The 20 most useful Spanish phrases for travel

If you are traveling to a Spanish speaking country you are about to embark on a journey full of beautiful landscapes, amazing food and cultural diversity. But how do you communicate with people in a non-english speaking country? You might think basic English is a common factor in most countries, but the reality is that local cultures do not necessarily speak this language. 

Therefore, the best way to improve your traveling experience is to learn some basic Spanish travel phrases that will help you communicate while you are abroad.

We have prepared a list of the most common phrases in Spanish for you to use in your next adventure: 

  1. Greetings 
  2. Directions 
  3. Basic verbs 
  4. Restaurants 
  5. Common travel questions 


If you want to start building great relationships with local people on your trip to a Spanish speaking country, you should definitely begin with greetings. Latin cultures appreciate your enthusiasm and mannerisms and it would be a great way to build  connections whether you decide to go to Spain, Mexico or Argentina, these useful Spanish phrases will help you build some good connections. 

Hello Hola
Good morning Buenos días
Good afternoon Buenas tardes
How are you? ¿Cómo estás?
Good, thank you Bien, gracias


The most common questions people ask while traveling to new places are related to places they want to go. From the airport to the hotel or tourist attractions. Make sure you learn to keep these expressions at hand!

Here are some basic Spanish phrases to find directions while traveling: 

Where is it? ¿Dónde está?
How do I find this address? ¿Cómo encuentro esta dirección?
How far is this place? ¿Cómo de lejos está este sitio?
Go ahead Siga derecho
to the right A la derecha
to the left A la izquierda
Nearby Cerca
Far Lejos

Basic Verbs 

Verbs allow you to express yourself more specifically, they help you connect your thoughts and ideas and communicate them effectively. These are the most essential verbs to communicate in Spanish:

I am Yo soy
I am Yo estoy
I want Yo quiero
I need Yo necesito
I can Yo puedo


The best way to get to know a culture is by testing the food! Spanish and Latin American cuisine are delightful and you don't want to miss anything! Try new food, experience new flavors and don’t hesitate to use these useful phrases in Spanish  to order food in a restaurant.

One table please Una mesa por favor
Can I have the menu? ¿Me puedes dar el menú?
How much is it? ¿Cuánto cuesta?
One beer please Una cerveza por favor
The bill, please La cuenta, por favor
I am vegetarian Soy vegetariano
Can I see the wine menu? ¿Puedo ver la carta de vinos?
I love it! ¡Me encanta!
It’s delicious! Está delicioso
I don’t like it No me gusta

Useful travel questions 

Where is the bathroom? ¿Dónde está el baño?
What time is it? ¿Qué hora es?
Where is the restaurant? ¿Dónde está el restaurante?
I am not feeling good No me siento bien

You can download the Kaizen Languages app to serve as a great companion, you will find excellent content that will allow you to communicate during your trip, such as flashcards, translations and vocabulary. 

 We encourage you to be bold, try new things, build connections, and experience the culture through food and local people.  Try out your Spanish skills, and don’t be afraid to talk!


We hope you have a great trip!

 ¡Feliz viaje!