8 Wonderful Ways to Say ‘Have a good weekend’ in Spanish

Finally! The weekend approaches and you bid farewell to your co-workers with a heartfelt ‘have a good weekend’!

But hold on … how (on earth!) do you say it in Spanish?

Well, whether you need a formal farewell for your boss, or a casual goodbye for your buddies, you’re sure to find just the right phrase in this list of 8 ways to say ‘have a good weekend’ in Spanish!

Let’s get to it!


KEY TAKEAWAYS


‘Have a good weekend’ can be expressed in the following ways –

1. Ten un buen fin de semana. = Have a good weekend.

2. Que tengas un buen fin de semana. = Hope you have a good weekend.

3. Que pases un buen fin de semana. = Enjoy your weekend.


There are also a number of shortened versions of the noun ‘fin de semana’ (or ‘weekend’ in English) like ‘fin’ or ‘finde’

Adiós, Pablo. ¡Que tengas buen finde! = Bye, Pablo. Have a good weekend!




1 Ten un buen fin de semana – Have a good weekend

This’ll be your go-to phrase when wishing someone a good weekend in Spanish!

It literally translates to (yep, you guessed it!), ‘have a good weekend’.

If you wanna sound more polite, just switch the word ‘ten’ (informal ‘’) with ‘tenga’, which is the conjugation for ‘usted’ (i.e., the formal ‘you’ in Spanish).

En la tienda de la esquina

Aquí tiene su cambio. Gracias por su compra.

¡A usted! Tenga buen fin de semana.



At the corner shop

Here’s your change. Thanks for your purchase.

Thank you! Have a nice weekend.


Una tarde de viernes

Francesca – ¡Me encantó verte! Gracias por el café.

Ángel – ¡Cuando quieras*! ¡Te un buen fin de semana!



One Friday afternoon

Francesca – It was great seeing you! Thanks for the coffee.

Angel – Anytime! Have a nice weekend!

Erika’s top tip – ‘cuando quieras’ is a friendly way to say ‘you’re welcome’ or ‘anytime’. It’s actually one of several ways to respond to ‘gracias’ in Spanish!


2 Que tengas un buen fin de semana – I hope you have a good weekend

The literal translation of ‘I hope you have a good weekend’ would be ‘espero que tengas un buen fin de semana’, but most native speakers just use the shortened version: ‘que tengas un buen fin de semana’.

What’s that? You want the formal version too?

Well, just remove the ‘s’ from ‘tengas’ and you’ll be good to go (‘Que tenga …’)!

¡Señor González, qué gusto verlo! Que tenga un buen fin de semana.

Mr. González, it was nice seeing you! Have a good weekend.


En el cierre de un correo electrónico

Quedo atento a tus comentarios.

Que tengas un buen fin de semana,

Ramiro



At the end of an email

I look forward to your feedback.

Hope you have a good weekend,

Ramiro

3 Que pases un buen fin de semana – Have a nice weekend / Enjoy your weekend

This one best translates to ‘have a nice weekend’ or ‘enjoy your weekend’.

It’s another popular farewell, almost as common as ‘que tengas un buen fin de semana’.

En la escuela

Maestro – ¡Que pasen un buen fin de semana, chicos!

Alumno – Gracias, profesor. Que pase buen fin de semana usted también.



At school

Teacher – Have a nice weekend, guys!

Student – Thank you, Sir. I hope you enjoy yours too.

4 Buen fin de semana – Have a nice weekend

Even though all of the above phrases can be used in both casual and formal contexts, you’ll often sound more natural in informal situations if you use a shorter version, such as ‘buen fin de semana’.

Karla – ¡Nos vemos el lunes!

Jessica – Sí, buen fin de semana, Karlita.



Karla – See you on Monday!

Jessica – Yeah, have a nice weekend, Karlita.

5 Excelente fin de semana (or other adjectives)  – Have a great weekend

‘Excelente’ means ‘excellent’ in Spanish, and if you wanna wish someone ‘a great / an amazing weekend’, you can say ‘excelente fin de semana’.

Te veo la próxima semana, papá.

Claro, hija. ¡Excelente fin de semana!



I’ll see you next week, Dad.

Sure, kid. Have a great weekend!


Oh, and you can actually use ‘excelente’ with many of the other phrases on this list … just slip it in instead of ‘buen’ –

¡Que tengas un excelente fin de semana!

I hope you have a great weekend!


AND you can also use other adjectives –

  • Ten un formidable fin de semana. – Have an amazing weekend.

  • Que tengas un grandioso fin de semana. – Have an amazing weekend.

  • Que pases un maravilloso fin de semana. – Have a wonderful weekend.
  • ¡Lindo fin de semana! – Have a nice weekend!

6 Buen finde – Have a nice weekend

If you’re in Mexico, chances are you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a friendly ‘buen finde’ at some point or another.

‘Finde’ is a shortened version of ‘fin de semana’ and it’s so commonplace that you’ll likely even hear it thrown around in more formal contexts, such as at the office.

Viernes en un corporativo

Toño – Ya dieron las tres de la tarde, ¡ya vámonos!

Steph – ¡Vámonos! Buen finde a todos.



Friday at a corporate office

Toño – It’s three o’clock, let’s get out of here!

Steph – Let’s go! Have a nice weekend everybody.

7 Feliz finde – Have a great weekend

Another common casual expression in Mexico is ‘feliz finde’, which is just another way of saying ‘have a great weekend’ (literally: ‘happy weekend’).

Un mensaje de texto

Te quiero, amiga. ¡Feliz finde!



A text message

Love ya, gal. Have a great weekend!

8 Buen fin – Have a nice (week)end

Is ‘buen finde’ not short enough for you?

Well, it sometimes isn’t for Mexicans either!

The even shorter phrase ‘buen fin’ is so popular that the Mexican version of Black Friday –a weekend in which stores across the country offer big discounts – is called ‘El Buen Fin’.

Karina – ¡Buen fin, tía! Gracias por las galletas.

Tatiana – ¡No hay de qué! Buen fin para ti, mi niña.



Karina – Have a good weekend, Auntie! Thanks for the cookies.

Tatiana – Not at all! Have a great weekend too, my dear.


Final thoughts

There you have it, folks! A pretty darn thorough list of ways to say ‘have a good weekend’ in Spanish!

I really hope you try one or several of these options on a future Friday with your classmates, colleagues, or friends!

If you’re in Mexico, make sure to try one of the local expressions; you’ll probably receive a ‘buen fin’ in return.

Craving more clever insights into the Spanish language? I recommend you check out our piece on all the different ways to respond to ‘¿Dónde vives?.

¡Hasta pronto!

Rupert's lived in Mexico for nearly a decade and has been working as a Spanish teacher for even longer (over 10 years now, wow!). He specializes in simple (yet effective) explanations and is a veritable grammar-whizz.

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