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The most popular farewells we have heard repeatedly from Spanish-speaking characters in movies or TV shows are Adiós and Chao, analogs of the English Goodbye and Bye.

Is “Adiós” formal or informal? It’s both, so you can use it whenever you want. And what about “Chao”? This one is informal and can be used between friends.

Let’s get to the fun part: the goodbyes with the word “hasta.”

“Hasta luego,” “hasta pronto,” and many more phrases with “hasta”

“Hasta” has several dozen translations, but when it comes to goodbyes, it’s usually translated as “until.” You can add any day, date, or indefinite period (for example, “next time”) to this word and use it to say Goodbye in Spanish.

¡Hasta pronto! – See you soon!
¡Hasta el miércoles! – See you on Wednesday!
¡Hasta la vista! – See you next time we see each other!
¡Hasta mañana! – See you tomorrow!
¡Hasta nunca! – See you never!
¡Hasta ahora! – I’ll see you in a minute!
¡Hasta el próximo domingo! – See you next Sunday!
¡Hasta el próximo año! – See you next year!

The most used formal Goodbye in Spanish is “Hasta luego,” meaning “see you later.” It is important to note that this phrase is used even when you may never see this person again.

However, if you want to memorize the most used informal Goodbye in Spanish, other than Chao, it’ll be “Nos vemos,” meaning “See you.” It is usually said to colleagues, family, or friends.

How to say “Bye” in Spanish letters

The most formal communication is used in letters. If you are writing to an official representative of a company or just someone you don’t know yet, you should use one of the following phrases:

Le saludo atentamente – Yours faithfully.
Muy atentamente – Yours sincerely.

Another way to say Bye in Spanish letters is “En espera de su respuesta,” meaning “Waiting for your reply.”

If you are writing a letter to someone you already know and have a less formal relationship with, you can write:

Reciba un cordial saludo de mi parte – Please accept my warmest regards.
Un cordial saludo – Best regards.

Also, remember that you don’t have to choose formal or informal ways to say goodbye in Spanish if you just wish people a good day. So here we are now wishing you ¡que tenga un buen día!