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Basic Spanish for traveling

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

here are some basic Spanish phrases that can be very helpful when traveling:

Greetings and Basic Communication:

  • "Hola" - Hello

  • "Buenos días" - Good morning

  • "Buenas tardes" - Good afternoon

  • "Buenas noches" - Good evening/night

  • "Por favor" - Please

  • "Gracias" - Thank you

  • "De nada" - You're welcome

  • "Sí" - Yes

  • "No" - No

  • "¿Habla inglés?" - Do you speak English?

Navigating and Asking for Directions:

  • "¿Dónde está...?" - Where is...?

  • "¿Cómo llego a...?" - How do I get to...?

  • "A la izquierda" - To the left

  • "A la derecha" - To the right

  • "Recto" - Straight ahead

  • "Parada de autobús" - Bus stop

  • "Estación de tren" - Train station

  • "Aeropuerto" - Airport


  • "Quiero un boleto para..." - I want a ticket to...

  • "¿Cuánto cuesta?" - How much does it cost?

  • "¿A qué hora sale/llega?" - What time does it depart/arrive?

  • "Necesito un taxi" - I need a taxi

  • "Estoy buscando la estación de metro" - I'm looking for the subway station


  • "Tengo una reserva a nombre de..." - I have a reservation under the name of...

  • "¿Dónde está mi habitación?" - Where is my room?

  • "La llave de la habitación, por favor" - The room key, please

  • "Necesito más toallas" - I need more towels

  • "El wifi, ¿por favor?" - The wifi, please

Food and Dining:

  • "Quiero..." - I want...

  • "La cuenta, por favor" - The bill, please

  • "¿Qué recomienda?" - What do you recommend?

  • "Una mesa para dos, por favor" - A table for two, please

  • "No como carne" - I don't eat meat

  • "Agua" - Water

Emergency Phrases:

  • "Necesito ayuda" - I need help

  • "Llame a la policía" - Call the police

  • "Llame a una ambulancia" - Call an ambulance

  • "No me siento bien" - I don't feel well

Remember, while these phrases can be very useful, learning a few basics of the local language can greatly enhance your travel experience. Locals often appreciate the effort you put into speaking their language, even

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