as “vidrios” means glass in Spanish. It’s a fun way of saying “see you later,” but it literally means “there we glasses.”

Ya me voy, nos vidrios. (I’m leaving, see you later!)

Órale, pues — Alright then

“Órale, pues” is a Mexican colloquial expression that can be a versatile phrase. It can convey a range of meanings depending on the context. It can mean “Alright then,” “Let’s do it,” “Okay then,” or “Sure, why not.”

Example sentence:

¿Quieres venir al cine con nosotros? / Órale, pues, ¡vamos! (Do you want to come to the movies with us? / Alright then, let’s go!)

Vaya usted con dios — Go with God

Used mostly around Latin America, this phrase means “Go with God.”

Le deseo un buen viaje. Vaya usted con Dios. (I wish you a safe journey. Go with God.)

Si tienes tele, ahí te ves. — If you have a TV, see you there

This is a Mexican saying which literally translates to “If you have a TV, see you there.” It’s a casual way of saying goodbye, implying that the person is going to watch TV.

Me voy a casa, si tienes tele, ahí te ves. (I’m going home, if you have a TV, see you there.)

Cuídate el dulce — Take care of your sweet

This is a creative and playful way to say goodbye in Venezuelan Spanish. It can be translated as “Take care of the sweet thing” in English, but it’s used more for its rhyming and humorous effect.

Ya me voy, cuídate el dulce. Nos vemos mañana. (I’m leaving, take care of the sweet thing. See you tomorrow.)

Chavela — Bye

This means “bye” in Chile. It’s also someone’s name, so be careful if you have a friend named Chavela.

Chavela, nos vemos. (Chavela, see you later.)

Chau pescao — Bye fish

This is a humorous way of saying “goodbye fish,” where “pescao” is a slang abbreviation for “pescado” (fish). It’s used most often in Venezuela and Colombia.

Me tengo que ir. ¡Chau pescao! (I have to go. Goodbye, fish!)

Saying Goodbye in Different Situations

A woman waves goodbye on her laptop

Before Bed

Formal:  Buenas noches

This means “Good night” and is used in both formal and informal settings.

Informal:  Hasta mañana

This means “See you tomorrow” and is commonly used among friends and family.

After a Business Meeting

Formal: Fue un placer trabajar juntos

This means “It was a pleasure working together.” It’s a professional and polite way to say goodbye after a business meeting.

Polite but less formalHasta luego

This is a polite way to say “See you later” and can be used in a professional context.

Leaving a Social Gathering

Formal:  Fue un placer conocerlo

This means “It was a pleasure meeting you” and is appropriate in formal social settings.

Informal:  Chao

This is a casual and friendly way to say goodbye among friends.

Leaving a Party or Celebration

Formal:  Gracias por la invitación, fue una gran fiesta

This means “Thank you for the invitation, it was a great party.”

Informal:  Nos vemos

This means “We’ll see each other” and is a friendly way to say goodbye after a fun event.

After a Conversation

Formal:  Fue un placer conversar con usted

This means “It was a pleasure talking with you” and is suitable for more formal conversations.

Informal:  Hasta luego

This is a friendly and common way to say goodbye after a casual conversation.

Idioms and Sayings About Saying Goodbye in Spanish

A man makes a heart with his hands

Cortar el bacalao — To cut the codfish

Literally means “to cut the codfish.” This phrase is used when someone takes charge or asserts themselves in a situation, often signaling a farewell.

Echar un pulso — To have a power struggle

This phrase means “to have a power struggle.” It’s often used in the context of a farewell when there’s a sense of competition or tension.

Dejar plantado a alguien — To leave someone standing

Translates to “to leave someone standing.” It’s used when someone doesn’t show up for a meeting or a date, effectively saying goodbye by not being there.

Tomar el rábano por las hojas — To take a radish by its leaves

This translates to “to take the radish by its leaves.” It means to address a problem directly and assertively, often implying a no-nonsense approach to a situation.

Salir por la puerta grande — To leave under the big door

Literally means “to leave through the big door.” This phrase is used when someone leaves a job or situation in a triumphant and dignified manner.

Marchar con viento fresco — To leave with a fresh wind

This means “to leave with a fresh wind.” It’s often used to describe someone who leaves a situation, often a job, willingly and without regrets.

Cruzar el Rubicón — Crossing the Rubicon

This phrase comes from Julius Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon River, which was seen as an irreversible decision. It’s used to refer to a point of no return, often implying a significant farewell or decision.

Bailar el agua — To dance on water

Translates to “to dance on water.” This phrase is used when someone is trying to gain favor or manipulate a situation, often as a way to say goodbye to a difficult or uncooperative person.

Echar tierra a algo — To bury something

This means “to bury something” and is used when you want to put an end to a situation or topic, effectively saying goodbye to it.

Hacer mutis por el foro — To exit stage right

This comes from the theater world and means “to exit stage right.” It’s used to say goodbye discreetly or leave a situation without causing a fuss.

Resources to Practice Saying Goodbye in Spanish


Now that you know over 70 different ways to say goodbye in Spanish, it’s time for us to say goodbye, hasta la próxima, adiós, nos vemos (see you next time, goodbye, we’ll see you).

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