How to say “goodbye” in French in 32 different ways

Au revoir is the most common way to say “goodbye” in French, but it isn’t the only one. Learn to go beyond “goodbye” in French in 32 different ways.

You’ve spent the last couple of days exploring the streets of Paris, popping into Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées for some tasty macarons, meandering through the cobblestone streets of Amelie’s Montmartre and buying souvenirs at the bouquinistes along the Seine. In the shops, cafés and restaurants, you notice that the word you learned for “goodbye”, au revoir, isn’t always used. Curious, you find a nice café, sit down and open your Gymglish app to learn the many different ways to say “goodbye” in French.

By now you have probably mastered all the different ways of saying “hello” in French, along with some of the other greetings, but you still want to know how to say “goodbye” at the end of a good conversation. Au revoir, one of the basic French words, is the classical and standard way of saying goodbye, but it isn’t the only way. A fun little fact: the French word for “bye” is actually bye. Read on to learn the other ways to say “goodbye” in French.

Saying “goodbye” in French

When learning French greetings, the first way you will be taught to say “goodbye” is au revoir. Pay careful attention to its pronunciation, as most native speakers say it as one word, more like [orvoir]. Just like “hello”, saying “goodbye” is often accompanied by la bise, the French greeting kisses, or a handshake. For some, giving la bise might feel awkward at the end of a conversation, but for the French it is very natural.

32 different ways to say “goodbye” in French

If you are a beginner in French and want to stick with one way to say “goodbye”, most people would recommend using au revoir. It can be used in both formal and informal situations, which isn’t always the case for some of the other ways to say farewell. The table below lists the many other ways to say “goodbye” in French and when to use them.  

ExpressionMeaningExplanation
Au revoirGoodbye, literally “until we see each other again”Formal/informal
SalutByeLess formal
Bye-byeByeInformal
AdieuGoodbyeFormal; only used for a forever goodbye
Bonne journée/bonne soirée“Have a good day”/ “Have a good evening”Formal/informal; common when leaving a shop or restaurant
Bonne nuitGoodnightFormal/informal; used right before going to bed
À plus tardSee you laterInformal
À plusLater!Informal; abbreviated form of à plus tard
À+Later!Informal; written form of à plus
À tout à l’heureSee you soonFormal/informal; used only when seeing someone later in the same day
À tout de suiteSee you in a bitFormal/informal; used only when seeing someone directly after the conversation
À bientôtSee you soonFormal/informal
À demainSee you tomorrowFormal/informal
À la prochaineSee you next time; literally “until next time”Formal/informal
Ciao/TchaoByeInformal
Au plaisirUntil we meet againInformal

Refining your goodbyes in French

Bidding someone farewell in French can often be a long process with native speakers and can sometimes feel like a game of ping pong as you volley back and forth the expressions listed below. A quick “see you later” in French doesn’t always do the trick. Incorporating these phrases will increase your vocabulary and help you become more fluent. The table below lists many different ways to part ways, from “let’s keep in touch” to “good night” in French. They can be used in combination with au revoir or sometimes on their own.

ExpressionMeaningExplanation
À lundiSee you on MondayFormal/informal; can be used with any day of the week
Bonne nuitGood night Formal/informal; used before going to sleep
Fais attention à toi / Prends soin de toiTake careInformal
Bonne journée(Have a) nice dayFormal/informal; often used in combination with au revoir
Bonsoir(Have a) nice eveningFormal
Bonne soirée(Have a) nice eveningFormal/informal; often used in combination with au revoir
Bon après-midi(Have a) nice afternoonFormal/informal
Passe le bonjour à ton papaSay hi to your dad for meInformal
Au plaisir de vous revoirLooking forward to seeing you againFormal
Je t’aimeI love youInformal
Bisous/Bises(Sending you) kissesInformal
On s’appelleLet’s keep in touchInformal
On se tient au courantLet’s keep in touchInformal
Ravi d’avoir fait votre connaissanceNice to have met youFormal
Je t’embrasse(Sending you) hugs and kissesInformal
Bonne continuationAll the bestFormal
Bonne chanceGood luckFormal/informal
Bon courageGood luckFormal/informal; used when the outcome depends more on the person than on luck
Je m’en vais I’m leaving Informal

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