101 Most Common Spanish Words & Phrases for Travellers

When travelling to South America, you can communicate in Spanish, for instance, in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia or Colombia. Therefore, even if you are not a Spanish speaker, it is good to learn just a few words and phrases. Sometimes the knowledge of the basics of a given language can be beneficial in the shop, hotel or during a stressful situation. If you do not know how to start, then we recommend reading our guide for the absolute beginners. It contains the most important words and phrases which are dedicated mainly to the travellers. Notice that local people with certainty will appreciate all efforts in trying to learn their language. 🙂 There is nothing to be afraid of – Spanish, particularly in the beginning, is quite easy. So let’s start!

Spanish words for travellers

Spanish words for travellers

1. Hola – hello/hi.

2. Buenos días – good morning.

3. Buenas tardes – good afternoon.

4. Buenas noches – good evening/night.

5. Adiós – goodbye.

6. Que tenga un buen día – have a nice day.

7. Sí – yes.

8. No – no.

9. Gracias – thank you.

10. Muchas gracias – thank you very much.

11. No, gracias – no, thank you.

12. Por favor  –  please.

13. ¿Cómo estás? – how are you? (informal)

14. ¿Cómo está? – how are you? (formal)

15. Estoy bien – I am fine.

16. No estoy bien – I am not fine.

17. ¿Cómo te llamas? – what is your name? (informal)

18. ¿Cómo se llama usted? – what is your name? (formal)

19. Me llamo… – my name is…

20. Mucho gusto – nice to meet you.

21. ¿De dónde eres? – where are you from? (informal)

22. ¿De dónde es usted? – where are you from? (formal)

23. Soy de… – I am from…

24. Somos de… – we are from…

25. Estoy aquí de vacaciones – I am here on holiday.

26. ¿A qué hora abren? – what time does it open?

27. ¿A qué hora cierran? – what time does it close?

28. ¿Cuánto cuesta la entrada? – how much is the ticket/entrance?

29. ¿Me podría ayudar, por favor? – can you help me please?

30. Estoy perdido – I am lost.

31. Un ladron – a thief.

32. Se robó mi cámara/mochila/cartera – my camera/bagpack/wallet was stolen.

33. Llame a la policía, por favor – please, call the police.

34. Entiendo – I understand.

35. No entiendo – I do not understand.

36. ¿Hablas spañol/inglés? – do you speak Spanish/English? (informal)

37. ¿Habla usted español/inglés? – do you speak Spanish/English? (formal)

38. No hablo español – I do not speak Spanish.

39. Hablo un poco – I speak a little.

40. Disculpe – excuse me.

41. ¿Puedes repetirlo, por favor? – can you repeat it, please? (informal)

42. ¿Puede usted repetirlo, por favor? – can you repeat it? (formal)

43. ¿Puedes repetirlo más despacio, por favor? – can you repeat it more slowly, please? (informal)

44. ¿Puede usted repetirlo más despacio, por favor? – can you repeat it more slowly, please? (formal)

45. ¿Puedes hablar más despacio, por favor? – can you speak more slowly, please? (informal)

46. ¿Puede usted hablar más despacio, por favor? – can you speak more slowly, please? (formal)

47. ¿Lo podría escribir, por favor? – can you write it down for me, please?

48. Esto – it.

49. ¿Cuánto cuesta…? – how much is…?

50. Está bien – it is ok.

51. Es demasiado caro – it is too expensive.

52. Me gusta – I like it.

53. No me gusta – I don’t like it.

54. ¿Dónde está…?  – Where is… ?

55. Busco – I am looking for…

56. Un baño – a restroom/bathroom.

57. Una parada de autobús/tren – a bus/train stop.

58. Un banco – a bank.

59. Un cajero automático – a cash machine.

60. Un hotel – a hotel.

61. Un restaurante – a restaurant.

62. Una tienda – a shop.

63. Un hospital – a hospital.

64. La policía – the police.

65. La playa – the beach.

66. La embajada de Inglaterra – the English embassy.

67. Un boleto a Quito, por favor – one ticket to Quito, please.

68. ¿A qué hora sale el bus a Quito? – what time does the bus to Quito leave?

69. ¿De dónde sale? – from where does it go/leave?

70. ¿De qué parada/anden sale? – from which bus stop/platform does it leave?

71. ¿Cuál bus va a Quito? – which bus go to Quito?

72. ¿Cuánto dura el viaje? – how long is the trip?

73. Un boleto de ida – one way ticket.

74. Un boleto de ida y vuelta – a return ticket.

75. Un boleto de primera/segunda clase – first/second class ticket.

76. ¿Está libre este asiento? – is this seat free?

77. Taquílla – ticket office/window.

78. Tengo hambre/sed – I am hungry/thirsty.

79. No tengo hambre/sed – I am not hungry/thirsty.

80. Quisiera pedir – I would like to order.

81. ¿Dónde se puede comer barato? – where can I eat cheap food?

82. ¿Qué es la comida típica en esta región? – what is a typical food in this region?

83. La propina – a tip.

84. La cuenta – a bill.

85. ¿Puedo pagar con efectivo/tarjeta? – can I pay by cash/card?

86. ¿Aceptan…? – do you accept…?

87. Adelante – come in.

88. Lo siento – I am sorry.

89. De nada – you’re welcome.

90. Necesito un mapa – I need a map.

91. A la derecha – on the right.

92. A la izquierda – on the left.

93. Todo recto – straight ahead.

94. En la esquina – at the corner.

95. Una calle – a street.

96. Una ciudad – a city.

97. Una cerveza – a beer.

98. Agua – water.

99. Dinero – money.

100. Una piscina – a swimming pool.

101. Ayuda – help.

Spanish rwords for travellers

Do you want to learn more? Surely, we will write other guides regarding the Spanish language. However, if you are ambitious and you want to learn Spanish quickly, then we encourage you to try taking a course on Duolingo. Alternatively, there is another useful site, Lang-8, which allows you to write something in Spanish and the native speakers correct your posts. Finally, there is also a third option, probably the most efficient: we invite you to move to Puerto Lopez in Ecuador and to learn Spanish during face-to-face lessons. In the Puerto Lopez Spanish School, you can combine learning with relaxing on the local beach during free time. While being surrounded by native speakers, you can quickly gain new skills and experience, which will enhance your CV. Contact a member of our team to find more information.

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