50 Essential Spanish Phrases for Travelers


January 10, 2018

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Your bags are packed and everything’s all set. But wait--before you leave for a Spanish-speaking destination, make sure you’re armed and ready with this list of the very basic Spanish travel phrases.

Just a few essential phrases are enough to tide you over during your trip, so make sure to have this list handy or better yet, memorize them! Don’t worry, it’s super easy, and the pronunciation won’t trip you up at all.

Spanish Phrases for Travelers

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Common Spanish Travel Phrases

Basic Spanish Travel Word/ PhraseEnglish Translation
Buenos díasGood morning
Buenas tardesGood afternoon
Buenas nochesGood evening
Por favorPlease
Mucho gustoNice to meet you
Me llamo...My name is...
¿Cómo te llamas? (INF.) / ¿Cómo se llama Usted? (FORMAL)What’s your name?
Somos de... Inglaterra/Canadá/los Estados UnidosWe’re from... England/Canada/the USA
Soy de...I’m from...
GraciasThank you
Muchas graciasThank you very much
No, graciasNo, thanks
EntiendoI understand
No entiendoI don’t understand
No hablo españolI don’t speak Spanish
¿Hablas inglés? (INF.) / ¿Habla usted inglés? (FORMAL)¿Do you speak English?
Mucho gustoNice to meet you
Disculpe...Excuse me...
¿Dónde está el baño?Where’s the bathroom?
Por supuestoOf course
No me gustaI don’t like it
Nos gustaWe like it
¿A qué hora...?At what time...?
¿Por qué?Why?
¿Lo podría escribir, por favor? / ¿Me lo escribe, por favor?Could you write it down, please?
De nada
You’re welcome
Hay un error...There’s a mistake...
Hoy/mañana/la semana próxima
Today/tomorrow/next week
¡Socorro!/¡Pare!/¡Váyase!Help!/Stop!/Go away!
¿Dónde está...?Where is....?
No necesito esoI don’t need that
Es demasiado caroIt’s too expensive
¿Cuánto cuesta esto...?How much is this?
¿Y eso?And that?
¿Podría repetirlo, por favor?Could you repeat that, please?
¿Qué hora es?What time is it?
Son las __ de la tardeIt’s _:00 PM
Son las __ de la mañana
It’s _:00 AM
Son las __ y mediaIt’s _:30
Son las __ y cuartoIt’s _:15
¿Dónde está el baño?Where is the toilet?
Yo quiero, yo no quiero
I want, I don’t want
Me gustaríaI would like (more polite)
¿Tiene...?Do you have...?
Yo tengo, yo no tengo
I have, I don’t have

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Essential Spanish Phrases for Travelers


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About the author 

Janey is a fan of different languages and studied Spanish, German, Mandarin, and Japanese in college. She has now added French into the mix, though English will always be her first love. She loves reading anything (including product labels).

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