Directions in Spanish

Buenos días, buenas tarde y buenas noches! In this short post, we go through how ask for directions in Spanish.

You will also learn how to understand typical responses. Learning how to ask for directions in Spanish, and give directions in Spanish, could be particularly important for anybody travelling in Spanish speaking countries. Of course, it will make life a lot easier when getting lost! 

Smart phones make our lives increasingly easy, but there may still be times when you need to ask a local for somewhere that is not on maps. So, let’s learn 10 easy phrases and words that you’ll use over and over again when speaking Spanish throughout your life.

"¿Dónde está...?" and "¿Dónde hay...?"

Firstly, let’s remember that ‘¿Dónde está…?’ is an incredibly useful phrase to learn when asking for directions in Spanish. 

You will use “¿Dónde está…?” when asking where something specific is.

The translation is “Where is…?” So, it will be followed by a specific landmark or address.

Let’s look at an example below:

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde está el museo de chocolate, por favor?” Hello, where is the chocolate museum, please?
A. “Hola, está aquí.”
“Hello, it is here.”

You can use “¿Dónde está…?” whenever you want to know where something specific is.

Secondly, let’s remember the phrase “¿Dónde hay…?” This is a very useful expression to remember when asking for directions in Spanish. 

The translation is “Where is there / Where are there…?” So, it will be followed by a non-specific landmark or address. If you would like to learn how to use the plural then see our post on Spanish Numbers.

For example:

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde hay una farmacia, por favor?” Hello, where is there a pharmacy, please?
A. “Hola, hay una en esta calle.”
“Hello, there is one on this street.”

You will find answers to numerous common questions in Spanish inside our Spanish for Beginners Course.

Common Directions in Spanish: Locations and Prepositions

Once you’ve learned está and hay you will be in a strong position to give and ask for directions in Spanish. Below are some important and common prepositions that you should learn next. These will be extremely useful!

“En frente de” in Spanish is ‘in front of’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde está la estación de trenes, por favor?” Hello, where is the train station, please?
A. “Hola, está en frente de la farmacia.”
“Hello, it’s in front of the pharmacy.”

“Al lado de” in Spanish is ‘Next to’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde hay una farmacia, por favor?” Hello, where is there a pharmacy, please?
A. “Hola, hay una farmacia al lado de ese kiosko.”
“Hello, there is a pharmacy next to that kiosk.”

“Detrás de” in Spanish is ‘Behind’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde está la estación de autobuses, por favor?” Hello, where is the bus station, please?
A. “Hola, está muy cerca.”
“Hello, it is very close.”

“Entre” in Spanish is ‘Between’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde está el hospital, por favor?” Hello, where is the hospital, please?
A. “Hola, está entre el kiosko y la farmacia.”
“Hello, it is between the kiosk and the pharmacy.”

“En” in Spanish is ‘In’ or ‘On’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde hay un supermercado?” Hello, where is there a supermarket, please?
A. “Hola, hay uno en la esquina.”
“Hello, there is one on the corner.”

Other Common & Useful Directions in Spanish

Other common directions in Spanish that you are bound to hear whilst on your travels include the following:

“A cinco minutos” in Spanish is ‘Ten minutes from here’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde está la estación de trenes, por favor?” Hello, where is the train station, please?
A. “Hola, está a diez minutos en coche.”
“It’s ten minutes away by car.”

“A seis cuadras” in Spanish is ‘Six blocks away’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde hay una farmacia, por favor?” Hello, where is there a pharmacy, please?
A. “Hola, hay una farmacia a seis cuadras.”
“Hello, there is a pharmacy six blocks away.”

“La próxima” in Spanish is ‘The next…’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde dónde se puede aparcar el coche, por favor?” Hello, where can I park the car, please?
A. “Hola, en la próxima calle.”
“Hello, on the next street.”

“La segunda” in Spanish is ‘The second

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde está el hospital, por favor?” Hello, where is the hospital, please?
A. “Hola, la segunda calle a la derecha.”
“Hello, the second street on the right.”

“La tercera” in Spanish is ‘The third’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde hay un supermercado?” Hello, where is there a supermarket, please?
A. “Hola, hay uno en la tercera esquina.”
“Hello, there is one on the third corner.”

“La última” in Spanish is ‘The last…’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde está el metro, por favor?” Hello, where is the metro, please?
A. “Hola, está en la última calle a la izquierda.”
“Hello, it’s on the last street to the left.”

Specific Directions in Spanish

Of course, there will be other times when you want to give or receive more specific directions in Spanish. They may say “Take the second turning on the left” or “Go straight on and turn right.”

It is worth brushing up on these verbs before you travel. It is also worth remembering that in Spanish there are formal and informal ways of addressing somebody and, thus, using these verbs:

Tú / vos – You (informal)
Usted – You (formal)

Let’s look at what these directions in Spanish look like. The informal form, , is most common. So, we will stick to this for now.

Specific Directions in Spanish

“Gira a la izquierda” in Spanish is ‘Turn left…’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde está el metro, por favor?” Hello, where is the metro, please?
A. “Hola, gira a la izquierda aquí.”
“Hello, turn left here.”

“Gira a la derecha” in Spanish is ‘Turn right…’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde hay una tienda, por favor?” Hello, where is there a shop, please?
A. “Hola, gira a la derecha después de la esquina.”
“Hello, turn right after the corner.”

“Ve por” in Spanish is ‘Take/walk along…’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde está el banco, por favor?” Hello, where is the bank, please?
A. “Hola, ve por esta calle.”
“Hello, walk along this street.”

“Cruza” in Spanish is ‘Cross…’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde está el metro, por favor?” Hello, where is the metro, please?
A. “Hola, cruza el puente y gira a la derecha.”
“Hello, cross the bridge and turn right.”

“Sigue” in Spanish is ‘Continue / follow…’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde hay un cajero, por favor?” Hello, where there a cash point, please?
A. “Hola, sigue esta calle y gira a la izquierda en la segunda esquina.”
“Hello, follow this street and turn left at the second corner.”

“Sigue recto” in Spanish is ‘Go straight ahead…’

Q. “Hola, “¿Dónde hay un restaurante, por favor?” Hello, where is there a restaurant, please?
A. “Hola, a diez minutos. Sigue recto.”
“Hello, ten minutes away. Go straight on.”

Directions in Spanish and Public Transport

Using the vocabulary you have learned so far, it is now useful to learn how to say various forms of public transport in Spanish. You may be asking the best way to get somewhere, or trying to tell somebody to take the bus, the metro or a taxi.

“Toma” in Spanish is ‘Take…’


El metro – The metro 

El tren – The train 

El autobús – The bus 

El taxi – The taxi 

El coche – The car

Do you want to learn Spanish fast? Get off to the perfect start with Spanish for Beginners with James. It includes fun, easy to follow lessons on Spanish numbers.

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