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¿Hablas español? Do you speak Spanish? Yes, this is what the first phrase means, and if you are planning a trip to Spain or any of the Latin American countries, but do not speak Spanish, then this handy Spanish travel guide is here for your rescue. Listed below are some Spanish travel words and phrases to help one get around in Spanish speaking countries. Have a look at the commonly used Spanish phrases for travelers.

Easy Spanish Travel Words And Phrases

A tour guide will ensure a smooth traverse, but what if he/she isn’t around while you are at a pub, trying to figure out what’s una cerveza and what’s un vino? To help one tackle these problems in Spanish speaking countries, here’s a basic list of phrases and Spanish travel words that might come in handy during a trip to Spain or Latin America. Read on.

1. Basic Spanish Phrases

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Here are some basic Spanish words and phrases for general courtesy to help you greet people and ask some really basic questions in Spain, and Latin American countries.

  • Hello – ¡Hola! (o-la)
  • Good morning – ¡Buenos días! (bway-nos dee-as)
  • Good afternoon/good evening – ¡Buenas tardes! (bway-nas tar-des)
  • Good night – ¡Buenas noches! (bway-nas noh-chays)
  • How are you? – ¿Cómo está? (koh-moh eh-stah)
  • I’m fine, thank you – Bien, gracias (bee-en gra-see-as)
  • Nice to meet you – Mucho gusto (moo-choh goo-stoh)
  • Do you speak English? – ¿Habla ingles? (ab-la in-glays)
  • I don’t speak Spanish – No hablo español (noh ah-bloh ess-pah-nyohl)
  • I (don’t) understand – Yo (no) entiendo (yo no en-tee-en-doh)
  • What time is it? – ¿Qué hora es? (keh oh-rah ess)
  • I don’t know – No sé (Noh seh)

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2. Directions And Getting Around

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Often without the knowledge of the native language, getting around in a foreign land gets difficult. So, here are some basic Spanish travel words and phrases, to help one get around in any Spanish speaking city. Let’s start with if you get lost ;)

  • I’m lost – Estoy perdido (eh-stoy per-dee-doh)
  • Where is the bus stop? – ¿Dónde está la parada de autobús? (dohn-deh ess-tah lah pah-rah-dah de ow-toh-boos)
  • Where’s the railway station? – ¿Dónde está la estación de ferrocarril? (don-day eh-stah la es-tah-see-on de ferro-carr-eel)
  • I need a map – Necesito un mapa (Neh-seh-see-toh oon mah-pah)
  • I want a taxi – Yo quiero un taxi – (Yo kee-eh-ro oon taxi)
  • Right – derecha (deh-reh-chah)
  • Left – izquierda (ess-kee-eh-dah)
  • Street – Calle (cah-yay)
  • Airport – Aeropuerto (i-roh-pwehr-toh)

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3. Accommodation


Listed below are some important Spanish travel words and phrases that might come in handy while looking for an accommodation during one’s trip. Have a look

  • I’m looking for a hotel – Busco un hotel (boo-scoh oon oh-tel)
  • I need – Yo necesito (yoh nay-say-see-toh)
  • I need a room – Yo necesito un cuarto (yoh nay-say-see-toh oon cwar-toh)
  • I need a room with a bathroom – Yo necesito un cuarto con baño (yoh nay-say-see-toh oon cwar-toh cohn ban-yoh)
  • I have a reservation – Tengo una reservación (ten-goh oo-nah reh-sehr-vah-see-ohn)
  • What’s your name? – ¿Cómo se llama? (koh-moh se ya-ma)

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4. At A Restaurant


Sometimes explaining what one wants to eat or drink, gets difficult in a foreign country. For example, if you want red wine you might just translate red and wine, and ask for rojo vino. But that isn’t what red wine is called, and there might be a chance that the waiter does not understand. Red wine is called vino tinto, and to get by such scenarios is this simple attempt at a few words that might be useful.

    • I want a menu – Yo quiero un menu (yo kee-eh-ro oon me-noo)
    • I want a beer – Yo quiero una cerveza (yo kee-eh-ro oo-na ser-vay-za)
    • I’m a vegetarian – Soy vegetariano/a (soy beh-heh-tah-ryah-noh/-nah)
    • The check, please – La cuenta, por favor (lah kwen-tah, por fah-vor)
    • Breakfast – Desayuno (deh-sah-yoo-noh)
    • Lunch – Almuerzo (al-mooh-er-soh)
    • Dinner – Cena (seh-nah)
    • Soup – Sopa (soh-pah)
    • Dessert – Postre (pohs-tray)
    • Water – Agua (ah-gwah)

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5. Shopping


If you are out shopping for local items and souvenirs, then here are a few words that might help you have a better experience. Have a look.

      • Where is the ATM? – ¿Dónde hay un cajero automático? (dohn-deh I oon kah-heh-roh ow-toh-mah-tee-koh)
      • How much does it cost? – ¿Cuánto cuesta? (kwahn-toh kwess-tah)
      • I need a receipt – Necesito un recibo (Neh-seh-see-toh oon reh-see-boh)
      • Money – Dinero (dee-neh-roh)
      • Credit Card – Tarjeta de crédito (tar-heh-tah deh kreh-dee-toh)
      • Cheap – Barato (bah-rah-toh)
      • Expensive – Caro (Kah-roh)

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These were some of the common Spanish travel words and phrases that will help you get along on your trip to Spain or Latin America. Book your trip to Spain with TravelTriangle and have a hassle-free trip!

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